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My son (in back), his boyfriend & I @ my 45th bday party (July 2014)

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Ready for my FINISH LINE!!!

UPDATE (2014 Recap): I would really like to pretend like this year never even existed... at least from a weight standpoint. Suffice it so say, I am back at "Ground Zero"... so now it is time to get back to what I know works, and get this done!

UPDATE (2013 Recap): Another roller coaster year for me... great first 1/3, bad middle 1/3, and awesome last 1/3... the important thing to take away from this year is that while I did "fall off the wagon" during the summer, I got back on ...
UPDATE (2014 Recap): I would really like to pretend like this year never even existed... at least from a weight standpoint. Suffice it so say, I am back at "Ground Zero"... so now it is time to get back to what I know works, and get this done!

UPDATE (2013 Recap): Another roller coaster year for me... great first 1/3, bad middle 1/3, and awesome last 1/3... the important thing to take away from this year is that while I did "fall off the wagon" during the summer, I got back on track in the fall and finished on a good note. I heading in the right direction, and even if I stumble, I will get back up, dust myself off, and keep moving forward to my goals!

UPDATE (2012 Recap): So this year has pretty much been a non-compliant year... I have had quite the battle w/ my weight this year, and let's just say that the scale won! (To be honest, I have almost gained back all of the weight that I've lost previously.) BUT I'm not willing to give up, so I'm back to fight this battle and win, once and for all! I've got a newfound motivation, and an entirely new "game plan" to help me succeed. So, I'm back on the track... and I'm headin' for my checkered flag!!!

UPDATE (2011 Recap): This year has been an extremely rocky one´┐Ż After the first 4 months of the year, I saw the scale creep back up to 225 lbs. I decided that maybe I needed to check out OA (Overeaters Anonymous) because I truly feel like I have an addiction, but the only option available in my area is online, which seems like more difficult than it is helpful. Over the next 5 months, I continued to allow the scale to creep up, getting back up to 247 lbs. I did manage to use the last 3 months to get back down to 228 lbs. so at least that is some progress in the right direction.

UPDATE (2010 Recap): Spent most of this year ´┐Żfloundering´┐Ż around in ´┐ŻONEderland´┐Ż, getting as low as 187 lbs. I even used the C25K program to train for and complete a 5K in October! However, after that I started suffering from hip pain, and unfortunately, December found me back in the 200´┐Żs. This hip discomfort has gotten bad enough that I have been scheduled for a partial hip replacement just a couple of days after the New Year! Hopefully after that is done, I can get myself back on track.

UPDATE (2009 Recap): Jan to Apr were extremely productive months on here, and then May & June were spent finding every excuse in the book to stray from my plan. I got back on track for July, and then went MIA again after my 40th birthday in Aug. I had planned to take 1 week off to ´┐Żcelebrate´┐Ż my b-day, and it kinda snowballed into a 2-month hiatus. I finished off the year on a high note´┐Ż actually LOSING weight for the first time ever during the holidays. Didn´┐Żt reach my goal of ´┐ŻONEderland´┐Ż by the end of 2009 like I had hoped, but definitely ending the year closer than ever before!

INTRODUCTION (12/08): I started out the "large girl" in high school (wore size 16-18 back then), and just kept going from there. I've been as high as the 270 lb range, and as low as 175 lbs, right after my divorce. I don't want to become a stick-thin little thing - that wouldn't look good on me. But I do want to feel good, both physically & mentally. And it wouldn't be a bad thing to be able to shop in the regular depts. at the store instead of the plus-size area! I'm an RN on an ortho unit that specializes in joint replacements. Due to my size, I can empathize w/ my patients, because I know how their joints feel when they ache from the extra weight that they carry around on them every single day. I have a son who is just started college this year, and I would really like to get a professional picture take w/ him before he heads off after college, but I have been putting it off for years because I am embarrassed by the way I look, and consequently don't want to spend that kind of money on a picture I wouldn't want displayed anyway! But probably most importantly, I lost my mom to cancer a little over a year ago - and ever since then my dad & I have become extremely close (I am an only child). I see the concern on his face everytime we get to talking about my battle of the bulge - and I know that deep down he is scared that one day he'll have to bury me too because of all this excess weight that I'm sure puts a toll not only on my joints, but on the rest of my body too. I want to stop him from having to worry about that. So, as you can see, I have numerous reasons to get this weight off... and keep it off... for good this time. A little over a year ago, I weighed in at my heaviest weight ever (277 lbs.) and started Nutrisystem at that time. Over the next year, I was very successful using NS, and lost 82 lbs., getting down to 195 lbs. before having to go off NS for health reasons. Since then, I've done a 20lbs. see-saw on the scale ... so now I need to adjust my lifestyle in order to eliminate that once & for all! I'd like to achieve this by my 40th birthday, which is August 3, 2009!
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My Goals:

5% Loss (263 lbs) : 9/24/15

10% Loss (249 lbs) :

15% Loss (235 lbs) :

20% Loss (222 lbs)

25% Loss (208 lbs.)

