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10/11/09, 243.5lbs. In a size 14!!!!!!

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This is me at my heaviest (on the left, obviously), 290.

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Me sophomore year of college. 250lbs.

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A big part of me wanted to make a new profile. But I'm not trying to wash away my past or hide from the life that got me here.

I started this journey 9 years ago, when I graduated college. I was fat, unhealthy, unhappy, and at the mercy of the worst relationship I'd ever been in. I exercised my way from 290 down to 220, but then I caught the flu, and every excuse in the book piled on. I was busy, I was injured, I was sick--and less than a year later, I weighed more than ever. I moved to another country, got married, and wound up living in North Carolina with my beautiful wife.

About 2 years ago, I stepped on the scale and was dismayed to see that the weight had creeped up to 320. 320!! I never thought I was THAT big. I dusted off my resistance band and downloaded a book about the Paleo diet. The weight just fell off! 18lbs the first month, 8 the next, 4 the next...and that was it. I stuck at 280, and have been fluctuating up and down for over a year. WFPB, Paleo, HFLC, you name it, I've tried it since, and I always wind up cheating and not going back. I've managed to keep my weight at 280 the last couple years without much effort, but I'm ready to go beyond that.

The thing is, me at 280 now is NOTHING like me at 290 in college. I run up stairs. I lift 100lb boxes and toss them around. I walk 5 miles a day without breaking a sweat. I also travel for work, and can drive up to 16 hours a day sometimes.

I go to a lot of anime conventions, as I'm a vendor, and I cosplay. I'd love to be able to open bind, and to be comfortable with sleeveless cosplays!

What drove me back here is that my wife has a chronic illness (cervical stenosis, her spine is kind of collapsing). She has a lot of pain, and often a lot of weakness in her limbs. It's degenerative. I know that my best chance to keep her with me longest is if I'm physically able to cover for her in a lot of physical ways.

So, here I am again. Feel free to say hi if you remember me from 9 years ago, or to reach out if you want to make a new friend!

Member Since: 5/6/2009

Fitness Minutes: 22,864

My Goals:
* 180 by 2020
* Benchpress 100
* Learn to deadlift
* Develop a lasting yoga routine
* Make use of the pool all summer!

My Program:
Audiobooks + long walks (about 5 miles daily) makes me happy.
Strength training (3x a week) makes me strong.
I track all my food with my Fitbit and aim for a deficit of 1000 calories daily.

Personal Information:
I'm an author, a fiber artist, a businesswoman, and a gay wife. I like anything with a good story.

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    emoticon to SparkPeople gorgeous! This is a great site, and it has helped me tremendously! I am sure you will love it. My name is Kimmie and if you ever have any questions or need support then I am here! SparkTeams are a great way to stay motivated so please feel free to check out the SparkTeam on my page called No Topic Off Limits emoticon Hope to see you there!! The best of luck to you on all of your goals and always keep in mind that, YOU CAN DO IT!
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    Good Luck on your Weight Loss Journey!!!

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    3979 days ago
    Welcome to the LSG Anti-Lard Alliance! We put the L in LSG, but mostly in the posting messages department! lol Please join the team goals and track your progress. Happy journey! emoticon
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