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One year difference. Not at my highest weight but a comparison.

This is one of the worst pictures. Just tipping scales over 300. Definite wake up call.

1 year later and 80 pounds lighter


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My name is Stephanie and I am 23 years old. All of my life I have been the over weight kid. For as long as I can remember I have not been a skinny girl. I recently came across pediatrician records. Having never paid attention to my weight I was shocked to learn that when I was 16 I weighed 277 pounds. For that matter I had not seen the 100's since I was 11 years old when I weighed 195. Here I am now 23 years old and currently weighing 265. When I first started my weight loss journey in October of 2008 I was up to 322. I have a feeling that it was higher at some point but before than I had not bothered to step on a scale.

I never remember thinking or obsessing about my weight. I always thought to myself I'm cute if someone doesn't like me they don't have to look at me. At the same time I avoided pictures like the plague. Over the last few years of college what I looked like finally started bothering me significantly. That attention has brought myself a great deal of unhappiness. My junior year of college in 2006 I started working on myself. I got the motivation from taking a tae kwon do self defense class at the university. The instructor had actually been the captain of the Olympic team back in the 90's. Many people dropped out of the course when they found out you actually had to show up and participate. I stuck it out and the instructor even got me to jog and do sprints. I was unhappy at first about the physical exercise. As classes went on I found myself pushing to keep up with those that were left in the class. A beneficial surprise was I actually was feeling good and proud of myself. After the class was finished I would go to the residence hall gym to walk on the treadmill and ride the bike. One of my closest guy friends from back home took me to the Y a few times to show me strength training. It was definitely the best thing to ever happen to me. Even though I was working on myself I still did not pay attention or step on the scale. I measured my progress by clothes size.

I met my husband in August of 2006. The typical girl once I fell in love with him I wanted to spend as much time as I could with him. With 3 jobs and going to school full time my extra time (limited to begin with) previously used to workout I choose to spend with him. I can never regret that time we spent together building a relationship. I can only wish I could have created a balance to include working out. So as anyone can imagine I went from those smaller clothes back to larger ones. Even though I wish I had not reverted to my old ways I cannot regret the choice. Everyday I'm thankful that my husband loves me for who I am and not what I look like on the outside.

We were married July 21, 2007. This living together and cooking was a challenge for me lol. Having always lived at home and than after the university dorm. Cooking was a foreign notion to me. I liked food but never took the time to learn how to prepare it. If it didn't come in a box/bag with precise instructions I was lost. So instead many times we ate out fast food (BAD). Not much good comes from that type of eating.

I graduated college May 2008 and by the end of the month started working as a mortgage banker. I thought cooking was a challenge before. Cooking disappeared completely. I was leaving in the morning before 8 and not getting home till 9 or 10 at night. We no longer had a chance to eat together. So unfortunately I went for the easiest and closest food McDonald's (not good). I continued on this course of destruction 6 days a week for over 4 months. I was eating a salad at work than on the way home got McDonald's for dinner than practically going to bed immediately after. The position caused very high stress and the greatest amount of depression I have ever faced in my life. Everything in my life was suffering from my marriage to my body physically and mentally. I finally took the step and left the company.

I was extremely depressed and felt like a failure. I comforted myself with all the food I should never eat. Finally my husband and I had a heart to heart. I was disgusted with myself. We talked all night long until 6 in the morning. Since I've had a job since I was 14 my husband said it was about time I had a break. We decided I would take some time for myself. I told him what I wanted to do was work on myself physically and emotionally. He has been supportive more than 100% since than. From emotional support to changing eating habits and getting exercise. He has been my biggest supporter.

My friend told me about Spark People after I mentioned joining Jillian Michael online. I started Spark the end of October 2008. I did really well threw mid December. The holidays really through me off track. I unfortunately did not keep up with spark until mid to late January. The good news was I had not gained back any weight but the bad news was that I had not lost anymore. I've been here ever since every day and appreciate all the support. I am finally working on updating all my profile and my next step is to actually participate in community boards and group goals.

My Goals:
SW: 322
GW: 150

Rewards (every 20 pounds)
285=Eyebrows (DONE)
265=Highlight Hair (DONE)
245= Jean (Done) SIZE 18 YEAH

Percent Goal Complete
5% = 313.4 (311 Achieved 10/11/08)
10%=304.8 (303 Achieved 10/20/08)
15%= 296.2 (295 Achieved 10/29/08)
20%=287.6 (287 Achieved 11/24/08)
25%=279.0 (279 Achieved 02/13/09)
30%=270.4 (267 Achieved 03/14/09)
35%=261.8 (260 Achieved 04/22/09)
40%=253.2 (253 Achieved 05/30/09)
45%=244.6 (244 Achieved 07/13/09)

To be continued...

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  • v JOHNNY90210
    Really nice blog emoticon
    Also given me the idea to set rewards for myself each time I lose a certain amount. That was a great idea.
    All the best with your continued weight loss.
    2354 days ago
  • v COOLMAMA11
    Motivation for Weight Loss
    Submitted by: MOM2JTV
    Author: unknown
    M-make short term goals
    O-out with the negative thoughts
    T-think of why you want it
    I-imagine how you will feel
    V-visualize the future you
    A-acknowledge your successes
    T-treat yourself with respect
    I-investigate new ideas and foods
    O-observe your healthy lifestyle
    N-never give up and never give in
    2432 days ago
  • v COOLMAMA11
    emoticon Just strolling by to wish you a healthy, productive day....hope your journey to better health is going well..keep up the good work! Sending love and encouragement your way...{{{{Healthy Vibes}}}

    Hugs Elaine emoticon
    2490 days ago
  • v JANTWO
    Welcome to Wii Fit Plus!!!! We are so glad to have you on our team!!!! Please check out the message boards and challenges. They can really keep you motivated!!!! This is a fun team with wonderful, supportive people. Feel free to jump in and get healthier with us!!!! We can do it together!!!! If you have any questions or suggestions, just ask!!!!
    2564 days ago
    Stopping by to say hi! and see how you are doing?

    Also wanted to share this thought with you:

    A little smile, a word of cheer, A bit of love from someone near, A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year… These make a Merry Christmas! by John Greenleaf Whittier

    Take care,
    3116 days ago
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