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Welcome and Thank you, for visiting my Spark page.

I've been overweight and struggled with my weight more years than I like to admit and want to remember. As a child I was the heaviest of the siblings. And, to this day it hasn't changed, but once again I'm trying to get this under control.

Their has been some events that happened to me along the way as a youngster. I can remember around the age of 13, while having a girls day out with my mother and sisters. And this lady walked up beside me and put something in my hand(quickly walked away) with her turquiose tights and pink thong leotard up her behind. LOL Of course, I had to see what it was that was put in my hand. It was an advertisement for a gym. This was the first time that I could remember having to be judge by my appearance in public with my family. I laughed it off, but deep down inside it had ruined my day.
I'm a huge fan of the The Biggest Loser. Such a fan that I had downloaded the application in 2006, but never submitted the application.
I can relate to one of this season's contestant Dave, when they were choosing the teams. And Dave, said "It's like being in gym at school". Boy! did that take me back many years in school. I would be all excited about playing my favorite....volleyball, kickball, dodgeball,softball, and swimming. It never failed as I stood on the side line waiting to be picked. I was either last picked or dead last for a team. This put a bad taste in my mouth about gym class and after awhile I just stop particptaing all together.

When I gave birth to my first child I weighed a whopping 317 pounds. I recall hearing the staff joking about my size as I laid in my bed. I didn't bother the staff for anything during my stay. Also, when I was discharged I was offered a wheel chair. I couldn't even get my hips pass the arms of the chair. As I was walking off the unit I heared the staff laughing as I was leaving the unit. How rude and heartless can one be. And, one of the person was my Lamaza instructor.

Forever Dieting/Wasting Money
I tried countless diet gimmicks and wasted thousands of dollars over the years. And, each diet was more expensive than the next. This is one rollercoaster I want to end. Diet after diet I tired SlimFast, Dexatrim, Herbal Life, Bahama Diet,Cabbage Soup,Cardiac Diet,HydroxyCut,500 cal a day, LA Weight Lost Center, Nurti System, Physician's Weight Center, GNC pills and powders, Sugar Buster, Slim Down Sister, Solar Jumpsuit,etc. Their were others, but I can't remember. The one diet I did very well with was Choose To Lose. It taught you to eat healthy and how to make a healthier version of your favorite meals. I actually still have the recipe book. But, of course, old habits are hard to break. And the pounds start returning.

Changing Point
In August, of 2007, I received a phone message from the doctor's office to call immediately. I was informed that my A1C was 7.0.
I know what that meant as soon as she told me. When I saw the doctor the next day. My doctor went over my lab work with me and ask if I had a glucometer. No, because I never had to have one. This was the biggest blow to me, because I never wanted to be diagnois with diabetes. My eating habits had finally caught up with me. I had to return to the office in 3 months for a follow-up. I was depressed for months, but I attended diabetic classes and revamp my eating habits. When I returned to the received my results for my A1C it was 5.3 and till this day it has been under control. Woo Hoo! Losing weight was no longer a want, but a neccessary need for my health sake.

How I Found Spark
While reading a Essence magazine in the salon waiting area. I came across a weight articles in the magazine that featured, Ole Marie Tyler, and her story caught my attention. Ms. Tyler had mention that she lost weight by using I immediately found a piece of paper and jot down the site. Boy! I couldn't get home fast enough to log on. ( Once again Ola Marie Tyler, was featured in February 2009, Essence issue fit and fab special and she still looks great). I logged on and came up with several name, but they were already taken, so I sat back in my chair and thought long and hard and came up with FITWITHIN. It was accepted. WooHoo! Fit represent the person I want to be. Within is the person I've invision many times for mnay years waiting to be revealed. I don't want to look like anybody else, because I'm my own unique person. And, only I will know when I've reached that goal, because the vision I've seen and yearn for will be looking back at me, FITWITHIN.

While surfing Spark the first pages I came across was Ms. Valencia's. OMG! My eyes got as big as sausages. I was like. WOW! That's some transformation. And, I kept on surfing and was so impressed,inspried,and motivated even more by D710DANCE, Charlie-B(my first Spark friend), JO*ANNIE, WOLFKITTY, PHIT n PHAT and so many others.
Then the wheels really began to turn and I start refocusing on all the reasons I need to lose the extra weight besides my health.
Need For Change
1. I'm done feeling ashamed or embrassed around anyone.
2. I'm done feeling uncomfortable in my clothes or my skin.
3. I'm done feeling weak, intimated or unworthy.
4. I'm done being asked to step off a ride because I don't fit.
5. I'm done going to a restaurant and have to squeeze between the seat and table without getting stuck.
6. I'm done with being fat and unhappy.
7. I'm done feeling invisible.
8. I'm done being the fat sister with a pretty face.
9. I'm done with people automaticly assume that I'm Lazy.
10. I'm done having to shop at Plus size stores with limited options.
11. I'm done wanting to go to the pool and be stared at. (Haven't gone in 9-10years). Love swimming.
12. I'm donehaving more sweat pants then outfits.
13. I'm done with being camera shy.
14. I'm done having to deal with knee ,hip, and back pain.
15. I'm done with just to feeling like this and it's going to change.

