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"I make sure I eat well without depriving myself of the things that I love. Everything in moderation." --Kate Hudson

What I have learned is it is better to make small liveable changes to my lifestyle and focus on being healthy rather than focus on being thinner and how fast I can "get there". Making healthy choices by eating in moderation and moving more has got me going in the right direction. To keep from binge eating I focus on eating more fruits and vegetables instead of focusing on taking away foods. Have set some activity and nutrition goals that I am striving to meet and I am blogging about it daily so come join me!

I started my journey at 251 pounds and proceeded to lose 91 pounds by tracking my food and leading a more active lifestyle--making small changes that I could live with. I enlisted the aid of a Fitbit, journaled, and checked in with Sparkcoach regularly. This kept me on the right track and I had just 9 pounds left to go to reach my goal of 100 Pounds Lost. But I struggle with bipolar I disorder and fell into a depression over this past Christmas that led me to binge eat my way to gaining back 21 pounds. Right before I fell into the depression I remember saying that I "didn't feel any different" having lost the weight and it was after gaining back twenty pounds that I realized that what I really needed to do was gain self-acceptance or no amount of weight loss could ever be satisfying. So I committed to therapy and my psychiatrist has been adjusting my meds, and I've been working on restoring myself as I also work on losing the last of the weight while also accepting myself for who I am *right now* and that is enough! I am coming back to appreciating the journey again and as I lose the last of this weight, I am having a whole new kind of experience because I'm seeing myself really instead of being consumed in expectations.

Member Since: 4/28/2013

Fitness Minutes: 51,184

My Goals:
To have fun! Staying motivated and doing what I can when I can. Practicing mindfulness and good nutritional habits while staying active. Drinking more water, try to get more than 4 cups a day! NO negative self talk! Lose 1/2 to 1 pound a week and exercise 5 days a week. Eat more fruits and vegetables, at least 3 servings/day.

Weekly Activity & Nutrition Goals:

Activity Minutes: 150
Calories Burned Through Exercise: 1000
Calories Consumed Weekly Limit: 12,600
Miles Walked: 20
Weight Goal: 0.5-1 lb a week

My Program:
I use my Fitbit and Sparkcoach together to help me achieve the best results. I track my food, fitness, and sleep, and I also have a MyHydrate bottle that tracks my water. My program is pretty simple, I basically count calories and eat in moderation, endeavour to be more active, stay hydrated, make healthy choices, and stay positive.

Personal Information:
I'm from Wisconsin. I'm a Buddhist. I have a wonderful son and fluffy Pomeranian and in my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, cooking, trying crafty things, makeup, and every so often a British comedy.

Other Information:
I'm challenging myself to commit to my Fitbit & Spark for the next year so feel free to follow along with me as I will be blogging about it every day! I've set some activity & nutrition goals and it's time to get to my goal range of 144-154!

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