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All my life I've struggled with my weight.
When I had my third child I decided that it was time to lose the fat for good.
At the end of 1998 I joined a gym, I began to eat right and I managed to lose a lot of weight.
Then, a year later, my world crashed.
My youngest son was diagnosed with a severe disability that left me running around to doctor and therapist appointments. I was at the hospital about three times a week, visiting with various specialists, doctors, getting tests done and meeting with the therapists.
At that point I stopped worrying about my workouts, I stopped cooking and forgot about stepping onto the scale. I began to grab fast food on the way home from my many appointments.
So imagine my surprise one day when I stepped back onto that scale and realized that I'd not only put all my weight back on, but I surpassed it and now weighed 200 lbs. I was shocked, I was devastated.
Long ago I'd only started looking at my reflection in the mirror from the shoulders up, since that was my best area but now I looked again and noticed the double, nay, triple chin looking back at me. My puffy cheeks, the dark circles under my eyes and I finally stepped back and took in the behemoth buttocks, the ever expanding waist line and my thunder thighs.
It's been many years since that realization happened in 2007.
I try not to be discouraged by the fact that I have put more weight on since then to come to the grand total of 230 lbs.
Now I'm back on track and the only thing stopping me from losing this weight and becoming a fitter and healthier me, is me.

Member Since: 6/24/2007

My Goals:
Mini Goal: to lose 8 pounds a month (2 pounds a week)

Bigger Goal: to see a difference before the end of the summer

My Program:
Eating a Well Balanced, Healthy Diet. No gimmicks, no fads. Just real food.

Cardio, at least 30 minutes everyday

Personal Information:
I live in Southern Ontario with my husband, three children and two dogs.
My Husband and I have been getting fat together since 1988, and my worry is that we're setting a bad example for our children.

Other Information:
Katastrophes enjoys:
* knitting
*using an eliptical machine
*lifting free weights
* watching TV & Movies with her family
* walking the dogs

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    Dropping by with a late but very warm welcome to SparkPeople's Official Healthy Family Makeover Challenge! I wanted to wish you and your family much success on reaching all your goals. This 4 week challenge will help you get your household on the right track to eating better, getting more active, and spending more quality time together.

    If you haven't done so, please introduce yourself to the team, follow the action steps and feel free to open a discussion. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please feel free to contact me.

    A little inspiration:

    Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other. ~ Henry David Thoreau

    Much love and light on your journey.

    Keep Smiling,

    Mandy ツ
    2889 days ago

    I just wanted to thank you for the breakfast suggestions! Fruit cups and yogurt are a great idea to me. They are a grab and go kinda food and dont get my fingers sticky :)
    3967 days ago
    I'm happy I helped to lift your spirits. I know how encouraging it is to see other people leave comments on your page. I also added you to my friends so that I may keep track of your progress, please feel free to do the same. Have a great weekend!!!
    3970 days ago
    I wish you the best of luck with your weight loss journey. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen overnight, so I continually repeat the mantra, slow and steady wins the race.
    3971 days ago