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Starting Out - About Me and How I Found Spark People

Sunday, March 24, 2013

This first entry is going to be an All About Me!

My name is Caroline... I am 33... I am the youngest of 2 children... My older brother is David... He is 6 yrs older then me... I have 6 children of my own... I will write more about them in later posts... I've always consider myself as being a healthy size for my age and could eat tons of food without worry about being the 'fat kid'... I was 150 all through highschool...

It wasn't until after my 3rd child that I started gaining and it wouldn't come off as easily... I mean after my 2nd I weighted 198 at delivery... At my 6 week post partum check up I was in the mid to low 170s... I had done nothing but have a baby... I wanted to lose even more so I started eating the Weight Watcher's Food you can buy in the grocery store... I also started following some of their other tips like eat popcorn for a salty snack instead of chips... Graham crackers instead of cookies for something sweet... Also, to eat off a smaller salad size plate vs a standard dinner plate so it looks like you have more food... I was able to lose down to 167 before I found out I was expecting my 3rd child...

For the first time in my life I was over 200 during my 3rd pregnancy... That was a warning sign and a wake up call to me... My mother's side of the family is all VERY overweight... They have lots of health problems... I didn't want to be "FAT"... I finally started viewing myself as "FAT" and labeling myself as "FAT"... Prior to that I didn't really look at the scale or my size of clothing... I felt and thought I looked good... I didn't want to be one of those skinny, sickly looking people... I was proud of my curves and filled out body... After my 3rd, 4th, and 5th pregnancy (which was twins)... I was unhappy was my post baby body... I was the "FAT PIG" I had feared I would some day become... I felt even more depressed and didn't like looking at my own body... It was painful when I would undress or bathe... I felt terribly ugly... I felt like if others saw me they would be sick or grossed out... I avoided having my photo taken... I was a huge camera ham... You couldn't have a camera around without me posing for TONS of PICS...

One of my friends used Spark People to post fitness activity to Facebook in Mid January 2013... I'd never heard of it... It caught my interest... I had tried other Android/SmartPhone weight loss tracking apps to lose weight... Their features just didn't really work with my very busy life... I also bought a Wii with Wii Fit Plus for Christmas 2010 to lose the 'twin pregnancy weight'... I was able to lose down to the low 180s... However I gained it all back and then some...

I weighted 219 lbs at that point... I had weighted as high as 225... I went to Spark People on January 20, 2013 and I learned how easy it was to use all the different features... I started just using the Food Tracker/Counting Calories... I also did the Spark Coach Free 1 Week Try It; to better learn how to use the site and familiarize myself with all that Spark People had to offer... I started to notice I felt different... I bought a FitBit and it syncs with my SparkPeople Account...

I reached my first two goals just last week, Mid-March 2013 ... I lost 20 lbs and weight under 200 lbs... I'm starting to feel better about myself and making healthier choices... I have Spark People and the friends I've made on the Spark Teams I've joined to Thank for helping me with these changes... I'm reading Chris's book and I also bought a kindle version of the Cookbook...

I look forward to reaching all my goals and spreading the Spark to others... I try to tell people all about Spark People... It is a dark and lonely place when you are overweight... You give up all hope of ever not being overweight... You just accept your fate and stop dreaming...

Christmas 2010 (holding my 4th child)

May 2012 (with my good friend and priest Fr. W.)

Jan 2013 (when I joined Spark People)

Until I write again... KEEP SPARKIN’!!
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  • NEWMEN2013
    Welcome to Spark and congratulations on a fabulous blog that way too many of us can relate to! Your words will undoubtedly inspire many to take that first step and keep on steppin'!

    2964 days ago
    Great first blog, Caroline! I look forward to many more. You are doing splendidly on Spark and are making positive progress every day! emoticon emoticon

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    2964 days ago
    So glad to have you with us. I'm so glad to be a part of your journey. I hope you don't feel lonely any more. You are on such a great track. Keep up the good work.

    2964 days ago
    Awesome first blog Caroline! So happy to be one of those helpful friends. As a friend I do have to say I hope you have quit calling yourself a fat pig! You are so much more than a number on the scale! I admire you for all that you manage and with 6 kids too! Wow!
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    emoticon and emoticon to SP and to the fitbit team.
    2965 days ago
    Glad to see you!
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  • NEEDBU66
    Congratulations for finding sparkpeople and taking a positive first step! Look forward to reading about your journey!
    2966 days ago
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