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Hi my name is Melissa, I currently live in the Central Florida area. I started my weight loss journey on June 13, 2008. To date I have lost a good amount of weight. I am very proud of my accomplishments, and I am not only doing it for myself, but for my children as well.

When I started my journey, my start weight was 273 lbs. I am currently 222, I think that is a major accomplishment. I have completely changed my old eating habits. I drink lots of water and I try to exercise at least 4-5 times a week for two hours a day. I still have a long way to go, but I have to tell you that compliments that I have been getting feel great, not to mention the fact that my kids can put their arms around their mommy and they touch. It's an awesome feeling.

Member Since: 9/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,583

My Goals:
I would like to continue losing, I would like to try and lose or get as close to my goal weight which is currently 175 lbs.

My Program:
Low fat, low calories, I watch sodium intake. I drink at least 72 ozs of water a day, and I try to get to the gym at least 3-4 times a week.

Personal Information:
I am currently living in the Central Florida area, but I am orginially from PA. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have three beautiful children.

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I have three children. My oldest is 12, his name is Issac, he has ASD and MR. My daughters name is Chelsy, she just turned ten, she is ADHD. My third is my son Caden who was born deaf. He has bilateral cochlear implants. Most of my life I worried about taking care of my kids and not myself, now I know that I have to do both, I have to be healthy so that I can take care of my kids they way they need to be taken care of and have a mommy that has lots of energy to keep up with them.

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    Stopping by to say hi and see how you are doing?
    3349 days ago
    I could definitely use a accountability partner, because right now my fiancé is driving me crazy. I know he trying to help but it makes everything worse when he nags me.

    3379 days ago
    I have to say I felt a little bit better after I read your message. Sometimes it's like you cant catch a break but I know I will be stronger after all this. I only have one child and you have 3 , I don't know how you do it, but your kids are so adorable. What part of Orlando are you in? do you belong to a Gym? I could use a buddy that is close by everyone I meet on here so far

    3407 days ago
    Hey, Melissa! Congratulations on making that meal your whole family enjoyed! I see you have young kids, so I know that's not easy. Most of all, wow, congratulations on your success! You've come such a long way. I'll bet you feel terrific! All the best, Sara emoticon
    3408 days ago
  • v CARRIE252
    Hey how's things?? I read you had just gone through a bad patch - I hope your coming through the other side feeling much more positive and confident - you've already accomplished so much just keep your chin up you can do it!

    I know I'm new to this but I already have had loads of ups and downs and I now realise that it has a lot to do with willpower (like stopping smoking only losing weight and keeping it of is much harder) and constantly pushing yourself to go to gym etc.

    I want you to know that if you ever need to of-load any steam, I'm at the other end of the email and am happy to listen/read emoticon

    Take care

    Carrie xx
    3413 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/11/2009 6:48:23 AM
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