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With my son about 3 weeks after his brain surgery, May 2012 - about 225 lb here

This is me as the fat person in the middle of a family photo. This is currently my motivation pic.

Wow, do I love food! Oct 2014


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In May, 2012, I sold my business and later on the same day my teenaged son was diagnosed with cancer. In one year, through lack of exercise, stress, and bad eating habits (particularly hospital and take-out food), I added another 30 pounds to my already heavy state. I was fed up with being heavy, unhealthy, and at risk. I was pretty excited to lose my first 6 pounds by the third day after joining SparkPeople. I stuck with SparkPeople for about 3 months I think, and lost over 25 lb. Then I got really discouraged with entering everything while looking after my son, often being in the hospital with him for over a week at a time. Two years later, I have eaten badly, gotten little exercise, and reached the highest weight I have ever been. I hate wearing such huge clothes, and looking like a sack of potatoes. Years ago, Weight Watchers helped me lose a little, but I did not have enough support to keep me going. With SparkPeople, my husband is on board with me, and since we restarted in January 2015, I have lost less than I would like, but I'm not worried, just determined to improve and do better. I am confident that I can stick with it, and make it a permanent change. I am very excited about this program, and all the options with it, and especially that I can enter my own healthy recipes, tailored to suit my family. Exercising is not easy for me, but I am making a point of moving more each day than I was before, and adding extra steps and extra activities. I am going to work hard to reach my goal, but with emphasis on keeping it low stress so I don't get as discouraged.

Member Since: 5/23/2013

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My main goals are to look better, feel better, and take better care of my family. I want to live well!

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I restarted this year, with the simple change of tracking my food, and trying to simplify that tracking so that I could be more successful.

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    You can do this!! You and I seem to have similar goals - I am looking to lose 100 pounds within a year while making nutrition and exercise a big part of my life. We can do this - it's not always going to be easy but think of how AMAZING it will be when you reach your goal weight!! :) Way to go so far on the weight you have lost - that's a big accomplishment and shouldn't be forgotten so easily! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Hello there. I just read your message on the Calling All Canadians challenge. I just smiled. It is so much better to put that information out there because it makes you more accountable to yourself and to the other members. By the way, did you lose some weight in June? I just noticed on your ticker that you have lost 25 lbs! Wow, that is great! Keep us posted. Hugs. Lise

    1750 days ago
    Good Luck today! You can do it! emoticon
    1762 days ago