"ONE"derland (199 lbs.)

30% Loss (194 lbs.)

No longer "Obese" (185 lbs.)

35% Loss (180 lbs.)

40% Loss (166 lbs.)

No longer "Overweight" (154 lbs.)

45% Loss (152 lbs.)


1. To have a BMI in the "normal" range for the first time in my life

2. To finally reach my goal weight of 150 lbs. (which will be a 45% weight loss!)

My Program:
Now that I've turned 45, I want to trade in my old bad habits for a much healthier lifestyle (NOT a quick-fix diet!) My goal is to be my "healthiest" before I turn 50!

1. Eat a well-balanced low-fat diet

2. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water/day

3. Exercise at least 3x/week

Personal Information:
I live in a small town in western Kansas, where I was born & raised. (I have escaped twice, but came running back both times!)

I have been married for 11 yrs. now, have a 25 yo son, 3 step-sons (30, 25 & 23), and my babies, 2 dogs from our youngest son's dogs' litter (Lab / Daschund / Blue Heeler mix). Also have 2 daughter-in-law's... as well as an (unofficial) future DIL, as I expect my youngest stepson to get engaged anytime! This yr we have added a BF for my son into the mix... I love how our family keeps growing!

I work as the lead RN charge nurse during the night shift on the Bone, Joint & Spine Center in our hospital and absolutely love my job!

Other Information:
I am a Nascar fanatic (as you could probably tell from my screen name)... Jeff Gordon is my favorite driver. #24 rocks!!! I also root for all Hendricks Motorsports drivers!

I am also a huge Biggest Loser fan, and even had the opportunity to attend the BL Couples season 5 finale!

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Member Comments:
9/10/2015 6:52:29 AM

Good Morning Sonja!
Happy Thursday!!!! One weigh day behind us! Can you believe it? I can't seems like time truly flies when you are having fun!

"Millions of people can believe in you, and yet none of it matters if you don't believe in you"

"Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be."

"I am doing this for me" Always remember this one. You are doing this for yourself. To make you the person you want to be!

My challenge for you for today, Find one new thing and give it a try today. Be it a new exercise or a new food just try something new today!

Have a great day! Hugs! Kim

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9/6/2015 11:05:55 AM

Hiya Sonja! Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a great weekend! Just a bit of motivation for today. I need some for today. I am having a lazy day today. So here ya go...

"Some quit due to slow progress never grasping the fact that slow progress."

"If you're tire of starting over, stop giving up.''

"Eat less sugar, Your sweet enough already!"

At first they'll ask you WHY you're doing it, but later they'll ask you HOW you did it."

Hope you have a great day! Hugs, Kim

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9/2/2015 8:46:32 AM

Good Morning Sonja,

Since today is the official start of the challenge I thought I would officially give ya a kick in the tush!!! Here is hoping that you have a great start to the challenge! We have got this! Together we shall persevere.

This one is a tough one for some people, Took me a while to learn I needed to do this for me. "Sometimes I forget putting myself first isn't selfish BUT necessary".

"All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you're not good enough, or strong enough or talented enough. They will say you're the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this. They will tell you no. A thousand times no. Until all the no's become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no. Quite firmly and very quickly. And YOU WILL TELL THEM YES!"

"Believe you can, and you are half way there".

Have a fabulous day today!!!! Hugs Kim

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8/31/2015 9:23:36 AM

Good Morning! Tomorrow is the official first weigh day are you ready? We can so do this!!!

"Do it now, sometimes later becomes never!" Gosh this seems to happen to me a lot!

"Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change."

"Be grateful for the obstacles in your life. They have strengthened you as you continue with your journey."

Have a great day today! And remember to do one thing today that will help you along your journey!

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8/26/2015 9:27:38 AM

Good Morning my dear! Here is a bit of Wednesday Motivation.

Sorry you had such a yucky PT eval. Hopefully the pt will help and you will be back to 100% quickly!!!

"Discipline is choosing between what you want NOW and what you want the MOST."

"Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you."

"The only time you should ever look back , is to see how far you have come".

"If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can't just wait to see what kind of day you'll have. You have to decide what kind of day you'll have."

Not sure about you, but I make a decision every morning to have a fabulous day! And it works. So today, I hope you have a fabulous day as well. Hugs! Kim

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