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I have struggled with my weight since the age of 10, when my mother remarked to me that my thighs were "getting big." I don't know if I was overweight at that point or not, but that was the moment when I started becoming aware of my body and saw it as something I needed to worry about. From a young age, I learned that food could comfort me in times of stress, boredom, or sadness. Unfortunately, the impulses of emotional eating are hard to break, and I still have times where I feel I have no control. That being said, I started paying attention to my health around the year 2010, although my weight loss has been extremely slow. About 4 months ago (May 2014) I began a strength training regimen and have finally started to see some fat loss. The scale is a terrible measurement of success for me, so I have chosen to look at body fat percentages as the best marker of my progress. Below are some date markers of said progress, although I am currently experiencing a setback with a recent vacation followed by sickness and several bouts of emotional eating. I really hope I can get back on track asap, as my worst fear is gaining back all I have lost and then some.

Highest Weight: 250+
Starting Spark weight: 230.4
2010-2013: almost 60 pounds lost
Weight as of 09/24/14: 180 lbs.

Bodyfat percentages:
-- 39% as of 5/7/14
--36% as of 6/11/14
--33% as of 8/6/14
--32.5% as of 9/2/14

Member Since: 1/25/2010

Fitness Minutes: 6,738

My Goals:
Short term goal:

-Reduce body fat to 30%

Long term goal:
-Reduce body fat to %20-24
**Goal date: 6/01/15

My Program:
-Sticking to calories/macros set out by my trainer

-Strength training 3x per week

- HIIT cardio 4x per week

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    Thand you!
    1574 days ago
    Hi, I really related to your comment on the message board about tracking, how if you skip tracking something because you don't know the calories, then you'll feel like you've given yourself a free pass for the rest of the day. I'm exactly the same way! Well, I guess part of our weight loss journey here is finding strategies to outwit ourselves... I just read some of your blogs and you sound like you're doing great!
    1576 days ago
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    Thank you for the Happy Face Goodie. I hope your weekend is going well.

    Take care,

    2981 days ago