Christmas 2008 - just after starting SparkPeople.

This is me at my highest weight.

This is me at 230. I will get here again!


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Moving along toward better health...

It's OK, no, it's good to love your body at any size. I certainly do! But like any relationship, that requires that you pay attention to it. When it says it doesn't like what you're doing, you have to consider changing in order to keep the relationship solid. If I want a good relationship with my body, I need to show it some really positive attention.

I was another one of those fat girls nobody liked. When I was sixteen, someone pointed out a heftier girl to me and said "She has boyfriends and friends. Why? Because she acts like she's beautiful." Those words gave me the esteem to get through high school and college, and I fell absolutely in love with my body during my first pregnancy and 15 months of nursing. What a miracle, that my body could bear and feed another person!

It was shortly before my Dad passed of complications of diabetes and heart disease that I realized I had to make changes. Thankfully, I am not diabetic and my blood pressure is low. Perhaps my body is more forgiving than his; perhaps my not smoking or drinking has allowed me to go longer without the consequences of my size. But I tore my meniscus and my knees are starting to show the strain of almost two decades of 240+ pounds.

Even 100 years ago, a body like mine would have ensured that I and my children survived famine. In this world, the one in which we now live, those very genetic adaptations coupled with a sedentary life (one my ancestors would have called the height of luxury) have brought about more issues than good.

I love my body. It's a miracle. It's not its fault that it's designed for other conditions than those in which I live. But that doesn't let me off the hook for taking care of it.

That's why I'm here.

My bootcamp goals:
To work out five days a week
To eat on-plan, despite the multiple family events happening this month
To fit perfectly into the new lingerie I just bought
To completely avoid french fries and other fried foods

Just added a pic of me at Christmas 2008, which was just a few days after starting SP. :)

Member Since: 12/18/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,235

My Goals:
1. Better joint health
2. Improve my hypnosis practice
3. Smaller clothes
4. Shop in the non-plus size section
5. Amazing Race!

My Program:
1. Hypnosis mp3
2. Healthy food intake
3. Giving up french fries
4. Working out 5x-week

Personal Information:
I'm originally from Northeast Ohio, but we moved to Raleigh, NC when I was twelve. I've lived in different parts of the country since then, most notably California and Indiana. I went to UNC Asheville for college. I'm a former literature major who works as a helpdesk rep third shift to pay the bills. I am in an open relationship. In 2010 I moved to Minnesota and love it here!

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Health over numbers!

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    Hello Dee. I'm Esther. I want to welcome you to Spark People New YOU Bootcamp and Contest. I'm pleased to meet you and your family.
    3395 days ago
    Thanks for making me blush! Funny... it took me FOREVER to pick a new profile picture because I thought they were all horrible. LOL Anyhoo... you're right... we ARE GOING TO DO THIS!!! Just remember to log on everyday... and call on me if you need any help. That's what I am here for.

    co-leader of calling all Goonies.

    3395 days ago
    welcome & hello Lady
    It's good to see and meet you here on Spark teams........(Cross Stitchind and Losing).....Good luck on your goal(s) and I'm here if you need help on this site. Take care and talk to you soon. Stay focused and have a positive attitude will help. I'm here to keep you encouraged and to be supportive.

    1) come in and read the posts
    2) read and join any teams that you think you like
    3) get it know the people
    4) read some articles
    5) most of all :: have fun and enjoy yourself
    You are doing great, making progress every time you come in.

    If there is anything that I can do to help, give me a holler. If I do not know the answer, I will find it. Our leaders are really great and help when you need it too. So don't hesitate to ask. That is why we are here... Always, ERNA
    3395 days ago
    I know I'm a bit late emoticon , but I still wanted to say, "Welcome to Alternative Lifestylers!"

    Get ready and feel free to fly your freak flag! emoticon

    Freaky love,
    jona ;P
    3396 days ago
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    Thanks for your support and good luck. BB emoticon
    3396 days ago
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