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I joined SparkPeople at the end of July 2010 and since then I have lost more than 60 lbs (as of 3/24/2012). That keeps me motivated to move forward.

12/31/2010 - I guess I should probably fill in this part a bit. That 2 sentences really doesn't sum up my struggles.

I have had a weight problem for most of my life.

When I look back at my pictures as a kid. I really wasn't all that heavy. I think I would have grown out of it eventually had I felt better about myself.

I let it get out of control once I got married. I got up to about 220 then when I got pregnant with our first child I went up to 240. After giving birth to a beautiful baby boy I started working harder to lose weight. It was a roller coaster of up and down. I would get to a point where I was pretty happy with who I was then get lax about exercise and eating and I would go back up. I never really went back above 200 until this last couple of years. I still exercised regularly but my eating wasn't under control.

I went to the doctor for a routine yearly checkup and got on the scale (sigh...I hate that part of dr's appts). I was crushed when I saw 220 on the display. I asked my dr. to help me with getting started. She gave me a 3 month prescription for an appetite suppressant and referred me to a nutritionist. I almost didn't go to the nutritionist but I had told myself that this had to stop once and for all so I went. She talked to me about my eating habits and told me about a website called I sat quietly and listened thinking "I have at least 5 apps on my ipod touch that do that same thing" but I was resolved to give it a try. If she thinks its a good idea I should at least check it out. She had created an account for me.

When I got home and logged in I was hooked. I have told her that my goal is to change my eating habits and make a lifestyle change. I took the appetite suppressants for about a month and then stopped. I wanted to learn to eat the right way and not rely on a crutch. It had done what I wanted and helped me get started but it wasn't the way to go and I knew that.

I've lost almost 35 lbs and still remain strong in my resolve to continue.

Normally once I would lose a good amount of weight I would get comfortable and slowly let it drift away but sparkpeople has helped to provide me with the support and direction I need to keep going. I'm confident that I am making changes in my eating habits that will last a lifetime. I've known for years that a lifestyle change is in order.

My grandmother passed away in June of 2010. I was very close to her and it was not entirely expected. I thought I would have her for many years to come. I miss her a lot
She had type 2 diabetes and maculor degeneration. I take after her and I decided to do something positive after her passing and take care of myself to try and avoid some of the health problems that were headed my way.

I'm so happy. I go to the store and smell the fried chicken and instead of walking over to the deli to order fried cheesesticks or jalapeno poppers I can either wait or get a cheesestick or something healthy to tide me over.

I had lost interest in shopping for clothes or accessories because I felt like nothing looked good on me so what did it matter. I've regained my desire to shop for clothes and accessories! I didn't realize I missed it so.

I've even agreed to run a 1/2 marathon with my sister in law. I'm excited to train for it and run it. It's a great goal to help me start 2011 out on the right foot!

I'm so thankful for spark people! I've communicated with so many inspiring people. I can't wait to see what 2011 will bring!

This is kind of rambling but sometime soon I'll go back and try to smooth it out.

Member Since: 7/27/2010

Fitness Minutes: 106,334

My Goals:
My initial goal is to get down to 150 lbs. I think once I achieve this goal I'll go for another 15 lbs but I'm going to start with baby steps.
There is a history of diabetes in my family and I am hoping that weight loss and exercise will help me to keep this from occurring.
I also want to show my kids how to eat and exercise right.

My Program:
I'm teaching myself smarter eating habits and changing my lifestyle so that once I get to my goal weight I won't start creeping back up. I exercise 4 - 6 times a week. I'm currently training for a 1/2 marathon so there is a lot of running involved. I mix that up with elliptical trainer, kettle bells, roller blading, and Zumba and Dancing (for Wii). That ought to keep my body guessing.

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