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January 3, 2008- The beginning

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March 1, 2008- Down 20 lbs, and moving along

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2/21/08- My son Phoenix and me on his actual 8th bday!

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I am 34 years old and a married, mom of 2 boys. I am looking to get back in shape and reverse symptoms of PCOS.

Member Since: 1/3/2008

Fitness Minutes: 4,094

My Goals:
I am trying to at least get done from a size 16 to a 10. I want to look the way I feel inside and the way I see myself.

My Program:
I did have 2 friends I was working with last year (08), and I went from 243 to 193, but I got under a lot of stress with a Foreclosure and a change of lifestyle, had to go to sharing one car, etc...because of my husband's job layoff's, so I quit exercising. I gained back 27 lbs, and got back to about 220. I am starting again, and am going to have to do it on my own. I am down to 214, so I am on my way. If I always depend on people to "do it with me" then I am really being co-dependent in my dieting lifestyle, and when the people are gone or done, I tend to quit. I do need people for support, so I am "coming back" to Sparkpeople. I am cutting down on meat. I am focusing on eating healthy , organic, and natural foods. Hate processed foods, so this has been my lifestyle for about 5 years, but want to focus more on fresh raw veggies or only lightly steamed, and meat alternatives. I am keeping fish. I want to cut out dairy as well, eventually, for health reasons. I am starting to walk agai

Personal Information:
Not sure what goes here. I live on the Northside and am walking 4-5 times each week. I am trying to eat about half as much as I ate before, which I thought was a normal amount. No whole chicken breast anymore, now it's only half. I try to have fruit smoothie for b'fast or egg, or cereal with banana or something. I would like to get my lunch and breakfast as my bigget meals of the day, but it is still dinner. I cook for me and my family each night. SO, at least we are eating healthy, we switched to natural and organic food about 5 years ago.

Other Information:
I am an emotional eater, but looking to change this, any tips would be helpful. Part of my problem has been that I still see myself as a size 10, I have some low self-esteem, but only in phases. It's not until I see myself in photos that I think, "OMG, who is that person?" As I mentioned, apparently I am a bit co-dependent in dieting. I do better with people there to encourage me. I neeed to learn to depend on myself, and to stay working hard throughout my life whether or not I have anyone to encourage me or not. :)

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    Where did you go??? Miss Ya!!

    4628 days ago
  • v JUSTJO67
    I just wanted to check in and see how you were doing. I've started the C25K with my dad. It's kinda tuff to be honest. The breathing part is what gets me. I hope you are doing good and making progress. Cherrill
    4715 days ago
    Wow! Look at you! Great job.

    4725 days ago
  • v JUSTJO67
    Leesha, wow your pics are awesome. Congratulations on the 20 pounds. Cherrill
    4738 days ago
    Pcos (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome): The Hidden Epidemic
    by Samuel S. Thatcher
    Publisher: Perspectives Press, Inc.
    Pub. Date: January 2000
    ISBN-13: 9780944934258
    This book mentioned is very technical Phdy stuff.

    Pcos Diet Book: How You Can Use the Nutritional Approach to Deal with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
    by Colette Harris, Theresa Cheung, Theresa Francis-Cheung, Theresa Cheung
    Publisher: Thorsons/Element
    Pub. Date: October 1902
    ISBN-13: 9780007131846

    Pcos: A Woman's Guide to Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
    Authors: Colette Harris with Dr. Adam Carey

    Basically any book by Colette Harris on this subject is excellent.
    4746 days ago
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