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Hey everyone! Thank you for visiting my page!

I am a 23-year-old college student majoring in English Lit/Creative Writing. I just joined Sparkpeople and so far, it has helped tremendously by making me accountable for the junk I feed my body sometimes!

Losing weight for me has much more to do with wanting to improve my health than wanting to be skinny. I was diagnosed with prediabetes at 17, PCOS at 18, and high blood pressure at 21 when I was weighing in at 217.

It finally hit me that if I didn't start learning how to eat right and exercising, my health would continue to deteriorate. So in January 2010, I decided to try. Over the next year, I lost 40 pounds: hair stopped growing where it shouldn't, my face wasn't covered in acne and aunt flow came on time every month! (If you have pcos, you know how AWESOME that is!)

Unfortunately.. I was too convinced that my PCOS was cured and stopped taking my Metformin. Viola! I started watching my weight slowly come back and instead of hitting the gym, I kept eating and drinking. A lot.

I gained back 20 of my 42 pounds. My "skinny jeans" looked like spandex and the muffin top is NOT flattering.

So here I am again. This time, I'm going to do it right. I am going to follow a balanced diet of healthy foods and try to minimize processed foods.

Hopefully in six months, I'll be able to say "I DID IT!!"

Member Since: 8/15/2012

Fitness Minutes: 491

My Goals:
- Lose 34 pounds
- Have a BMI within the "normal range"
- Be off of blood pressure medication indefinitely
- Be able to RUN a mile without stopping

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    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog:)
    2125 days ago
  • v NIXY72
    Welcome! If you need a shoulder, a friend or a virtual coffee at some point, drop by and say hello! I've just celebrated my SP eleven month anniversary and am amazed at the absolutely incredible amount of support I've received for weight loss and so much more. This is a fabulous site and you will be astounded at what you get out of it if you give it your all.

    To celebrate your arrival at SP in this late-summer season, I would like to wish you a everlasting renewal of energy and passion, for this is a time to celebrate the great potential you possess. May the sun shine upon you and fire up your heart to reach all of your goals and find joy in yourself and the world around you. Whatever battles you are fighting, whatever stresses may come your way, may you find energy, confidence, vitality and strength. This is the time to shine bright and show the world how beautiful you are. Embrace the summer-lit brilliance of each day and you will create a new life where all your wildest dreams come true. ~ Michelle


    2126 days ago
    Just remember - take it one day at a time... and breathe! You will be emoticon
    2132 days ago