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I lost about 30 pounds on my first go-around back in New Zealand, and maintained for three years at around 155 pounds (down from 185). Now I'm 23 and getting back on the wagon. Currently about a week and a half into the rediscovered healthy lifestyle and I'm sitting at about 151 pounds. On my slow but steady way to 130!


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I'm a 20-year old girl, about 5'8, currently weighing 185 pounds. I want to get to 135 within the next four months or so. The hard part for me, not just in weight loss but in anything, is getting started. Once I can see that something is working and the pounds are actually coming off, I think I'll definitely be motivated to continue... the problem is getting myself to follow a program long enough to see those initial changes.

Goals and rewards:

179 (just to get the ball rolling): two new pairs of earrings
175 (haven't passed this point in years): new makeup and nail polish
164 (normal BMI!): two new bras
155: two new shirts
145: $100 clothing shopping spree
135?: new tattoo!

October 21, 2008:

So far I've lost about 14 pounds in five or six weeks. I'm down to 166.8 as of my last weigh-in this morning. I haven't been giving myself any of the rewards I listed, because I don't feel that I really need them to keep myself motivated (and I'm too poor to be spending money on myself all the time!)- I'm going to post a new set of goals, though, just so I have something to look at.

Below 180: DONE
175: DONE
Below 170: DONE
164 (normal BMI according to method 1)
163 (marginally overweight BMI according to method 2)
Below 160
153 (normal BMI according to method 2)
Below 150 (original goal)
135 (new goal)

Member Since: 9/14/2008

Fitness Minutes: 303

My Goals:
I'd like to drop about 35 pounds and become more athletic.

My Program:
I'm trying to eliminate junk food entirely, including soda, and to spread out my meals more throughout the day. I'm also drinking a lot more water and exercising every day, even if it's just a 30-min walk.

Personal Information:
I'm originally from the States but currently studying in New Zealand. My parents will be coming to visit me in early March and I want to surprise them with a complete transformation.

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    Thank you so much. Meeting that first 10% goal feels marvelous. You are doing great too. Keep it up.
    3555 days ago
    Yes, it might be hard to just START, but believe me, exercising soon gets plain fun. Look for the Spark Sounds page, or make your own music play-list on deezer.com - that way you can exercise at home for no cost and have fun!!!
    3556 days ago
    HI SPIONEN, and welcome to the Vermont SParker's: Yes we can team. Even though this is a small team we still give out the support. You'll find this to be a great sight full of information, and friendly people. Just take it slow and easy, and small steps. IF you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Also start with your start page there are a lot of videos and information for the beginner on that page. Good luck, and keep the momentum going.
    3559 days ago
    Thank you for adding me to your friends! I am honored!

    I have happily added you to my friends list too.

    I was wondering, how goes your walking?

    3560 days ago
    Thank you for visiting my page and leaving a comment. Actually a question so here is the answer.

    I walk. That's it, I walk. I was told a mile is a mile and a step is a step. According to the Heart Asso 30 min a day of any walking is good for your heart.

    I started with strolling, moderate walking and less than a mile. Then I upped it to 2 miles and was walking about 45 min so that would be about a 24min mile. But it wasn't really a full 2 miles.

    It is only since Aug 1 when I was given a used pedometer that I "stepped up" my walking. I now average 5 miles in the morning and do this in 90-110 minutes or about 18-20 min per mile. But I don't really know how to power walk. I hold my arms like a power walker but mainly because I discovered it takes the strain off my lower back and helps to build momentum to keep walking. Anyone can walk, and if you get started you will soon discover that you will feel better on the days you do walk. I credit this and the Walk Away The Pounds videos with my inches lost, especially on my thighs which were always huge and now look so much skinnier!

    Did I answer your question? If I didn't please let me know.

    Good luck to you, I know you can do this! I wish Spark People and computers were available when I was 20 but better late than never!

    3563 days ago
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