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Hey! :) My name is Sara and I'm 30 and in a relationship with my soulmate and love of my life. I'm a Christian.

I'm a Ph.D. candidate and Adjunct Psychology Professor at the moment, I have an AAS in Marketing and a BS in Psychology. I love what I’m doing and cannot wait to teach full-time. My passion truly lies in psychology, teaching, and helping people. I have a few mental health issues that have made me even more passionate about these things. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), severe Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Binge Eating Disorder (BED) are all things that I struggle with. They make life more difficult but I am learning to deal with them.

I've been overweight my entire life, I don't know a time when I was in a healthy weight range for my age. In high school, I tried to lose weight but I just wasn't 100% serious about it then. And then in 2011, it finally hit me. I weighed in at 315 lbs, about 155 lbs more than I should be. My size 24 pants were starting to get a little tight and that was really my turning point. During the course of 2 years, I had lost 65 lbs and was down to my lowest adult weight. But, unfortunately, I gained all of the weight back when I let my guard down and did not watch my nutrition. Then in 2016, I got engaged in December and I wanted to look my best for our wedding day. After some ups and downs, I started getting serious about weight loss in March of 2017. From March to June I lose 30 lbs and I was really happy with my progress. I still had 3 more months until my wedding and I was excited to see what progress I could make in that time. But in June I started having a back injury, or so I thought. I tried to take care of it, going to my chiropractor, massage, and my primary care physician. After a month of zero answers, in July I received my diagnosis. I have arthritis in my lowest vertebrae. It was a kick in the face, I have a degenerative disease that is affecting my vertebrae at 26 years old. I went through a sort of depression with it for a while. Now here I am, in the middle of September and I am tired of feeling sorry for myself. I am starting again. My doctor said losing weight will probably help the pain I am feeling and that is something that I desperately want. For some reason, it still didn’t click for me and I let my eating run rampant. It wasn’t until August 2018 that I did something about it and adopted a keto lifestyle. At the end of 2018, I got divorced and that affected my eating disorders significantly. In August of 2019, I was diagnosed with arthritis in my right knee and found out that I'll need a knee replacement someday. In May of 2020, I reached my all-time highest weight, 380 pounds. I knew that I had to make a change if I wanted to live a long and happy life with my soulmate and if I wanted to have a long career as a professor.

So now I'm done. Done being obese. Done having to buy clothing in a special store or section. Done being the fat girl. Done hating how I look. Done with everything negative. I can do this! And this time I won't give up.

Other than my weight, I am absolutely loving life. I have a great family, friends, church, and soulmate who support me in everything. Having fun and laughing is a big part of my life, it keeps me in my regular happy and upbeat mood. :)

I love spark friends and talking to people, so feel free! :)

~Sara~


Member Since: 9/21/2011

Fitness Minutes: 49,532

My Goals:
1. Get to a healthy weight
2. Feel good about myself with how I look and love myself for me
3. Stay positive about my weight loss
4. Never give up
5. Stay motivated
6. Don't sweat the small stuff


My Program:
Strength Training
Boxing
Healthier food options



Personal Information:
30
Born and raised in Wisconsin.
Ph.D. Candidate and Adjunct Professor
Love baseball and football
Love working out
I've got amazing friends and family
I have an amazing boyfriend
I have 7 wonderful step-kids and 9 grandkids


Other Information:
10 Pounds: 5/31/2020
20 Pounds: 9/6/2020
30 Pounds: 1/10/2021
40 Pounds: 2/1/2021
50 Pounds: 2/14/2021
60 Pounds: 4/11/2021
70 Pounds: 6/6/2021
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  • v JINLYNN
    Hi and welcome to the spark team, Christians with 100 lbs to lose.
    I wish you all the best in your journey to health and God Bless and guide your choices and make your goals a reality.
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  • v AIMEESINGS
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    Welcome to the BLC #12 for 20 Somethings challenge! Its a great opportunity to meet new people! Come join us on the ALL TEAMS CHAT so we can all get to know each other- and our soon to be competition! We are posting daily challenges now, so come get a jump start on our pre-challenge goals!

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    (just copy and paste the link above!)

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    3600 days ago
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