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I started SP because I was diagnosed with a Transformed Migraine in February 2008 which is a migraine headache that lasts for days and possibly weeks. I thought, maybe I needed to drink more water to prevent headaches. I've had migraines since 1993, but this was the first time I had a transformed migraine. Medication was not working and I was desperate for a solution. I initially started with SP using the food tracker. It's funny now, looking back on this, that I was “desperate”, but only thinking that I was dehydrated.

Since using SP food tracker, articles and recipes, I've learned so much about food, nutrition and what a body needs to function. When I was pregnant, I was given “What to Eat When You are Expecting” and remember throwing it away after crying because I felt so stupid. This book's introduction talked about how many grams, and ounces of various protein, fiber and carbohydrates you should consume during pregnancy. I had no idea what this meant, or what I was already eating.

Since learning about the nutritional value of food, I see food and dietary choices completely differently. I can see good choices from bad choices and more importantly, when I'm in tough situations (like at the local carnival or family cookout) I can determine better choices from worse choices.

My family is also more active then we ever were before. We have a great bike path by our house. We often go for family runs together, bike rides and walks. My son seems to be a natural athlete and currently participates in soccer and swimming. My change in attitude and activity level makes me more supportive of his interest in sports. I'm able to run on the soccer field and help him learn to swim because I am more fit than I was a couple years ago.

On the emotional side of my improvements, I am a happier more content person. I get less frustrated with other people and have more patience. I think I have been able to identify myself in a way I haven't before and I'm happy with who I am. This more positive outlook and my new self confidence helps me feel more comfortable around other moms and in new social situations, like kids birthday parties, at the beach, or if we use the pool at the Y. I am also more able to play with my son at parks and on moon bounces and in situation where that my weight would have prevented me from participating in the past. I love this. I feel like a younger mom and I know helps my very active son enjoy more time with me. I am also happy to do it.

I can remember a few years ago that just the thought of playing with him on the floor, and feeling my legs stiffen, my tight waistband pinch and the thought of needing to rock back and forth on the floor to get up after a couple minutes, all made me so irritated, that I would avoid it at all costs. I'm so glad I'm not this selfish, uncomfortable and resentful person anymore. I felt lazy and terrible, but I didn't even realize it.

I started the Couch to 5K program in August 2008 I was slow to move from one week to the next, but got through it. I ran my first 5 k in February 2009. I recently completed my first 10K in May 2010. I am also proud to say that I am now able to run up to 8 miles on the treadmIll. I can not believe it -- even when I was a kid, I couldn't run without being winded and having an asthma attack. So, no only can I run, but I choose to run and LOVE it! Now that my son is getting old enough to ride his bike for a little distance, I hoping to combine my love of running on the local bike path with his new found love of his two wheeler

Exercise is such an important part of my daily life now. It's also something I need to change frequently. I go through phases. Joining the gym, changing gyms, quitting the gym. Running on the TM, getting outside to run or doing pilates. Whatever it is, I keep active and I keep an open mind to a variety of activities to prevent boredom.

We currently have two pieces of exercise equipment, an elliptical machine and a treadmill. Having this equipment in the home encourages my husband to exercise more and allows my son to see how routinely I work out.

As of my second spark-iversary, I have re-committed to my nutritional goals and overall eating habits. I'm hoping my recommitment will also help me shed the last 8 pounds -- and reach my original goal weight.

I'm amazed with my progress, the difference in me-- physically and emotionally. So, here's to me and to all of my family and friends (both SP and at home) who have helped!

Thank you and keep up the good work changing yourselves, rising to challenges and supporting each other through this life changing and exciting journey!!!

Member Since: 2/17/2008

Fitness Minutes: 39,989

My Goals:
Weight loss goals:
4/14/08 - 200 (goal met: 3/31)
6/16 - 185 (met 6/9)
8/18 - 175 (met 8/22)
11/10- 170 (met 11/3)
2/17/09 - 161 (met 2/17)
4/15 - 155 (met)
5/30 - 150 (still going...)
July 1 2010: 150

Run 5 5Ks in 2009:
2/1 Super 5K: 34:24
3/21 St. Pat's 5K: 34:05
5/30: Foxboro Against Diabetes 5K: 35:51
6/14 - 5K Road Race for Meals on Wheels: 34:05
6/24 - Luv2Run 5K Trail Run: 36:44
9/20 - CVS Downtown 5K: 35:33
10/4 - PRMH Classic 5K: 35:02

2010: 10K
5/15 - Narrow River 10k: 70:10

My Program:
I track ALL my food. What a difference that makes. You really think twice if you have to log something. This is especially true since making my food/exercise log public!

I've made serious changes in my eating habits, grocery lists, cooking practices and snacking amounts/choices. Once those calories started adding up before my eyes-- forget it, I had to change!

I do cardio between 3-5 times a week. I started the C25K program in August 2008 and LOVE running (what a surprise). I also enjoy pilates and yoga when time allows.

Finally-- PLENTY of water. I drink between 8-12 cups per day.

I've ventured into Clean Eating for the last 10 pounds. So far so good -- I had a two pound loss this first week. This is the biggest weekly loss in months.

Personal Information:
I'm from RI, am 38 years old and the very proud mommy of a wonderful 6 year old little boy. My husband is a huge support and introduced me to SP!

I've been wearing plus size clothing for too long. I've gained a ton of weight since I met my husband in 1996. I can't believe it's taken me 12 years to decide to change.

I have officially dropped from a size 20 top and bottom to an 8/10 in both. I'm down 64 pounds and nearly 38 inches.

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