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Hi Everyone. I've been battling my weight since I was a little girl. After succeeding and failing with weight loss, it ends THIS YEAR, will be MY YEAR! For quite some time, I've been very miserable with myself. I feel like an outsider sometimes. But that's just all in my head. It's time to win this battle. I'll be happy with myself overall. I've learned that if you TRULY want something or have a goal in mind, you SET YOUR MIND to it and GO FOR IT! Other goals I can set, I can reach them, but weight loss goals, that's another story. I've had enough of this. I WILL lose this weight. I want to be more than just the pretty face.

The day I realized I needed to change my old habits and form new ones, was ceremony night, at my graduation. The last thing I remember doing that day, was taking pictures, laughing and sharing good times with friends whom I'd never see again and so fourth. But those good times, soon turned bad, when I saw the video tape of my graduation and pictures that family and friends took. When I saw that video tape and all those pictures, I thought to myself, "I look like one huge blueberry!". Of course I couldn't say that out loud! It was a day to remember. So, as always, I just smiled and laughed it off, saying, "You'll have pictures to remember us by". That night, I was in my room crying because I couldn't and didn't want to believe I let myself go. That was the night things changed.

I never counted calories a day in my life. I was the person that ate everything in site, ate what I wanted, when I wanted. There were times where I would wake up at 3am in the morning "scruffing" down a package of Chips Ahoy! or drinking a liter of soda. Fast Forward to now. Since being here on SparkPeople, I've learned so many incredible and intresting things about health and overall happiness. Growing up, I was often teased because of my weight, as a result, I was uphappy with myself. I didn't have any friends. Food was my friend. When I was little, My family would often say, "Oh, honey, one plate is enough". I was always in denial about myself. I knew I had a weight problem, but it really didn't hit me until, I had trouble walking up the stairs. My feet were always swelling and burning. Chest pains every now and then. I'm just tired of all this.

Now, since being on SP, I've learned the necessary steps in order to be healthy.
I've gained the tools needed to have a healthy lifestyle. I've met wonderful people here on SP, who are/were in my footsteps. I'm not alone on this. Yes, I'm still 300+ pounds. But with help from SP, confidence and determination in myself, and postive thoughts, I can become the person I've dreamed of becoming. I don't want to be unhappy anymore. I'm not setting any type of goal range(yet). For now, I just want to have a healthier life. Because, I know for starters, that even the simplest changes like cutting out soda, drinking more water, going out for a 10 min walk, those things, can make a HUGE impact on your journey. So I say to everyone....."Be the best you can be, live your life in happiness".

I come from a long line of people in family, through out a list of generations, you have High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, etc. I want to lose weight not just for myself, but for my family as well. I would like to set an example for my family and tell them, "Hey look, I did it! I can do it, so can you!" My Mother means to world to me and I would do anything for her. In order for her to change, I need to change.

We are all in this together!

We LEARN about ourselves when we try new things.
We LAUGH when times are sad.
We LIVE everyday like it's our last.


Update-5/26/2011.....I joined to DONE team earlier this week and upon joining I wrote some things down in my journal that I'm offically DONE with. So I thought I'd put them down onto my SparkPage as well. OK.....

I'm DONE....

~ being the FAT girl
~ being uncomfortable in my clothes AND not being able to shop
~ letting food control my life
~ being hard and down on myself
~ procrastinating! Just DO IT already!
~ putting others before myself, (of course I will put my Mother first BEFORE ANYTHING including myself)
~ being sorry for myself
~ I'm just DONE once and for all!

Member Since: 4/16/2010

Fitness Minutes: 5,181

My Goals:
1)To be more Happy

2)Lose the weight!

3)Cut out all junk food and drink MORE water! (Done! 100th day on 6/18/13)

4)Eat more fruits and vegetables

5)Cut out late night eating (Done)

6)To live a healthier life

7)Inspire my family to make healthier choices

8) Quit Procrastinating(Just Do It!) (Done)

9) Get out of the 300s(short term)

10) To be around 120-125lbs (long term and recommend weight)

11) To able to play sports

12) Cut out fast food

My Program:
Just healthy eating and exercise.

Personal Information:
~I'm a bookworm/geek! I love to read.

~Love music & writing.

~I love to expand my mind and horizons and let my mind wander in imagination.

~I love the smell of apples, cinnamon and spices in the Autumn Season, the holiday season approaching ahh! Makes me happy and relaxed!

~I also love Theatre.

~I like Video/Computer Games.

~I've played the clarinet since I was 11. I would like to play Piano, and Guitar.

~Huge Sports Fan!(I love all sports but I mostly like Football, Basketball, Baseball and Volleyball!)

