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I'm a Christian mom to eight children. Over the years, I've allowed stress and anxiety to lead me to comfort eating; a nasty habit that's sent my weight soaring 70 lbs in the last seven years.

I had carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve release surgery in March 2013. Seeing the word "obesity" listed under my health history just made my heart sink. After the death of a loved one and a health assessment that revealed high cholesterol, I knew I could no longer live in denial. I do not wish to invite an early death.

Starting Stats:

Height: 5'0"

Starting weight: 200
Current Weight:162

Starting blood pressure: 130/80
current blood pressure 118/70

starting total cholesterol: 228 (April 2013)
starting HDL: 30

current total cholesterol: 184 (July 2013 after 35 lbs down)
current HDL: 38

Starting pants size: 18
current pants size: 12

Starting t-shirt size: XL
current shirt size: L

March 2013 - lost 9 lbs
April 2013 - lost 7 lbs (total 16 lbs)
May 2013- lost 11 lbs (total 27 lbs)
June 2013 - lost 6.5 lbs (total 33.5 lbs)
July 2013 - lost 4.5 lbs (total 38 lbs)
August 2013 -

Member Since: 11/4/2011

Fitness Minutes: 16,191

My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to maintain my weight between 135-140.

Lower total cholesterol to less than 200.
ACHIEVED July 2013

Increase HDL to above 40.
follow up in Jan. 2014

starting weight as of 3.01.13.... 200

goal #1: 190
achieved 4.6.13

goal #2: 180 lbs (10%)
achieved 5.10.13

goal #3: 170 -last prepreg weight in 2010
achieved 6.14.13

goal #4: 160 lbs (20%)

final goal: 150 lbs or less

My Program:
Record food intake daily.

Keep daily calories to less than 1550; with the occasional exception.

Keep total daily cholesterol intake to less than 200 mg. Keep total daily saturated fat to less than 12g, and total fat to less than 52g. Using the Cholesterol Down nutrition plan as my guide.

Increasing cardio to 30 mins, 7x a week. Strength training 3x weekly.

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    I have missed you on Spark. How you doing with your weight-loss?
    2336 days ago
    I'm SO happy to 'meet' you! I also have 8 children. AND I'm also 5'1 and started my weight loss journey @ 189#'s! TOTALLY by God's rich grace, I'm at 128#'s now, and have basically been within my maintenance range for almost 7 months. Blessings to you, and if you want to share your name with me, I'd love to pray for you, as I pray for my ongoing journey. {{{hugs}}} Susan
    2393 days ago