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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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  • v JPVALPO24
    I saw in the huddle that you are making progress! You look amazing and you have lost so much weight so far! Way to go and keep up the good work! emoticon
    3969 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend HollyBee. I stumbled across your page and read your blogs. They are awesome, you are a very good writer and I like your style. I am intrigued with your career and want to know more about what you do. I think that it is so cool that you work on an oil rig and sometimes live in a loggers cabin! I am jealous!

    Stay away from the T.V. when you eat. Easier said than done but I think that it is a great goal. I for one go nuts if I don't have something to read at the dinner table. 1) It's rude 2) my entire meal is gone before I realize it and I didn't even remember eating, hence I don't feel full. 3) I never really acknowledge just what it is that I am eating, it could be cat food for all I know! LOL!

    Have a great day~
    4030 days ago
  • v LINZY523
    Oh good! It'll be nice to have another person running with me in spirit! Hope you have a fantastic day - Lindsay
    4076 days ago
  • v no profile image DBELLE39
    Hold on, get a firm grip & don't slip on the banana peel!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog, comments appreciated very much.
    4081 days ago
  • v 60SIXTY

    ... I WAS .............
    .......... HERE ......
    ..Leaving my ....... Footprints in your ..............SAND.. Linda from your Spark Class

    4084 days ago
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