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One of the happiest days of our lives, and I look my worst. He deserves a healthier, prettier wife.

Me at my husband's college graduation 8/25/2012

Me 10/4/2012


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Hi! I'm Rebecca. I'm a Lutheran wife of 12 years, step-mom to an awesome 16 year old boy, and mama to a crazy spoiled 5 year old pit bull.

I've fought with obesity since childhood. When I graduated high school I was 220 lbs, and my weight steadily climbed year by year. By the time I was 30, I weighed 275 lbs. God brought a great man into my life in May of 2004, and I married him in November of that same year. We immediately began trying to expand our little family, to no avail. The next ten years brought failure, grief, devastation, fertility drugs, depression, stress and two babies taken to Heaven. I have a hormonal disorder known as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and several blood-clotting disorders (Lupus Anticoagulant, Anticardiolipin Syndrome and Compound Heterozygous MTHFR mutation). All of this contributes to my infertility and the blood clotting disorders led to my miscarriages. PCOS also is one cause of my weight problems.

In early 2015 I was finally officially diagnosed with hypothyroidism, after fighting for years to get a doctor to take me seriously.

I've had quite a few wake up calls recently, and I've come to the realization that I have to change the way I'm living (or rather, existing...I haven't been truly LIVING for a long time) or I won't see my 44th birthday. I feel like I'm not living my life, I'm simply existing. I feel like I'm just sitting here waiting to die. And I'm tired of that.

I am limited in what activity I can do, because of my size and some pretty bad back and knee injuries. I need a knee replacement, and have 3 completely degenerated discs in my lower back, both of which cause severe debilitating pain. The doctor won't do anything about the knee replacement until I lose 230 pounds.

I was also recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and I have fatty liver. My Dad died from liver cancer in August, 2015, and I am terrified that I will develop cancer as well.

I HAVE to lose weight. Not just to relieve my pain, but to save my life.

This is about my 100th try at losing weight, but I have to do it this time and get healthy or I know I'll be dead by 45. I refuse to let that happen.

"No one's life should be rooted in fear. We are born for wonder, for joy, for hope, for love, to marvel at the mystery of existence, to be ravished by the beauty of the world, to seek truth and meaning, to acquire wisdom, and by our treatment of others to brighten the corner where we are.” ~Dean Koontz, Life Expectancy

Member Since: 6/15/2012

Fitness Minutes: 592

My Goals:
Lose 50 lbs by Christmas.

Be more active.

Feel better about myself.

Complete a 5K.

Long term: Lose at least 200 pounds.

To not be in constant, chronic pain.

To lose enough weight to be able to get my knee replacement.

My Program:
Daily tracking with SP Android app and website.

Following a low glycemic index diet.

Measuring and weighing food.

At least 30 minutes of some type of activity daily.

Consistently drinking 10+ 8oz glasses of water daily.

Eating more fresh veggies and fruits, less processed and packaged foods.

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Coloring (I love Angie Grace's coloring books)
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  • v EMMABE1
    Just dropped by to say - Hi. and welcome you to The “Chair Exercise” Team
    Welcome to the most friendly, most supportive team in SparkPeople land!! - Please feel free to jump in and join in the message boards. It has been proved that people who contribute to message boards and blog regularly lose more weight, more easily than those who don’t, so come on in.
    It is a great place to be and you will find lots of friends, ideas and links to help and support you at all stages on your journey.
    I hope you succeed in all the goals you set.
    Enjoy the journey
    emoticon Hi from Australia
    Ann (Co-leader Chair Exercise Team, and ~Indygirl Challenge)
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    Catch a smile - be part of the SMILE EPIDEMIC!!

    1714 days ago
  • v NIXY72
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    Today you have the choice to be amazing. Today you can do more than just try. You can succeed. You can be victorious. Today, you can rock your world. You can look yourself in the eye and smile... because you know that you are fighting for an amazing cause: YOU. And YOU are absolutely worth fighting for.

    You can also do the same thing tomorrow.

    "It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up." - Vince Lombardi

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    In honour of the upcoming Summer Olympic Games this Saturday in London, I give to you the Olympic Creed which is as true for the games as it is for achieving our own goals and dreams each and every day:

    "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."

    Today, you are a superhero, a survivor, a warrior, and a beacon to others for honouring yourself, your mind and your body; for making the choices that will make you an even better person tomorrow.

    Today you are one step closer, because you decided to be. Fight strong, fight well, fight fair.

    "Never, never, never, never give up." - Winston Churchill

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    1797 days ago
    emoticon every 1/4 mile adds up and makes you stronger!
    1809 days ago
  • v DEBPRE16
    I am a Christian too. Have you heard of Shawl Ministry? It is when some people who knit or crochet form a group and make shawls to give to people who are ill or grieving or need to be wrapped up in God's because of difficulties. I enjoy my group at church. I am a Methodist. We also make baby blankets for babies who are struggling or sick. I am crocheting a blue and yellow baby blanket right now. There is info on the net about it and if you are interested I bet you could find a group or start one if you wanted to. Just thought I would share.

    Hope you are having a great day!


    1810 days ago
    Thank you SO MUCH for commenting on my blog!

    It really feels like that, doesn't it? The whole workout, my mind just wants me to stop and sit on a couch... but when I keep pushing through, I am SO CONFIDENT in myself and could take on the world!

    Thank you for being an awesome emoticon ! I appreciate your kind comments SO MUCH!

    1812 days ago
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