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Before & After Side By Side. 220lbs Vs. 130. 90lbs Lost.





December 2012 - 130-ish Lbs





Before & After Side By Side. 220lbs Vs. 130. 90lbs Lost.



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"In order to succeed, we first must believe that we can." - Nikos Kazantzakis

Hi spark friends!!!
My name is Stacey. I am a 32 years old accountant, nursing student, novel editor, and much more...

Approximately 5 years ago, I was topping the scale at 220 pounds and a size 18. For my 5'5" frame it was painful for me to look in the mirror. I hid behind layers of clothing, ashamed of just how badly I'd let myself go. I was an emotional eater and drowned my misery in more food, only making the problem worse and worse. I hid behind baggy layers of ...
Hi spark friends!!!
My name is Stacey. I am a 32 years old accountant, nursing student, novel editor, and much more...

Approximately 5 years ago, I was topping the scale at 220 pounds and a size 18. For my 5'5" frame it was painful for me to look in the mirror. I hid behind layers of clothing, ashamed of just how badly I'd let myself go. I was an emotional eater and drowned my misery in more food, only making the problem worse and worse. I hid behind baggy layers of clothing, avoided cameras and refused to wear anything without an elastic waist. I was the epitome of a junk food junkie and couch potato. I was unhappy, depressed, and longing for changes that I could never quite make happen.

One day while getting ready for work, I was going through my usual morning ritual of discarding everything in my closet because not one single article of clothing fit. The thought of buying yet another pair of pants 'another size larger' made me want to cry. Finally, after settling on the least humiliating outfit, I was staring at myself in the mirror thinking how I looked like a sack of potatoes, and I finally decided enough was enough!! I stood up straight and said to myself "Stacey if you don't like it then DO something about it!"

I went to work that day and Googled "calorie tracker," and that's how I found SparkPeople. What I found here was so much more than just a way to track calories. I found a community of people just like me, I found support, and long lasting friendships, tools to help me change my eating habits, recipes to teach me how to eat healthier (and enjoy it), tips on fitness, and soooo much more!! Spark has literally changed and saved my life.

5 years later here I am, after a lot of hard work, trial and error, ups and downs, I am maintaining approximately 90 pounds of weight loss and happily a size 4. I reached my GW in 2009, and have been grappling same 10-15 pounds ever since. I never considered myself on a diet. Instead I like to refer to myself as a work in progress and living a healthy lifestyle. I still struggle at times to find balance, and I'm not always perfect. A lifetime of bad habits are certainly hard to break. But I don't give up easily.

Getting off the couch and breaking those habits has allowed me to realize there was an inner warrior hidden inside me all along. I've discovered so much about myself in the last 5 years and I am a better person for it. It's been a long road, and I still take wrong turns, but I've let go of a lot of my insecurities and forgiven myself for all the terrible things I used to say about myself. Now, I like to trying new things and I enjoy being active. I am happy to say I no longer wake up in the morning dreading the morning dressing ritual (except when I've slacked off on laundry). Shopping is no longer torture like it used to be, I no longer hide behind baggy layers, and I love being in photos (in fact I probably take too many). I went from total-couch-potato to a kick-boxing-addict who hiked the Grand Canyon (there's a sentence my former fat girl never thought I'd say!). This once junk-food-junkie now loves cooking healthy dishes and her active lifestyle. What I used to think was unattainable is now my reality; I couldn't be happier.


I love making new spark friends, so please feel free to drop me a line and say hello. Keep the spark going friends :)
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Member Since: 4/25/2007

SparkPoints: 22,643

Fitness Minutes: 28,436

My Goals:
Challenge Myself
Make time for good choices
Be positive
Have Confidence
Energy
Longevity
Self Love
Fit
Tone
Endurance
Stamina
Fit Into My "Skinny Jeans"
Stay Accountable
Reach My GW/Body Composition Goal
Master Maintenance Mode
Run A 5k - (non stop)
Complete Rim to Rim Hike




My Program:
(For those who ask I am 5'5")

Diet:
Cook at home often
Make Colorful Meals
Eliminate/Decrease Meat
TONS of freggies
Whole Grains
Eat Clean
Limit Processed Foods
Limit eating out
Alcohol In Moderation
Be Mindful Of Choices
Practice Moderation
Practice Portion Control
Plan Ahead
Be prepared
Batch Cook
Shop Smart
TANK UP ON H2O

Exercise:
I don't have a regimine. I enjoy all types of fitness. Favorites include turbo kick boxing, zumba, hiking, biking, lift, body pump, Insanity.

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Hobbies & Interests:
Studying, & more studying
Family Time
Anything Star Wars or Star-Trek
Photography
Writing
Reading
Cooking
Hiking
Biking
Animals
Travel

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JUJUBEAN42
2/22/2014 9:20:52 PM

Your page has encourage me in many ways. I just signed up on Sparks and been reading all the different stories and yours is the one that hits closest to home. Thanks for sharing your story. emoticon emoticon



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1/22/2014 6:28:57 PM

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