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Jan 2013, 273.6 lbs

starting picture, Feb 2010, 280.6 lbs

Aug '07, son's 1st bday. My biggest at 297 lbs. I'm sure I went over 300 lbs that summer





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Hi! I'm a 35 year old single mother of a 8 year old boy. I've been overweight for as long as I can remember. My biggest motivation is being around for my son and not having him fall into the same food traps that I have.

The smallest I remember being is a 14/16 and I remember feeling so incredible! The summer I turned 19, I worked on a dairy farm (lots of physical activity) and got really sick from an ulcer (wasn't eating lots). I went from a size 20 to size 14/16 in 3 months. My friends didn't recognize me when I went back to university in the fall. But with the lost of weight, was a new confidence that I wouldn't put the weight back on. So without the farm work, I quickly gained the weight back. The second time I was that small was the year before I was pregnant with my son. I got very depressed and stopped eating, and I was working on a golf course. I would go days with just water and maybe some toast. I didn't want to cook so I would just walk next door to the Wendy's and get one small cheeseburger and that would be it for a couple more days. Again, I went down 4 sizes, my friends were excited for me. The only one that knew how I lost the weight was my roommate, who was also loosing weight, but was doing it the healthy way and much slower than I did. So I was also feeling guilty about stealing her thunder.

That winter I met a guy that I thought would change everything for the better, got pregnant and was feeling happy. I was letting myself eat too much (eating for 2 syndrome) and gained the weight back. The baby was born 14 weeks early and weighed 2 lbs 7 oz. While my son was in the hospital, I ate out a lot and did a lot of sitting beside his incubator. After he came home, there was more sitting around because he wasn't allowed outside too much in the cold weather. My knight in shining armor turned into an ogre and become aggressive, so I left.

So that brings us up to today. I have all the weight back on and no energy. I don't want my son to grow up as I did. I want my son to learn to be healthy and to incorporate physical activity into his life. I want him to want to eat well. I want this for myself as well. I'm tired of being fat, having no energy, and feeling like a lump. So this is it, I'm done. I'm putting my big foot down! If I want to be around to see my son live his life, I have to take control of mine NOW!


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Member Since: 11/22/2008

Fitness Minutes: 20,033

My Goals:
My goals include loosing weight to feel and look better, to incorporate physical activity into my daily life, and to teach my son to be a healthy person.

I want to be buying clothes off the regular size racks and to be "just" overweight.

"just" obese - 270 -
1st 10% - 248.2 -
2nd 10% - 223.4
3rd 10% - 201.0
"just" overweight - 202
4th 10% - 181
healthy range - 168
5th 10% - 162.8
6th 10% & final goal - 146.5

My Program:
Trying to eat better, getting off my butt and do something everyday, even if it's just housework, and include my son in what I can.

Cardio is mostly WATP.

Personal Information:
I live in Nova Scotia, Canada with my 8 year-old son, dog, and cat.

Other Information:
I like to read and do crafts. My new addictions include Sparking and doing home workout videos.

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