One of the new dresses I bought, again this is about when I started to like what I see.

A picture of myself when I finally started to like what I saw in the mirror.


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I feel I've always been the girl who just had those extra pounds, the girl who would "look nice if she lost a few". Dancing and playing outside kept me thin when I was younger, but it didn't last. Now I'm trying to get to the body I've always wanted.

In middle school I had put on some weight, but I think at the time I weighed around 145lbs. In the dreadful health class activities when you had to calculate your BMI, mine was always higher than that of my skinnier friends. But it was still 'normal' so I ignored it. When I started to decrease the hours of dance and then stopped, I kept getting bigger. I avoided scales like the plague.

My last two years of high school I felt like my life was falling apart. My grandmother, who is not a very nice person to put it kindly, moved up here from Alabama so we could help take care of her. I found myself always asking 'Why doesn't she love me?" At the time it didn't make me feel any better about myself.

I had been single for over three years while my friends all had happy relationships. My best friend and I, who had been friends since grade school, had a huge fight and then weren't friends. I felt isolated. Money troubles in the family, and my mom had lost her job. Then to top it all off on September 23, 2010 I had to put my German Shepherd of 13 years down. She had been my rock in it all, and without her I completely fell apart.

Everything combined, I wasn't in a good place. I barely went to school and when I was at home... I slept and ate and cried. I got up to a size 14 in jeans (when I used to wear an 8 back in the day). Finally I had the nerve to talk to somebody and was diagnosed with depression. After about 6 months of therapy I was feeling better than I have probably even in middle school.

But now I'm feeling better, I want a body to match. In addition to looking great, my grandmother had diabetes and my mother was diagnosed last year. I want to be healthy so I can prevent myself from developing diabetes. I want to be healthy to inspire my mom. I hope if I can show her that I can cut back on the bad food and get up and move, then she can do it to.

10.28.2011 - I weighed myself for the first time in I don't know how long...and while I thought I weighed about 170 I weigh 183lbs. That's a scary number! Hopefully I've caught myself in time to get this under control.

1.2.2013 - It has been a long journey to get where I'm at, and it has not been easy but I'm down to 160 pounds :)

Plus, I just want to feel good in a swim suit again. What young woman doesn't?

Member Since: 10/28/2011

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Drop some pounds.
Run a 5k.

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To tone I'm doing different exercises to work my upper / lower body and of course those darn abs.

Cardio is most important to me though, so I use the treadmill as a warm up and then do the elliptical and stair stepper (which is hard!)

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"If you're going through hell, keep going"

Best quote to tell yourself when you think you can't go those last 5 minutes ;)

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