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I've spent the last 5 years on a giant rollercoaster. After giving birth to my oldest son Duncan, I decided to get off my ass and lose some weight. I'd gotten up to 301lbs when pregnant, due to complications. Shortly after having him, I lost about 60lbs, just by shedding lots of water weight. I went on weight watchers and lost another 20lbs. I plateaued there for about 2 years. Then I made a New Years resolution, to get in shape. I went from 220 to 172. Then, I suffered a loss of a dear friend and went through some very rough times with my husband who I have been with since I was 16. My weight crept up to 185. Then, I found out I was pregnant, I was happy but nervous about putting on a ton of weight again. In October of that year, my parents divorced after 25 years of marriage. My father's depression led him to attempt suicide, twice, once while on the telephone with me. I spent the next couple day in the ICU with him and then unfortunately 6 weeks in, I lost our baby. It was horrible. I then got up to 190lbs when I found out 6 months later, that I was pregnant again, now up to 195lbs. This time 7 weeks later, I lost our baby again. I was so scared and depressed, I couldn't get myself to workout. 2 Months later, I was pregnant again. I was at 220 when I got pregnant this time. I was scared to death of losing another baby. I became basically immobile. Luckily, I did not lose this 3rd child. I gave birth to my beautiful son Jasper on March 17th 2011. I am happy and grateful to have such a beautiful, happy and healthy child. At the end of my pregnancy, I weighed 286lbs, 3 months later, I am down to 266lbs. I lost that right away like I did the first time. Once again though..I am struggling to find the drive, strength and motivation, to do it again. I'm hoping, getting myself back here might be a step in the right direction. What seems to be a big hurdle for me right now is, my back is constantly hurting due to arthritis, I have no energy and I feel like I'm hungry, all the time. I don't know where to start anymore. By the time I'm awake enough to do anything, there are 10 other excuses or obstacles that keep me from doing it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~ UPDATE: 4/28/2012 I went about 90% vegan almost 2 months ago and my results have been amazing! Not only am I feeling great, more energized, confident and healthier but I have lost 26lbs!! I've been watching the sweets and processed foods as well and drinking lots of water. I am looking forward to updating this in another month or two! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ UPDAT
E: 6/23/2012 Still vegan and still losing weight. I've been noticing a lot of changes and have been able to do lots of things I haven't for a long time. My back is getting better, which makes it much easier to workout. So far I am down 37lbs. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~ UPDATE: 03/21/2013 I've been back on my journey for a year now! I have never stayed committed to my health for this long. I'm very proud of myself. Going to keep it up. I've even got my hubby on board with me now. He's been eating better and working out with me! :) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~ UPDATE: 01/19/2014 Filed for divorce in December 2013, from my husband of 7 years (together almost 12). It's been a rollercoaster but believe it or not, I'm much, much happier now and have lost about 16lbs. I haven't been sitting around emotionally eating. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." "Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no ones definition of your life; define yourself."

Member Since: 1/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 17,239

My Goals:
To play with my sons without being out of breath,to get my type one diabetes under control. To be healthy and thinner. To Wear the style of clothing that I love, and To be more comfortable in my own I can start loving ME!

My Program:
Going to bed early, Waking up before 9, exercising every day and eating more fruits, veggies and non-animal protein(VEGAN). Drinking lots of water!

Personal Information:
My name is Samantha, I am 28. I have an 8 year old son Duncan and a 2 and a half year old son Jasper. We live in Iowa. I am currently a stay at home mom, I make money here and there from online auctions and my art. I draw and I am also a amateur photographer. I have many health issues that hinder my weight loss, but I am working through and with them. I am a type one diabetic, I have social anxiety, depression, 2 herniated discs, torn cartilage and arthritis in my back.

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    1470 days ago
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    Just stopping by your page to give you a smile and a big HUG..
    Hope that all is well and you continue on your journey to being well and happy.

    2451 days ago
    hey samantha, just leaving you a message, hows the thumb? no no no, dont give me a "thumbs up" just nod your head... lol. I really suck at evening eating. I cant figure out enough to eat during the day, so i get home and am starving, and tired and eat to stay awake long enough to eat more. errrggghhhh! emoticon (Had to) I am soooo evil!
    2822 days ago
    Hi Samantha,

    I saw your comment on Saw your update this morning on MakingItCount91's sparkpage and it hit home for me. Sometimes I feel the same - that we're simply just typing into a computer and no one really hears us or cares about our progress...but we're out there and we do care and there are people that are inspired by the things you have done! I read your sparkpage progress and am touched by how open you've been with your struggles. My life has been very similar so thank you for letting me know I'm not the only one out there still struggling to be married to my high school sweetheart (we have three girls and have been married 21 years). Love the tattoos and your retro look too - I've been toying with a little of that myself yet I haven't gone under the needle yet lol. Keep doing a great job - you are an inspiration and I hope you continue to share on SparkPeople!! emoticon
    2938 days ago
    I'm Natalie one of the Leaders of the C25K- Running for Beginners Team. I just wanted to welcome you and invite you to participate on the boards and in the challenges. If you have any questions feel free to post on the boards or shoot me a SparkMail. Happy running!
    3003 days ago
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