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August 2014

Start May'11 - 183lbs, Sept'11 160lbs, Nov'11 147lbs... Total Weight loss to date: 36lbs


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Update - August 2013

Its been 2 years since I joined SparkPeople and what a journey! I have learnt a lot. I have learnt not to hate the speed bumps along the way but to be proud when I refocus. Since I've joined, I've moved from Mexico to Guatemala. I've not updated my tickler in a long time because I didn't buy a scale since we moved. I know that I'm not as low as I've been nor as high. I think I'm in the middle which is great progress. I'm not at my ideal weight yet but I don't hate the way I look. Baby steps! I know that I've progressed emotionally by leaps and bounds. I hope to continue this positive learning experience and embrace the ups and downs of this journey called life!

Update - Feb. 25, 2012

I'm now 1 month away from my goal. I have done pretty good. The last couple of months have been rocky. I need to find my groove back. I've lost 38lbs so far. My goal was about 50lbs in 9 months. So going by that, another 12lbs. I've gone from a size 14-16 to a size 6-8 which is great in itself. Though, I do catch myself grumbling but I think that it has to do with the fact that I've forgotten how far I've come. I just see how far I still have to go, instead of seeing that I've lost 75% of the weigh I wanted to lose.

Yesterday, I started TurboFire and have decided to follow their 20 weeks plan. This will bring me to an end date of July 13th. I believe I have another 10 - 15 lbs to lose to feel good, but I'm mostly looking forward to definition and less jiggle :)

So here's to focusing on the last stretch and learning to maintain!


The quote from Shakespeare is my new motto. I'm forever beating myself up over past food choices or past weight gains. But the past is in the past, it is my prologue to today's story!

I will be turning 30 in 9 months (March 2012). My goal is to be the healthiest I've ever been. I want to stop dwelling on past food choices and focus today's choices. Start the day fresh, with positive thoughts about myself.

I've always been the fat girl (though looking back, I really wasn't bad). I know that part of it is my own self image issues but another part is also a lack of fitness and bad food choices. My goal weight is not set in stone as my aim is more of how I feel as opposed to a number on the scale. Therefore, my goal is approximate: to lose 50lbs by my 30th birthday. My mid-term goal is to lose 30lbs by mid-September.

Member Since: 6/4/2011

Fitness Minutes: 45,814

My Goals:
My goal is to learn balance. I want to focus on good habits without depriving myself.

* drink 10-12 glasses of water daily
* be active daily
* eat healthy clean foods while allowing myself the occasional treats
* be positive, even when life isn't cooperating
* see the good in myself

Starting Weight
June 3rd 2011 - 183 lbs

My Program:
Balance, balance, balance.

No all or nothing attitude.

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Canadian, living in beautiful Guatemala.

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    I was just there for the summer. I lived with a family for a month in Huehuetenango, and then another month in a pension in Antigua. It is indeed a beautiful country. Where are you living?
    1290 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend. You are doing great on your weight loss! emoticon
    1291 days ago
    My heath requires that I stick with it this time.
    1298 days ago
    I'm getting back to basics and working hard to exercise and eat right.
    1298 days ago
    Hey Girl--You will totally love having the fitbit. It takes a few days to figure out all the dashboard stuff and how to get friends. If we don't have each other's email, we can just type in our fitbit url into the address line. It will take you right to my page. You can invite me to be your friend...when I get the invite, I will accept! Find out yours and give it out to people you want to have as friends on your dashboard.

    I am http://www.fitbit.com/user/26YVHS

    (Use capital letters after the 26). Can't wait to encourage you!!!
    1300 days ago
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