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"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." ~ Thomas Edison

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." ~Thomas Edison

Ever since I can remember I was always overweight. I remember being a 4th grader and knew that most 4th graders don't weigh 100 lbs. I was picked on by kids when I was younger for being chubby (kids are so mean). Growing up I always knew I was heavier than most people my age. By the time a graduated high school I weighed 180 lbs.

Something in me had changed right out of high school. I started to workout a lot, and I believe it was because I was in a relationship that was not healthy. Even though the relationship wasn't a healthy one, my escape from it was working out at the gym. Needless to say that relationship came to and end. By that time I had dropped from 180 lbs. to 145 lbs. and I felt amazing! I remember how good I felt about myself and I long to feel that way again someday!

Eventually the weight came back on plus more. I went from 145 lbs. up to 205 lbs. (over time, but still it all came back). It was a result of not taking care of myself anymore, and not being active. I also believe the weight came back on because originally I had lost the weight on a resentment (it was destine to come back).

Years have passed and I've stuck around 190-205 lbs. ever since. I have the hardest time with staying motivated (as do most people). I'm longing to find that motivation I had years ago, but this time I want to change myself forever. My weight loss journey starts with me today! Only I have the power to motivate myself!

Member Since: 10/26/2010

Fitness Minutes: 989

My Goals:
Starting 2/19/13
Current Weight: 204 lbs.

Month #1
3/19/13 Goal Weight: 196
(Actual weight: 195.7 lbs. WooHoo!)

Month #2
4/19/13 Goal Weight: 190

5/19/13 Goal Weight: 184

*Follow 1,500 calorie diet

*make healthy choices while eating out

*drink lots of water

*track calories

*workout at least 4 days a week

My Program:
- I will do my best to try to eat low carb because my body responds well to it, and I have serious carb issues.

- I will also watch my calorie intake daily and try to eat no more than 1,400 on days that I don't workout. I will increase my calories if I workout that day

- I will be either running/hiking/going to the gym at least 4-6 days out of the week!

Personal Information:
- I'm from Southern California near Los Angeles.

- I'm in the middle of a career change from being a hairstlyist to becoming a teacher.

- I'm extrememly busy focusing on losing weight, going to school full-time, and working. I tend to take on a lot at once lol. I believe I work well under pressure ;0)

Other Information:
- I'd like to work up to doing a 5k, 10k, and possibly a half marathon. I would like this to be a goal before I become pregnant

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    Thanks! I think I'm proof that anyone can lose weight. I started small; eating healthy and not counting calories (but in the process cutting back from what I was eating). Then I added in workouts slowly until I started getting comfortable and seeing results. Then I joined Spark and started tracking everything. But ultimately it was just working out and counting calories that did it.
    2636 days ago
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    Ya, I really haven't been on very much. It was hard for me to balance while working two jobs. I tend to spend TOO much time on spark so thats why I was avoiding it.

    I have a 1 month break from my interpreting job at the college, so I have been working out the last few days and trying to figure out what I want to "try" next! lol I am thinking I just want to focus on making meals at home (rather than eating out all the time, like we do) and exercising regularly. In a sense, I guess I am starting over AGAIN...*sigh* I have been yo-yo-ing about 4 pounds around 182...has been hard for me to get under 180! Right now I am about 185 and hoping to get down to 160 by the summer since that is when I will start looking for a wedding dress....oh lord! haha

    How have you been? Congrats on passing your classes!
    2986 days ago
    I agree with you about stress during the holidays. Tea, games, bubble baths, prioritizing, organizing, smiling were also listed as destressors on other websites.
    2987 days ago
    Just dropping by to answer the question you asked on my blog about where the 5% challenge is...you can find the team link on my page. The challenges run for 8 weeks and it's too late to sign up for this one but there will be sign-ups in a few weeks for the spring challenge. Keep an eye out for that and join if you are interested! We'd love to have you!! emoticon

    3006 days ago
    Thank you for the beautiful ray of sunshine!
    3007 days ago
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