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"If you're going through hell, keep going." -- Winston Churchill

I am a 25-year-old, trying my best to win what has been a constant and life-long struggle with weight. I've made some solid progress--but I am so not done yet! :-)

I really reached this point when I began to realize there were real issues with my body and my attitude toward food. Eating had become part of a terrible cycle of depression for me...I was tired all the time. I found myself often using food as a motivation for things, giving in to every craving, indulging my terrible ...
I am a 25-year-old, trying my best to win what has been a constant and life-long struggle with weight. I've made some solid progress--but I am so not done yet! :-)

I really reached this point when I began to realize there were real issues with my body and my attitude toward food. Eating had become part of a terrible cycle of depression for me...I was tired all the time. I found myself often using food as a motivation for things, giving in to every craving, indulging my terrible eating habits, just to keep myself feeling motivated and even close to happy.
In 2011, I decided it was time to make a change. I remember my boyfriend opening the internet browser on my laptop, and the SparkPeople homepage popped up as my homepage--he said "Wow--you really are serious!" But it wasn't until I'd lost 25 pounds and changed most of my habits, that I felt I had made a difference.
In September 2012, I moved 1,000 miles from NJ to FL to be with my bf, and between the move and the job search, I gained a little weight back. Not much--I hovered at about 5 lb above my lowest weight.
In November 2013, I had some health problems--the culmination of which was a stroke right around Thanksgiving. I moved back to NJ, returned to my former position, and am finally cleared to resume dieting and exercise.




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Member Since: 12/12/2009

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My Goals:
Weight Loss Goals:
155 - June 30, 2014
145 - August 30, 2014
140 - November 01, 2014
135 - December 25, 2014


For Life:
1) Lose Weight. (This one is, of course, compound.)
2) Exercise willpower. (Again--compound, and in numerous parts of my life.)
3) Read more.
4) Stay positive.
5) Honor the body.
6) Take a little time for me, everyday.

My Program:
1) Cook more, eat out less.
2) Get SOME exercise every day.
3) 8 glasses/8 ounces, every day.
4) Follow the doctor's advice: 5-6 servings of fruits/veggies the size of my fist, every day.

Personal Information:
I am 25 years old, from New Jersey. I'm currently a bank teller/CSR, working for the first company I ever worked for--a place I've loved since I started here almost 9 years ago.
I moved back to NJ from FL in January 2014 after some major health scares, and now that I'm allowed to diet and work out again, I'm back on the weightloss train!

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Books I've Read Recently
1) The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl
2) Another Bullsh!t Night in Suck City - Nick Flynn
3) The Bones Below - Sierra DeMulder
4) Some Girls, Some Hats, and Hitler - Trudi Kanter

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JSMC10
11/22/2012 8:19:42 AM

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain

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11/21/2012 3:58:36 AM

Climb The Mountain


I tried to climb the mountain today. As I inched my way up the path, I felt out of breath and had to turn back.
I tried to climb the mountain today. But, It was so hot outside, I thought I had better stay in my nice air-conditioned house and rest up for tomorrow's attempt.
I tried to climb the mountain today. On my journey, darkness started to fall and I was full of fear, so I had to return to a safe place.
I was ready to climb the mountain today. But I had so may other things to do, so instead of climbing the mountain I took care of the much more important tasks; I washed my car, mowed the grass and watched the big game. Today the mountain will have to wait.
I was going to climb the mountain today. But as I stared at the mountain in all it's majestic beauty, I knew I had no chance of making it to the top, so I figured why even begin trying.
I had forgotten about climbing the mountain today, until an old friend came by and asked what I was up to lately. I told him about all my plans to climb that mountain someday. I went on and on about how I was going to accomplish the task.
He stopped me and said, "I just got back from climbing that mountain. for the longest time I told myself I was going to try to climb it but never made any progress."
"I almost let the dream of making it to the top die. I came up with every excuse of why I could not make it up the mountain, but never once did I give myself a reason why I could. One day as I stared at the mountain and pondered, I realized that if I didn't make an attempt at this dream all my dreams would eventually die."
" The next morning, I started my climb. It was not easy, and at times I wanted to quit. But no matter what I faced, I placed one foot in front of the other, keeping a steady pace. When the wind tried to blow me over the edge, I kept walking. When the voices inside my head screamed, stop! I focused on my goal, never letting it out of sight. I kept moving forward. I could not quit because I knew I had come too far to stop now. Time and time again, I reassured myself that I was going to finish this journey. I struggled mightily to make it to the top, but I CLIMBED THE MOUNTAIN."
"I have to be going," my friend said. "Tomorrow is a new day to accomplish more dreams. By the way what are you going to do tomorrow?"
I looked at him, with intensity and confidence in my eyes, and said, "I HAVE A MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB."Author unknown

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JSMC10
11/17/2012 7:10:49 AM

I hope you're having a wonderful day! As you can tell, I love quotes lol and I thought this would apply to pretty much everyone, especially myself! Hope you like it emoticon

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
Thomas Jefferson

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JSMC10
11/15/2012 5:15:19 AM

I was looking through some quotes about dreams and this really made me think. It is completely right. I hope to try and live my life by this quote aswell. I hope you enjoy!

Our waking hours form the text of our lives, our dreams, the commentary.
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JSMC10
11/12/2012 8:21:32 AM

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is a quote I am trying to live by. I just wanted to share it with you too!

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