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Pic shows scans of real women (emphasis on REAL) 5' 6" and 145-150 lbs (my ultimate goal)

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Reminder to self: THEY are beautiful; this is my goal, be realistic, don't aim for media portrayals

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So once upon a time in the not too distant past, too skinny was also perceived as unattractive?

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Hello SparkFriends, I'm Jess. I've been a member on and off for a while (joined in 2010), I lost from 220 down to 180lbs my first time around over a 6 month period which I maintained until 2013 when I got pregnant. I had severe HG during my pregnancy ended up losing so much weight, I was down to 160lbs at 9 months pregnant, but due to my body being in starvation mode for so long (and poor eating habits when returning home) I gained back all of my weight after delivery and then some. I have been maintaining a 185-200lb fluctuation for about 2 years now, but due to some recent health diagnoses, I know it's imperative to lose the rest of the weight I initially set out to lose in the beginning. My realistic goal is to be max 160lbs to start, but I may aim for 145 if I feel it's a feasible accomplishment.

Some of the things I've picked up along the way have stuck with me which is awesome, like substituting whole grains, healthy oils, cooking methods, etc. Through testing, I found out recently I am gluten intolerant, I have a true brewer's/baker's yeast allergy, and I'm allergic to eggs (whites and yolks) and bananas, though none to an anaphylactic level. I have already begun to transition into eliminating these items and never imagined how extensive elimination would need to be!

I would love to hear suggestions on handling allergy eliminations and welcome new friends (and would love to hear from former Sparkfriends that may still be active)!!

Member Since: 1/22/2010

Fitness Minutes: 15,375

My Goals:
Eliminate foods from my allergy/intolerance list
Work towards healthy weight

My Program:
Still working on that...

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In the past a lot of my life has been about self-sacrifice for those I love (my husband, my children, my family and friends); I've learned though sacrifice, compassion, and empathy isn't always reciprocated and I must make room for self-care to meet my own basic needs first before I can give to others.

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