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It is not the destination but the journey...

That is my favorite saying. It isn't about where I end up. If I woke up tomorrow and was *poof* magically skinny it wouldn't make everything better. I need to walk this path and learn and grow. I have to fall down and find the strength to get back up again. I need to learn how to make positive changes for a healthy mind, body and soul.

I want to learn how to eat healthy, how to develop positive routines and probably most importantly learn how to fail and learn and recover from it without my entire world falling apart!


My Journey so far...

It began almost 10 years ago... In Jan 2009, I fell ill and ended up in the ER in extreme pain. My blood sugar (BS) was over 300 & my A1C was 11. They told me I was diabetic. I found a doctor and was put on Metformin and Novolog 70/30 insulin. It was an overwhelming experience that made me really wake up and see how I was killing myself.

I am not sure how much I weighed at my highest but I began my journey at 231lbs at 5'7, BMI 36.2

My diet consisted of mostly pasta, pizza and bread.... I had a serious issue with binge eating and eating my emotions. Food was comfort and love.

I got my butt in gear though and kicked butt! My doctor said I was a perfect patient. I ate right & exercised. By May I was off insulin & my A1C was 5.7. I was eating right and exercising. I managed to get down to 185lbs at my lowest.

What I did not know at the time was that I am bipolar. I am also aggoraphobic and suffer from severe anxiety disorder. I also did not have a lot of support at home. But in the end it was my own fear that did me in. It was a struggle to fight against depression and keep going and going. I began making small mistakes and I let those mistakes swallow me whole and spiral down a dark deep path of self doubt & self hatred. I gave up.

I gained most of my weight back and for most of these 10 years I bounced back and forth around 210-215lbs.

Where I am now....

I finally hit Onderland! I actually made very small changes not actually trying to lose weight or eat healthier even at the time. My scale's batteries had died and when I replaced them I realized I was at 202lbs... I was in shock!

I felt like it was time to do this. I got focused. At first just counting my calories of what I was eating and trying to make better choices...and not doing all that great honestly lol

But I have hit Onderland 12/9/18 at 199lbs.

I am doing intermittent fasting, 16:8. This means I fast for 16 hours (no food or calories at all during this window) and then I have an 8 hour window to eat.

It might seem odd but if you really think about it, most people fast for part of the day already. In a 16 hour window, 8 of that is hopefully sleeping. Then most people stop eating a few hours before bed and do not eat as soon as they wake up. Some people even skip breakfast. It is probably pretty common for people to fast 12+ hours and not even think of it!

I chose this for several reasons. I have read many good healthy things on it for weight loss, health and for helping with diabetes.

Also as someone who is bipolar I have a very difficult time staying focused and need a firm schedule to keep me on track. I am successful when I am on a routine.

This also helps me cut out mindless bordom snacking & helps me not binge.

My 8 hour window is 12am-8am which is my work hours 5 days a week and I bring food to work so I can't binge if there is no other food there.

Fasting also helps me acknowledge my food. I eat slower and am more focused.

I also count calories because it is always CICO. I also am trying to meal plan and meal prep.


Member Since: 5/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 20,400

My Goals:
My most important goal is to be a happier and healthier person.

Hit under 200lbs ONEderland!- 12/9/18

Reach an overweight (not obese) BMI @ 191 lbs-(40lbs lost)-
50lbs lost (181lbs)-
60lbs lost- (171lbs)-
Reach under 160 to be out of Overweight BMI & into Normal (-72lbs)-

Main Goal Weight: 165 before I re-evaluate


My Program:
I am doing intermittent fasting, 16:8. This means I fast for 16 hours (no food or calories at all during this window) and then I have an 8 hour window to eat.

It might seem odd but if you really think about it, most people fast for part of the day already. In a 16 hour window, 8 of that is hopefully sleeping. Then most people stop eating a few hours before bed and do not eat as soon as they wake up. Some people even skip breakfast. It is probably pretty common for people to fast 12+ hours and not even think of it!

I chose this for several reasons. I have read many good healthy things on it for weight loss, health and for helping with diabetes.

Also as someone who is bipolar I have a very difficult time staying focused and need a firm schedule to keep me on track. I am successful when I am on a routine.

This also helps me cut out mindless bordom snacking & helps me not binge.

My 8 hour window is 12am-8am which is my work hours 5 days a week and I bring food to work so



Personal Information:
My name is Aimee. I am 36 years old. I am 5'7

I am married to a wonderful man and we live in Western New York state. We have 2 dogs- a husky named Koda & a chi/poodle mix named Trixie. 10 cats! 2 guinea pigs, 8 rabbits! I also am a pet rodent breeder and breed rats, mice, ASF, gerbils and degu.


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