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Last time I starting losing weight (highest weight 233). Weight in picture 202

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I am trying to get healthy again after gaining 70 pounds over the last 3 years.

I was thin as a child and started gaining weight in my teens. I have been a Weight Watcher (at least 5 times), a Curves member (at least 3 times), tried the Curves Diet and Atkins (very briefly), and had a personal trainer.

Approximately four years ago, I lost 50 pounds through healthy diet and exercise and was within 20 pounds of my 160 pound goal weight. In the past three years, I have gained 70 pounds to reach my highest weight ever of 253 pounds. I gained this weight because I overate and did not exercise regularly.

At 253 pounds, I had no energy and ached every day. I felt 85 instead of 35 and did not even recognize myself in the mirror. In fact, I went from feeling that I was very attractive to feeling unattractive and invisible.

After seeing pictures of myself from an April trip out West (see my pictures), I knew I needed to make a change. After returning from that trip, in late April, I started a Zumba class at the gym that is directly across the street from my office (NO EXCUSES). For the first time in my life, I grew to love a fitness class. I CRAVE Zumba and would Zumba every day if it were offered in my community. I find joy in Zumba.

In mid-May, just as I was getting in the swing of things (and had added a boot camp class to my exercise schedule), my father died suddenly at age 59. The week after his death, I returned to my old eating habits and didn't exercise. However, after the funeral, I got right back on track and used Zumba as a way of coping with my stress and grief.

I know from that experience, for the first time in my life, that I will be successful in achieving my weight loss goals this time. There is no event in my life, short of serious physical injury, that will stop me. In the past, stress has been an excuse I used to eat poorly and stop exercising. This time, I took the opposite approach.

Since I started on this journey in late April, I am now exercising 5 times a week (2 Zumba classes, 2 sessions with a personal trainer, and one cardio/weight lifting class). I also have an exercise buddy for the first time, a woman in my office. Having her in my corner has been extremely positive and I encourage everyone to to find a fitness buddy.

Once I got the exercise in line, I got more serious about my diet (baby steps over a 3.5 month period). I know, if I don't journal my food, that I will overeat. One reason I returned to SparkPeople was to use its nutrition tracker.

Since I started over again in late April 2009, I have lost 23 pounds. When I used SparkPeople's calculator to determine when I would reach my goal weight if I lost 2 pounds a week, the date that popped up was my birthday which is in late April 2010. I saw that as another sign that now is my time to do this once and for all. So, in April of next year, I anticipate that the gift I will be giving myself is a new body and a healthy future.

Wish me luck on my journey as I do you on yours. Much love.

Member Since: 11/17/2007

My Goals:
To feel like myself again - healthy and fabulous!

My Program:
Zumba class twice a week; aerobics/sculpting class twice a week; one active day on weekend.

Managing daily caloric intake by eating veggies, lean protein, whole wheat grains and fruit; and tracking on SparkPeople.

Personal Information:
Mid 30s. Live in Northeast Ohio.

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