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I always was the 'big' girl (and tall at 5'8.5"), despite stages of my life where I was a healthy weight (140 was my lowest but I got to 200 in college). My lack of self-confidence in younger years prevented me from seeing when I was healthy weight and working to maintain that. In my 30s and 40s I gained a lot due to job and personal life stress, reaching 250 lbs (or something close; I was afraid to get on the scale!!). The events of 9/11 (I grew up near NYC) were a catalyst that led me ...
I always was the 'big' girl (and tall at 5'8.5"), despite stages of my life where I was a healthy weight (140 was my lowest but I got to 200 in college). My lack of self-confidence in younger years prevented me from seeing when I was healthy weight and working to maintain that. In my 30s and 40s I gained a lot due to job and personal life stress, reaching 250 lbs (or something close; I was afraid to get on the scale!!). The events of 9/11 (I grew up near NYC) were a catalyst that led me change my life in several ways. I started slow. Writing in a journal in 2005 (following the book "The Artist's Way") I finally clearly saw the issues on paper. Something had to change and that something was ME!! I divorced, changed careers, bought a house - all in 2006. Then I was able to focus on my health. My weight dropped to 180, the lowest it had been in 20 years; I ate healthy and was in the gym 3 times a week. But my ultimate goal of 165 remained illusive. In 2010 I met the love of my life and in 2011 we married. I worked out with a trainer for 6 months prior to the wedding, firming up, but barely losing a single pound of the 15 pounds that had crept back up since 2010. I'm post-menopausal and I was mad that my body wasn't responding as it once had to tough workouts, even through I managed to lose about 8 pounds of fat. I was tired and frustrated. Afer our wedding we stopped going to the gym for 6 months. BAD IDEA! Thankfully, we rejoined and I found a new trainer I really like. My ultimate goal is the illusive 165, but I'd be really happy to get to the 177 goal I've set to reach by our 1st wedding anniversary (10 weeks from now).
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4/20/2013 11:20:39 AM

Hi!! I'm very happy for you. Despite obstacles that come with life (careers, relationships, age, etc.), you've managed to stay strong and push past how you feel and what you see in front of you. Life is a tough cookie. It is important to trust God and to stay encouraged. The turn around that you've made is beautiful. It is also wonderful that you are taking your body's age into consideration and shooting for a weight (177) that is more reasonable for the stage of life that you're in. What I do realize, though, is that true happiness is not found in our weight, looks, jobs or companions. True happiness is, however, found in God's will. We could potentially reach our weight goals and still find something wrong with ourselves (if you know what I mean). People in life have always taught us to be that way. True enough, we are imperfect and there is always room for some improvement. But, oh, wouldn't it be nice to be able to take a mental rest in God and just enjoy the health of our bodies, the companions that we're blessed with, family, etc. and not have to worry about "fixing" what's wrong with us?! I wish you the best with EVERYTHING and God bless you!



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