An October day perfect for the beach. It may not be perfect, but I love the changes in this body!

1992 at 129 lbs

One of my "bigger" days-fall of 2004. I was getting close to 200 here.


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I moved back to Alaska and I weighed myself. Those things are not related, but they did happen recently. In the last few months I have gained so much I am now 171. Back to Sparking because I obviously didn't do it well when I tried alone. I thought I could save time by not logging, but I am going to do it again because otherwise I will waste time buying new, larger clothing instead!

When my new clothes started getting too tight, I knew I had to do something drastic or move to a nudist colony. Since I am too large to show myself without clothes, I figured a new lifestyle was in order. I began my journey home (to thindom) officially on Christmas Day, and registered on SP in January when my daughter(who is smarter than I) told me about it enough times to let it sink in. I am an official SP with the SP water bottle to prove it! My highest weight was 219 when I started in December.

Behold, the power of having clothes that fit...

Now, at 9 months in, I am 130. I fit in many of my 17 year old daughter's clothes. I am wearing clothes from Hot Topic, and I love it!

Update: 12/24/06: I have gotten up to almost 140, and am holding steady. I really have got to get with it and hit my goal. I had surgery a few days ago so that I can exercise with fewer problems, and when I heal, I will put it to the test. I can't wait!

Update: 12/28/07: I have been doing no more than maintaining. I have stayed very near 140 for the last year. The beginning of this year will see me make my goal just so I can say I did! I am looking to fit into a hot little leather halter for Harley-riding this summer!

Member Since: 1/7/2006

Fitness Minutes: 2,443

My Goals:
I would like to fit into my closet of skinny clothes I have and be able to wear a swimsuit at the beach. I would also like to not have to turn off the lights when I get changed!

Hey! I have met those goals!!! Thank you, SP and sparkers, I love you all!

My Program:
In the beginning I dropped my calories to 1200 per day and did Tae Bo for 30 minutes per day and walked as fast as I could for 60 minutes every weekend. I also did my strength training every other day. By July, I changed that to running 3-5 days per week (5-10 miles each time.), usually 60 minutes Tae Bo on the other days, and strength training several days per week.
Now, with my teaching and schooling taking up so much time, I mainly workout on the weekends and in bits and pieces over the week. Yikes!

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On 12/28/07, I started a Bringing in 2008 with a bang!Challenge.

Start: 145 lbs (Help!)

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“The thing always happens that you really believe in and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”

- Frank Lloyd Wright

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  • v JIBBIE49
    You can lose FIVE POUNDS, 5 more times and get to that 120# goal. Oh, Hot.
    Keep going. You are doing fantastic!
    3701 days ago
  • v RENATA5
    Hi Karmonster,

    Stopped by to say "hi" and see how you're doing. You have come a long way in your weight loss. Congratulations. Hope you are enjoying the new format on the Spark Bookworms team. See you there!
    3710 days ago
    Thank you very much for your response to my post. I will make it a point to find ways to get back to what I love. I have many times considered one day owning my own day care.

    I was also very impressed by your transfermation! Truely inspiring. In the last couple months I found myself inching dangerously close to the 200 mark. However, I recently discovered that I may have some very serious back problems. This has made me realized I have to get my health in check before it's too late.

    I know it's different for everybody, but any helpful hints?
    3798 days ago
    Karmonster, I have fallen so far off the wagon, that I could not even find the wagon for while!!! But, I caught it! I am glad you are back on, too! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas(or whatever you may celebrate) and will have the happiest of New Years!

    Tina(Fab@41 now)
    3805 days ago
    I was browsing elsewhere and found your page and just wanted to say GREAT JOB! *Heidi*
    3846 days ago
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