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Hey y'all!

Hi Everyone!

First of all thanks to everyone here at SparkPeople for the amazing journey the past few years have been.

I'd like to thank everyone for voting for me as Motivational Sparker. Which was the catalyst for the amazing opportunities that I have been blessed with this year. If you had told me I'd ever be lucky enough to be in People Magazine or on The Today Show, I'd have told you, that you were crazy. I'm just a normal girl with a not so normal story.
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Hi Everyone!

First of all thanks to everyone here at SparkPeople for the amazing journey the past few years have been.

I'd like to thank everyone for voting for me as Motivational Sparker. Which was the catalyst for the amazing opportunities that I have been blessed with this year. If you had told me I'd ever be lucky enough to be in People Magazine or on The Today Show, I'd have told you, that you were crazy. I'm just a normal girl with a not so normal story.

Yes, I was 340lbs, I know for a fact I was that heavy and may have been a few lbs heavier at 2 points in my life because I stopped checking after it got that high. I was in the 330lb range my senior year in high school and when I was pregnant with my daughter. My daughter is my inspiration for this journey. I want to be the best Mom I can be, I don't want my daughter to ever be embarrassed of me for my appearance (I'm sure I'll give her other reasons to be embarrassed though), I wanted to be able to run around and play with her, and I never wanted to put her through loosing her mother early in life because I ate myself to death.

So now the million dollar question, how am I doing it? I wish I could tell everyone there was a simple solution or an amazing pill, but if there is one, I haven't found it. It has taken almost 16 months now and lots of hard work. So here is my plan. I limit to 1200- 1500 calories a day, I try to make sure those calories are quality calories, like staying away from white carbs and all that stuff they tell you to avoid. I started working out 3 times a week and have now worked up to working up almost every day for an hour. I mix cardio and weight training throughout my week. I allow myself one splurge meal a week to keep myself from going nuts, and I splurge on vacations, I just balance it with working out.

If you have anymore questions feel free to ask. I love all the comments and messages. They help to encourage me on this last leg of my journey.
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Member Since: 1/19/2008

SparkPoints: 42,976

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My Goals:
Run the Charleston Bridge Run

Drop Body Fat percentage to 18%

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I work out at least once a day and am working on a healthy eating plan.

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4/20/08- Break out of the 200s ***done***


5/10/08 - Run/Walk First Fitness Event
***done***

5/20/03 - Ran a mile without walking ***done***

6/11/08- Hit 180lbs ***done**

8/30//08- Hit 170lbs ***done a month early***

10/30/08- Hit 160lbs
***done 2 months early***

Get to a Normal BMI (164lbs) ****done Feb 18 2009****







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ALANDSE
4/11/2014 10:11:41 AM

You did it! Looking great. Alan emoticon emoticon emoticon



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BELLAALI
3/2/2014 3:46:11 PM

I was sent here by a friend and all i can say is WOW WOW WOW!!!!! How freaking awesome! What amazing motivation!!!!! You go girl! emoticon



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CANICE
2/21/2014 6:59:04 PM

I would like to invite you to join the Spring Biggest Loser Challenge!
If you're interested, go to this page: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
individual.asp?gid=25339#team_goals

It is to the BLC All Team page. The Spring sign up thread is the second thread in the General Discussion Forum. Just add your name to the list

I'm on the Turquoise Titans Team!
If you want to be on Turquoise, you need to add that beside your names
Patty picks those who indicate a specific team to place first.

I hope to see you there!
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MEGYSU
1/21/2014 5:45:43 PM

You are such an inspiration! Not only did you lose the weight, you're keeping it off. It is so good to see people who continue to do well. Thanks for sharing your journey.



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KNLILLA
1/12/2014 10:18:22 PM

Hello BBANGEL!
I just wanted to share with you something that happened to me today. I was watching a video on TED.com called "Why dieting doesn't usually work" from a scientist who explained all these things about your body having a setting point weight, and the bigger you get throughout your life the higher your setting weight is (which is the weight your body feels normal at), and how very hard it is to lose anything under that setting point, and it's even harder to maintain it after losing it...basically this scientist lady was trying to encourage people to accept that not everyone will be as thin as Angelina Jolie, but it discouraged me because somehow it made me feel that weight loss is going to be very hard from now on...
But then I remembered you!!! I added you as a friend here on SP many moons ago, I was - and still am - mesmerized by your transformation. I came back to SP to check your profile again and thankfully it cleared all my negative thoughts and it reinforced me that no matter what this scientist lady says (whom I respect very much BTW), people CAN and should lose weight when they're overweight, and your pictures proved to me that it's possible and it's also possible to KEEP that weight off.
So I just wanted to connect and let you know that thanks to you I have stopped my own discouragement!
Thank you! :)




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