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I'm just gen, here to get healthy for myself, my daughter, my family, and stop giving up.

1 day and 1 minute at a time.

So many times, and I'm sure we've all done it, we've said "Tomorrow, I'll start that diet!" or "I have plenty of time to get in shape!" or even, "I can put off losing this weight until X happens!". Recently I saw two of my very overweight cousins die in tragic accidents that would've been survivable had they been in better health. Sure, the accident would've made for a bit of recovery time but they both died of heart attacks and were very overweight. They were both fathers with children and wives left behind.

I think about what happened to them and know that I might share the same fate if I don't get my health under my control. I also want to live life without denying myself the chance of doing something for fear of how my size will be an obstacle. My health is paramount, my daughter is the future and if I'm not healthy, what kind of example does that set for her? How can I be the best mommy I can be if I don't even have the energy to play with her?

I thought about it a lot and I really needed a kick in the butt to just get to it and get healthy. Sparkpeople is a guiding light in all of this. Counting my calories is incredibly easy with the tracker and my new exercise videos were the kick in the butt to my motivation that I needed.

So, I have cut out the delivery foods, the fast food junk, things I thought I liked but I don't even desire anymore. I think often about how they affect my body and what lack of nutritional value they have. Convenience? Yeah right, it's more like the fattening of America. Fast food is certainly a horrible part of our society considering how few healthy fast food options there are.

Also, sodas, this was huge, I don't drink sodas anymore PERIOD, I don't even want them, I do the 9-12 glasses of water a day and I'm just set. I was drinking mostly diet sodas but that's still not that great for you. And when we went out to eat it was usually a full sugar coke, honestly, what was I thinking?

I'm starting out with just walking and then when my body's a bit stronger I'll do some aerobics/strength training (with resistance bands) a la Barry's Bootcamp. Due to my size I'll be at a beginner level, but that will change!

My Mini Goals:
Generally each 10% of total weight from the last goal, but I'm wanting to get to 150 lbs but I'll shoot for 170 as my goal weight for now and see how I feel when I get there. :)

4/16/08 - 352
12/28/08 - 348

#1 317 lbs - 10% of weight gone -
#2 285 lbs - 10% of 317 gone -
#2a 260 lbs - 90 lbs gone and no longer morbidly obese
#3 256 lbs - 10% of 285 gone -
#4 230 lbs - 10% of 256 gone -
#5 207 lbs - 10% of 230 gone -
#5a 194lbs - 158 lbs gone & no longer obese -
#6 186 lbs - 10% of 207 gone -
#7 170 lbs - Goal Weight! -
Bonus 161 lbs - no longer overweight -
Bonus 150 lbs (maybe?) - 23 BMI - we'll see!

Member Since: 4/19/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,853

My Goals:
I want to get healthy and start loving life more. I feel like a healthy person trapped in my body.

I want to be healthy for myself, my quality of life, my daughters, my husband and hopefully be an example to my husband's family for them to get off the weight too.

My Program:
I'm starting out with just walking and then I'm doing a cardio + strength training routine commonly known as functional interval training (what athletes tend to use rather than the silly machines they throw at us everyday people).

Also I've greatly cut down my calorie, fat and sugar intake and taken out all sodas (even diet) and only drink water and have a vitamin every day.

I'm logging ALL my food and it's really opened my eyes as to what my husband and I are eating.

Personal Information:
I'm from Plano, TX.
35 years old, eek.
Mom to an 8 year old & 8 month old. :)

Other Information:
I love gardening, my background is actually a tigridia I grew last year, it was gorgeous but only lasted a day.

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