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I started this journey a very obese 266 pounds on a small 5'4 frame, so out of shape my legs ached when I walked. Walking up one flight of stairs would wind me and god forbid if I had to tie my shoes. Clothes shopping was devastating because I couldn't reconcile that I had to buy a size 16, 18, 20, 22, 24.... And dating? All the normal activities of a woman in her twenties? My couch was more often than not my Friday/Saturday night date. I was very sad and very lonely but I couldn't deal ...
I started this journey a very obese 266 pounds on a small 5'4 frame, so out of shape my legs ached when I walked. Walking up one flight of stairs would wind me and god forbid if I had to tie my shoes. Clothes shopping was devastating because I couldn't reconcile that I had to buy a size 16, 18, 20, 22, 24.... And dating? All the normal activities of a woman in her twenties? My couch was more often than not my Friday/Saturday night date. I was very sad and very lonely but I couldn't deal with it so I found my comfort in food. And food was my best friend, my comfort, my lover, my happiness. A couple of times I decided I had to lose weight and would exercise sporadically and lose 30 pounds, gain 10 back, lose 20, gain 5 back. I was 250 when I joined Sparkpeople.

The initial catalyst that started to change my life was my brother's wedding. It was November 2005 and the wedding was in April 2006. I was going to do a reading at the wedding and the thought of standing in front of a room and all those eyes on me made me sick to my stomach. But I had to do it, I couldn't call in fat, this was my big brother's wedding!

I had also joined a gym months before that and had gone sporadically and then not at all for 2 months. I received a card in the mail that said we miss you, here's 2 free personal training sessions. I tucked it in my gym bag, where it stayed for weeks, until I finally went to the gym. After my work-out I brought it to the desk and met Jim who would become my personal trainer, cheerleader and friend. We had our first two sessions, which were humiliating for me because I was so out of shape but I decided to stick with it with dreams of a cute dress for my brother's wedding in my head. 5 months later I had lost 30 pounds and was determined to lose more.

I eventually lost 55 more pounds and 45 inches and was able to maintain the weight loss for a year but I started putting myself second, stopped exercising and started overeating again. I ended up regaining all but 16 pounds of the weight I had lost.

In December 2011 I moved to a new city. I had a new job and it was a great time to start to focus on myself again and make healthy choices and recommit to a healthy lifestyle. I joined a fantastic gym and started working out with an amazing trainer. Iíve lost 38 pounds to date but as equally important, improved my endurance and strength, lost inches, reduced stress and anxiety and increased my confidence. Iíve run a 5K and am doing more in the future. I now make exercise a priority and I work really hard to stay within my calorie range.

I have amazing cheerleaders who motivate and inspire me and kick my butt when it is needed. I now understand that this is a journey. You cannot be "perfect" all the time but I am a lot happier when I don't eat processed foods and I am exercising. You have to keep going, never give up and remember that tomorrow is a new day. The important thing is not to strive for perfection but to strive for balance and progress.

Iíve realized that this is a journey, not a destination, and what makes us stronger are the struggles along the way.
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Member Since: 12/1/2005

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My Goals:
To lose weight, be fit and healthy!

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Old fashioned healthy eating, portion control and exercise.

I exercise 4 or 5 times a week and mostly do cardio and strength training. I have a great personal trainer who kicks my butt and I take yoga and fitness classes.

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People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

Strive for progress, not perfection. -Unknown

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. -Wayne Gretzky

If you donít make mistakes, you arenít really trying. -Unknown

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Mahatma Gandhi

Iím not telling you it is going to be easyóIím telling you itís going to be worth it.
--Art Williams

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PIXIE-LICIOUS
2/24/2014 8:51:43 AM

"You've heard the old procrastinator's turn of phrase, "Don't do today what you can put off until tomorrow."
Well, the same goes for procrastination itself. Put if off until tomorrow.
Seize the future you want by seizing the present you have.
Get started now Ė not tomorrow, next week or when you get around to it.
"Around to it" never seems to get here."
-Lee J. Colan
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Guess what? There are still 23 days until Spring! Be your own hero and make the most of each one of those days...starting right now! You are worth the effort. See you on the Countdown to Spring team!
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Pixie




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PIXIE-LICIOUS
2/21/2014 10:02:30 AM

"The scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. Thatís it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Donít give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!"
- Steve Maraboli
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TGIF, gorgeous! I hope you've had a great week and are ready for a healthy weekend! We've still got 26 days until Spring, so lets not waste a single one of them. I'm rooting for you! See you on the Countdown to Spring team.
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Pixie
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"It doesn't make sense to call ourselves ugly, because we don't really see ourselves. We don't watch ourselves sleeping in bed, curled up and silent, with chests rising and falling with our own rhythm. We don't see ourselves reading a book, eyes fluttering and glowing. You don't see yourself looking at someone with love inside your heart. There's no mirror your way when you're laughing and smiling, and happiness is leaking out of you. You would know exactly how bright and beautiful you are if you saw yourself in the moments where you are the most beautiful."
-Unknown



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
2/16/2014 4:27:10 PM

ďYou are not a mistake. You are not a problem to be solved. It's possible to treat yourself with outrageous kindness beginning today.
Compulsive eating is only the symptom; believing that you are not worth your own love is the problem.
Go for the love. You will never be sorry.Ē
-Geneen Roth
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Hello from the Countdown to Spring team, and me! I just wanted to visit your page to wish you a healthy new week! Monday is "Random Acts of Kindness" day, so try to find a way to do something kind for someone.......and don't forget to be kind to yourself, too!
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PIXIE-LICIOUS
2/12/2014 8:39:57 AM

Roses are read, yoga is great,
Who needs a valentine when I can bench my own weight!
Violets are blue, and peanut butter is heaven,
I'll save you a kiss after rep number seven.
Bananas are yellow, and yoga is Greek,
Squats are the only thing make MY knees week.
Oatmeal is perfect, and veggies, divine.
The dream to be strong is what I'm making mine!
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Just wanted to drop by with a little early wish for a happy and healthy Valentines day! Don't forget to be your own Valentine....you are worth it! See you on the Countdown to Spring team! (There are only 35 days until Spring!)
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Pixie
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"To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don't wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now. "
-Alan Cohen
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"We all have the tendency to believe self doubt and self criticism, but listening to this voice never gets us closer to our goals. Instead, try on the point of view of a mentor or good friend who believes in you, wants the best for you, and will encourage you when you feel discouraged."
-Kelly McGonigal



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
2/11/2014 1:27:00 PM

"Defeat may test you; it need not stop you. If at first you don't succeed, try another way.
For every obstacle there is a solution. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
The greatest mistake is giving up."
-Unknown
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Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog, "The Secret Is Out." Have a healthy and successful day!



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