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So I joined SparkPeople right before going to college and then kind of gave up on it. I'm now ending my college life and getting ready to graduate. I realize that if I don't change my weight and eating habits now then I never will. My brother battled with severe weight gain and was able to lose a lot back in high school. I guess I compare myself to him.

September 2012: A year ago tomorrow, I moved to NYC to try and start a career in publishing. In that year I've struggled personally with my weight, the loss of my beloved godmother, unemployment and some severe smashing of my expectations. It's been on of the toughest years of my life so far. That's really not saying a lot. In the last week, I've focused so much on how my life isn't where I want it to be. Last year, I thought, "hey! you're moving to New York. You're going to lose the weight while you look for a job (a job, which of course, you will get within two months of moving there!"

Six months after moving to NYC, I still lived with my aunt and uncle, had only just started a part-time job, and had, in fact, gained more weight. Six months since then my job is now stable enough that I can support myself. I've started being accountable for my actions. Although, a lot of my struggle in the last month is accepting the things that are out of my control. In the last week as the disappointment of still being overweight, still living with my aunt and uncle and still not having a full-time job washed over me, I reflected on the things that HAD gone right. No, I didn't have a full-time job but I had a job that I could support myself on and loved. I hadn't lost ALL the weight I wanted, but I had lost 25 pounds. Yes, I still lived with my aunt and uncle, but within the next few weeks, that won't be the case anymore. I have been blessed in the past year and have gained a lot of autonomy not despite the struggles I faced but BECAUSE of them. I'm slowly making these realizations, and I'm looking forward to what the next year of my life will bring.

June 2011: So, I got this spark page back in like 2008 or so SparkPeople tells me. I was never motivated enough before--I needed my brother or other circumstances to motivate me to do anything. I fell into a pretty deep depression after I returned from studying in London for 4 months. On top of it I was back in a dorm situation which is not conducive to taking off the pounds and was having health problems (I couldn't keep anything down until my cafeteria closed and so would run to MacDonald's when I finally got hungry around 10 p.m.). Instead of making healthy choices to try and get me out of my funk I turned to my job as a reporter for my campus newspaper for comfort. I became a pretty good reporter but lost sight of maintaining my weight loss from my time studying abroad.

Come my senior year of college and I'm named editor in chief of my newspaper. I loved my time there but late nights, a heavy course load and bad menu choices had me packing on 40 lbs by the end of the year. Now I'm graduated and determined to lose the weight. I found a workout buddy, am becoming accountable with my weight and eating habits and am looking forward to taking off the pounds!

Member Since: 5/21/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,090

My Goals:
Short term Goals:
Start: 229
190 (Halfway)--
185 (Lowest weight of my adult life)--
160 (Goal)--

Long Term Goals:
1. Keep the weight off.
2. Different coping mechanism other than food.
3. Be confident.
4. My godmother recently passed away, so I'd like to be able to wear the ring she left me someday.

My Program:
Cardio exercise 3 times a week (usually an hour long walk)

Strength training 2-3 times a week

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    HI I was looking for a fitness buddy and stumbled upon your page but lo and behold you already have a fitness buddy. I just want to say that I too want to work in publishing but had so many setbacks. Your story is almost similar to mine.

    I am praying you reached or have already reached your goals. =)
    1819 days ago
    we have really similar weight goals and you're adorable! i'm going to add you, i hope that's okay! :)
    2043 days ago
  • v BEAUTIFUL_REINA woulda been an improvement but ya know, they wouldn't even have to spend more, just put more thought into it. Like what about a picnic or bike ride on one of those bikes for two, what are they called....surreys? or he coulda cooked for you....why don't they make it MORE?
    2169 days ago
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    Hope the Celebration was DONE just right!
    2175 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
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    Sun in Cancer: Cancer is a good sign for a woman to be since it is the sign of the mother. Cancer gets along with Scorpio, Taurus, Pisces, Virgo and Capricorn. Cancer can have problems with her breast. She loves to save for a rainy day and she can keep secrets.
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    KEYWORDS: protectively, sensitively, emotionally
    KEY PHRASE: I feel.
    2181 days ago
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