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Whatever the goal we're pursuing
No matter how rugged the climb
We're certain to get there by trying our best
And taking one day at a time

"Forever" is hard to imagine
"The future" may seem far away
But every new dawn brings a wonderful chance
To do what we can on that day

-Emily Matthews

Hi! My name is Mel and I am 26 years old. I am tired of letting my weight decide what i do with my life. I'm embarrassed to even admit how many things my weight has kept me from doing. Last year I was at my heaviest weight- 204 pounds. When they finally weighed me at the dr.s office I was so humiliated.

My Dr. said, "Melanie, when they take your blood pressure, from now on tell them that they have to use a size large cuff."

I had avoided scales b/c I was in denial. They put me on a liquid weight loss plan that I paid for out-of-pocket. It was very expensive. I was on a tight budget but I paid for it anyway.. in cash. $145 a week.

I lost a total of 4 pounds in 30 days. Not worth it. Especially since they had told me all these stories about how they themselves had lost 14 pounds in 2 weeks. I quit the program. I decided I could do the same plan on my own.. and much cheaper.

Something I learned from the liquid diet was how much food is always in our faces. When you can not eat ANYTHING other than the pre-mixed shakes your doctor gives you, you see exactly how much food is tempting us every day. I realized you can buy food almost everywhere, on every corner. No wonder weight loss is so hard for us.

I love spark people and I love connecting with people who understand just how important it is to get healthy. Feel free to add me as a friend!

Member Since: 3/22/2011

Fitness Minutes: 1,606

My Goals:
I want to go back to school.. Still not sure what I want to do yet though. Other than losing weight I'd also like to work on being a healthier person overall.

Ultimate Super Dream Goals:
~Wear a 2 piece bikini
~Fit into a size 6
~Have a healthy blood pressure reading every time I get it checked

My Program:
I'm eating about 1200-1400 calories a day. I use Jillian Michaels 30 day shred 5 days a week. Sometimes I do levels 1 & 2 back to back.
I am not cutting out any specific food groups yet.

Personal Information:
I very recently quit smoking. I smoked at least a pack a day since I was 20. I used the patch for 2 weeks and I haven't smoked since.
Non-Smoker since 1/1/11

Other Information:
I have a million hobbies & interests. so I prob like something that you like.. and if not I'd love to learn about it!

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  • v HOTMAMA241
    I had a great holiday season so far. How about you? Low carbing anymore?
    2368 days ago
  • v TROOPER1961
    Your welcome!!! Thrilled to have you!! Watch team page and your mailbox we have a new challenge starting up,,, a sort of welcoming in 2013 for everyone on the team!! emoticon
    2368 days ago
    On this almost eve of a brand new year, please accept my condolences on the loss of your beloved aunt and my wishes for a NEW bright year where you hold onto those precious memories and look forward to all things bright and new in 2013.

    Celebrate good times come on 2013.....
    2369 days ago
    Hi! emoticon to the Tangerines! I am so glad you are on the team! I look forward to getting to know you during the challenge!


    Go Tangerines! emoticon
    2369 days ago
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    Hello, hope you are have a lovely cuddly Christmas. Enjoy the merry holidays and all the best for next year.

    Sadly Jane and our mutual friend Abi no longer spark but I am hoping you are just taking a mini-break and will be back soon. I think of you often.

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    Scootergirl in Oz and Memphis
    2373 days ago
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