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After completing my very first 5k!

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Every Day is a Day For Me To Get Stronger!

"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow'" -Maryanne Radanbacher

So here's the scoop on me. I've been pretty much unhappy with myself ever since I could look in a mirror. I remember when I was ten looking down at my stomach and thinking, "this isn't normal, this isn't what I see when I look at other people." Looking back now at photos I realize that I wasn't all that bad. But to me it was awful at the ...
"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow'" -Maryanne Radanbacher

So here's the scoop on me. I've been pretty much unhappy with myself ever since I could look in a mirror. I remember when I was ten looking down at my stomach and thinking, "this isn't normal, this isn't what I see when I look at other people." Looking back now at photos I realize that I wasn't all that bad. But to me it was awful at the time. I was diagnosed with Lupus at the age of 13 and have had biyearly doctors appointments ever since. I remember looking over at their charts looking at my weight compared to their "average" curve and feeling ashamed of myself. But generally I have had no problems with it up until this summer. I recently experienced my first Malar Rash but overall I'm happy its not any worse than that.

As I grew older that small voice saying "you're fat" kept growing stronger and stronger until I was 200lbs. I remember going to France with some of my friends and vividly remember both of them (both are guys) tell me "Do you know how hot you would look if you just lost some weight?" It made me really mad at the time, but looking back, I realize they were just trying to help me in their backwards way.

I ended up moving to Ohio when I was 20 for a relationship which ended shortly after. The break up was hard and so I thought there was no better time than the present to get myself in shape. I ended up loosing 30lbs and moving back to Wisconsin. However the move back home threw me off my workout schedule and I ended up gaining everything back plus extra.

This past spring I told myself "ENOUGH!" and found SparkPeople in a magazine. I thought I'd give it a try and work at my own pace. For the first couple of months I hardly used it at all, but around August my mom and I joined a gym and so I thought I would use it to track my progress. Now here I am, completely hooked and loving it. I just bought the book and am excited to begin to follow the plan.

My main goal is to get down 100lbs by my friends weddings next October.

My rewards are:
210lbs- New Origins makeup! MET-3-11-11
190lbs- New Outfit at New York and Company!
170lbs- New Lucky Jeans!
130lbs-Silver Jeans, Dress and Shoes (or just really expensive dress, thinking Diane VonFurstenberg)
125lbs- SPA DAY at Fusion LifeSpa!
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 current weight: 227.0 

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Member Since: 1/2/2010

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My Goals:
Really, what would be completely awesome would be if I lost 100 or more pounds, doing this is going to take some tough work! But about two years ago I lost 30 lbs and I felt great...then I gained it all back and then some. But at least now I know I can do it if I really try!

My Program:
So for five days a week I'm going to work out at least once a day for an hour. It seemed to work wonders the last time I did it, I just need to stick with it this time! I'm really looking for a lot of support on here, so feel free to be my buddy on here! I need all the help I can get!

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I'm an English and Education major at a school in St. Paul Minnesota. I love to read and I love taking pictures of me and my friends! Also, when I was 14 I was diagnosed with Lupus. Luckily for me it's a very very mild case (actually, some doctors are still on the fence of actually calling it Lupus, but I've just sort of embraced it) Anyways, it has set me back sometimes in my weight loss journey because my joints can really hurt if I don't take my medications. But I know that I can stick with my meds and my work out regime and feel 110 percent better in the end!

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5/7/2013 8:20:01 PM

Welcome to the Spring to Summer 5 % Challenge with the casual travelers


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5/7/2013 10:01:28 AM

I just wanted to stop by and say Hello. I'm Charlie and I am going to be working hard with you on The Casual Travellers Team ! Go team! :)


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5/6/2013 1:37:18 PM

Welcome to the Casual Travelers of the 2013 Spring to Summer 5% Challenge. I am the WL (weight leader) for the team and am looking forward the next 8 weeks.


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2/20/2013 5:01:04 PM

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The Aquarian child is some how an isolated only child when growing up and therefore gets lots of attention from adults. She becomes a "free thinker" and is very smart. She really isn't made to be a "stay-at-home-mom" as she has so much to give to the world. She makes a good teacher, scientist, or designer as she has new ideas. She loves people and can move from place to place with ease and make new "best friends forever." She gets along with Sagittarius, Libra, Aries, Leo and Gemini. She wouldn't do well with controlling Scorpio as she MUST have her freedom. Her weak areas are the ankles. She isn't cut out to be obese as she needs to move about freely. Denise Austin is a wonderful example of an Aquarian woman. She is turning 56 and still very "young". She's 5'4" and 112# but very strong.

In Aquarius the Sun is eccentric and original. You're apt to be a superb thinker, and your ideas are frequently advanced, no matter what field of profession you select. Often, your unique approaches to problem solving are viewed as too radical and unworkable, but you prefer to think of them as advanced and progressive instead. Unconventional and outspoken, you see your role as the rebel and the person who rejects worn out traditions and old ways of operating. You like to be with those ushering in the new order and fostering advanced thinking.
Paradoxically, you're a good team player, but one who must have personal freedom. You don't like to feel fenced in. While you're headstrong and inflexible in your ways, you can work very effectively within a large group. You have complete respect for the sound ideas put forward by others. You are aloof and detached, and your concerns are directed toward society rather than to the problems of any one person. You are somewhat impersonal most of the time. You're more emotionally involved with your work than you are with people. You can be highly critical and demanding in a position of authority. Nonetheless, you are a strong leader and organizer. You have a deep understanding of human nature, but often you lack sensitivity to the emotional content of many situations.
You thrive on change and managing the unexpected. Always ahead of your time, you are viewed by everyone as being different and unusual, labels you don't mind accepting. You pride yourself on your ability to find a better way of doing the job. Sometimes you lack follow through, and you always dislike routine. You like to take chances and keep everything stirred up. Occasionally, you enjoy antagonizing people in positions of authority, and stimulating a good argument now and then. You don't mind that you are seen as a bit unusual, in fact, you may encourage this image.
Equality, freedom and fairness are all important issues for you. You strongly subscribe to the doctrine that all people are created equal and should have the same rights and opportunities. In this regard, you are likely to be classified as a progressive and often associated with humanitarian issues and causes. Though you are very involved with such matters, your approach is always somewhat in the abstract, with ideological concepts, the sort that don't usually stem from true emotions. Your approach is often very impersonal and detached.
Friendly and sociable, you may have a wide circle of acquaintances. Friends are very important to you. Intellectually oriented, you are happiest with friends that share common ideas and interests. Strangely, you find it more difficult to cultivate a truly satisfying intimate relationship. This aloofness exists because feelings are rarely expressed outwardly, and you usually seem distant. You resist anything or anyone threatening your independence.

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2/17/2013 9:41:29 AM

There isn't one near me yet but the website says one is coming soon to a city about 40 minutes from me!!!!!!!! I hope "soon" really does mean soon!

I love trampolines. I actually didn't jump on one until I was an adult. My mom was super overprotective and wouldn't let me because she thought I'd get hurt (I was never allowed to do anything physical- might explain why I got so fat as a kid) Anyway when I was about 19 I finally got to jump on one. Man I was missing out!!!!!

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