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Before I lost very much weight (I can't read the date on the picture).

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177 lbs, another angle

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177 lbs, 10/17/08, another angle

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Ack I changed my introduction and it didn't post! Here we go again: I am going to leave my old information up as it is interesting to see how I[ve changed. I am now 30 years old and have since become an RN (2010), and had a second child (July 2011). I had lost about 50-60 pounds on spark people before and was the lowest weight I had been since middle school! However I got busy with nursing school, then I worked nights for over 2 years. Nights really made it hard because I never had any energy to exercise when I was off work. I lost weight while pregnant but then gained 50 or so pounds AFTER having her! I have been having a hard time getting motivated to lose weight again but my mom recently was diagnosed with diabetes, and I have been having a hard time getting down and up off the floor, I have been feeling weaker, and my joints have been hurting (I think I have arthritis but it is made worse by my weight). Also I have been watching several people lose a lot of weight and I want to get back to that wonderful feeling of being thin! But I am so busy I worry about being able to track the food and come to the website. Also I love food and don't want to have to restrict myself! I need to spend time with my kids, not obsess over my calories and what I should eat, and planning ahead to make sure I'm making good choices. But hopefully I can get past all of this and stick to it this time! After I see some weight loss I'm sure it will motivate me more.

My name is Kim, I'm 27 years old, and I've successfully lost weight on Atkins before (over 70 lbs.). I gained a lot of it back though :(. I went back on Atkins about a month ago. I would like to try to learn to eat "normal" as I hate seeming so picky whenever I go to gatherings or to friends and family's houses. There is so much I can't have on Atkins, but absolutely not being able to have a lot of foods seems to help me. Hopefully I can find a happy medium. I hope Spark people can also help me with the motivation. I'm terrible at getting up and exercising! Also, in case you check my food and fitness trackers, I am trying to stick to tracking them at night, instead of continually logging onto the site during the day. Now that I am pretty good at knowing about how much I can have, and what kinds of foods I should be eating, I just write it all down and I have a ticker count going for water, until it's night time.
I want to get down to 150 pounds, and see how I feel. I always thought I should weigh 125-130, but I don't even know if my body can do that! I have pretty much always been overweight. I haven't been 150 since like....middle school or even elementary school. So I'd like to see how I feel at that weight then maybe go less. I always seem to get to 190 then give up!
I made new mini goals based on 10% weight loss a recent spark article recommended.

August 10th, 2008. I can now say I can lose weight the "normal" way! I'm eating what I want and losing weight! I have learned to eat so much better. I eat a lot less now that I understand how much I should be eating. Also, I am proud to say, that I have been exercising regularly since I joined sparkpeople! I recently bought a few Tae Bo exercise kits when Borders was having a sale, 40% off any dvds, up to 3. I got the Amped kit (5 workouts and an amplifier bar) for 22 bucks, and the bootcamp elite workout (4 workouts and some "billy bands" - resistance bands with weights), for 22 bucks. Great deal! I am loving the amped set. The amplifier bar is just the coolest! Since I have learned to vary my workouts, I am constantly looking forward to my next workout. I also am always looking for new ways to work out, without videos, and am trying to do active stuff with my daughter more. I only work out 3 days a week though, occasionally 4, and I keep telling myself I need to work out more but I am just so busy, with a lot of things going on at once. I definately should have worked out this weekend, cause I totally felt like I could. But I do try to keep active even on my "off days." I think the weekends are my least active days though.
Just a reminder to myself: BE POSITIVE. (I decided today I needed to write this somewhere; STOP BEING SO NEGATIVE. But then I realized even THAT is negative. So I told myself, okay START BEING POSITIVE. I am just a pessimistic person who needs to STOP being pessimistic, and worse-case-scenario thinker. I have faith in God but for some reason I find myself being negative almost all the time! Not just in weight loss though; with everything.

Nov. 14th, 2008 comment: My (fairly) new nickname by a classmate: "Skinny girl."
I am starting to feel truly like a thin person. I know I am not THIN yet but I am at a more "normal" weight and I am finally beginning to feel comfortable in my new appearance. Also I am having less acne issues. I wonder if it is related to my better diet and hydration. I am really beginning to love the new me and am beginning to consider making a new goal of 130 when I reach 150.

Happy moments, praise God,
Difficult moments, seek God
Quiet moments, worship God
Painful moments, trust God
Every moment, thank God

Member Since: 5/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 14,679

My Goals:
First goal (10% of 227): 204 lbs. by July 4th : COMPLETED on June 26th!
Next goal: 184 lbs, by September 5th. I didn't make it! I will be 184 by Oct. 2nd: COMPLETED on Sept. 25th
reward: nice workout "uniform," which you now see pictured in my newest weight loss pictures!
166lbs, (sometime in December, preferably december 18th, so I have time to get a christmas dress) . Goal not met. New goal: 166 by Jan. 8th. No reward since it was late. Not met. New goal: by Feb. 5th I will be 166. I can't seem to stop overdoing it lately! I have no motivation to exercise- I'm having to force myself. I'm just constantly tired, and I have no will to stop myself from overeating many times.
GRRR goal still not met! New goal: 166 by Feb. 26th. Not met. New goal: 166 by March 26th. Okay I'm keeping all the old goals so that I can show that someone who is discouraged from so many unattained goals can STILL bounce back and STILL make new goals and achieve them! New goal: June 4th

My Program:
I'm paying more attention to what I eat, trying to stay within sparkpeople's calorie recommendations, and succeeding usually 5 or 6 days out of every week, and making sure I get enough water. I find the more I lose weight and the healthier I feel, the more I make improvements in how I eat, and the more things I change about my eating habits. I feel like as I get even smaller there will be even more changes I will be making. I'm already starting to feel like I want to cut out (or at least reduce by a lot) processed foods. That will come someday. I also have been feeling lately like I want to stop drinking coffee. I have been drinking only 1 cup every morning, but I'm starting to feel like it's not good for me. I think it's one thing that may be holding me back.
For exercise, I commit to exercising (cardio and strength training on the same days), 3 times a week and then if I can or if I feel up to it, I exercise more. I've started more and more to workout at least 1 or 2 days extra

Personal Information:
I'm from Bremerton, WA. I've been married for 7 years, and I have a soon-to-be 4 year old daughter. I am in my 3rd quarter of the first year of nursing school, and I am loving it! I think I might want to go into pediatric nursing. But I'm still keeping myself open, until I experience all the different areas :)

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I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

-Philippians 4:13

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    Yes, I passed the NCLEX. Some hospitals in the area have residency programs, but I didn't get into any of them. Still waiting to hear back from the hospital I interviewed at (St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, IL). Any day now I hope to get good news!

    Best of luck on your new jobs!
    4210 days ago
    Bummer about your orientation getting canceled. What type of job?
    4213 days ago
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    Hey Kim, just popped in to say hi. Looks like your hanging in there with school and i hope your doing well on the diet front.

    Just to let you know.....I'm officially a Nurse Graduate and am done with school!!!!!!!!!!! Just have to complete my final exit exam for the school before they will release my papers to the State.

    I went through soooooo much in nursing school but no matter what i prevailed through God's grace and mercy. So stay in prayer and stay positive. It will soon be over before you know it. Best wishes!
    4261 days ago
    You're so sweet! I was just waitng for a pic I didn't hate! LOL
    4284 days ago
    With the school year winding down, you should have time soon to recoup, right? I sure hope you're better before then, tho! I think I'm just slightly anemic right now. Should fix itself in a few days. ;-)

    Do you have summer classes?
    4288 days ago
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