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GOAL MET! 152 lbs and half of my former self!! 02/04/2016

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Size 24 to size 8! - June 2015

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Start - 02/04/13 - 304 lbs.

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Hi. My name is Carling. I have been married to the most wonderful man in the world for 19 years. I was married directly out of high school. When my husband and I met when I was 14, I was on a crash diet and weighed 145 lbs. I haven't seen that weight since and was 283 lbs. when we got married 4 years later and gained 21 more over the next decade. No matter what, he is completely supportive. He has loved working out and lifting weights the entire 15 years we have been together, and no matter how fit he is, he has never pressured me. I admire him for that. We adopted three children in 2010, and the stress and issues we deal with due to our kids past creates hurdles that I have to fight so I don't turn to the comfort of food I have used all my life. Balancing everything in my life has been difficult at times, but my focus on my health has kept me on track. I started this journey on February 4, 2013, and I celebrated my birthday in August of that year over 90 lbs. lighter!

I know everyone seems to say this, but this time it really does feel different and it has been. In the past, I have started these crash diets where I starve myself and lose weight only to have it come back twice as quick as I lost it. I have never lost more than 30-35 lbs at one time either. I feel that I am now making lifestyle changes that I can maintain forever. I have changed my strategy many times over the past couple years, but my goal remains the same. I have eaten strictly low calorie, whole food/paleo, low carb. I change it up frequently so my body doesn't have time to get used to anything.

My husband and I love going out to eat, and I've learned I can even do that and continue to lose weight! I've cut out appetizers and desserts, and I now choose the steamed veggies instead of the potato.

I reached my goal on my third "healthiversary", February 4, 2016. Now approaching the 1 year maintenance mark, I have maintained within 5 lbs. for the year and I couldn't be happier with where I'm at with both my physical and mental health.

My biggest end goal is to have surgery to remove excess skin (i.e. tuck, lift and add things where they need to go). The excess skin has created a lot of self consciousness on my part, which is crazy considering I wasn't as self conscious with all the fat! Don't get me wrong, I am proud of how far I have come, but I would still love to get surgery soon!

I know I don't blog much, but I'm here several times a week checking up on people, reading article, blogs and a comment here and there. Feel free to send me a message or leave a comment!

Member Since: 1/7/2008

Fitness Minutes: 50,383

My Goals:
- 119 lbs lost (no longer obese)- DONE!
- 130 lbs lost - DONE!
- 135 lbs lost - (in the 160s) - DONE!
- 137 lbs lost - (45% of body weight lost) - DONE!
- 140 lbs lost - (10 lbs from surgery goal) - DONE!
- 150 lbs lost - (ideal body weight)
- 152 lbs. lost - 50% body weight lost - GOAL!!!

My Program:
I constantly change what I'm doing. I try to just focus on becoming healthier while changing foods and workouts so my body never gets used to anything.

Personal Information:
I'm from a small town in northwest Ohio. A huge Detroit Tiger and Ohio State Buckeye fan, I love all things sports.

Other Information:
"Eat for fuel, not for fun."


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