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Sunday, June 23, 2013

I wish that I could say that I've always been heavy as a kid, but I wasn't. I've always been skinny and I would be able to eat anything I'd want without gaining weight. I was a gymnast in my early teens and I did well during competitions, getting first place once and second place twice, out of four competitions.

Gold: 1996
Silver: 1998
Silver: 1999

As high school became more difficult and homework started piling up, I didn't have time to do those trainings any more, I quit. For several years after that I could still eat whatever I'd want without gaining weight, that eventually ended some time after 19th birthday. My eating habits didn't change so I started to gain weight.

I eventually weighed 207 pounds, and had an obese BMI of 31,5.

I tried to lose the weight a couple of times, I've even been a member of SparkPeople twice before starting my current account, I didn't last long as I did not educate myself on what I needed to do, I tried a diet once and gave up after losing just a few pounds, the second time I didn't try a diet but I did a lot of cardio until injuring my back and giving up on losing weight because of the injury.

Here's two shots of me near my heaviest.

In february of 2013, I said "enough is enough, this has to change!" and I threw my whole lifestyle around. I stopped snacking, started working out in a safe way so I would not injure myself again, and joined for the third time because of the fitness tracker and exercise database.

Three times is a charm, I guess!

After educating myself on how to lose the weight safely, and implementing the right changes in my lifestyle, I started losing weight, and as I lost weight and started to notice the differences, my motivation grew. I took pictures of myself when I lost 30 pounds.

As I write this blog I weigh in at 172 pounds, a BMI of 26.1
I've lost 35 pounds at this point.

I work out smarter now, and I've remained injury-free during my workouts.
I do 3 to 4 cardio workouts a week, And now that I'm closing in on my final weight goal I am doing strength training along with this, adding 1 to 2 strength workouts to my weekly schedule.
My flabby arms have disappeared, and my muscles are starting to show again.

I am loving the strength training and I am loving the fact that I am healthier and feeling better than I have done in years.

I only a have a few pounds left to go until I reach a healthy BMI.

It will take me about a month to reach my goal weight, I will definitely make it. My motivation hasn't dropped since I started losing weight in february, and it doesn't show any signs of dropping any time soon!

I WILL reach my goals!
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    emoticon JOB!!
    1785 days ago
    Don't you ever look back!!
    1790 days ago
    MOD, thanks for sharing your story, loved your writing style, pictures, and journey. So happy your almost to a healthy BMI. You have really changed from your before and after pictures. GREAT JOB!!
    1792 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/24/2013 7:01:44 AM
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    You are doing great, keep up the good work, you inspire me!!!!
    1793 days ago
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