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I am a mother of two wonderful children age 10 and 12 years old. I am also a wife, an educator now working for the State Department, a sister/daughter/aunt, Cub Scout volunteer and a girl scout leader. I love to spend time with my family and friends!

I have been a member of Spark People since 2011, but have only used the site on and off. When I first started using spark in 2011 it was after a doctor appointment that I weighed in at 250 lbs. I had kinda of a freak out moment, which was good for me, because I was getting a bit to close to the 300 number. By June 2012, I had lost 35 lbs by exercising and eating well, and was back at 215 which was exciting. After that everything went down hill and I stopped using Spark People plus the "Biggest Loser" contest one of my colleague at work was over (even though I won 2nd). I gained it all back plus some. Then next time I remembered weighing in was August 2015 and now I was at 270 pounds. I felt frustrated, because I should have another freak out but I didn't. In 2016, I started some streaks with my FitBit with 105 days from April to July of 10K plus steps. But then I twisted my ankle and was on the sidelines again. Even when being off spark people I've remembered some of the things I've learned. I love getting on positive streaks - it really works for me. So in addition to the steps streaks in the that year, I have stopped drinking Diet Cola, now I haven't had a Diet Cola in about 4 years and if when tempted I won't drink one because of my awesome streak. Truly, I have not even been tempted in the past 2 years.

In the beginning of April 2017, I finally finished reading the book "The Spark". After my third attempt at starting it and felt like I was finally ready to make it STICK! My kids were finally old enough to really join in on the journey plus that was a "BIG" year for me. At the end of 2017, I turned the BIG 4-0. Also, we just need to make a family change. My husband in January 2017 was told he had Type 2 diabetes at 39.

At the beginning of April 2017, I decided to start my journey again at 256 lbs. I worked on small goals. My initial goal was just to get under the 200 number, so that I could be healthy for my family and happier. By August 2017, I was very, very close to my weight loss goal. I made it down to 203 pounds and was feeling so much healthier. I wasn't running out of breath walking up & down the stairs, my skin, nails, and hair looked great, and I was down from a size 22 to 16. Other parts of my long-term life goals were also aligning. I was able to get a new job to further my career in December 2017 and my family and I moved to a new upgraded home in April 2018. With these exciting, but huge life changes, I made excuses to let myself slide on my healthy diet life styles changes and started eating unhealthy, sugary coffees, more sweets, and now I was walking less (and exercising less) because my new job was a desk job. In about the same time it took me loose the 50 pounds, I have gained it back plus more.

I'm coming back to Spark People again to refocus on me at the end of 2019. I am now back at the highest weight I've been in my life... 270 pounds... just like I was 5 years ago in 2014. We are about to start 2020, and now I have to stop letting the "little stuff" slide (snacking, not walking, etc.). I need to change my mindset to celebrate all of the great changes I have had in the last two years and refocus on how great it felt being healthier. From when I restarted my Journey in April 2017, I have achieved 2 out of the 3 of my 5-year goals... (1) New Job/Expanded Career and (2) New Home. The last goal that I wanted to achieve by 2022 is focusing on "Healthy Me". This is so that I have a better quality of life and am able to fully be part of my pre-teen kiddos lives. I'm very excited to continue my amazing journey! I am ready to be positive and energized!

Member Since: 6/27/2011

Fitness Minutes: 20,576

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My starting weight is 270 pounds. My initial goal is to get under 200 pounds and feel healthier. Long term goal would be to be around 185 pounds (I think).

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Starting Weight: 269.3 pounds (12-29-19)
Body Fat %: 53.2%

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My Initial Goals:
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (hopefully closer to 100 oz.)
- Exercise or Stretch 10 minutes a day
- Eat 5+ fruits and veggies a day
- 5 minute positive self-talk each day
- 10,000 steps each day

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