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Hi, I'm Cristen and I'm finally ready to get serious about weight loss. I weigh 209lbs and know I need all the motivation I can get from the wonderful spark people in this community.

I was a skinny kid and thin adult until after my 4th (30) child. After each pregnancy the weigh just seemed to melt off. In my younger days I had never been interested in food unless I was pregnant and I had never dieted. I did a lot of dancing and Jane Fonda workout tapes though and really enjoyed them. I just assumed the weight would come off as usual.

Shortly before my 4th pregnancy my husband an I moved across the country away from both of our families. It was at this time that I became a stay at home wife and began learning to cook. Suddenly I was enjoying food that I never would have eaten before and didn't even realize how much I'd gained until I had to buy bigger clothes post pregnancy. I really didn't worry much and thought the weight would come off eventually.

After two more children, 6 moves and a diabetes diagnosis( I had gestational with my last two) I knew I was overweight but didn't realize how much until I saw my photo. I started on a treadmill and instantly I was overcome with pain and couldn't move the next day. I had had these events happen each time we moved, after the birth of a child and when I had done more activity than normal but this time it was excruciating and I became bedridden. We didn't know what was wrong and I continued to gain weight.

My husband was able to get me to a doctor who finally diagnosed me with Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease. It took a long road of experimenting with meds but I am finally able to exercise moderately without having a flare. Along this journey my liver began to have a hard time working. I had a liver biopsy and was diagnosed with NASH (Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis) with my liver being 60% fat and 40% scar tissue. I don't want to lose my liver and the only way to do that is to lose the weight and eat a healthy diet.

I feel terrible that I let myself down, but confident I can beat this disease. My #1 goal now is to lose as much weight as I am safely able to before I have another RA flare. Little by little I can do this!!!


Member Since: 4/18/2013

Fitness Minutes: 1,165

My Goals:
199- 7/8/13
Back up to 205 so restarted 8/16/2013
203- 8/31/2013
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Walk every day.
Add more veggies to my diet.


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My Beginning:

Tracking food on SP

Walking 3x a week and strength training every other day.

Reading motivational weight-loss stories.

Participating in team challenges.



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I grew up in Utah, spent 5 years in Virgina, 3 in Colorado and finally settled in MA. I am a married, stay at home mom and have 6 children ranging in age from 24 to 6 with 3 still at home.





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  • v CIROHIO
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    Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going!
    ~~~Jim Ryun~~~

    So do something fun, go for a walk enjoy the beauty around you, go bowling, go golfing, do some yoga, just get moving and make it an everyday habit! Have some fun emoticon you will be glad you did and will be jumping for joy emoticon ! As always emoticon Cathe
    715 days ago
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    Hooray, Hooray! Yippee, skippy! Let the new week begin. Let us have a positive, winning attitude to start our week off on a good note. Remember a good attitude is good, for the body, mind and soul. A good attitude is a step in the right direction towards success. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    As always emoticon Cathe emoticon
    726 days ago
  • v CIROHIO
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    It's the Weekend Eve! emoticon The yummiest of fresh fruit emoticon and veggies emoticon are coming into season, so enjoy the bountiful of the season. Good weather forecast for the weekend , so take time to enjoy your surrounding, go for a emoticon . emoticon Jump for joy and be happy emoticon Live life to the fullest. I am here emoticon emoticon you on emoticon Cathe
    736 days ago
  • v ALWAYSROSY
    Thank you for your kind, encouraging messages. I have been away from Sparks for many, many months. It was a blessing to see your messages now that I finally returned!

    Thanks you!
    833 days ago
  • v WHITNEYTEACHER
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    Just thought I'd stop by your page and say, "Hi!" emoticon
    Things are going pretty good here, I'm starting to have a little more time to check my Spark page and communicate some with my Spark friends. Still a lot of moving stuff to do though too, I'll be glad when my life finally can get back to "normal" (whatever that is). Hope you've been doing well and all the crazy winter weather hasn't been too bad for you. It's been raining here pretty much every day since we arrived. I'll take rain over ice and snow any day though!
    Have a great Thursday! Talk to you more later.
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    841 days ago
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