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  • v TURTLE69
    Just stopped by to see how you were doing. Have a fantastic week.
    2751 days ago
    emoticon Lisa! Let’s make October the month to renew and refresh ourselves! Fall is the season to rejuvenate our body, mind and spirit! Let’s enjoy the colorful sights, autumn scents and wildlife sounds of October! Fall for outdoor fitness fun! Find healthy recipes with autumn flavors! Embrace positive modification for inner well-being! Enjoy October’s journey of improved health! Have a happy and healthy autumn month!

    emoticon O = Our journey is about self-improvements and personal growth!
    emoticon C = Conquer obstacles by turning setbacks into comebacks!
    emoticon T = Trust your choices, decisions and actions!
    emoticon O = Open your mind to new ways of doing new things!
    emoticon B = Bring out the very best in you and your abilities!
    emoticon E = Embrace each goal with optimism, dedication and completion!
    emoticon R = Reduce stress, eat healthy, drink water, exercise regularly and have fun!

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2752 days ago
    Thanks for your support on my 7 pounds lost. Keep up the great work! emoticon
    2781 days ago
    Lisa, are you ready to jump-start the month of September? Let's begin by setting monthly Fall goals! Set each goal to become a healthier you! Turn goals into plans! Plans into actions! Actions into completions! Completions into results! TOGETHER, let‘s turn our SEPTEMBER goals into Sparktacular SUCCESS!

    emoticon S = Strive to exceed daily with a combined mind-body-soul balance!
    emoticon E = Exhibit a Do-It-Now attitude, honoring 100% commitment!
    emoticon P = Promote healthy nutrition and expand fitness activities!
    emoticon T = Transform setbacks into comebacks!
    emoticon E = Expect results utilizing positive thoughts, decisions and actions!
    emoticon M = Maintain a healthy lifestyle that will last forever!
    emoticon B = Bring out the very best in you and your abilities!
    emoticon E = Enjoy your journey of self-improvements and self-discovery!
    emoticon R = Recognize how Sparktacular you are in all that you do!

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2785 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy BELATED Birthday, DONE GIRL emoticon

    This is the best day of the year for you to begin anew. Start NOW to be what you want as you have the energy of your birth sun to motivate you.
    Persons born on the Leo-Virgo cusp can either be a raging extrovert or very secretive. While this appears to be opposite, it is in fact part of the same thing. One can't reveal something unless it has been hidden. They have a good sense of timing. They have an innate sense of when to speak and when to keep quiet. This talent can be used to manipulate, wound or dominate others when needed.
    Leo-Virgo needs to let people really get to know them. Hiding away won't get them the recognition they long for. They may end up keeping secrets from themselves if they are not cautious. They need to let others into their lives to share their feelings and experiences.
    Decisive and direct, Leo-Virgo is sure they will succeed. They can exaggerate or overreact sometimes, but they are positive for the most part. They have a natural stubborn streak that prevents them from giving up on a hard task. They are cheerful and warm-hearted. They can be very selective and discriminating when needed. They make excellent students, and make sensible business decisions. Extravagant promises leave them skeptical. They do love taking risks, though. Gambling may be fun for them.
    Individuals born on the Leo-Virgo cusp are health conscious and very concerned with nutrition and hygiene. This helps them take good care of themselves, both mentally and physically. They like to play in groups. This may take the form of team sports or games. Like everything else, they strive to achieve perfection in their leisure activities.
    They can be jealous at times, but they are not really very flirtatious. They are creative and pay close attention to details. They show their love by doing things for their loved one. They are thoughtful and unique.
    This cusp is conflicted by Leo's drama and Virgo's lack of sociability. If they can pull themselves together for a cause they truly believe in, the strengths of both signs come together. They have to believe in what they are doing to let their passion show.

    Leo-Virgo is honest, unique, logical, creative, flamboyant, artistic, routine, practical, organized, ambitious, inspiring and dramatic. They like to have fun and are generally optimistic. They may also be stubborn, blunt, quarrelsome, cold, stuck on their own ego and a perfectionist. The Cusp of Exposure can be fun or harsh.
    Leo-Virgo is a hard worker and a logical thinker. They are earthy and appreciate what we get from the ground. They are very persuasive, which makes them good lawyers, physicians, and teachers. They are tactful, and don't often offend others. They appreciate the outdoors.
    Individuals born on the Leo-Virgo cusp may be very popular, with a crowd of followers all of their own. To create a good balance, they need to fulfill their own needs without losing any of their abilities to give to others. They are strong and tenacious. They may be artistically or musically inclined, and they may enjoy traveling.
    2795 days ago
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