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Me with Cam of State of Shock, Jun 09

With State of Shock Jun 08, pre-Spark, 185 lbs

State of Shock show in Jun 09, 135 lbs


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UPDATE: It's September 2012, and this month I made the commitment to get back at it. To get back to my healthy weight, and back at living the healthy lifestyle that unfortunately has been taking a backseat with all that's been going on in my life this year. I'll blog about all that later! The good news is, I'm committed. I know how to live healthy, and I am ready to make it a priority again. I've gained some weight back, but the good thing is, I'm not back where I started, and it's time to turn this thing around! :)

...to lose the weight, and be strong!

I stumbled upon SparkPeople simply by chance, or was it, in Oct '08. I had decided it would be good for me to start tracking my food calories, and really seeing how many calories I was consuming each day. I felt I was already eating fairly healthy everyday, but it was a real eye-opener when I actually started measuring everything. Upon googling a tool to help me, well, I was brought here, and thank God I was! I am REALLY ready this time to get healthy, and feel good about myself, and with SparkPeople, what once seemed as impossible WILL become reality!

UPDATE: April 8, 2009 (after 6 months of a healthier lifestyle)

Well, I have to say, I am MORE than pleased with my results so far! It's been hard work to get to a 40lb (well, almost) lighter me, but it has so been worth every second of effort! I feel, not just better about myself on the outside, but the inside too. I feel like a new person, and boy, do I love clothes shopping now! :)

I felt when I started this journey 6 months ago, that I was really ready this time, and that I would do it. This site, and the wonderful people here, have been such a blessing. I have learned so much, and read so many inspirational stories...it just made it so much easier to succeed.

My goals of more veggies, less sodium, and more fibre have all been met. I'm actually enjoying vegetables now, and not just eating them because I know I should...huge thanks sparkmember SNAVELA1 who posted the "Caulitators" recipe! I use it often...I think I'm actually addicted to them! Not a bad addiction, I guess. My "move more" goal is so much easier now. I am no longer a couch potato. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy my TV, but I now find myself wanting to find things to do other than sitting on the sofa.

There was a time in my life when I thought I was just destined to be overweight. I don't think I'd been in a "healthy" weight range since I was 16, but now I know it didn't have to be my destiny, and today I feel great!

To anyone just starting their journey...I'm a real person, who was ready to get healthy, and with the help of this website, I'm doing it. Portion control, and moving more, have been key for me. That's my new way of life, and I'm excited to live it! When I first joined, I read so many happy success stories, and prayed that would eventually be my story, and now I feel it is.

I have a few more pounds to go, but with all the help here, there's no way I won't get there. It's so close I can taste it...that little running man can see the goal line!

UPDATE: May 15, 2009

Well, here I am, TODAY, a half pound below my initial goal weight, and damn, does it feel good! As the pounds came off each week (or almost each week), I kept asking myself, "WHY, did I not do this sooner? Why did I go through two decades of being overweight, and obese? I could have done this sooner! " Don't waste a minute thinking you can't do it (like I did for 20 years). If you know you can, you will! You just need to believe you can, and don't ever lose that belief, no matter how many struggles along the way, don't lose that belief that you WILL do it. That was my philosophy, and it worked!

I've set a new goal of losing another five pounds to see how I feel when I'm there. I do feel I have a little bit more work to do. Once I'm there, I'll assess again.

I do know ONE thing if nothing else. This IS the new me, and I will NEVER go back. I've decided to allow myself five pounds on the scale, and if I am approaching that five pound mark, it's time to STOP the scale from climbing higher. With all of the things I've learned here, and all of the tools I now have, I know exactly how to stop that scale from climbing higher, and I will be a success story. THANK YOU SPARKPEOPLE!!!

We can ALL be success stories, it all starts with our minds! The mind is our most powerful tool, and after this journey I believe that more than ever!

UPDATE: Oct 6, 2009

Well here I am...one year after finding SparkPeople. I met my initial goal weight about five months ago, and I've slowly been creeping to that second goal I've set. I've reached somewhat of a plateau lately...fighting with the same pound week in and week out. I've found that even though I do get my exercise in each week, I really do need to learn how to live a more active lifestyle...naturally. The exercise bit some weeks is a definite struggle for me. HOWEVER, that being said, it certainly doesn't get me down! I'm committed to staying in my healthy weight range, and living a healthy lifestyle. I feel great! I look great (at least that's what everyone else is saying :)! I'm healthy! I'm strong! I'm finally comfortable in my own skin, and I'm loving my 40's!

Member Since: 10/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 98,311

My Goals:
To get in shape, and live a happy, healthy, fulfilling life! To be grateful for the little things, and not sweat the small stuff!

My Program:
I am currently tracking my calories in, and my calories out. I'm eating better, and moving more.

I'm making sure to keep my food ratios in the recommended ranges every day...well, with the odd exception here and there. I am also working on increasing my fibre intake, and lowering my sodium. These are two areas that need improvement. I am slowly introducing more vegetables into my diet...I LOVE fruit, but struggle with veggies. I'll get there.

I've been gettting active more. Less sitting on the sofa, and more walking. Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred is now a huge part of my life.

My goal each week is more calories out than in, and finding a balance of eating, and exercising that keeps me happy.

Personal Information:
My name is Lori, I'm a 40 year old ready to make a change!

My home is in New Brunswick, Canada...Burton, NB, to be exact. I've lived in small towns of NB all of my life.

I have a wonderful spouse...we've been together for 17 years now, but we've been friends for what seems to be forever. I have a loving family, and loyal friends, and wouldn't want it any other way.

Other Information:
I'm a huge music fan. I prefer rock music, but enjoy listening to almost anything. I adore Nickelback...they make me proud to be Canadian! Also love Shinedown, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, State of Shock, and I've been a Jovi fan forever. I attend as many live concerts as I can. There's nothing better than hearing a band that sounds exactly the same live on stage as they do on the CD. It's such a rush for me.

No kids...

No pets (anymore)...Had 2 dogs, and a kitty, but sadly, they all grew old, and passed on. Gone, but certainly will never be forgotten.

Enjoy NASCAR...Go Tony!!

Love nothing better than a great movie, that makes you "think", or those that "keep you guessing". "Crash" is definitely one of my all time favs. Also REALLY enjoy Disney cartoons (they're the best).

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    "Above all else, do NOT quit! The universe always bows to persistence.
    The empowering approach is to see your physical challenges as assets, because overcoming obstacles forces you to develop discipline, determination and character.
    These traits will carry over to other areas of your life and make you a stronger person.”
    -Tom Venuto
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    Thank you for commenting on my blog, "I'm Not A Quitter Anymore." Have a healthy day!
    1531 days ago
    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"

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    2707 days ago
    Hi Lori, what CD did you find to do with the elliptical? That might be a bit easier for me to follow instead of just pedaling away at it. Are you able to stand and pedal the thing, I have tried to stand up and it is really hard. so I just sat on it. My legs definitely need more of a workout and I never realized just how weak they are till now. So when I'm done tracking again, I'll get back on that thing and get moving too.
    2773 days ago
    I was thinking about Christmas shopping today too...lol, I'm getting cataract surgery Nov. 30 so can't drive for all of December and maybe longer so I'm going to go nuts relying on dh to drive me around. Going to have to start shopping really soon so most of it will be done on time. Got any good ideas for the men in your life? I got 4 I need to buy for and it's getting so hard when 2 don't need anything. Have fun shopping emoticon
    2791 days ago
    Bodies are just like that sometimes! Its like they have a mind of their own and it doesn't mesh with what your brain/mind tells it to do! I guess thats why we're all here though : )
    2831 days ago
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