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I have been overweight my whole life and decided it was time for a change when 10 other people at worked talked me into joining their biggest loser challenge. I know it is going to be a long road, and I am so ready for it! This is my new lifestyle not a diet!
(7/14/09)The weight just keeps coming off.....some weeks its only a pound or 1/2 a pound, but other weeks it is much more. I have had my struggles just like everyone else, but I don't beat myself up about it and I just continue on. I still have a lot more weight to lose, but I feel better than I have in my own skin in a really long time.
(9/9/09) Okay so the last month and a half has been a real struggle for me. I didn't realize how little weight I have lost in the past month and a half until I just looked back on my weigh in's on here. From where I started at on August 1st until today I have only lost 6 pounds. I have had about 3 of the past 6 weeks where I have gained weight and then managed to lose it the following week so there really have been ups and downs. I need to kick it into gear or I will never reach my goals. Everyone on SP has been wonderful and I appreciate all of the encouragement and kind words. SP really helps keep be going on my journey to being reaching my goals. I'm really not sure what happened to my motivation from my update above on July 14th, but I need to find that motivation again and get back into a routine of going to the gym!!
12/14/09: I have had some ups and down since my last note in here 3 months ago. I find myself struggling again. I have to keep my head up though...NEVER give up, and just keep on keeping on!!!!
4-26-13: I am back after gaining back 60 of the pounds that I had originally lost. I am mortified and absolutely miserable. I am taking this one day at a time! I got this! :)

Member Since: 4/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 5,912

My Goals:
Yay I accomplished my first goal which was to get under 300 lbs!!!!

My Program:
I have been drinking lots of water. I cut out the pop and sweets. I have added lots of fruits, veggies, and lean meats to my diet. I am making better choices when it comes to food and eating less. I also joined a gym and thats when I really noticed the weight loss kick in. I have received lots of tips from a couple of the trainers at the gym.

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I just want to be happy and healthy!!! This is a change for me, my family, and my life!!

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    Missy, CAN WE DO IT? Join me as we continue our journey into another sizzling month! It takes daily practice to develop healthy habits! It takes steady action to finish what we start! It takes personal time to build long-term results! YES, We CAN turn our goals into plans! YES, We WILL turn our plans into actions! YES, We WILL fulfill our actions into completions! TOGETHER, let’s turn our JULY goals into a sparktacular fireworks display! Sending lots of WE CAN DO IT support and hugs to you!

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    emoticon U = Utilize inner hopes and dreams to create external life-long achievements!
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    2599 days ago
    emoticon Missy. Hoping all is well with you. Have you had your hugs today? Consider yourself hugged! Thank you for enriching my life and being a part of my journey. Sending lots of hugs from me to you! Have a blessed weekend!

    "Hugging has no unpleasant side effects and is all natural. There are no batteries to replace, it's inflation-proof and non-fattening with no monthly payments. It's non-taxable, non-polluting, and is, of course, fully refundable." ~Author Unknown

    emoticon H = Honored to have a special friend who inspires me on a daily basis!
    emoticon U = Unity from your caring support and heartfelt encouragement!
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    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    2616 days ago
    emoticon Missy! It is the month of June! Are you READY to jump into the summer month? Are you WILLING to set goals that will improve your summer? Are you ABLE to supplement your goals by creating outdoor activities that will bring you closer to achieving them? Let’s be READY, WILLING and ABLE to enjoy the freedom that only the outdoors can bring! We CAN turn our summer goals into sizzling success!

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    emoticon J = Journey towards self-improvements by igniting your inner spark!
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    emoticon N = Never give up from conquering obstacles into mastering results!
    emoticon E = Expect success utilizing positive thoughts, decisions and actions!

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    2627 days ago
    emoticon Missy!! Let's put the UMPH in triumph to meet our weekly goals! Put the UMPH in triumph by bringing fun and enjoyment into our journey! Put the UMPH in triumph to go out and live our lives as we have imagined it! With enough UMPH, we CAN and WILL have a WOOHOO week!

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    emoticon U = U are Worthy! ~ U Can Do It! ~ U are a Winner! ~ U Deserve It!
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    emoticon H = Healthy Nutrition ~ Varied Fitness Activity ~ Embrace Inner Well-Being!

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    2641 days ago
    Missy, let’s flourish in the month of May! May our sparks shine in positive thoughts! May our spirits soar to prosperous feelings! May our goals blossom with effective action! May our promising results lead to gala success!

    emoticon M = Maintain focus by committing to daily healthy choices and positive changes!
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    Promote healthy nutrition! Expand fitness activities! Thrive for emotional wellness! Achieve optimum health! TOGETHER, We CAN and WILL achieve our May goals! Have a Sparktacular Sunday!

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    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    2656 days ago
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