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How I look now, although I have lost 10 lbs since this was taken. I don't recognize myself. (51)

9/11/09 Playing with wigs. I stayed this weight for a few years. (46 here)

4/08 Weighing in at 220+. My friend next 2 me motivated me w/her own weight loss success!


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Hello! I have 3 adult kids. I been a dental assistant for 32 years, with stints in the Women's Health Initiative at the University of Florida and in Nutrition & Food Services at the VA. Most of my adult life (& some of my childhood) I've been obese. I wasted my 20's & 30's & some of my 40's, weighing over 200 & up to 240. At the VAMC in Gainesville, FL in Nutrition and Food Services, I enjoyed working with the dietitians to help motivate veterans in the MOVE Program (Motivating Overweight Veterans to Exercise). My favorite part was the cooking demonstrations! :) I was born and raised in California. The cultural diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area led me to a wide variety of ethnic cuisine and cooking styles. If I met someone from another country I would always try to learn a new recipe from their homeland. Hey! We all gotta eat, right? Common bonds... :) I weighed 235 in May of '06. From May 16, 2008 I lost 60 pounds, regained 50 when I had to move to Austin, TX, then to lost 33 after moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, but have yo-yo'd back to 244, my new "top weight". September 1st 2011 I started the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart after seeing Dr. Neal Barnard speak, then saw Rip Esselstyn speak and did the 28 day Engine 2 Challenge in Santa Fe New Mexico. I also learned a lot watching Forks Over Knives. I lost a lot of weight in Santa Fe just by switching to a whole food plant based diet. Nov 2012 I moved back to California and the stress of the move and living out of a suitcase and a job loss made me search out comfort foods and easy (fast) foods and my weight skyrocketed back up. I am now working as a dental assistant again. I look forward to living a long healthy life having adventures with a special someone, too! I love new recipes and I would like to do more outdoorsy activities. I also enjoy going to the gym. I LOVE playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band with my kids, I figured if we were going to play video games we should get off our butts to play them. I've had a few "Rock Band" parties. You gotta try it! :) I feel the need to get back on track, lose weight and exercise so I can be around for my kids and future grandkids and enjoy my own quality of life. My dream is to move somewhere and have a homestead, grow my own fruits, veggies, nuts and grains and be as self sufficient and off grid as possible. Someday! You will see! I will be there :)

Member Since: 9/19/2008

Fitness Minutes: 7,880

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My top weight was 240...for many years. By July 2001 I lost 80 lbs. But time & circumstance crept all but 5 lbs back on. 5/06 I weighed 235. 4/08 I weighed 220. 8/11 I weigh 220. My goal is to reach 140, & maintain a permanent healthy diet & lifestyle.

My Program:
Working full time and parenting, I had to FIND TIME and FORCE my exhausted self to exercise. I had a walking buddy who walked 1.5 miles w/me @ work on my lunch hour. Accountability WORKS. Plus, when I can I go to the gym. I eat complex carbs, lots of vegetables and fruits and lean, usually grilled meats and fish. But I can cook almost anything! I also FOCUS on the foods I CAN have instead of whining and yearning for what I "can't" have. I CAN have this, and I CAN have that.... See? I work toward 5 lb weight loss goals. Incremental successes! Yayyyy!

Personal Information:
My name is Pamela and I was born and raised in California. The San Francisco Peninsula is where I lived most of my life. I miss the weather, the culture, the food...everything. I also lived in the San Bernardino/SoCal area in HS. Just prior to moving to FL I l ived in MN 10 miles from the Canadian border in Lancaster. LOVED IT! The simple life is so much more stress free! You realize that your "wants" aren't nearly important as your "needs". I then moved to Gainesville, FL. But of all the places to move to....I hate to sweat and I'm allergic to mosquitos. Florida...what was I THINKING???? I have a silly personality and I laugh at my own jokes...because I never heard them before!!! If you think I look like someone you know...I'm frequently told I look like Helen Hunt with dark hair. What a compliment!

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I love to read. I have a Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 that I'm still learning how to ride. I have so many interests & would like to try so many more things: hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, parasailing, salsa. 2-step and waltz, skiing, waterskiing, snowmobiling, getting back into horsebackriding...
Oh yeah...and I'll talk your ear off... Or your write your eyeballs off, whatever the case may be... :) :) I also have a Facebook page under Pamela Oakes Goff. Gotta watch what the kids are doing with their Facebook pages!...

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    Stopping by from the Spark Coach team :). You can do this!!!! emoticon
    1434 days ago
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    Congrats on your weight loss success! Thanks for the recipes. I'm looking forward to trying the veggies burgers.
    2298 days ago
    Just dropped in to say, HI! Hope all is going well . . .
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    2694 days ago
    You can do it hon. As for visual photos, you can go on google or yahoo and find images that you want to visualize and save them to your hard drive desktop, then go to and create your own affirmation board if you like and pop them up there. Both are free. :) That way if you don't have a printer, you have a place of your own to show your visual board of what you want to be, just a thought.
    Then just delete off your desk top after you place your pictures. :)
    Good for you that you have such a wonderful goal to take care of yourself and get your health back. I'll be in the background cheering. Your new SP friend, Jean in Michigan. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    You are- WONDERFUL-cuz you’re you!!! BELIEVE IT!!! operationbeautiful-- END THE FAT TALK!!! ¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨(¸.•´ (¸.•´(¸.•´¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥. (¸.¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥. ~~best of luck to you on all of your goals!!! (¸.¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.
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