In the car~ Going shopping! I am around 230 in this pic. I haven't let anyone take pics after this!

Thinking...hmmm, I wonder what it's going to be like to be 130 pounds again? As I was in this pic.!

Me!!!! When I weighed around 145 pounds!


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HELLO! My name is ANN.
I am sick & tired of BEING SICK & TIRED!!!
I will be celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary next March!
My husband must be a 'SAINT' to put up with my madness! LOL
He's retired & I am because of a partial,permanent disability.
I was diagnosed BI-POLAR in 2005. It took the Doc almost 2 years to experiment,combine & adjust my RX to find the 'right' combo of meds. to get me NORMAL! That's when I gained approximately 75 pounds! The mood stabilizers turn off a certain chemical in my brain to be more calm but it also made me super hungry all the time! Bad combination!
The rest of the weight was from age,left over baby weight, and being sedentary during my depressive moods! I feel better now( my mind) but now I have this extra body I am carrying around every day, I mean it! I weigh twice as much as I did 10 years ago ( I was 130 lbs)... I could be TWINS! LOL
Well.... now I'm determined to get back in shape and feel Physically better too!

Member Since: 6/15/2012

Fitness Minutes: 1,382

My Goals:
I am @260 pounds. Most people say it doesn't look it but I AM!!! I want to cut that in HALF!!! (Well I want to at least get to 145) &
Be able to maintain my weight and stick to a healthier way of eating,living & thinking!

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I am hard headed.... So when I set my mind on something... LOOK OUT!
I am going to stay positive no matter what. I also know that this will not be a walk in the park.... well, that may help me reach my desired weight! I WILL reach my GOAL! "-)

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My name is ANN ~44.
I live in Fayetteville,NC.
Married~ 24 yrs ~so far!
Daughter,Nikki ~24.
Son,Jonathan ~22.
2 lovely grand daughters.
1 grand son.
Medically retired.
Need to lose a lot of weight by next March 25th for my wedding anniversary party!

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    Hi my new spark friend Ann:)
    What a pleasant surprise seeing you pop up on my page. You are very welcome. I hope all goes well with the doc. 5 miles a day? Wow. You're my hero. You will get there again. I have been on the Sparkpeople's 5K Your Way Rookie Running team. I am taking it slowly, really slowly. lol I have a bunch of metal in my ankle from a slip and fall on the ice and it gets in the way sometimes. Swells and hurts. So I am still doing a walk/run, but am doing far better than in the beginning.

    Finished up the LiveFit Challenge and am about to start another weight routine. Weights are like a meditation for me:) Like running was for you. It has been almost 4 months since starting SP. You can check out my first 3 months results on my last two blog entries. Love spark and am really into it now. Felt so strange in the beginning, but have met the most amazing and kind friends. I am here for you. Always jump on here. I need it. I tend to retreat and cycle through the ups and downs and this seems to keep me from getting overwhelmed and sinking back into myself:)

    I'm here for you and excited to join you on this journey. We are so beating this!!! If you ever need a sounding board please pop by my page, feed or email. That's both the good and bad days. I still have some tough days, but am feeling way stronger. BTW...we are the same age:)

    Enjoy your Sunday and have a fabulous week!
    2185 days ago
    Hi Ann:)
    Saw your comment on Sparkguys feed. Sorry to hear you are having foot pain. I found that the right shoes helped me a ton. I just shared a link to some info for one of my spark friends that I shared on Rookie Running 5K page. I was amazed at the difference it made with my feet. I am REALLY hard on my feet when I jog. You can hear me from a mile away. I used to have pain in my feet and knees and found the right shoe. I went to a running shoe store and the guys found the perfect shoe for me. I copied the info here that talks about alignment (you can see how you wear down shoes by looking at the soles of a pair you have been wearing for awhile):

    Hope you find a way to relieve the pain. Wishing you all the best in your journey. I love strength training. Not cardio as much, but keep doing it. lol Let's rock this week!
    2191 days ago
    emoticon Hello there! Spark is a great place to meet lots of people on the same journey as you. We are all here to help and support one another on this adventure to lose weight. The teams and challenges help light a fire under us to get us moving towards the ultimate goal...a healthy life.
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    2192 days ago