Me at my wedding, almost two years ago. I loved that dress so much, but I hated the way I looked in it! I was probably in the 270's.

My senior year of highschool, where I was both the volleyball captain and basketball captain. I was probably 170-180ish, which is my goal again! And I'd just love to be able to play sports again without getting winded after 5 minutes!


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2/2/12--Updating! Feeling good again, and cooking at home most days of the week, which helped me lose 8lbs in January. Now I just have to start exercising again, although for some reason I have mental blocks against it. I don't know if it's because I hurt my knee before, pure laziness, or some other psychological thing. I AM excited to resume belly dancing classes this week, though, and will be taking 2 this time, upping the fitness factor! Slowly, slowly, getting back on track. :-)

11/14/11-- I am struggling with not feeling like a failure! I know everyone struggles with this, and the back and forth, but I feel like I've let myself down. A killer start to the year, and quick results left me feeling over confident, and as the year has gone by I slowly slipped right back in to my old habits, and old pants. That has always been my challenge: finding the self-control and determination to stay consistent and on track. So, my new goal is, instead of giving in to the "failure" mentality, to just start again, notice the pattern, and FIGHT against it to avoid repeating it. I can do it--history has proved it! Now I just have to KEEP doing it and remember that this is not a quick fix, one time deal. This is a life change, meaning the changes in diet and exercise have to last forever to maintain a healthy body. Here we go again!!


8/16/11--It's so hard to jump back on that wagon! Because of several stressful events, a (good) job change, and a busy, busy summer I let myself get off track. I stopped my vegan diet, stopped working out, stopped trying, really, and I was promptly rewarded with 8 lbs gained back, and a diagnosis of high blood pressure. While I am thankful my summer laziness didn't result in more weight gain, I am serious about starting again! I am back on the vegan diet (and will hopefully get to write an updated blog post soon), I started the 5K Training program, and I'm starting bellydancing classes in a few weeks. My new goal is to lose about 40 pounds by the end of the year. That would still make me fall short of my original 100lbs-in-one-year goal, but 60lbs is nothing to sneeze at, and if I can come back hard from the summer I KNOW I can continue to go through next year and lose the rest!

4/5/11--Met my first goal as of yesterday...lost 20lbs since the beginning of the year! I'm thrilled, and although I have a long way to go, I know that it IS possible. I did have a few rough weeks, but fought through it, joined a gym, and stuck with my vegan diet. Woohoo, 1/5 way through my overall goal of 100lbs!

Member Since: 1/18/2011

Fitness Minutes: 3,154

My Goals:
-Overall health
-Weight loss of 80+ lbs.
-More shopping potential

Specific Goals:
- Lose several bra sizes (a weird goal I know, but I would seriously love to stop lugging these things around) Aiming for a DD!
- Buy a cute vintage dress that fits and looks amazing!
- Run a 5K
- Be under 200lbs
- Be able to shop at almost any store I want, instead of having to trudge through Lane Bryant!

My Program:
I'm a vegetarian (formerly vegan) and trying to get back on a mostly vegan diet. I do occasionally eat seafood. I don't have a strict exercise regime; I want to get moving, but have fun and be spontaneous and not have to spend all my time (and money) in a gym. Yoga is a big part of my fitness program, and belly dancing has also been incorporated!

Personal Information:
I'm a happily married 20-something with no children, and my goal is for me and my husband to be healthy and fit before we begin a family. I also look forward to the day I can fit into clothes from some of my favorite stores: Anthropologie, Ann Taylor Loft, Gap, etc.! If your journey sounds similar to mine I'd love to hear your story and share ideas!

Born and raised in the south (NC) to a family that didn't really cook much, and when they did, it was fried and loaded with meat and junk. I'm learning nutrition and cooking as I go...so far, so good! Weight has been a life long battle.

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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of god. Your playing small does not serve the world."

I love this quote by Marianne Williamson (also quoted by Nelson Mandela), and "Powerful Beyond Measure" has become my personal mantra for fitness, and life in general. We all have limitless potential...we just have to TAKE it!

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    I just started back up on spark people and was reading your page and totally identify with your goals! Let me know if you are still on here and we can totally cheer each other on!
    1590 days ago
    Thanks for finding me! You look like you are doing great!!! You're right, shopping for vintage clothing is heart breaking right now- the only clothing that I could fit into would be the dresses that the big mommas wore (and not the cute swing dresses that I would LIKE to wear) so I dont even go. How sad!! You have refreshed my desire to continue the battle- and I also wouldn't mind NOT lugging some of my chest around as well ;-)

    Have you ever read the book "The Truth About Beauty" by Kat James? I am reading it right now and it has inspired a huge change in my life- I highly recommend it to all of my friends :-D Keep it up, girl!

    2304 days ago
    Hey! Its very nice to meet you! Thank you so much for your encouraging words! I originally started in 2010 but didn't stick with it. My heart and my mind is in it now and I'm so happy to be back and apart of Sparkpeople. I wish you continued sucess on your journey!!

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    2308 days ago
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    Always remember: emoticon If you believe it you can achieve it!

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    2378 days ago
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    THANKS for the encouragement you left on my page! I've always been too shy to post to people's pages, but your message was inspiring! Three cheers for friends to join in the journey!
    Hope you'll be feeling much better soon!
    2443 days ago
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