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I started on SparkPeople after I started getting too big for my current clothes. I was losing the fight against factors like:

New job where I drove to work instead of walk.
Desk job with frequent free food in the kitchen, including delicious desserts.
New co-worker with a partner that manages a cupcake shop and often brings in free cupcakes with interesting toppings.
Skinny boyfriend who could eat an entire cake and lose weight.

I decided to do something about it. With the help of SparkPeople, The Spark book, and the wonderful friends I've made here, I've lost over 20 lbs so far. The rewards have been co much more than the weight though.

Being healthier has become motivation itself. Clothes I couldn't wear starting fitting again. My boyfriend wants to start working out and building muscle. I've found work outs that are FUN and I am sad about missing!

Also, my 10 year high school reunion is this July 4th weekend. I had terrible self-esteem in high school, and the idea of getting back together with classmates and still being 'the fat one' didn't sound like fun. I'm DONE with that attitude! I will be healthier and more fit when I next see them. Even if I weigh more than every other girl (or person) there, I will have confidence. I am DONE judging myself for what others might think of me.

So now, I will remember to do myself a F.A.V.O.R. every day.

Flexible - I will remember that this is a lifestyle, not a diet. It's OK if I deviate from the plan for a meal, or a day, what's important is that I get back on track. If I don't make a planned workout, that's OK so long as I make it up. If I go over my calories, that's OK, I should just burn a few more.

Active - I will be active every day. Whether that is 10 minutes of yoga before bed, an hour of Zumba, or a 10 mile bike ride can vary, so long as I do something 'extra' toward my fitness goal every day.

Vigilant - I will track my food and fitness every day, for every bite that makes it in my mouth. I will strive to wear my pedometer every day and track my steps. I will have a plan for when I go overboard with my flexibility and get off track. If I gain weight, I will not beat myself up, but instead will have an action plan. I will Streak to keep myself motivated.

Optimistic - I will be positive. Instead of going on a downward spiral after a 'slip', I will learn from my mistakes. Every time I fall, I get more insight about what to do differently next time and I will stand taller for it.

Realistic - I will set small goals one at a time that I can achieve and be proud of. I'll build on my goals to challenge myself, but not set my expectations too high. I will, again, remember that this is a lifestyle for both food and fitness. I will remember that this is about becoming more healthy and fit, not just weight loss on the scale.

Do you do yourself a FAVOR everyday? What would your F, A, V, O, and R stand for?


Reminder: 1 pound is 4 sticks of butter! If hunger is not the problem, then food is not the solution!

Quotes that inspire me:

"Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together."

"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however."

"Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember."

"Your stomach shouldn�t be a waste basket."

"The future comes one day at a time."

"Don't dig your own grave with a fork & knife."

If hunger is not the problem, then food is not the solution!

"Do the thing you think you cannot do."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."

"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
-Thomas Jefferson

"Do or do not. There is no try."

If you take one step back, take two steps forward!
- The Spark

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing. That's why we recommend it daily!

Member Since: 10/8/2009

Fitness Minutes: 5,067

My Goals:
Mid-Term Goals
Get to 210 lbs by July 4th and my 10 year HS Reunion - Reward: the goal is it's own reward!
Bike to work every day the week before my birthday 7/7.
REWARD: Massage!

5 lbs = New measuring spoons and cups (COMPLETE &

My Program:
My calorie goal is 1250-1550 a day.

Currently I am working to get 10 minutes of cardio in every day, 5000 steps, and attend at least 2 Zumba classes a week.

I'm doing all my strength training at home, using workout videos, resistance bands, and an old Total Gym.

Personal Information:
I live in Seattle with my boyfriend and our two kitties, Napoleon and Mew.

I started SP at the heaviest weight I've ever been and had to make a choice: Buy new pants in a size larger, or lose some weight.

I'm so glad I found SP!

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