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Me at my heaviest at the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. (~195lbs)

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November 14, 2011

This month marks my 6 month anniversary back on the weight loss train here at Spark. I have lost a total of 25 lbs since my first weigh in on Spark. In total since last may, prior to starting spark I have lost 30 lbs! There are so many things that I am thankful for and so many things that are much easier today than they were just 6 months ago. But above all the lbs that are behind me (no longer on my behind!) I am SO unbelievably PROUD of myself! I may not have reached my "goal weight "by my "goal date" but I have learned so much about myself and all that I am capable of if I make up my mind to just get off my a$$ and do it.

Today, I am wearing size 12 pants - I started at a 16 - and barely being able to fit into them. I am back into clothes I haven't worn for over two years. I am about 5 lbs from being the same weight I was when I met my boyfriend just over two years ago. I have come so far in the last 6 months, that I am astounded when I sit down and list them. If you are reading this, and are wondering how I did it - it's no secret - I changed the way I ate and moved around more. 25 lbs in 6 months may not be record breaking but know this - I haven't cut anything out of my diet. NOTHING. I eat meat, chocolate, potato chips (open bag next to me right now actually...), wine, cheese, dessert, you name it - I still eat it. What I changed was how MUCH I ate.

Somewhere along my journey, I was able to really understand that this is about my life, not about the weight. I am healthy and happy. I am moderately fit. I am BEAU-TI-FUL! My advice is don't get too sucked up in the time frame. Make sure that you are having FUN! Be mindful of your self and pay attention to how you are feeling. Remember that there is more to life then always being worried about what you put in your mouth, find the balance that works for you and enjoy the world around you. Learn how to LOVE yourself (everyday!) and you will find the meaning of life.

May 13, 2011

This is the end and also the beginning. The end of a sedentary life and the beginning of my life; the life I want and have been dreaming about for years. I am 28 yrs old, and have been overweight since I graduated high school. No more. I love being out doors: cycling, hiking, swimming, running, playing, dancing, skipping, etc, etc. I could go on and on. The problem? The 40 extra lbs that I carry on my person, every single day that drags me down and tells me "NO". Last year, that weight was put into perspective when I climbed a glacier with a 25lbs pack...that 25lbs killed me, so what am I doing everyday? Walking through life with a 40 lb pack on - I take it to school, the grocery store, everywhere! Now is the time for me to start taking some weight out and giving my body a break.

I've only recently returned to Spark and I am so happy that I did. Today, May 13, 2011, marks my first full week back with spark and I am already down 2.2lbs! And my goal was to lose just under 2lbs! I'm already an overachiever! But in all seriousness - I would not have stuck it out through this week if it weren't for this site and all the people that make it great.

I hope to inspire myself in the future and perhaps one of you out there is Spark Land. Here's to Joy, Happiness, and HEALTH!!!!

Member Since: 12/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 6,755

My Goals:
My goal, short term, is to feel healthy again; To not feel like I am struggling to get around doing all the things I love to do, to have confidence in my self as a woman, and know that I am able. Long Term, I want to reach my goal weight of 145lbs.

My Program:
I am trying to cut back the foods I know aren't helping my weight loss and find substitutes that aren't lacking in flavor or satisfaction. I am trying to get a least a little bit of exercise everyday, even when I don't want to, and most importantly, I am trying to motivate myself everyday to know that all the hard work it will take to reach my goals will be worth it in the end.

Personal Information:
I was born and raised in Northern California. I am still in school working towards my goal of earning my PhD. in Clinical Psychology so that I may work with kids in the future.

Other Information:
Other Bits and Pieces: I LOVE to read. I LOVE to analyse (sometimes too much)! I have a true passion for psychology and human behavior as it corresponds to our actions, thoughts, patterns, etc, etc, etc. I'm only 5'2", but no one ever believes me. I am very honest, which translates most of the time into blunt or perhaps even mean...I'm working on this :)

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