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I have been struggling with my weight every since I was 16 years old. I had one brief bout of success when I joined Jenny Craig some 20 years ago and lost 60 pounds or so in a 4 month period. That was awesome, I felt so much more confident, energetic (all of the sudden many things in life were easier...my house was cleaner, etc).

With this new confidence came new endeavors, like college and veterinary school. Of course, along with these things came the stress, the stress eating, and the weight! The irony is that the reason I felt strong enough to go to vet school was losing weight and feeling strong and confident, but pursuing that dream made me gain weight back...plus some. Nice.

In April of 2013 I decided to take my career in a different direction. I am a veterinarian, and I was in private practice for 6 years. I am making the move to veterinary clinical pathology as I have always been interested in it. The residency is three years, and I moved from MN to KS to do this. I also wanted to take the opportunity to work on my weight issues and exercise and get healthy. I am one year in now, and still have not made the changes in my lifestyle that I wanted when I came here.

While in some ways its hard to make a big career change and a big change in lifestyle, I think there are several things going for me. I am away from family and friends, so I will be eating out less. While my job is a little stressful, it is still much less stressful than private practice, so that should help some. I have a somewhat flexible schedule to fit in exercise and food tracking.

I would love to knock the socks off of my family and friends each time they see me every 6 months. Given that I am 3 states away I don't get home that often, which is sad, but could be an opportunity to make some changes and really surprise them (and myself). I am scared about my health, honestly, and need to make this happen for so many reasons. It is holding me back in so many ways, I like to travel, hike, bike, I want to go rappelling, swim with dolphins and take my nieces and nephews to amusement parks with no fear of not fitting on rides. I want a life without over-sweating and chafing in private areas during all those activities I love! I want it all!

I will say that I often feel like giving up. I don't believe in myself because I have really failed to make this happen SO MANY TIMES. I am not sure what needs to happen to kick my butt into gear. I am a doctor...although not a human one, but I still have a good understanding of the health risks. I want to be around a long time, and I want to be mobile, feel good and happy and be able to enjoy some adventures with my family and friends.

Member Since: 12/30/2010

Fitness Minutes: 56,893

My Goals:
To get healthy by gaining control of what goes into my mouth!

My Program:
Tracking, tracking tracking! And planning out my meals in advance so I don't "accidentally" overshoot! Oops...I ate to much! Can't do that if you plan it out and see what it adds up to in advance! Exercise is the "easy" part for me...its the food I need to get control of!

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I am from Minnesota, and just moved to Kansas in April 2013 to pursue a residency in Veterinry Clinical Pathology. This move has been very hard...I have never been this far from my friends and family! But I would love nothing better than to get healthy and in control and show up in Minnesota in a few years and shock everyone with how great I look!

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My family,friends and my dogs the things that matter most to me. I am also committed to my career, I love helping animals, but I am not a "workaholic" by any means. I love reading...science ficition, fantasy mainly..Harry Potter, LOTR, etc. I love movies as well, and baseball (Twins) and hockey (Wild). I love being outside, I love hiking, riding bike, and I used to ride horse (I miss it!). Getting to my goal weight will help me enjoy these things so much more!

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    Hi, I saw that you were looking for a friend to be accountable to in one of the sparkteams. I read your post and it sounds like you and I have a lot of the same eating issues. This is not my first time on sparkpeople (been a member on this and another account since 2007 off and on) but I am in it for the long haul this time and I have learned a whole whole lot in that time. I would love to get to know you a little and share some of our goals, and would be available for daily check-ins and support. Mostly I just want someone to share this experience with. I have 100+ lbs to lose and it is going to take a while. Hopefully we can help each other through this? :) -Natalie
    1519 days ago
    Hi there!

    Welcome to the Partnership Accountability to the Finish Line team! We are happy to have you with our team. Please feel free to introduce yourself to the team, if you have not already done so. Be sure to read the thread: "Click Here: To help find a partner and learn what to do next". It will help you find someone who has similar goals, likes, dislikes, or someone close to your age if you prefer. You will both be able to support, encourage, and just be there for each other, while on your way in reaching your goals.

    If you need help finding someone or help of any kind, please let me know, as I am one of the team's co-leaders and here to help you in anyway I can. I hope you enjoy being here on SP and are able to achieve your goals on this team and any others you might join.

    Have a great day!!

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    1533 days ago
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    Best of luck on your journey. I have been here off and on for awhile and just keep moving in the wrong direction. I need to nail down some goals and get serious! Saw your comments on trying but not hard enough and bam that is right where I am:)
    1547 days ago
    Track. Track. And Track.

    You GO girl!!

    Just wanted to stop by and encourage you after reading your post in the thread about not trying hard enough. You have the information and the motivation. All that's left is to DO IT! :)

    1549 days ago
    I love your goals! Mine are so similar - all about being able to go out and do adventure travel! I hope your New Zealand goals keep you focused and strong. Maybe on the days that you are about to go crazy, you can first look at all the things you want to do in NZ first- I'd make sure I had a pinterest board all about it. Maybe it won't stop you entirely, but might slow you down. Every little bit counts!

    Best of luck!
    1624 days ago
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