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Me 15 pounds away from my Goal weight before I gained it all back ...Summer 08

Motivation. If one Ali can do it, so can another one right??


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I have been yo-yoing back and forth with my weight as long as I can remember.... and I am sick of it. unlike all the other times though, this is not about fitting into the perfect pair of pants or looking " hot" this time it really is about health.

What makes this time different than any other time is my experiences. My Aunt died of caner June 23, 2008. She was a wonderful caring woman who we all refer to as " the ultimate mother" because she was so caring to everyone she met. She really was my second mother and helped raise me. When she died I quit smoking and drinking. It has been a struggle every day since than, but I am pushing forward. Shortly ( and quickly) after I quit these habits I gained 40lbs. Not only is is unhealthy to gain 40lbs in itself... I manager to gain 40lbs in 4 months. ( talk about bad for your heart!!!)
Since december I have become more and more aware of my weight gain and actual size. ( I went from a 12 to an 18/20) Since than I have made an attempt to try to focus on eating better foods than all the grease and fat I was putting in my mouth. While i have successfully learned better ways to eat, I had no really committed to my weight loss.
On March 24, 2009 my Uncle died of cancer. I was not very close to him but it made me realise what I was doing. Within 10 months I lost two people in my family to cancer. I am not afraid that I will get cancer per say, but I know how unhealthy it is to be over weight, and i want to live a LONG and HAPPY life with my family.

So with that being said, I start a new journey. Not to lose weight and be " thin" or " socially acceptable" but to be HEALTHY and HAPPY for no one else but MYSELF.

Member Since: 8/28/2007

Fitness Minutes: 3,128

My Goals:
SW: 225

April:Dont give up, give in, or quit. Remain STRONG

June: Focus on one day at a time and keep active!

Eventual Goals:
* be ME

- raise money for Cancer research doing some sort of fitness activity ( Check writing does not count!)

- be able to RUN even if its just a mile!


- make this a HABIT and a WAY OF LIFE (2nd nature)

- Get involved, support and encourage!

My Program:
you know the deal: calories in , calories out!

Right now I am eating between 1200-1600 calories.

Working out AT LEAST once a day for 30 mins. Ideal: burning up to 230+ cals a day.

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I am 22 y.o from chicago. I am a psych major with 2 semesters left before i graduate. I plan on going back to school to obtain my masters within a year of my graduation. Out side of school I love music, reading, hang out with friends, going bowling or to the batting cages, museums and sport events ( GO CUBS!) I am also a movie junkie! haha

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  • v BLUEROSE73
    Happy Saturday. Hope you are having a great summer, and reaching for your goals
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    1733 days ago
  • v RFJSJ50
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    Sheila (Aspire & Inspire Team)

    2066 days ago
  • v ROMMY143
    Just stopping by to say "HELLO"! You are doing so awesome. Keep it up. {{{HUGS}}} to you. emoticon emoticon
    2925 days ago
    WOW! That's great. I didn't even know you were still at it, but good for you. I hope to hear from you more. Congrats on the 5 pounds.

    Take care and stay healthy

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    2997 days ago
    I'm teaching another year right now--had a really tough fall though. I would totally elaborate, but not on your public wall :)

    BUT I am leaving after this year is up to go to grad school and live with Pat...FINALLY! SO EXCITED. So basically I have six more months of this unwanted solitude and then I can finally start my life as a normal 20 something college graduate (4 years later than most).

    Anyway, SO glad that you're back. You were my favorite Spark Friend last year by far. Have a great Monday, and good luck with the job hunt!
    3019 days ago
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