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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 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. I’ve lost 38 pounds to date but as equally important, improved my endurance and strength, lost inches, reduced stress and anxiety and increased my confidence. I’ve 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.

I’ve realized that this is a journey, not a destination, and what makes us stronger are the struggles along the way.

Member Since: 12/1/2005

Fitness Minutes: 88,578

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

My Program:
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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Boston, MA

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Words to live by:

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 don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying. -Unknown

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

I’m not telling you it is going to be easy—I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
--Art Williams

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  • v MAYBER
    congrats on being honored as a motivator and inspiration
    best wishes as you continue on your journey
    one day at a time love prayers peace
    438 days ago
    "Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves-- to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today."
    --Stewart B. Johnson
    Thanks for commenting on my "Earn Your Shower!" blog. Have a wonderful day!

    498 days ago
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    When it rains....
    look for rainbows...
    When It's Dark...
    look for stars...

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    A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking....
    Because the bird's trust is not on the branch....
    but on it's own wings...
    Always believe in yourself...

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    It's better to look back on life and say...
    "I can't believe I did that"...
    than to look back and say....
    "I wish I did that"...
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    Before every workout...
    is a point between your mind and an excuse...
    Win it... And Gooo Goo Go... Go ... Go...

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    538 days ago
    Here is something that I wrote...
    After Laying down.... in my room...
    Right before I was about to go for a Work out...

    What is Better…
    Sleeping in or Working out…

    What is Better…
    Eating unhealthy or Eating Healthy…

    Which is better…
    Going for a walk outside or staying inside on a nice day…

    Which is better…
    A Grill Chicken Salad or a Greasy Cheese Burger…

    Which is better…
    A Glass of Water or any kind of soda…

    What is better…
    Feeling uncomfortable or feeling satisfied after eating a meal…

    Which makes more sense...
    Spending money on healthy items that will make you ever long lasting happy… or keep spend and spending.. and spending and never getting anywhere.. that you Dream about….

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    548 days ago
  • v YICHE12
    emoticon on being our Spark Motivator of the Week! emoticon emoticon You're doing great on this journey! Keep up the great work because it sure is working and enjoy your very special time in the spotlight among us SPARKIES. emoticon
    551 days ago
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