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I have been obese my whole life. Stopped weighing myself when I hit 280 at one point but am pretty certain that I was heavier than that. I have a family history of heart disease and have battled high blood pressure myself. My grandmother died at 40 and Mom had her first bypass surgery at 42. She died in July 2006 after complications of her second surgery at the age of 55. It was to have been a quadruple bypass. So, when I turned 30 , I started freaking out. I've been accused of being obsessive at times but you can certainly understand why huh? I remain a work in progress but I am ultimately just trying to stay healthy.

Although I've been pretty active my whole life, I still got fat. In 2001, I started working with a trainer & found the Body for Life program. I did that for several years along with just about every other diet on the planet. In 2003, I started Weight Watchers & lost a huge chunk of the weight that I was carrying. I made Lifetime in September 2006 (ironically after my Mom died) and maintained that for a couple years. I started working with a coach (Cathy Savage) in June 2007 and have been with her since. I've been able to break my plateau and am working to compete. I've also run 2 full marathons, a handful of half marathons & several other races ranging from 10 milers to 5K's.

I am in contest preparation for my first figure show on May 3rd & then doing another on May 24th. Both are in Illinois. I've lost over 100 pounds & keep going as I continue on my journey to the stage.

Now that show's are over, I've learned some lessons & am focused on living a healthy lifestyle. The stage will be there when I'm ready again.

I've resurrected a blog that you can find here: http://heathersfitnessjourney.blogspot.com

Member Since: 6/11/2004

My Goals:
Maintain my health & live life as it was intended to be!

My Program:
I work with Cathy Savage & follow her lifestyle program. I eat mostly whole foods! Fruits, veggies, whole grain stuff, lean meats, etc. BUT I do allow myself to splurge on the weekends! This is about living!

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I reside in Northwest Indiana just 45 minutes outside of Chicago.

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  • v BLONDIE_182_182
    Your transformation is incredible! So inspiring and motivating to those of us fighting the weight loss battle. Keep up the good work!
    3608 days ago
    What an amazing story and an amzaing transformation!!! I can't wait to check out your blog !!! You are a true inspiration and you should be very very very proud of yourself as i have no doubt your mom and grandmother are!!! Way to go... i'd love to know more about how you lost and then how you got sooo toned!!!! Congrats!!! :)
    3663 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    I'm sorry u lost ur mother when she was only 55. My mother died of a heart attack at 58 but she smoked. I'm glad u changed ur life.
    Jack LaLanne lived to be 96 and his father died at 50 from a heart attack, so he knew he faced early heart disease. Jack lived for health. I can see you do to.
    3670 days ago
    Just found your sparkpage and I am so glad I did. Sometimes I feel like I am going to be Obese forever and that I won't be able to break the plateau or recondition my body or change my habits. Your page is very inspirational and I can see that if I make the changes and put in the work.... I can DO IT.

    Thank you for being a sparkpeople motivator. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3672 days ago
    You are amazing!!! What a transformation. I'm so inspired by your success and hard work.
    3675 days ago
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