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Summer 2010 or 2011, can't remember. =)





(18 pounds down! from my original start weight which was closer to 240)





Me and my delightfully geeky boyfriend. I'm guessing I'm around 214lbs (summer 2011).



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"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see farther."

I'm Alison.

A few years ago I was inspired to make differences in my life that will change me forever. This year is going to much of the same, but committed.

I desire to be much more healthy than I am -- it's not so much about my being overweight that's caused me to want to make these changes, but about realizing that according to my standards, I have a fairly unhealthy lifestyle.

I used to go to the gym -- and love it -- but I found enough excuses ...
I'm Alison.

A few years ago I was inspired to make differences in my life that will change me forever. This year is going to much of the same, but committed.

I desire to be much more healthy than I am -- it's not so much about my being overweight that's caused me to want to make these changes, but about realizing that according to my standards, I have a fairly unhealthy lifestyle.

I used to go to the gym -- and love it -- but I found enough excuses finally to end my membership. There wasn't one nearby my new residence, I didn't have the time, I didn't have a friend to go with, whatever. I quit going. But I have recently fixed that.

I don't eat fast food unless I have no other options. And haven't had a soda, or carbonated beverage (other than the occasional, and delicious, ice cold beer) for over ten years. I never add salt to foods and try to eat only fish and poultry (although I love a juicy steak from time to time). But none of these changes seem to have been enough for me.

I came back to Sparkpeople because it was working before. And because when I was unpacking a few boxes in the house I just bought (yay!) I found my book -- the Spark. And I am revisiting that to find my motivation.

I'm ready to make the change, I just need some help sticking to it.

As I made my way around the site, browsing profiles -- finding inspiration -- and getting involved in the forums, I realized many of the beautiful people here set much smaller goals for themselves as 'meantime achievements' between their current weight and their goal weight. I decided I would probably benefit from doing something like this as well.

Here we go . . .

Start weight: 228.0
218: kayaking trip/boat rental
208: out of necessity (I hope), a new pair jeans!
198: new lens for my Canon 30D (aka My Baby)
188: a day at the spa
180: a new bathing suit, maybe my first bikini, and a day in the springs, snorkeling, or at the beach.

That's a total of 48lbs. And I know I can do it.

I recognize that the key here is upping my activity, and journaling my developments. That's what I'm working on now.
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Member Since: 1/21/2009

SparkPoints: 5,094

Fitness Minutes: 1,853

My Goals:
In quick form, my goals are:

- lose 48 pounds.
- help and encourage others to obtain their goal weights.
- be considered as a potential kidney donor for my sister should she ever need a new transplant.
- be healthy enough to have an active lifestyle with my future husband and future kids.

My Program:
- eat healthier
(raw fruits and veggies, no fast food at all, no-sugar added juices, remove most chocolate all together)
- get back into working out three times a week and actually push myself to work out harder.
- I need to go for walks and jogs around my neighborhood (not including dog walks).
- journal each day to help identify patterns, triggers, obstacles, and motivation.

Personal Information:
My name is Alison. I'm a freelance photographer by night, banker by day..

My initial goal of getting into shape to potentially donate my kidney to my sister is not currently needed. She received a kidney from our cousin in February of 2010.

Now I am focusing on me and that feels good too.

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MIPALADY23
1/6/2013 2:47:22 PM

Yep, my ticker does workout minutes, gym time or running. I despise the scale.



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1/4/2013 7:59:06 AM

Remember you can do anything you set your mind to.
Commit to it. One tiny step at a time to live healthier physically and mentally!!

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MEGSFITNESS
12/29/2012 9:59:23 AM

Lovin the bright page!! Glad you're back on Spark!



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LADYJ6942
12/28/2012 1:32:54 PM

Loved the blog, sounds like a good plan. Keep pushing and trying new things as it is the only way to grow and achieve long lasting change.



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ORCHIDLADY56
8/30/2012 7:51:33 PM

Welcome to Loving Our Kidneys team! Everyone there is so very helpful. Good luck to you and your sister.



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