Me at my goal weight in Fall 2004 - MOTIVATION!!

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Seeing that I have been a member since July 2006 makes me both happy and sad. Happy that I have been a member here and there are great resources and supportive people on here but sad that I haven't been able to make the changes that I have wanted to and see the results that I so crave.

I first found BabyFit while I was pregnant and was so sure that I would be able to maintain a healthy weight during my first pregnancy. I had been a Weight Watchers member before becoming pregnant and was 3 pounds away from my goal weight of 155lbs.
Well I tipped the scales at 221 when I last weighed in before my son was born!
I was bound and determined to start back at WW once my son was 8 weeks old. And I did. Well, I obviously wasn't ready because although I dropped 22 pounds after delivery day I put it all back on and then some, even though I was a WW member!

I was so happy when through BabyFit I found Spark People! Again my mind was set and I was going to get healthy.
Well I won't bore you with those details but lets just say that I piled on more weight!
In 2007-08 I was able to get on a great gym regime and stayed around the 210 pound mark. I was feeling better but still very much stuck. I also gave up that gym regime in order to get my son into playgroups and such while I was at home with him (why does most SAHM stuff happen in the mornings...that is my best gym time! lol)

I was fat, unhealthy, depressed, sore, suffered from heartburn, etc, etc. I didn't know what to do. Add to that life situations that made an already big challenge even bigger. I just didn't have the strength.
I am not a dumb woman. I have battled my weight my whole adolescent and adult life. I know what to do, I know how to do it, I know my body, I know all of these things and more and, I think that in a way, that was a hindrance this time in my brain.
I needed to find something new. Going back to what I had done before wasn't the push I needed. It wasn't enough motivation. I needed to learn something new to keep me going.

It hasn't been easy this time around.
I am a different person now than I was the first time I ever battled to lose pounds.
I am not doing it to be skinny.
I am not doing it for another person.

Yes I have my family to motivate me but ultimately this is MY body, my health, my goal.
Yes I would love to look better in clothes...but I don't need to be "skinny".
I need to be healthy.
I need to be happy in my own skin.
I need to find ME again!

It is a long hard road and an uphill battle but this time I am in it for the long haul...for life.

Member Since: 7/17/2006

Fitness Minutes: 2,764

My Goals:
I am tired of being "sick" all the time.
I am tired having heartburn.
I am tired of being tired.
I don't want to jiggle.
I don't want to be fat.
I want to be me again.
I want to find that thin, vibrant woman and bring her back out again :)
I want to SEE my muscles.
I want to be able to run (or at least try it again).
I want to be thinner, healthier, happier, sexier...

- Under 200
- Target of 190
- Target of 180
- Target of 170
- Target of 160
- Target of 150

My Program:
My first task is to get back to walking and stretching again. I will add on from there and take it slow this time around.
(Sept 18, 2011)

Personal Information:
I have a strange name that I hated when I was younger but LOVE now.

I am a Mommy and it is the best job in the world.

I am a Massage Therapist by trade and started back to work in Sept/10.

I am a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and love to stamp and scrap.

I picked up knitting in Jan 2009 and love it! Can't get enough.

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    Thanks for the add -- way to go at recommitting yourself to a healthy lifestyle change! You can do this!!!!
    2620 days ago
    Welcome to the JM Sparkers team. I know the team & I are glad you joined us. Be sure to check back to our team page often for monthly & little challenges that I throw out there...jump right in! I will be posting a November Challenge this weekend. You can also start off your morning with the Quote of the Day :) Check out all the posts, blogs & threads, you will find a wealth of information & meets lots of new people and make friends!

    Have a great day & I look forward to chatting with you!!

    2752 days ago
  • v ROLOHA
    So glad to have you on the W8W Friends SparkTeam! Keep your positive outlook and keep moving have what it takes and you are so worth it! Robin
    3321 days ago
  • v CSONIA
    March 20,
    Happy Spring..I hope you had a great day!
    I know us team leaders need a little hug every once in a while so here is a SPRING (((((((((((((((((((((HUG))))))))))))))))))

    Hugs Sonia:)
    3717 days ago
    Believe that you can do it and you will - is it hard - oh ya! Is it worth it? Big time! Keep up the good work and do what you need to do to reach your goal - you know what that is - JUST DO IT! Hugs - Jenna
    3748 days ago
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