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Almost at my highest weight, a couple months before starting SP. About 235.

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Hudson (yellow) and Bubba waiting not-so-patiently for my dad to throw the ball for them.

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Starting off at the Lagoon Valley Trail Run! 9/15 @218.

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I started SP right after turning 30. Amazing.

I'm now 33.

On approximately February 16, 2012, I joined SP and started out gangbusters. I quickly realized that motivation came and went and I definitely focused well on occasion and really not at all well on occasion. When I wasn't busy at work and could do meal planning was the best...but I was never comfortable focusing on personal stuff for long at work, even really important personal stuff.

I slowly and painfully lost 20 pounds. Then came the holidays. I lost my job, was at home and surrounded by chocolate and candy and stressed as all heck. I stopped running to a great extent.

Immediately after the holidays, I had a week cruise vacation that we had planned (and paid for) back in August. I took the stairs as much as possible, I actually made it to the gym two days, and did a significant amount of walking two days on land, and rode a horse, up to a canter, along a beach for an hour one day. I was sore!!

10 of the 20 pounds I had lost came back and established themselves on my ass. January 21, 2013, I came back here and started tracking my food again.

In May, 2013, I moved to Sacramento, and started a new job. In September, 2013, I got married, and in October we did a 2 week cruise in Europe for our honeymoon. I was down to 185 on my wedding day (despite the food, wine, champagne, and cake tastings!) I was 195 when we got back from our honeymoon despite hitting the gym a couple times and walking a lot. Unfortunately, I also tweaked my back so I wasn't able to run too much.

On April 10, 2014, my father in law passed away, and we've been in a fight with one of the other heirs of the estate since his funeral. It's been sad, and infuriating. When he passed away, my husband and I were on vacation, and I was down to 175.

I bounced back to 195 over the past year, and I've been trying to get back to 175...and lowed ever since.

Today, March 4, 2015, I am 189. My goal is 145. I will make it in 2015.

Member Since: 2/13/2012

Fitness Minutes: 7,625

My Goals:

Exercise 4-6 days/week.
Pack lunch every day.*
Walk 2 miles and climb 16 flights of stairs every week day.

Run 10ks and get back to under an hour. - MET!
4/22 - 1:06:53!
6/2 - 1:08:03 :-(
9/15 - 1:17:30 HILLS! (@218)
10/13 - 1:02:14!! @216
11/11 - 1:02:45 @220 argh!!
2/28/15 - 58:38

Run 1/2 marathons and get under two hours.
8/12 - 2:22:13 Quite a ways to go!
3/17 - 2:05:17 - Getting there!

Very limited alcohol. - MET!

Join a gym I enjoy: Had one, moved, still would like one.

My Program:
Medifast. Tracking everything, even when off plan.

Running and lifting.

Anything to rev my metabolism.

Personal Information:
I want to feel good in my own skin again. I used to be an athlete, I used to be able to run miles and miles and even a marathon once.

Then I went to law school.

I need to lose about 85 pounds. My original goal was 150, but I recently discovered that I have 125 pounds of bone, muscle, internal organs, 150 would be exactly at 20% body fat. I don't know if that'll happen. But I'll see when I get there!

I decided that having set rewards doesn't work for me. I need to reach the goal and then decide on a reward.
220 - Massage - DONE!
215 -
150 - !

Other Information:
From Twitter: "I'm going to lose this weight or I'll die not trying!"

"Everyone should be able to save their own life."

I feel that I am too fat to look professional. Whether or not that's true, I don't know. I don't think so. But it is very very hard to find attractive professional clothes at this weight. If I get back down to a size 12 or (dare to dream!) lower, I KNOW I will find cute clothes that allow me to be professional and attractive. Even if I do have shoulders like a linebacker (Thanks dad!).

I'm basically a 14 now, and I do feel MUCH better. I'd like to be a 12 or even an 8, but this truly is better!

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    I'm so glad to hear that you rested your body. I'm one of those "All the way" kind of people too. Glad to hear your feeling better. Hope you can walk the day away. emoticon
    1674 days ago
    Thanks for the goodie and encouragement. Bob and I are trying as hard as we can. We'll get there.
    Hope the Aleve kicked in for you. emoticon
    1675 days ago
  • v XRSIZE18
    Just stopping by to say hello! How are you doing?
    2198 days ago
  • v KATYDID412
    Just cleaning out my email and I kept seeing your name. Haven't heard from you in a while but as I remember you had a lot of life stuff going on. Hope that all is well and that you make your way back to SP. Miss your insightful comments and support!
    2238 days ago
  • v OPTIMIST1948
    Hadnt heard from you in a while so I stopped by. Saw that your ticker is down to 203: Awesome! 3 more lbs and you can reward yourself with somethign. Any thoughts?
    2336 days ago
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