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Today is the beginning of the rest of my life. How many times have I said this before? What does that really mean?? Well to me, it means I am going to begin today and never end. I have been on so many diets/weight-loss programs over the years I can't even tell you a number. But what I did so many times before - is I quit. I have vowed to continue this journey until I die (or until I can't remember anymore because I can't even remember to put underwear on in the morning).

There were things that happened to me this year that culminated into my hitting that proverbial "Fork in the Road" for which path I was going to take. First, we had family pictures taken in the beginning of the March...I was that fat daughter/sister/aunt in the pictures and I just looked at myself in these and was disgusted. Second, I was waiting to get on a plane to Chicago to celebrate St. Patty's Day with girlfriends and one of the airline people came up to me (with people all around me) and tried to nicely tell me that they were requiring me to buy an extra seat because of my size. After being humiliated in front of so many strangers, I cried the whole flight. I don't think I had ever felt so ashamed of myself before in my life. And just knowing all of those people were looking at me and judging me hurt so bad. Lastly, I know this sounds completely conceited, but for years I have been the one that guys would come to and hit on and flirt with when I was out, and now I am not. And it s*cks!!

So my friend Kim emailed me after we got back from Chicago, and she told me about this diet that her and her husband Chuck have been on for a couple months. She told me how it works, the cost (cuz lets face it, these programs aren't cheap) and how much weight her and Chuck have lost so far. I was amazed at everything she told me. First off, you journal and exercise. Everyday. No excuses. Second, it was cheaper per month than WW. Very cool. Third, you check in with your days numbers every night. EVERY NIGHT!! how much more accountable can you be to succeed!! So I got on the website ( ) and read the stories, etc. and I was sold. I had the gut feeling this was it. So I joined. My orientation was March 26th and it was amazing how many people were there to start. Then came the worst part - getting my starting weight. I couldn't believe the number. I had completely floored myself with it. 398.6 lbs! I was almost 400 lbs. How the hell did i get to this point?? I'm heavier than my over 6' big husky football player brothers!! Heck - for all I know I could be heavier than a side a beef you get down at Stoysich. OMG!!

Since I started I have had ups and downs. But I keep on plugging on. And that is what I am going to keep doing until I reach my final weigh loss goal of 155 lbs!!

Wish me luck!!

Member Since: 2/8/2011

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My ultimate goal is to get to the "recommended" weight from the doctor. I also want to run in a marathon. I have run in 5 and 10K's, but i do not have the stamina for a marithon, I want to lose weight and as I am doing that train more for longer races.

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My first steps have been to join Spark, join a local gym and start adjusting my diet according to what i need to lose the amount of weight i need to per week to reach my goal by the date i would like.

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One of my favorite quotes is "Pain is just weakness leaving your body"

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