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I'm a 29 yr old woman in Ohio. I've been struggling with my weight since I had my son...that was over 2 years ago. I tried everything. I tried several diets and would lose a few pounds only to gain it right back. I tried exercising myself to death, but it was no use. I finally went to see an Endocrinologist...this is how I found out that I was hypothyroid and hypoglycemic..which may have been brought on by my PCOS. With medication, a high protien low carb diet, and plenty of exercise I am ...
I'm a 29 yr old woman in Ohio. I've been struggling with my weight since I had my son...that was over 2 years ago. I tried everything. I tried several diets and would lose a few pounds only to gain it right back. I tried exercising myself to death, but it was no use. I finally went to see an Endocrinologist...this is how I found out that I was hypothyroid and hypoglycemic..which may have been brought on by my PCOS. With medication, a high protien low carb diet, and plenty of exercise I am finally starting to see some results. I am finally gaining energy and confidence. I finally have the strength and energy to play with my son instead of lying on the couch all day. I started at 180lbs and I am working hard to reach my goal of 130lbs. I'm still having a hard time though. I seem to sabotage myself and I get really discouraged when I slip up. I'm trying so hard not to just give up this time. I really want it. I could use some friends on here so we can encourage each other. My hubby supports me all the way, but can't really relate to what I'm dealing with. Thanks for reading. :)




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Member Since: 3/13/2011

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My goal is to be at 130lbs.

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I'm on a high protien/low carb diet

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SARAH_ARAUJO
6/29/2011 1:16:07 PM

emoticon Hope all is well... did you work out today? I have :) you will get there :)



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WHITMAN1002
6/27/2011 3:13:16 AM

Came across your page and had to add you! We have exact same weight-loss goals (I am starting at 180, and want to hit 130 too!) and similar medical complications. And I'm also in Ohio. Best of luck on your journey!



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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
6/26/2011 11:26:46 PM

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Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here and working on your health challenges!

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Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

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In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!

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If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.

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Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!

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If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.

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Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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