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Hi! My name is Serena. I have been on a weight loss journey since October of 2010. At my heaviest, I weighed 260 pounds. I have not always been overweight. As I was growing up, I weighed what I should for my height. However, I had a sister that was very slender and it always made me feel inadequate.

Fast forward to my 20s...I moved to a new city and did not adjust very well to all the changes going on in my personal life. I ate out a lot and drank a lot of alcohol. These habits led to gaining about 90 pounds in just a few short years. I was miserable and felt helpless to change it. I wanted to lose weight and had some small successes here and there but I never changed my lifestyle and the weight always came back.

A couple of fairly significant events occurred in my life that had a great impact. My mother, who had struggled with her wieight for all of my life, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer and would eventually pass on. Then a few years later one of my best friends would be diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.

My friend did not take the diagnosis lying down. She told me that she would fight. Today is Septmeber 21, 2012 and I am so grateful to say that it has been 5 years since her diagnosis and she is happy and healthy!

When my friend was diagnosed, I was devastated. But watching her battle something so deadly with a positive attitude made me realize that we may not get to choose our circumstances in life, but we do choose our response. I began mentally preparing myself for big change in my own life.

Today I am 60 pounds lighter. I have fluctuated about 10 pounds for the last several months. I am proud of myself for never giving up my own struggle and for the most part maintaining a much healthier weight. The quality of my life has improved drastically!

I joined this site back in January of 2010 but never used it too much. I need a "Spark" if you will to get me motivated again. I am hoping this website will assist me with that.

Member Since: 1/28/2010

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My Goals:
Lose 10 pounds by November 22, 2012.

I recently decided that I would like to be a dietician. I have always wanted to work in a career where I could help other people. With my personal experiences, this seems to be the right fit. And I can also learn about health and nutrition for myself!

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As far as continuing to lose weight goes, I hike most days for an hour or more and really try to eat healthier foods.

For the goal I have to become a dietician, I have enrolled in school.

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Hmmmm...I love Taco John's. My family seems to have a weird obsession with it but it reminds me of good times and always seems to make me feel better when I am down. My favorite season is Autumn. I have lived in Reno, Nevada since January of 2002. I'm married to my best friend Nate and have a daughter named Patience. I have worked for the same company since 2000. Before that the longest I had the same job was a year! I am sure that many of the people who know me now would find it hard to believe how much of a troublemaker I was growing up, but it is true! I have been called a "princess" a time or two and yes, it probably holds some truth; however, I must say in my defense the people around me spoil me:O) I believe I am a good friend, though, and will do whatever I can for those people close to me.

I lost my mom to cancer in 2006 and she was far too young. For this reason, I try to keep in mind how fleeting life can be and appreciate the blessings that come my way.

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I have zero interest in politics, always have and probably always will. I have no tolerance for dishonesty, it really turns me off. Don't try to be fake with me because I abhor insincerity and have better things to do with my time than hang out with people like that. I think MEAN PEOPLE SUCK and I can not stand people who abuse or take advantage of the weak, (this most definitely includes our furry friends.) I don't think anyone is better than anyone else regardless of how much money they have or who they know, frankly I just don't care about those things. I am all about the underdog and I enjoy helping others to overcome their obstacles! As far as everything else goes my tastes change as I get older. I know we never stop growing. My sister would tell you that I push myself too hard and expect too much. I think that isn't necessarily a bad thing but sometimes I think I expect too much from other people. I don't believe in doing things half heartily.

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    That sounds cool. I have about 1-2 years left before I get my BS, depending on how many credits I take each semester and if I decide to do summer or winter classes. I'm finishing up my classes online through the University of Alabama. I took my lab courses at a local college.

    It's awesome that we are in school for the same thing! :)

    2088 days ago
    That is SO COOL that you are going to go to school for nutrition too! Where are you planning to attend?
    2091 days ago
    Thanks so much for the comment on my blog! I really appreciate it. :)

    I hope you have a fantastic week!

    2091 days ago
    Hi Serena!

    I saw your msg board post about "What gets you motivated to work out", and I saw that you and I both have the same starting weight (sorta, I'm starting from 282, currently 263), and you've already lost FRICKIN' 60 POUNDS!
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    I clicked on your page, and then saw your brief opening, and how your friend has Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer, but is doing very well (which is amazing!) - earlier this year, I've lost 3 friends to various forms of cancer: pancreatic, breast, and lung - 2 in the same day! It crushed me to see people I knew, vibrant and full of life, quickly diminish (they died within weeks and months of being diagnosed). It was a wake up call.

    I hope that we can be fellow Sparkers to one another, I've been on here off and on, but also, never really stuck to it. I need inspiration, and in turn, I want to inspire. I hope things are going well for you, and will be adding you as a buddy!

    Take care!
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    2091 days ago
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    Hey Serena! My Tuesday is going alright..I fell asleep for awhile part of it kinda passed me by..Lol..da-n pain med. I woke up with mega pain today so I guess the sleep did me good...Talk to u soon..I hope your Tuesday is going better than mine! emoticon
    2094 days ago
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