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At my wedding, ten days after giving birth to my youngest daughter, and at my heaviest weight.




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For as long as I can remember, I have always struggled with my weight (and my self-perception, for that matter!).

As a high schooler, I was 160 pounds, a size 12, and toned and tan, but I felt like a huge, inadequate blob compared to my other classmates (looking back, I would give anything to go back to that size!).

And then I went to college.

Like any other college student, my diet pretty much consisted of cereal, ramen noodles, Whataburger, and alcohol. As expected, I gained the dreaded "Freshman 15." In my junior year of college, I became pregnant with my first child, and gained a whopping 60 pounds. Fortunately for me, I quickly lost 40 of those pounds, but not because I miraculously became health-conscious - rather, because I breast fed my baby.

Two years later, still struggling to lose that last 20 pounds (plus the 15 I had put on in college), I became pregnant with my second child. During this pregnancy, I only gained 50 pounds. However, the day I left the hospital, I weighed exactly the same as I had the day before I delivered.

Yes, your math is correct. I was at a whopping 245 pounds. Suddenly, the 160 pounds I weighed in high school wasn't looking so bad.

My youngest child is now three, and I am still struggling to lose my excess weight. I have never felt more horrible about myself; every day, I struggle to get dressed, to find clothes that fit me in a flattering way, to participate in activities with my kids, or to even function in social situations. I used to be so full of life and energetic - the "life of the party" - but my weight has successfully swallowed who I am.

I have struggled through just about every fad diet imaginable - from HCG, to Atkins, to juicing - all to no avail. I am finally ready to make a commitment to get health - not necessarily skinny - once and for all!

Member Since: 4/11/2013

Fitness Minutes: 546

My Goals:
1. Lose 100 pounds by March 31, 2014.

2. Have a BMI of roughly 22-24%.

3. Be in single digit sizes.

4. Be able to run a mile without stopping.

5. Overcome my emotional eating habits.

My Program:
Mainly, I am counting my calories. I do not eat any less than 1,200 calories per day, but try not to eat any more than 1,400 per day. I incorporate Herbalife shakes into my diet, and I also utilize a lot of tips from Jillian Michaels' Slim for Life book (if you have not read this, you need to reevaluate your life!). For exercise, I follow a four-day per week circuit program, and do Zumba for cardio three times weekly.

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