Progress!!! October 2013, down 77 pounds and 7 dress sizes.
Where I began in 2008~ 241 pounds
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I'm not trying to look perfect...
I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. My first diet was when I was 14, the summer before my sophomore year. At 14, I counted calories and exercised like a dog to try and get a beach body. Growing up in Florida, I was one of a few that didn't have it. I did lose 30 pounds that summer, got myself into a size 10 and then found self-acceptance. I gained it all back of course. My next diet was a decade later when my husband left me. That was 13 years ago. I've spent those 13 years on ...
I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. My first diet was when I was 14, the summer before my sophomore year. At 14, I counted calories and exercised like a dog to try and get a beach body. Growing up in Florida, I was one of a few that didn't have it. I did lose 30 pounds that summer, got myself into a size 10 and then found self-acceptance. I gained it all back of course. My next diet was a decade later when my husband left me. That was 13 years ago. I've spent those 13 years on one diet after another. I lose 20 or 30, gain back 10 or 15 and then do it again. It's a yo-yo.
In 2007, I found Sparkpeople and it took me almost a year to commit to actually following the program and using the resources it provides. I lost over 50 pounds, went on a gorgeous Caribbean cruise, got remarried and quit working on Sparkpeople. That was in spring of 2009. I've logged back on and tracked for a few weeks and then quit again. I gained back almost 30 of the pounds that I worked so hard to lose. It's a lifestyle change - as in permanent. I know that. I also know how hard I worked to lose the weight. How long I spent counting every calorie, how happy I was with every pound (and dress size) I lost. Yet, I chose the food over that happiness.
I came back because, plain and simple, IT WORKS. If you make the choice and commitment, the Sparkpeople program will work, I GUARANTEE it, but it starts with YOU. It doesn't work if you don't actually do the work. ;o)
I am celebrating my 40th year of life, and I am in the best shape I have ever been in. Yes, I have lost a significant amount of weight and reached a dress size that I have never been able to wear, but I am also strong. I marvel constantly at my strength, emotional and physical. It has taken a strong spirit to stay the course with the work that was required ( and is still required) to get my body to this point, and the physical strength that developed as a result of all my work is a bonus.
| current weight: 168.0
Member Since: 10/11/2007
Fitness Minutes: 71,221
To be back to my wedding weight! - below it! 4/7/13
Gotta get back in to my size 12 jeans! - Hit it, the 12's are now starting to be baggy! 5/21/13
Be at my pre-Kiersten weight (she's my 16 year old)- One pound lighter! 7/21/13
Be a good example for my kiddos! -
I do my best to reach this goal daily.
Buy myself an expensive pair of Jeans in a size 8 - Bought a pair of size 8's on 9/13/13- who says Friday the 13th is unlucky! I plan to treat myself to the expensive pair for my 40th birthday in October.
I'm making it all up as I go along, but failing is not an option. I've told myself so many times that one bad food day doesn't have to set the tone for the rest of my week, pick myself up, shake it off and move on. Well a few bad food years doesn't have to set the tone for the rest of my life either. I'm picking myself up, shaking it off and moving forward.
It's hard to beat a person that never gives up - Babe Ruth
Being defeated is often temporary, giving up makes it permanent - Marilyn von Savant
You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal - Charles Carlson
No one can make you feel inferior without your permission - Eleanor Roosevelt
I hate water but love veggies.
UPDATE: I now love water. I start my day everyday with water - it used to be a diet Coke. I drink water with every meal, and I can taste my food so much better now!!! I still gotta have my diet Coke once in a while, but for all intents and purposes I am a water convert. I have one of those double walled plastic cups that goes with me EVERYWHERE and it is filled (and refilled) with water (and ice) at all times. This is one of the best changes I have ever made.
I also now LOVE exercising. I've never been an exerciser, ever, but I have found some things that I very much enjoy doing and created a home gym around them. I now workout in some fashion daily.
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Will I ever STOP seeing the "big" me in the mirror