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My weight has gone up and down most of my life but then I hit a new high weight and decided I had had it. I got more serious on sparkpeople, got my food in order, started exercising regularly and started feeling better and losing weight. I felt great. And I had lost almost 40 pounds. I was on my way!

Then a series of bad things in life hit me one after the other. I got depressed. I lost my inner strength. I stopped caring about myself. I tried to hang in there but I was only putting forth a token effort. I just couldn't seem to find myself again and I just couldn't seem to find the energy to care about me. Sure enough, gradually my healthy habits faded away. Before I knew it I had gained all the weight back that I had worked so hard to lose. I felt even worse. Before I knew it I had gained 20 more pounds on top of it. I felt worse.

Fortunately, I had another "I HAVE HAD IT!" moment. I got sick and tired of living this way and decided I had to change. Unfortunately, right as I was getting back to my healthy ways I injured my back. That was a major blow to my fragile motivation. I'm not going to let it stop me though. I'll start by doing what I can do NOW.

Since I have a lot of weight to lose and a long way to go my plan is to focus primarily on the next five pounds.

Short-term goal - lose 5 pounds
Mid-term goal - lose first 10%
Long-term goal - get under 300

Member Since: 10/22/2007

Fitness Minutes: 68,395

My Goals:
Lose 5 pounds
Lose 10%
Under 300 lbs

My Program:
Drink 8 glasses of water a day.

Exercise at least 10 minutes a day.

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    HI Melissa !! Hon when it comes to eating food,,, that we don't really need or want,,, have you asked yourself "Why AM I eating this?" The answer may surprise you. Are you in group generally when this happens? Are you hungry,,, if you ARE hungry than something healthy will be fine. Are you upset from an event of today or in the past? Are you feeling the love for yourself?

    THe last one can be HARD For many. I LOVE what an old therapist said to me "Would you say____(name of GD who was mostly living with me,, she was I think 12 at the time) such a thing to ,,,, name,,, as you do yourself? For instance would you call ,,, name ,,, a **TCH? A NO GOOD FOR NOTHING !??? A WASTE OF SPACE??? FAT **** !!????

    If you would NOT say this to your precious loved ones,, you should NOT to yourself ! WOW !! LIGHTBULB moment !! I'd NEVER say even the remote thing that may hurt her ! The therapist was RIGHT !! She had me replace the negative things as "YOU ***TCH (GD name) and of course I COULD NOT follow through with that !! It quickly taught me,, as she pointed out,, when we treat ourselves with DISRESPECT we BELIEVE the negative messages,, though they are not accurate.

    Let me know hon how this works for you !
    1 day ago
  • v PATTI24
    thank you for the birthday wishes
    3 days ago
    Hi. I have sent you an invitation to the Biggest Loser Golden Phoenix Fall Challenge team. Please accept it immediately. You don't want to miss your opportunity. If you have changed your mind, please let me know either way. Thanks.

    Nancy, co-leader
    4 days ago
  • v AMY_1217
    All I have left are honorary spots this round. The only difference between active and honorary is the reporting. Being active, your stats count toward the team stats on the all-teams page. As an honorary, your stats will only count toward the Dragon report. Everything else is exactly the same. I'm actually an honorary this time.

    If someone doesn't log his/her start weight on time, they'll be moved to honorary or dropped and an honorary member will be moved to an active slot. It doesn't always happen, but sometimes it does.

    If you'd like a guaranteed active slot, leave your name as it is on the wait list. If you'd like an honorary spot on the Dragons, copy the wait list and repost with Scarlet Dragons after your name.

    Whatever you decide is fine. I'd love to have you but understand if you'd rather have an active spot.

    Thanks so much for joining!
    7 days ago
  • v AMY_1217
    Hi Melissa! We're just finishing the Summer Strong round of the challenge and will be assigning members to their teams next week!

    I hope you're ready to make the Leaves of Change Fall Challenge a great one!

    If you need anything, please don't hesitate to ask!
    7 days ago
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