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Hi my name is Veronica and I've been fighting weight loss/gain since I was 19 years old.

It started out slowly. I was 120 pounds and it would start with just a couple of pounds that would creep up and then go away. Then it got to be a few more - up and down. I would say to myself, I still look good at 130. 140 isn't so bad. Then finally, when I was 37 years old I reached 250 pounds. The largest I'd ever been in my life.

Before my highest weight I joined Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, and Weight Watchers. I tried every diet I could find in a magazine or something a friend would suggest. Lastly, I joined Lindora and lost 63 pounds. I was able to keep it off for awhile, but sure enough my weight started to creep up again. By November of 2006, I was 240 pounds again.

In March 2007, I joined Sparkpeople. I went down to 182 pounds. Great, right? Well, I still haven't figured out how to keep the weight off. I love food. I guess I need to decide if I love me more.

So, here's a few questions . . .

Do I want to be uncomfortable in my own skin? No!
Do I want to take 45 minutes every morning trying to figure out what to wear that doesn't show too much of my fat and then still end up wearing one of 5 outfits that still fit? No!
Do I want my knees to hurt when I walk? No!
Do I want people to ask me, "if you're running so much, why aren't you thinner?" (true question - I didn't have an answer from back when I was training for my marathons). No!
Do I want to be afraid of my scale? No!
Do I want to wonder what people are thinking when they look at me? No!

I'm pretty sure I'd like nothing more than to be excited to look in a mirror and try on new clothes and to walk around the house naked (as long as my son isn't home - lol) and to be able to run a 10 minute mile like it was nothing. I'd like to be comfortable with my picture being taken and sharing in my family and friends memories.

So, then why aren't I doing it? What is holding me back?

Fear and laziness:

I've been too lazy to write down my food and exercise. Its been proven to me again and again that that is the "secret" to my success. When I write things down, I do much better.

Fear is the bigger of the two. I'm afraid that when I get to my goal weight, my shield will be down. I may find that I'm not happy with my life, that I'm no longer satisfied with the way things are going. I may have to make drastic changes. Change is not easy for me, so I have a tendency to stick with the status quo. I usually start out gung-ho after updating this page, but I think I'm going to start off slow.

So, to answer my question...What do you want?

. I want to write down my food at least 5 days a week
. I want to take my picture once a week, so I can see my progress in front of me and not only on my scale and
. I want to forgive myself for getting this size again and just move on from here.

Here I go..................

Member Since: 3/9/2007

Fitness Minutes: 3,316

My Goals:
To get back to my running weight and less.

My Program:
No more sugary sodas. Start out by cutting my sugar intake by 3/4 (that includes fruit) and cut back on my dairy intake.

Personal Information:
Santa Barbara Half,
Nov. 3, 2007 (2:47)

San Diego Full
June 1, 2008 (6:03:02)(my new 1/2 PR is 2:41)

San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Half,
Nov. 16, 2008- 2:45:12

Other Information:
PF Changs Rock 'n' Roll Half (Jan. '09)

San Diego RNR Full (May 31, 2009)

Seattle RNR Half
(June 2009)

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  • v no profile image SHADOWDUCHESS
    Thank you!
    Thank you so much for popping by and commenting and you are so right, those people have no idea who I am or who anyone else is that they don't bother to talk to or understand and this is a major reason I love being here.
    I think you'll make your goals, you've got a loving family and a son who obviously adores you and other team mates who are behind you 100% because they want to see you succeed!
    5149 days ago
    Hi Veronica~

    Just poppin into say Hi!

    :) Megan
    5152 days ago
    Hello! I'm a member of Moms On A Mission. I want to invite you to join a newly formed group named A Calling for Christ. If it sounds like something you'd be interested in, feel free to visit my sparkpage and check out the team from there. Have a blessed day!

    P.S. Congrats on your weight loss so far!

    5159 days ago
    Hi Veronica, I noticed your lovely photo on the weight watchers group (which I have just joined!)
    your cat is just so sweet and is quiet simlear to my lovely moggy.

    hope you get your goals stick to it steady and it'll be great!
    5160 days ago
  • v _KARA_
    Welcome to the Weight Watchers Friends team, Veronica! Your practical, slow and steady, break it up into smaller goals approach is right on. You're doing great! Visit the resource center and subscribe to the emails. You'll find great ideas to stay active, by yourself and with your son!

    5161 days ago
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