1. I want to be able to sit Indian Style and get up without struggling.
2. I want to be a ble to wear regular calf length boots and not anklets.
3. I want to just be able to move freely.
4. I want to be a positive role model for my daughter.
5. I want to teach and show her that with hard work you can and will achieve your goal(s). Yes, their will be setbacks along the way. But, don't let these hurddles discourage you. Sometimes, it will take a second,third, or even a forth. Just refocus and re-evaluate what has contribute to the setback(s) and start again. But, never give up when you believe.

My View On Exercising
FITWITHIN, motto is, Keep It Moving! TO Keep On Losing!
We can find so many reasons to not exercise, but I refuse to make them anymore.

1. If I can give my employer 12 hours out my day 3 days a week. I can find the time to exercise.

2. If I can do errands for others and help a stranger. I can find the time to exercise.

3. If I can find time to volunteer. I can find time to exercise.

4. If I can go and watch a movie/concert for 90 minutes or more.
I can find the time to exercise.

5. If I can go grocery/mall shopping. I can find the time to exercise.

6. If I can watch television for what ever length of time. I can find the time to exercise.

7. If I can stand i line to make a purchase for what ever, I thought was important enough. I can find the time to exercise.
So, this is why I opt to get up 5 o'clock in the morning and dedicate 60,120, or 180 minutes of exercise, because this my time for me. And it gives me time to reflect and refocus. Hey!
I enjoy exercising.
Weight History
4/91 - 317lbs highest weight (morbitly obese)
1/95 - 286l
2/95 - 276
6/95 - 268
7/95 - 257
8/95 - 255
3/96 - 249
8/96 - 246
11/96 - 256
1/97 - 250
5/99 - 283 1/2
2/00 - 281
4/00 - 268
7/00 - 254
8/01 - 281
3/02 - 270
8/02 - 278
9/02 - 273
2/03 -273
8/03 - 285.5
10/03 - 286
7/04 - 283
10/04 -276
11/05 - 273
*5/30/08 - 260 Spark Weigh In*

As you can see I've been very consistence with being over 240lbs.

Ending Message From FITWITHIN
Don't allow a negative environment get the best of you. It's only a recipe for failure. Surround yourself with positive and inspirational people. Remember to walk with your head up not lower it when someone is walking towards you. Because, you are equally important as they are. Let's not allow others make us feel any less than ourself.

Stay Positive! Keep It Moving! To Keep On Losing! Your worth being healthy and happy.

Admire their strong legs
Tina Turner, Florence Griffth Joyner, Angela Bassett, Monque,
and Eartha Kitt
Working on developing my own Strong Sexy Leg.
I'm going to do something that I have done in a long time and that is buy and ride a bike. My friend was going to list her bike on ebay. And, I asked her how much was she listing it for and when she told me the price, I said I'll take it. I will be purchasing and bringing the bike home on April 18th, 2010. I'm so, excited not only will I'll be walking the 13 mile trail not far from my home. I will be riding the 13 mile scenic route and enjoying every minute of it and looking forward to pedaling until my heart is content.
One year journey beginning Measurements 11/11/2010
Neck 13 1/2
Bust 48 3/4
Arms L 14 R 14
Waist 43
Hips 55
Thighs L 29 R 30
Calves L 16 1/2 R 16
Weigh in
Start weight 11/11/10 253.6
252.8 - 11/18/10
Spring is here and I'm ready to start my personal challenges.
The first for the month of April is the Bowflex TreadClimber. I'm will be doing this 3x's a week for 30 minutes along with my regular workouts. I really make more of an effort to mix up my workouts. I do not want to get in a workout rut. I've got to keep it interesting.
I have gain many times during these last pass months. In the mist of it all I haven't given up on myself. So, I'm going to start posting my monthly losses and gains on my page starting with the month of June. I plan to have my tracker keep moving to the right and not the left.

June wt. 267 (-12) 255lbs end
July wt. 255 (0) no lost or gain this month
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Life is like math everybody has problems. You just have to find a way to solve them. by T. Lee

2014 Fitness Events Completed

01/1/2014 Commitment Day 5k
3/29/2014 Four Hour Zumbathon

Member Since: 5/30/2008

Fitness Minutes: 416,219

My Goals:
1. Be overall healthy.
2. Ween off Blood Pressure Medication.
3. Set goals and reward myself.

My Program:
1. Plan meals in advance/work.
2. Drink 8 - 12 glasses of water. 8 - 10 now.
3. Set a challenge every month. (completed 12 mile goal on May 9th)
4. Weigh and measure once a month.
5. Stay within my caloric,sodium, and carb range.
6. Cardio 6 - 7 days a week.
7. Strength train 4 days a week.
Mon & Thursday's
chest, shoulders, triceps, quads, upper abs, obliques
Tues. & Fridays
back, biceps, hamstrings, glutes, lower abs.(will adjust training according to work schedule).

Start Weight 2016
1/01/2016 - 277.6
1/05/2016 - 275.2
1/11/2016 - 270.6

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