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295 Lbs - 6/2012

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My name is Jamie. I am done being fat. I have had some big life changes in the past 10 years. Graduating from college and moving from my home in Pittsburgh to Houston, TX and have met and married a wonderful and supportive husband.

However, somewhere in these past 10 years, I have neglected to take care of myself and have managed to add 150 lbs to my small frame that is definitely not small any more. I am so sick of not being able to fit into seats in arenas, on airplanes, amusement park rides, etc. I want to be able to plan things to do and actually do them...not suggest them and avoid them like the plague because I am too worried about if I will fit or how I will look as the fat girl. Oh...and photos...used to love to be in front of the camera...not anymore!!! I have avoided pics in the last 5+ years at all costs. I probably have a total of 15 "fat" pics in all those years. I will avoid the camera until I am forced to take a picture. However, the silver lining for me is that these few pics are going to provide ongoing reminders of what I WAS and what I WILL NEVER allow to happen again! I cannot wait to be able to be comfortable enough to take pictures with my family and friends again.

Just a few months ago, I could barely get out of bed. It was like as soon as I put both feet on the floor, my poor feet were yelling at me to stop making them support all this extra weight. I seriously think that a lot of 70 and 80 year olds moved around better than I did. My knees creaked and ached, my head felt like it was always going to explode, and I had constant acid reflux. Then, I was going through my library and came across my old Atkins books. I started following a low carb lifestyle in May 2012 and have added daily exercise into my routine. Since then, I have much more energy, got totally rid of the acid reflux and head cloudiness, and am not constantly hungry! My current plan involves low carb eating and elliptical workouts, walks outside, and occasional game of tennis. As the weight sheds, I am planning on running a half marathon someday again and to learn how to surf (bucket list item).

My Goal is to first get healthy and log the journey of my weight loss and finally live life to its fullest. Any support and comments are welcome!

Member Since: 6/16/2012

My Goals:
Live life fully
Get healthy & fit
Lose weight
Run a half marathon
Learn how to surf

1st Mini Goal: In the low 260's by Dec. 2012 :)

Lose 25 lbs (275): Take progress pics; violin
Lose 50 lbs (250): Take progress pics; Airboat Swamp tour; Shop in closet; Mini photoshoot
Lose 75 lbs (225): Take progress pics; Shop in closet; Spa Day; New York trip; Update photoshoot
Lose 100 lbs (200): Take progress pics; Shop in closet/stores; Vegas trip
Lose 125 lbs (175): Take progress pics; Shop in stores; Cali trip; Learn to surf
Lose 150 lbs (150): Take progress pics; Shop in stores; Europe trip; Met goal photoshoot

My Program:
Atkins Program
Circuit Training (3x's/wk)
Elliptical Training (5x's/wk)
Rower (3x's/wk)

Personal Information:
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Go Steelers!
Current Residence: Houston, TX

Other Information:
Obsessed with True Blood, The Office, Desperate Housewives

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    Thank you for adding me. I love following new sparkly people everyday.
    You are totally rocking this journey. Way to go on the awesome weight loss. You are looking amazing my new spark friend. I look forward to following you and seeing your continued success. Woo Hoo!
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    2106 days ago
    Thanks for the friend add!
    2108 days ago
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    Hi Jamie! Glad to meet you, I always appreciate a new friend on SP. You can never have too many friends! Congrats on your success so far. I am just returning to SP after a hiatus that lasted for several months. I've gained some weight back but I have recommitted and come back. SP is an awesome site!

    2111 days ago
    emoticon to the Done Girls!! Together, we can do this!

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    2141 days ago
    emoticon Hey there! emoticon Join me in a DONE Girls dance!! WoOoo HoOooo!!

    I just wanted to welcome you to the DONE Being the Fat Girl Spark Team!!! We are always happy to have a new DONE Girl with us. Take your time, feel your way around our various threads, and please feel free to ask any one of us if you have any questions,concerns, needs, or anything! We are DONE Sisters and here to support each other!
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    Good luck on your goals! So glad you joined us!
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    2144 days ago
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