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On 10/17/14 my company began a biggest loser contest. The entry fee was $5 and whomever lost the largest percent of body weight got the majority of the pot. (40%).

I started the contest by doing a low carb diet and mainly using SP to track my carbs. I was targeting 30 carbs a day and usually did it. Not paying attention to Fat or Fiber grams. I easily got my protein grams.

I won the contest which ended on December 19th by losing almost 11% (43 lbs) of my body ...
On 10/17/14 my company began a biggest loser contest. The entry fee was $5 and whomever lost the largest percent of body weight got the majority of the pot. (40%).

I started the contest by doing a low carb diet and mainly using SP to track my carbs. I was targeting 30 carbs a day and usually did it. Not paying attention to Fat or Fiber grams. I easily got my protein grams.

I won the contest which ended on December 19th by losing almost 11% (43 lbs) of my body weight. It was then that I hit my first plateau. I talked to some of the fitness guys around the office and decided that I needed to incorporate exercise into my life.

On 12/28/14 I bought a membership to a local hotel that for a fee allows you to use their pool, exercise equipment, sauna and hot tub. I started exercising that same day. By 12/31/14, I had lost a total of 48 lbs.

At first I couldn't exercise (treadmill, recumbent bike, or swim) more than a half hour total in a session, but by the end of January I was up to an average of 75 minutes of swimming a day. I also hit another plateau about this time and decided that I needed to do more of what SP was telling me I needed to do with Nutrition.

For lent I decided to give up all meat with the exception of fish and to only weigh myself on Friday and the first day of the month. I started eating oatmeal and yogurt which was not a part of my diet and I essentially more fully embraced a lifestyle change.

I hit 100 lbs lost on 03/13/15. I learned to read nutrition labels and planned my food. Bought a food scale for home and for work. I strove to get into my "windows" for grams of protein and Fat and kind of let Fat and calories fall below the suggested amounts.

There is no magic formula or magic pill. I am obsessed with changing my life and I am. Some of the key things I do is set goals for myself. Minutes exercising, weight goals I have a vision board of what I will be able to do as I lose weight and I have done probably half of what I dreamed I could do when I got smaller and healthier.

I am happier than I have been in a long time and I feel physically better than I have in likely 2 decades.

That is my story to date. Today I am down 140 lbs (5/19/15) and striving for 200. I have no doubt I can make it and when I do I have a reward that is worthy of such an accomplishment.
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I want to be at the lowest weight of my adult life.

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I swim every day. Usually for at least an hour. I track all food I put in my body and normally stay below my recommended calories but try to hit my fat, protein and fiber windows.

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CITYBLUESGIRL
5/27/2015 10:43:35 PM

Thanks for your kind comment. Strength training is awesome and I would highly recommend it. It's amazing how much my strength and endurance has improved as a result of it. Everyone should be strength training as it builds muscle and keeps your bones healthy so as you age you are stronger and not losing muscle. I'm glad I have a great trainer I work w/ one day each week and then I have to do 2-3 other strength sessions on my own. It's made a huge difference.



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MOCNVW23
5/27/2015 3:53:08 PM

Thanks for your comment on my blog. My mom asked me the same question, what lesson did I learn from this, ummm not to kick bags with side of bare foot unless you know for sure is in it, or not be so lazy and find away around it if your hands are fukk. lol



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SRWYLIE
5/26/2015 5:54:16 PM

Didn't you see me waving, Bryan? Oh, I'm sooooooo disappointed!
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We drove through the southwest corner of the state on I-29 from Nebraska City to the Missouri border. It's hardly worth counting as a state we drove through!





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JUSTJAIMESIZED
5/26/2015 12:45:28 AM

I apologize greatly that my blog "I don't want to die" was difficult to read, but I want you to know that I appreciate your response more than you'd imagine. No one will ever really have an answer, because every individual is different. And the only unfortunate part about that is that not all words or medications can heal everyone the same way. But you read my blog, you didn't judge me, and you let me know you were there. That was all I wanted. Thank you for your kindness.

P.S. Congratulations on your accounting degree. It may have been many years ago, but it's a huge accomplishment that should be recognized none of the less.



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MOCNVW23
5/25/2015 5:17:37 PM

Thank you for stopping by my blog "rewarding myself". I was surprised to I have noticed I am not beating myself up as much as I use to. I thank you and all my spark friends for the continous support and encouragement that helped me get to this point. i hope you are having a safe and wonderful Memorial day.



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