Me, before gaining 55 lbs.

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Inside one of the tombs at Saqqara. The paintings are still so vivid after thousands of years!




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Hi! Welcome to my page! My name is Melissa. I'm a mother of 5 beautiful children, ages 23, 21, 16, 14 and 6. I've struggled with my weight all my life and have tried every crash diet that was ever designed. My greatest success was with the Atkins diet, on which I lost over 100 pounds. Unfortunately, that sort of lifestyle isn't easy to maintain, and I gained back 65 of those pounds.

Since starting SparkPeople, I have lost a lot of weight using a low-carb diet plan. I got my diabetes under control and periodic checks show my blood sugar within a normal range. I found, though, that I stopped losing weight on the low-carb, high protein diet I was on before. Also, my food stopped digesting properly and my stomach started to hurt every time I ate.

Now, I am just watching my calories. I've learned how to cook using a lot less added fat and am using herbs and spices to give my foods more flavor. I have also replaced my full-fat cheeses with low fat or fat-free cheeses and have replaced my eggs with Egg Beaters. I also limit my meat to the recommended serving sizes. My stomach feels better, and I'm losing weight again.

So, come join me as I work my way toward better health! You are always welcome!

Member Since: 5/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 3,700

My Goals:
I'm taking it a little bit at a time. My ultimate goal is 140 lbs. Right now, I'm working on 10%.

First goal - 239. 7/30/09
Next goal - 215 3/2/10
Third goal - 193
Fourth goal - 174
Fifth goal - 160
Sixth goal - 144
Final goal - 140

My Program:
I'm watching my calories, but not obsessing over them. I mostly eat what I want, when I want to eat it. I still eat some fat, but have learned how to cook without all the unnecessary added fats. Aside from cutting down on my fat, I am learning to eat proper portions.

The recipes from the Hungry Girl series cookbooks have really helped!

Personal Information:
I'm originally from Battle Creek, Michigan, but have lived in a lot of different places, including Florida, Colorado, and even Cairo, Egypt. I currently live in Bremerton, Washington.

I am currently attending college online, working toward my BS in electronics engineering.

Other Information:
My all-time favorite book is Jane Eyre. My hobbies include hiking (believe it or not!) and oil painting.

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    I see you're in Egypt in your photos- My hubby is Lebanese- so I know those Middle Eastern men can be a handful! You should be extra proud because it takes a strong woman to do it with grace and love. SO... I am just grateful you found the right blog when you needed it. I am am also grateful that I was under compulsion to write it. I am so glad you enjoyed my love yourself blog! Thanks for the kind words and the support- I really appreciate it!

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    2598 days ago
    Congratulations on your success. Much luck to you in the future!
    2661 days ago
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    2697 days ago
    Hubby has been in Dubai for a few hours, I think. He left some time today from Cairo. He has a one year contract there. He has mentioned the possibility of me moving there, but we're not sure how that would work out yet. We'll see.
    2701 days ago
    Walaikum Salam...Ohhh I hope you have fun in Dubai in March!! How long has hubby been there? I will be back there sometime...not too soon, not too far...maybe LATEST June but that will be to move there...2nd attempt to move...first attempt and I came back with my DH to Canada...hehehe How have you been?
    2701 days ago
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