March 2012 vs February 2013 [Getting healthier & in better shape every single day!]
September 2011 vs September 2013 [On my journey from FAT TO FIT!!!]
September 2011 vs March 2013 [Cannot believe the first one was me!!! - YUCK!!!]
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Hello World of SparkPeople: I'm Joi (:
I wasn't always overweight, up until around age 17 I was always a pretty normal weight, but shortly before I turned 18 I hit over 200 lbs, and I was disgusted. I had been hovering around the 180 lb mark for a year or so and felt okay, even though it wasn't where I had been earlier in life, I still felt good about it. When I first saw the scale read over 200 lbs, I was shocked, and mortified! That right there is the moment that I really wish ...
Hello World of SparkPeople: I'm Joi (:
I wasn't always overweight, up until around age 17 I was always a pretty normal weight, but shortly before I turned 18 I hit over 200 lbs, and I was disgusted. I had been hovering around the 180 lb mark for a year or so and felt okay, even though it wasn't where I had been earlier in life, I still felt good about it. When I first saw the scale read over 200 lbs, I was shocked, and mortified! That right there is the moment that I really wish would have made me kick my butt into gear and get myself back into shape - But sadly, the worst was yet to come.
Over the next year from 2009 to 2010 I gained more and more weight, and ended up hitting 250 lbs. I made my original SparkPeople account in the summer of 2009, but only dropped a couple of pounds and lost interest, I had not learned about using the community yet, and just gave up. I moved into my first apartment and out on my own in December of 2009, and my bad eating habits, and lack of exercise continued. In late 2010 I discovered that I had weight induced High Blood Pressure, and was shocked! I found out at the Orthopedic Surgeon at a consultation about removing my wisdom teeth. It was standard for them to take all of my vitals to get an idea of what they should be, so if anything changed during surgery they could take the proper measures. When my blood pressure came back extremely high, we believed it may have been nerves. It turns out it wasn't. I went to several doctors, had to have an EEG, and found out I was a major risk and was put on medication. At this time I was only 19 years old, and my heart was at risk due to terrible eating habits - Not normal and it was very scary.
My dad bought me an exercise bike around that same time, but I didn't really start up a good routine until early 2011, during which I logged into my original SP account and started logging food, and tracking fitness, but still had not found the wonderful community features yet. From January until March that year I lost around 25 lbs, but again I gave up, and soon after was back up around 250 lbs. At that time, I had never been higher than the 250s, and didn't believe I would ever go up any higher - But I was VERY WRONG.
My wedding was October 31st 2011, and after that the gaining went completely out of control. I had a doctor check up in January of 2012 and the scale read 310... I couldn't believe I was in the 300s!!! I told my husband that I had a glance, and maybe it wasn't right, it couldn't be right... Could it?
On March 16th 2012, I FINALLY found the drive to CHANGE my life, and have actually stuck with it... When I weighed in that day, I was completely disgusted at the fact that the scale read 320 lbs!!! So yes, the doctor's scale was right 2 months prior and since then I had gained another 10 lbs... I was gaining weight at a terrifying pace, and had to stop and get myself healthy! At this point I was having terrible chest pains, my stomach was always hurting, and I always felt sick... It was from eating junk all the time and never moving. I would get out of breath simply walking from the front of a store to the middle... I was embarrassed and always felt nervous going anywhere for fear of running into someone I knew when I was not that way. I was even having a hard time putting my shoes on, and getting dressed left me winded.
But that day I logged into that same SP account, and it finally stuck. Within the first 6 months I dropped a total of 80 lbs, and by February 2013 I reached 96 lbs down, and was feeling amazing! Sadly, there were a few back and forth times due to not having a good routine going, but that is since all in the past!
On August 28th 2013 I deleted my original SP account ['himynameisjoi', 'tothestarslove', & towards the very end 'makingitcount91'], refreshed the page, and created a new one. I believed that for the next phase in my journey, the one that will take me to the finish line of my goal weight, and allow me to live a healthy lifestyle for life, a clean slate was much needed! And I sure was right, because I have since found that motivation I'd been lacking the last few months, and I'm back on track completely, and giving this my absolute all!
SparkPeople is a very special place, with an amazing community of people I am proud to know and call my friends. Together, we can achieve our goals and cheer each other on from the sidelines. Thank-you to each and every one of you who have supported me from the start and any time in between then until the present, I am so blessed that we're along on each other's journeys, because it's been an amazing ride!!!
| Pounds lost: 55.0
Member Since: 8/28/2013
Fitness Minutes: 895
♥ Reach 150 lbs by my 24th birthday, March 8, 2015.
♥ Be proud of who I am, by feeling and looking healthier.
♥ Create a healthy lifestyle for myself that I can live with for the rest of my life - The journey never ends, you simply go from "losing" weight to "maintaining" weight.
♥ My ideal weight on the low end is 107 lbs and up to 145 lbs on the high end. [My goal is to ultimately stay within the 130 - 150 lb range]
♥ Use the SparkPeople nutrition tracker to track my daily calorie, fat, carb, and protein intake.
♥ Drink a lot of water throughout the day.
♥ Cardio a minimum of 3x per week.
♥ I keep myself MOTIVATED constantly!
I married my wonderful husband on October 31st 2011. We have 2 ferrets, a rat, and a cat. Leo DiCaprio fanatic since 1996. Blink-182 Life. For Life. Angels & Airwaves = LOVE. Total Bookworm. Midwestern Girl. Movies & Music. Liberal. ANTI-SEAWORLD! Supports Equal Rights for ALL.
Instagram: @ joifuljoii
"You can do anything you want, and you can be anything you want, and you can experience anything you want, but there's only one thing you need to do. And that is: Have the slightest bit of vision to see it. Because if you can't see it happening, then it will never happen." - Tom DeLonge