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2/2/08 new me - new do!! something i NEVER would have tried w/my previously, rounder face.

my loves! btw - since i've started my new life, my hubby has lost 15lbs. proof that those around you influence your eating habits...

my best friends & the most wonderful family i am proud to be a part of - 12/01/07




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As a young girl the running joke was that I must have a tapeworm because I could eat ANYTHING and not gain a pound! Well, that string of luck ran out around 18. I had a job at the mall and spent most of my days eating fast food. Since I never had to worry about what I ate, I had no idea what a proper diet should be once I had to adopt one, let alone the discipline to maintain a healthy lifestyle. So I attempted the “easy route” trying every fad diet from Atkins to South Beach and just about every diet pill from Stacker to GNC's, every time winding up heavier than when I started once I’d weaned myself off. For almost 10 years now I’ve yo-yo'd between a svelte 110lbs to my max, 160lbs on a petite 5'2" frame!!

Just before my wedding in October 05 I lost enough weight to be happy about my wedding pics but quickly started gaining it back after the honeymoon. Within the first year I gained at least 20lbs! My husband admitted he was ready to be married to a “chubby” girl and love me for who I am but I couldn’t accept and love MYSELF. Finally, the realization hit me – being overweight is no fun! Yes, food is delicious but nothing tastes as good as the feeling of fitting into a great pair of jeans, putting on a cute fitted top and knowing it looks great, getting the “double look” from the one you love (and strangers ;) and carrying yourself with confidence. My attitude is completely different when I’m heavy – I’m miserable, angry (mostly at myself but quick to take it out on the ones nearest and dearest), insecure about the way my clothes fit (or mostly, don't) and a total home body, not wanting to go anywhere with anyone.

This year (2007) I’m finally ready to make the changes needed to be the confident, outgoing and beautiful person I once was. Although it seems so long ago, I remember her; the young, vibrant girl that was always smiling, couldn’t wait to be in pictures and had a love of life. I’m still that girl, deep inside waiting to be released, and at 28 I’m young enough to do it and enjoy the results. After watching my mother (BEMORESTUBBORN) sacrifice and struggle to successfully lose weight for my wedding, I know anything is possible. She is my inspiration and a constant reminder not to wait until it’s too late because you’ll regret all the years you could have enjoyed being healthy and looking great (and boy does she)!

I'm happier than I’ve ever been in my life and I want my body to reflect that.

Here's to a hot 28 in 08!!

Member Since: 1/2/2007

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My Goals:
- lose 31 lbs (then reevaluate)
UPDATE: lost 31 lbs and realized it wasn't enough, but didn't fret, just kept on truckin and got where i needed and wanted to be.
- eat more fruit and veggies
- exercise at LEAST 3 days/wk
- stay within 1200-1300 cal/day
- NO soda!
- stick to portion size
- if still hungry, drink water
- eat every 3 hours
- remind myself why

My Program:
cardio - 3 days/wk
strength training - 3 days/wk
abs/butt - 3 days/wk

Personal Information:
I'm 100% jersey girl and proud!!
I am married to the most wonderful man and my biggest fan.
We have the greatest "child" a 4yr old Shih-tzu :)
My best friends support me in maintaining my fabulous new lifestyle - my mom (BEMORESTUBBORN) and my sis (LISETTE44) and recently we've recruited my fave cousin (DPFLOWERS). it's a family thing :)

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I've been a sparkie since January 07. So far I've lost a total of 45lbs and couldn't be happier! I've met, and surpassed, my original goal of losing 30lbs and look forward to toning what's left of me for bikini season :)

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    Hi! How are you? Hope all is well and that you're enjoying the summer!

    1053 days ago
  • v WORDGRRL71
    I LOVE your new haircut, you're just gaw-geous. I came here via your mom's page. Great to see everybody is having a positive experience getting more fit! It's very inspiring.
    2975 days ago
  • v FELLE442
    Your success is so awesome!!! Thanks for providing the spark I needed!!!

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  • v EFFDOT
    I just added your sister as a friend and wanted to add you also. Your entire family's story is so inspirational. My mom and I are both trying to lose weight together. I'm hoping that we are as successful as your family is.
    3013 days ago
  • v BRENDAF761
    I dropped by to check out your sparkpage after reading an article about your family. My daughter and husband also workout with me and have made a big lifestyle change. Congrats on your weight loss success and best wishes for continued success! You look amazing! Take care-Brenda emoticon emoticon
    3021 days ago
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