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2015 UPDATE: It's 4 years later and I'm still truckin.. life has thrown me all kinds of obstacles, but I am officially in a normal weight range and holding strong :)

THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of you who have taken the time to congratulate me and read my story. Your support means the world to me :-)

From 2011:

I'm a 27 year old mother of a 2.5 year old son, an RN and a stay-at-home mommy/wife. I had gained a bunch of weight over about 5 years or so and am slowly getting rid of it! The last 1/3 of this journey is slow, but I'm still making progress!

Update 5/21/11: I'm down over 20 pounds! I feel incredible! I'm starting to be more confident and feel less like a blob on the couch. I've also made the decision to be brutally honest with myself about EVERYTHING, and so far it is working. TRACKING TRACKING TRACKING!!! I'm telling everyone it REALLY does help!! No excuses! Do it! It really doesn't take THAT long to do it, especially once you establish a "favorites" list of the foods you eat all the time.

Update 6/25/11: I'm SO close to 30 pounds gone. 30! And it's been a little bit over 3 months. I'm making progress slowly and surely! The loss has definitely started to slow a little bit, but it's ok. This has officially started to become my lifestyle, so I'm not sweatin it!

8/10/11: Just passed the 40 pounds gone mark! Still going forward!

10/12/11: 50 pounds are outa here!!

I've had the opportunity to start telling others about my weight loss journey. It has been really hard so far because when I say something out loud, it takes that last piece of denial out of my weight problem. However, I really want to be able to inspire people to help themselves, even if it's just a little bit! After all... it was someone else's (or lots of somones) stories of success that got my rear in gear!

The background picture is of my orchid in bloom! Isn't it gorgeous?

"Saying 'try' is having the intention to fail"
~ "I Love You Man"

Here is my "Done girl" list so far!

I am Done ….
Shopping in different stores or in the plus sizes
Having more than one "X" on my clothing
Having shorts ride up when I walk
My husband's baggy shirts being snug
With bathroom stalls that are so small it's hard to wipe (TMI I know)
Sucking it in and trying to turn sideways in pictures
Having ridiculously long hair because I'm hiding my face
Standing on the sidelines because of how I'll look doing something
With the "strategic sweater"
Lying to myself about my weight
Never doing my hair or makeup because I feel it doesn't matter
With only being able to wear ugly shoes because cute ones hurt
With only having one pair of jeans
Having to wear sports bras for comfort
Getting winded with the easiest of tasks
Hating exercise

From Kai on Biggest Loser:

"...Love yourself no matter what you weigh. If somebody comes up to you and tells you you're fat or if somebody comes up to you and tells you your beautiful — that has absolutely nothing to do with who you are and everything to do with who you are. And remember that."

I LOVED Biggest Loser until I was devistated at the impossible results of season 11. Here's the blog that changed my mind about loving this show!


Member Since: 3/22/2011

Fitness Minutes: 6,639

My Goals:
My goals are to eat healthier, exercise, and overall be a better me for myself and my family.

Weight Loss Goals
SW: 258 BMI 39.2
250/38: Done!
240/36.5: Done! (5/5/11)
230/35: 6/15/11 Done (6.13.11)

220/33.4: 7/2011 Done (7.28.11)
210/31.9: 10/24/2011 Done
ONEderland/30: DONE 1/28
190/28.9: DONE
(No longer "obese"!)
180/27.4: DONE
164/24.9: (Healthy BMI!) DONE :-)

My Program:

TRACKING TRACKING TRACKING!!! I'm telling everyone it REALLY does help!! No excuses! Do it! I also have been adding recipes on the spark recipes so tracking is easier when I have a lot of ingredients.

I started with a program with strength training in the form of 30 minutes of pilates, yoga, or spark people videos 3 days a week and I alternating between Jillian's 30 day shred, Leslie Sansone walks, Bob Harper and Biggest Loser videos 5 days a week.

I am now up to running 3 miles 3 times a week. It's a challenge, but I have finally found a form of exercise that I enjoy!
Still taking weekends off!!

Personal Information:
I live in central IL with my brother, son, and our cat.

Other Information:
I am head server and associate manager of a restaurant but also an RN. I'm currently in school in an RN to BSN program. My long term goals are to work as a nurse with people to help them improve their lifestyle and quality of living.

I'm a gamer and enjoy reading in my spare time ;)

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  • v JIBBIE49
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    The little Pisces girl is born to a mother who is a worrier and the little Pisces child picks up all the tension that is in the family and she believes she is to blame. Often the family uses her as a "scapegoat" for its problems saying in effect "If it wasn't for her we'd have life on Easy Street", but she isn't the real problem at all. Pisces escapes to her dream world and finds safety in pets or food. Yes, she can have a weight issue, but she can just as well be a dancer, runner or lead an exercise class. She can be a wonderful artist or a teacher of small children as she knows how to communicate with them.
    She gets along best with Scorpio, Cancer, Taurus, Capricorn or Virgo. She can be a great beauty like Elizabeth Taylor. When asked what was different about her from Marilyn Monroe, she answered "No one ran my life but ME." That is what a highly developed Pisces woman needs to learn to say.
    Pisces health issues are often with her feet. She can have boils, anemia, skin conditions, allergic reactions to drugs, lymphatic system, problems with the mucous membranes or her liver. Practicing Yoga can be a great help to her.

    In Pisces, the Sun is sensitive and idealistic. You are "tuned in" to your environment, and aware of everything happening in your world, and to everyone around you. Pisces is the dream sign of the zodiac. You may be one of the true dreamers of the world, often getting caught up in impractical plans and ideas. You absorb the ideas and the mental outlook of those around you, for better or for worse. The decisions that you make may be workable, if sometimes emotional and erratic. Often these decisions are made on hunches and feelings with little or no foundation in fact. Creative, spiritual and often a bit mystical, you can be impractical and illogical.
    You're a moody and introspective person, and it's hard for others to understand you. It may be hard for you to understand yourself sometimes. Your temperament varies from being optimistic to being acutely pessimistic.
    Although you may be very shy and unassuming, you care deeply about your stature and succeeding in your endeavors. You may feel vulnerable and anxious when you are unsure of your status and circumstances. You have a deeply hidden inner pride and when this is attacked in any way, you react emotionally.
    Compassionate, tolerant, kind, and loving, you are easily influenced by others because you don't want to hurt anyone. Always charming and likable, you are good to those in distress. You are as fond of animals as you are people. You are sympathetic to the world's unfortunate, including every stray animal and helpless soul you meet. You are more concerned with others' well-being than your own, and you want to save people from themselves. You are easily taken in by a hard-luck story and often leave yourself open to be used. You are always there with a shoulder to cry on for your friends in need. Frequently people take advantage of this compassionate nature.
    If you are a typical Pisces, you're likely to suffer from an inferiority complex. You probably lack an adequate sense of self-confidence, as you are so very sensitive, shy and introspective. You never feel that you do enough, so you often overwork, putting stress on your physical body. In your quiet way, you accomplish much. Having a natural tendency to become a workaholic, you must have a generous amount of escape time, preferably with total solitude.
    Pisces, more than any other sign, draws strength or weakness from the rest of the horoscope. The nature of Pisces is very adaptable and pliable. You may have to fight for a sense of stability and to resist the impulses of the moment.
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    2955 days ago
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