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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. 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.

Member Since: 12/1/2005

Fitness Minutes: 87,601

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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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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    316 days ago
    It's not a Diet... But a Life Style... that you have to plan...

    It's not for Him... it's for Yourself... Keep that in the plan...

    It's not for just one day... two... or three... four... But Everyday...

    It's not to feel really good in a dress... oh noooo... Nope...

    but to feel good in your own skin...

    It's not for the Beach... but for your Mind...

    It's not for Competition... Ease that from your Mind...

    But it's for the You that you Created... By your own Self...

    You need to become a Better Version of You...

    Every... Single... Day... Then Repeat... and Repeat...

    Don't Forget to Keep Going... Going... Going...

    *Goooooo* Gooooooo* Go... Go... Go... Go*

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    338 days ago
    My last thought before I start working out is...
    "Why am I doing this"....

    My first thought when I finish a workout....
    "When can I do it again"...

    I thought about stopping...
    Then I workout harder...

    Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can GOOOoooO....
    Remember everything you have faced... all the battles you have won....
    All the Fears you have overcome...

    A Single Thread of Hope is Still Very POWERFUl....

    I don't have to work out...
    I Get to Work out...
    338 days ago
    #1. Being Active one... two... three times.. won't help you lose weight... It takes 12 weeks to see the Results...

    #2. 100 Calories Pack Snacks... or even Rice Krispy Treats... Single Packaged...
    #3. Don't Weigh Often... Go by the way your clothes fit... or Tape Measure...

    #3. Diet Soda has artificial Sweeteners... that Harms the Body...

    #4. Craving Foods... Remember that it will always be there... It's alright if you don't have whatever your craving... You won't miss it... It will always be at the store... and if it's not at the store next time... or it's not at the restaurant your craving.. it won't be a Total Lost... Everything will be Fine...
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    #5. Prepacking Meals Ahead of Time... Cook Chicken Breasts ahead of time... for easy access later on during the week... or sort out healthy snacks to remind you of your smaller portions....
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    338 days ago
    Awesome to see you're sticking to Spark!
    371 days ago
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