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And the weight is still slowly coming off. My thanks to Euphrates for this picture! She rocks!!!

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Showing off new, smaller, clothes outside Tri-County Mall June 4 2013

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2/2/14 So the new profile picture to the left shows me after 93 pounds gone. The same girlfriend who suggested I could do a 5k (and was right) gently suggested I might be an Aspie. Turns out, she was right there. The new pic to the left was part of a project she did for her nursing class, and I got to be in it. So she took the picture while I held the sign, and this one had special meaning to me. The three picture on the left show how much I've changed since I joined SparkPeople years ago. Still losing weight, but at almost 100 pounds lost, I've gone from morbidly obese to only overweight, and I'm still working it off and loving it.

1/26/13 Holy Hannah, after a girlfriend suggested that I've been doing so much walking that I could do a 5K, on my birthday, that's just what I did. Wasn't running, walked it, but in just under an hour. I'm really digging life, and my new shrinking body. I'm thinking of getting a rowing machine for cross training now.

While there's still much truth to what I wrote below when I first joined Sparkpeople, I've come a long, long, long way in a few years. I still meditate, I still ride, I walk now too, and have been doing yoga now for a while too. In September of 2012 I was finally, diagnosed with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and in October the test came back to confirm that and I started treatment. In January of 2013 I got my first tattoo, an Om on the inside of my left wrist, not the least of reasons to mark the transition from the life I'd had, to the life I'm having. And because it's part of meditations and yoga and I've wanted it for over ten years. Now seemed like the time. Since starting treatment for CAH I've lost 55 pounds finally, and am confident that I'll get the rest off. I'm shrinking, and growing, healing, and living a completely new life. It's been an amazing six months on so many levels, and I'm thankful to my GP for the referral to a good, REALLY good, Endo who has changed my life in ways I'll spend the rest of my life figuring out.


I'm in recovery from a horrible divorce and major changes to my life because of domestic violence. But I'm a good girl, working hard toward a better life. I meditate, ride my bike as often as I can, and simply love it! March 27 of 2010 I got a new bike, and since then I've ridden over 4092 miles. I've also recently found my way to Yoga thanks to the "Yoga Rebel" Tara Stiles. She's amazing.

Well Dec of 2012 came and I'd passed 4070 miles, so now I'm going on. The good news is thanks to the feedback of a friend, and a new doctor, I'm finally losing weight. So my new goal is to get my weight down. Finally! And it's going!

Member Since: 2/12/2011

Fitness Minutes: 29,463

My Goals:
Lose 100 pounds by 3/1/14
3/31/13 Lost 25 pounds so far.
4/21/13 Lost 32.8 pounds so far. Making progress!
5/21/13 Lost 52.6 pounds so far, I'm jazzed!
6/04/13 Lost 55.4 pounds so far, had to buy a few pieces of new clothing to hold me over. Went shopping at Target! Woot!
6/28/13 Lost 62 pound so far and am recovering from a crash that landed my in the hospital a week ago.
8/16/13 Lost 75 pounds at this point, and I'm still going down. Shrinking. And it thrills me!
10/7/13 Lost 84 pounds at this point and I'm well on track toward my goal. Jeans I've not been able to wear in ten years are now loose on me and need a belt. I'm shrinking!
1/1/14 I've lost 93 pounds at this point and I'm hoping to get to 100 pounds gone by March 27th.
9/2514 114 Pounds are gone and I don't recognize myself of my body in the mirror. My formerly skinny jeans are not my fat girl jeans, and I'm going to have to breakdown and buy some clothes even while I'm still losing w

My Program:
Riding and walking as much as I can, as often as I can and soon running too!
Created a new budget to put more money into savings each month.
Added some yoga into my life as well!

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    Thanks Staryeyed! The reason I'm holding this is because Euphrates was doing a project for school and I got to help. I'd asked her if we could change the wording because to often in my life people have listened to me but neither heard, nor understood me, and I though this language made sense and had even more meaning for a whole bunch of reasons including why for the first several years I was part of Spark People my doctor's weren't quite following me when I said I had some kind of weird medical problem that was preventing me from losing weight.

    We final got that sorted, turned out I was right, and now the weight has been coming off in a healthy fashion. To give you an idea of just HOW weird my medical issue is, the treatment, and the magic pill that's caused me to lose nearly 100 pounds is Prednisone. Yup, the medication that causes everyone else in the world to gain huge amounts of weight in weeks has caused me to lose more than an Olsen twin worth of weight.

    So yeah, being heard and understood is so important to me personally for that alone, but also because as it turns out, I'm autistic too, thus the red puzzle piece. This photo is also so important because Euphrates took it, and has been such an inspiration to me. She's the reason I even joined Spark People in the first place. She's awesome!!!
    2683 days ago
    Hello and welcome to the Four Season team! I LOVE the picture on your page with the quote about having the right to be heard and understood. So true!!!
    2705 days ago
    Thanks Eu! You played a part in making it possible you know. :)
    2977 days ago
    I just wanted to reiterate again how incredibly proud I am of you, lady, and how very glad I am to have you in my life. :)

    2981 days ago
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    This horrible event is one of those types of situations when the whole world stops.

    There is no way to estimate the lives touched. I'm so sorry to know your childhood memories of home were tainted by the horror of yesterday.

    Sadly, every time period has had a disaster. I remember feeling not safe as a child when we had to practice Bomb Drills. The fear of the unspeakable was real when we were taught to crouch against a classroom wall or under a desk. I can only imagine the fear those children felt yesterday.

    My heart goes out to the children who we lost and those who survived.

    3149 days ago
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