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Hi, I'm Amber!

Back in March 2008 I decided to lose 85 pounds (230 to 145). I'm still working on it... with life, there have been highs and lows, losses and gains. I've so far managed to lose 65 of the 85 pounds and keep it off for 5 years. The last 35 have been a real struggle though! I've been between 170-185 for about 2 years now. I'd really love to actually make it down to my goal weight before trying to start a family.

I've struggled with weight my whole life, and while I'd like to say it's gotten easier, it pretty much stays the same. I get discouraged sometimes... but I'll get there in the end!

I'm 30 now, and working in schools in London. Pubs are a big thing here, and fish n chips! My job is really stressful and there is nothing I'd rather do at the end of the day than have a pint of beer and a big basket of chips! So that's my daily challenge- to find non-food ways to de-stress

My 10% Goals:

I subscribe to the 10% philosophy. Thinking in terms of "85 pounds to lose" is dizzyingly overwhelming! Research shows that losing 10% body weight (for overweight and obese people) has significant health benefits. AND, mentally it's a lot easier to see the finish line, and stick with it. What I do is shoot for 10% loss, and when I reach it, I reevaluate and start on the next 10%.

I've currently (as of September 2013) lost 10% of my body weight 3 times (for a total of 27% lost).

10% of 230 is 23 pounds. Goal weight of 207. ACHIEVED

10% of 207 is 21 pounds. Goal weight of 186. ACHIEVED

10% of 186 is 19 pounds. Goal weight of 167. ACHIEVED

10% of 167 is 17 pounds. Goal weight of 150.

2013 Goals:

170 by Independence Day ACHIEVED

165 by August MISSED... (4 pounds over!)

145 by Christmas

Member Since: 3/31/2008

Fitness Minutes: 8,068

My Goals:
I would like to lose 85 pounds and 4 dress sizes.

I am going to run the Chicago Half Marathon! ACHIEVED

I WILL graduate from Grad school and become an awesome SLP!

I will have a healthy BMI for my wedding!

My Program:
low calorie plus exercise.

running program, tailored to mini-marathon training

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Well, my name is Amber. I'm 30 year old speech therapist. I work in schools, which is what I've always wanted to do. I've moved to London to be with my English hubby!

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    Hey Amber! Remember me? Look at you and your 32 pounds lost! Wow... I'm down 19 but I've been at this for ages. I recently decided to start blogging daily and it's helping me a lot. I'm also doing cognitive therapy to help me achieve my goals. How have you been?? I'm trying to get back in touch with some people here on SP so I can feel more involved and accountable.

    I hope you're doing well and hope to hear from you!

    3531 days ago
  • v ABRANNEWME2014
    Awww thank you for your kind words....made my morning

    3553 days ago
    I totally feel your pain of putting on weight in college and you're right, grad school increased not only my student loans, but also the size of my ass! Congrats on losing 20 pounds! Keep up the good work! emoticon
    3664 days ago
  • v ESSIE1421
    Thank you for adding me to your list of friends. I am honored!
    3673 days ago
    You can Totally tell a difference! Nice Job!!

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    3674 days ago
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