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August, 2009 about 6 weeks before joining SparkPeople. I dreaded photos that caught me like this.

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Sep 6, 2009: 192 Pounds Age 25. So little energy, so little motivation.

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Thanksgiving, 2009. 18 pounds down and wearing clothes I never thought I could!

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I can't believe the progress I've made since I've joined SparkPeople. One reason I never tried to lose weight before was because I was afraid it wasn't possible! Now I know it IS possible and AMAZING.

But losing weight wasn't my only problem, as I've recently discovered. I need to work on losing my old LIFESTYLE. Out with the "only exercising once a week" lethargy. Out with the "eating and drinking till I bust" mentality.

And especially, OUT with the "I can slack off some weeks if I work really hard at it other weeks". Pretty soon those weeks will turn into months, years, and so on...

So here's to the rest of my life! It's gonna be a good one.


Here's what I wrote when I first joined in September, 2009. I want to keep it in order to remind myself where I came from:

The other day I was minding my own business at work, doing my normal day-to-day tasks, when something clicked. It was like a lightbulb went off in my brain and I knew that it was time to start making a concerted effort to lose weight.

I have been occasionally accepting, delusional, ambivalent, or disgusted by my current body. I'm 25 years old, and after steadily gaining weight over the past few years I've decided that I need to reverse that trend now. No more putting it off, no more pretending that it'll be easier later, no more excuses. I used to think "I'll get there someday, in my own good time". Well, it's been time to do something about it for a while now, and I'm finally ready.

It certainly took me long enough!!!

Member Since: 9/22/2009

Fitness Minutes: 16,264

My Goals:
I want to get into a "Normal" BMI Range and a Healthy Body Fat Percentage.

I would also like to have more energy, endurance, and overall motivation to be active, and a better self-image along with all of those.

I want to drink less. I have a lot of difficulties ahead of me, and drinking is not going to make them any easier.

My Program:
I'm working on developing good habits: exercise, portion control, and ignoring the unhealthy impulses. I want exercise to no longer be a chore. I want portion control to not feel like starvation. I want my healthy choices to be the norm, not the rarity.

Personal Information:
I will be taking the MCAT on March 24th, so I've got a lot of studying to do until then. Wish me luck!

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    Hi Holly,
    Thanks for adding me as a emoticon !! emoticon
    Can you tell I like emoticons? I love to express myself. emoticon

    emoticon for commenting on my blog. I'm so happy for you. You look marvelous, darling!! emoticon This time is for us. It is nice that people are concerned but so many misconceptions about weight loss/gain from people who don't have problems with weight like my DH. He can eat anything.
    Hang in there.

    emoticon wishes,
    3957 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/23/2010 11:31:08 AM
  • v LULU1959
    Wishing you a Sparkin Happy St. Patty's Day!!

    May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.
    May your heart be as light as a song.
    May each day bring you bright happy hours,
    That stay with you all year long.

    For each petal on the shamrock
    This brings a wish your way—
    Good health, good luck, and happiness
    For today and every day.

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    Today we are all a little Irish!

    3963 days ago
  • v JPVALPO24
    Just stopping by to say hello and see how you are doing? I see that you were running yesterday, that is good. I'm with you running in spirit, HaHa! I just say that bc I can't run, but i wish i could. I see people running all the time and i wish I could just jump in and start running behind them.The sad part is that I will actually sit there and day dream about how peaceful running is, maybe I should do some meditation or something so that I can achieve that same mind set. Although I can't run, I still have fun and I should be thankful that I can at least walk, some people can't! It is finally getting nice here in Indiana and i can't wait to get outside in the sun and play in my garden! Do you have any favorite summer activities? Write me back soon and have a great one! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3964 days ago
  • v LULU1959
    emoticon for posting on my blog! emoticon on your weight loss so far. You are making great progress. Good for you!! emoticon
    We need to motivate each other to stay on track for those wedding photos. We need to look amazing in our Bridesmaid dresses and be great Maid of Honors!! What color is your dress? My dress is Victorian Lilac / Lavender.
    Keep on Sparkin!

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    3968 days ago
    You look great and I'm inspired by your success!!! Let's be friends :)
    3970 days ago
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