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**3/12/13-Marriage and nursing school have led me to complacency and a sedentary lifestyle. I am now in a size 12 and at my biggest weight in 3 years. I have to get this weight off and get back into shape before we start trying for a family. I refused to bring children into my unhealthy mindset on food. I have an unhealthy dependence and I refuse to let it control me any longer.**

Well, I have come back. I have been associated with the SparkPeople website for several years, but have never really stuck with it. I have always been "big", but in pretty good shape. In the past three years, though, my weight reached heights it had never seen before.
I graduated high school in 2006 weighing about 254 lbs. I am 5' 9'' and well-proportioned, so many people didn't believe me. I moved in with my mother in December 2006, and the reduction in stress helped me drop to 234 lbs. in only a few weeks. Life happens, and the death of several family members plus my mom's decline in health boosted my weight to an all-time high of 274 lbs in December 2008- a recent broken engagement didn't help much either. I am an emotional eater, so these numbers just made me want to curl up and cry between spoonfuls of deep-fried south'n comfort foods.
I was wearing a size 20- a tight size 20 at that- and I couldn't breathe or enjoy things that I always had. I love to play softball and tennis when time allows, but I couldn't walk to the mailbox without getting winded. I love to sing, but couldn't catch my breath. I always made excuses for not being active, and it was taking its toll. Worse, my younger sister who had always been extremely slim was following in my footsteps to food addiction.
I don't believe in resolutions, because they are ridiculous and made to be broken. I do, on the other hand, believe in making a decision and sticking to it. I determined in January of this year (2009) that I was not going to live unhealthy. I would inform myself not only of how to lose weight, but of what exactly foods do to my body. I didn't start immediately, but by April 2009, I finally determined once and for all to make a lifestyle change.
Thus began my journey. I am a true southern woman, weened on sweet tea, fried chicken, cornbread, biscuits, greens and hamhocks, and the like. It was NOT easy, but I gave up sweet tea (and all sweet drinks for that matter). Over the course of two months, I dropped 20 pounds. I thought, "Hey, that didn't kill me. My pants fit better. I can change some more stuff." I convinced my mom to let me switch the family's food in a few areas. I do all the cooking, but they do the eating, so... She agreed. I switched white rice (one of my mom's professed 'food groups') for brown rice. We are on a budget, so as much as possible, I chose whole grains over refined and processed. The pounds continued to come off, and my breath returned.
Another south'n hurdle: FRIED foods and gravy. This is something I thought I could never give up. My aunt even told her doctors if she ever went into a coma to place an IV of gravy in her. That is how addicted we were. But over another month or two, we stopped frying foods and making gravy. The thought of it now provokes a nauseated "ugh" from the family.
My mom is still a stockholder in salt, but that's my next battle. I have already begun replacing some things. for example, I purchase tomato puree rather than tomato sauce; it's muuuuch lower in sodium. Other veggies, I try to purchase as "no salt added." The journey is far from over. But 57 lbs. later, this is the progress on my start.

Member Since: 4/26/2008

Fitness Minutes: 60

My Goals:
I had dates set for all these goals, but in light of everything else going on in my life, they became stressors that worked against me, not with me.

Lose 5 lbs.
*Beach day trip*

Lose 10 lbs.
*Date night*

Lose 15 lbs.

Lose 20 lbs.
*New brand panty set*

Lose 25 lbs.

Lose 30 lbs.
*New outfit or two*

Lose 35 lbs.
*Personal trainer subscription*

Lose 40 lbs.
*Movie date*

Lose 45 lbs.
*Spa day*

Lose 50 lbs.
*One-time maid service*

Lose 55 lbs.
*Sign up for 5K*

Lose 60 lbs.
*Concert tickets*

Lose 65 lbs.
*Ikea kitchen island*

Goal Weight
*Butcher block countertops*

My Program:
Breakfast 350-450kcals

Lunch 400-550 kcals

Dinner 550 or less

Any discretionary calories are to be used on *only one (1) snack* between lunch and dinner, and must be at least 2.5 hours after lunch. Snacking at any other times prompts a binge at meal time.

Water is to be the main source of hydration. No soda, no juices! Eat your calories!

M/W/F- Zumba (AM)

T/TH- walk/bike (PM)

Sat- tennis/bike with hubster

Sun- OFF

Personal Information:
5'9"- technically hourglass proportions... Too many minutes in the glass right now.

Belly, back fat, and arms are my biggest pet peeves. My legs are a source of embarrassment but they get better as I lose the weight.

Other Information:
I'm a nurse transitioning from inpatient to outpatient. I love my new job, but I'm less active. I'm a wife and mommy with a long commute. I need quick dinners or crock-pot friendly meals that are toddler and hubby friendly.

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    Hoping all is well with you and you have been able to prioritize as far as your relationship with Jesus - read the last blog you posted and saw that was your concern. Saying a prayer for you now.
    2670 days ago
  • v HOPE541
    I've just been able to log back in too today :( Life has gotten busy for me since my birthday and I haven't been able to get back on track until today. This journey will not be busy but as long as we don't give up, we'll always be winners. Keep sweet and let's continue this journey back to health. God bless you!
    2844 days ago
  • v HOPE541
    How have you been. I hope everthing is working out for you since you came back. Let me know :)
    2887 days ago
  • v HOPE541
    Congrats on your marriage. I definitely know what u mean when things are going so good that one loses focus on our new lifestyle change. I'm so proud of u for losing 124 lbs, if I lose at least 50 (even though I need to lose WAY more than that) I would be so proud of myself. lol
    2907 days ago
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    Thanks for stopping by... Have a great week!

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    2907 days ago
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