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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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  • v MONICA_W
    It's been a while since I popped by your SparkPage so I just thought I'd say hi and catch up! Hope all's well. How are you doing on your Jan-March goals? I like that you have them right out there on your SparkPage. I don't even know where to begin for goal setting these days, the scale has been so baffling. But I just joined a 5% Challenge so hopefully that will help! Wishing you all the best.
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    2881 days ago
    Hey! Thanks for the goodie! Happy Valentine's day to you as well!!!
    2905 days ago
    yeah, I didn't quite make it up this morning either... but I found a place to take yoga for free every Monday night, so I did get 45 minutes in. I am definitely going to make it part of my routine!

    That's absolutely FANTASTIC that you made such healthy choices today with how to use your time!!!!! Keep it up!
    2913 days ago
    Definitely a good idea! I'm probably going to try and aim for 3 mornings as well this week. Slowly build up and move things around... haha, don't want to go and kill ourselves over this! It would defeat the purpose! lol... Congrats on losing 2.5 pounds!!
    2915 days ago
    MUAHAHAHA! I got up twice this week for a work out! So far I've only worked out three days and working out a gain today... so I'd say 50% really isn't bad =P Yes, I'm rationalizing, but I'm pretty excited lol

    How'd your week of getting up early been going??? I bed you've been doing awesome all week!
    2916 days ago
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