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Hi, I'm Julie. I'm 23 years old and currently living in Columbia, MO, though I grew up in St. Louis. My issues with weight began all the way back in middle school, and I've rarely had a day since where my weight didn't affect or even define my mood and attitude. That's hasn't always been a negative thing, but it's certainly had its fair share of bringing me down.

I was an average size until age 12, when I started having issues with depression and anxiety, and the weight starting ...
Hi, I'm Julie. I'm 23 years old and currently living in Columbia, MO, though I grew up in St. Louis. My issues with weight began all the way back in middle school, and I've rarely had a day since where my weight didn't affect or even define my mood and attitude. That's hasn't always been a negative thing, but it's certainly had its fair share of bringing me down.

I was an average size until age 12, when I started having issues with depression and anxiety, and the weight starting packing on. By the time I was 14, I was 190 pounds. My high school years were a terrible mess of self-deprecating behaviors and just plain giving up. I hated the way I looked, and I truly believed that my appearance defined who I was in everyone else's mind. I'd half-heartedly attempt to get myself into shape at times. I joined the cross country and soccer teams, I attended kickboxing classes at the YMCA, and I went on walks at my local park several times a week. But I gave in when the weight didn't come off fast enough. I would berate myself when I missed a kick in soccer, telling myself over and over that if I wasn't fat, I would have gotten that ball. I'd get terribly embarrassed during cross country meets when I'd have to start walking the course less than a minute in. I eventually dropped both activities, and fought relentlessly with my parents over trying to quit my kickboxing class. When I graduated high school, I was around 198, and I had absolutely dreadful body image issues.

College started out just as rough for me, and after my first two years I was as miserable as ever, still sitting at 200 pounds, and on the verge of dropping out. I began to give up on all of my dreams, and that's when I knew that I had to make a change. My very first step was going to see a psychiatrist, and to this day I still consider it one of the greatest decisions I've ever made. It was incredibly difficult for me, because I grew up in a family that didn't place stock in the field of psychology, and I was raised to believe that I ought to be able to pull myself up by the bootstraps. Going to a psychiatrist felt like betraying everything I'd ever known. But it was my very first Spark.

In the two years following that decision, I made several very difficult but very worthwhile changes in my life. I cut some negative influences out of my life, stepping away from friends who I had known for 10 years or more and realizing how toxic the relationships had been. I changed my major to psychology, causing a bit of a rife between my parents and I for some time, but ultimately giving me back the motivation I needed to continue. I joined a sorority and found not only some of the closest and healthiest friendships I think a person can experience, but also ample opportunities to get involved in my community and have an impact on things I care about. It was an unbelievable period in my life. My grades went up, my self-esteem went up, my body image issues all but disappeared, my relationships improved tenfold. I felt like a brand new person.

The one thing I never worked on was the weight, but that was okay with me. I think I had to go through all of those stages before I could tackle my issues with weight anyway, so that I was able to do it for the right reasons. That time has come now. I've graduated college and have been working full time for more than two years, and in that time I've seen my weight increase slowly but surely. I'm now fluttering between the 210 and 220 marks. And I'm determined to get it down.

I first found SP several years ago, and at times made some futile attempts to get into the program and everything the site has to offer. I am determined that this time, I'm ready to make another major lifestyle change. This is no longer about looking good or worrying what everyone else thinks. This is about getting my body to be capable of the things I know my mind is aching to do. I want to feel healthy enough to go hiking, to play soccer again, to climb three flights of stairs and not be winded. I want my energy levels to stay elevated and my sleep to be regular again. And I don't want to have to worry about Type II Diabetes or heart issues. I want my incessant back pain to go away, or at the very least, diminish. And I'm ready to make the changes that go along with those wants and needs.

My Sparkpeople journey has now begun...
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Member Since: 10/18/2009

SparkPoints: 7,699

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My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to get down to my ideal BMI, which would be between 110 and 135 pounds for my height.

In the short term, I'm focusing on portion control and increased movement, whether it be a full workout or just taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Increasing fruit and veggie intake
- Replacing at least one cup of coffee with a bottle of water per day
- Actively playing with my dog for at least 15 minutes each day

My Program:
I'm on a 1500 calorie intake, per my doctor, with three main meals at 300 calories each and six 100-calories snacks throughout the day.

For exercise, I'm starting with small, short workouts. Typically I do a DONE girl dance for my warmup, then add in one or two Sparkpeople 10 or 20 minute fitness videos. They are a godsend!

When I'm feeling particularly ambitious, I've got a Jillian Michaels DVD set that I pop in.

Personal Information:
SW: 218
12/31/10: 218
1/7/11: No weigh in
1/14/11: 210
1/21/11: 206
1/28/11: 205
2/3/11: 203
2/10/11: 200
2/17/11: 199
2/24/11: 199
3/3/11: 196
3/10/11: 193
3/17/11: 195
3/24/11: 195
3/31/11: 195.8 (New Scale)
4/7/11: 194.6
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"This is how it works:

You're young until you're not
You love until you don't
You try until you can't
You laugh until you cry
You cry until you laugh
And everyone must breath

Until their dying breath...

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WOLFKITTY
6/8/2013 11:57:53 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2013!!!
Where are ya, Done Girl!? I hope no matter where you find yourself in life, you are definitely enjoying it this birthday!!

All the very best,
Jocelyn



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RAGAMUFFINKEL
8/27/2012 8:53:27 PM

getting around to all my friends to check on progress and cheer them on. hope this finds you healthy, happy, and making strides. emoticon emoticon



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BEEVICTORIOUS
6/30/2012 1:03:33 PM

I wanted to send you a Happy belated Birthday wish. For this amazing DONE GIRL, I wish you another great year of health, happiness and love! Keep up the great work! Have a Happy 4th of July! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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6/10/2012 9:28:34 AM

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Happy Belated Birthday! May this year be the year that all of your wildest dreams come true!

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WIFEALF
6/9/2012 8:16:03 PM

Happy Birthday Done Girl!



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