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me and my three beautiful little boys

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my husband and I on our wedding day

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my youngest son and i at the beach... the most current photo of myself at my current weight

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My name is Brenda. I'm 26 years old. I'm married and have 3 children ages 10, 5 and 1. I've been overweight for almost all of my life. I was the chubby girl in elementary school, lost weight in middle school and then, in high school I became pregnant with my first child. I gained 90 pounds during that pregnancy, thinking it would all just fall off the same way it got there! My heaviest weight was around 250 when I was full-term with my second child. When he was born I only lost about 20 of it. And the struggles really began. I lived a very fat, unhappy life for a long time. Then, I decided I needed to change some of the other unhappy things in my life and work on myself. I left a man I had grown accustomed to after 9 years; someone who set me in depression mode a lot of times which lead to my terrible eating habits. A lot started to change for me. I learned to focus more on myself and my future. I had gotten back down to about 180 after a while. Then, I met Victor, someone who appreciated me and loved me for who I am. A lot of people would ask me if I was finally happy because of the change in my appearance and I had to admit that had improved my well-being overall. And then... I got pregnant again. I made much healthier choices during my third pregnancy but still gained a ton! I had a 9 pounder!! But that's where I went back up again to 220. I got married in November 2008 and since have been slowly yo-yoing! I look back at my wedding photos from just 6 months ago, and granted I didn't look horrible, I think how much better I could've looked in that beautiful dress. In the last few months I've come to the realization that my weight isn't going to go down by sitting around, being lazy and doing nothing! I had gotten to the point where I didn't even want to get up and play with my kids... I don't want to be that kind of mom that cannot take her kids to the park and play with them. I love to play sports and run around with them, but the extra weight has definitely held me back. It's time to think about me!! And how I want my children to look at me as their mommy. I want to feel better about myself and this time, I'm hoping for some dramatic change!!! For me, it's now or never!! And it will be NOW!! Being a mommy and wife is a huge job... But the bigger job is learning to take better care of myself! I'm looking forward to this journey and starting a new, healthier life!!

Member Since: 7/8/2009

Fitness Minutes: 1,163

My Goals:
I would like to change my lifestyle and lose at least 30 pounds, if not more!

My Program:
I'm slowly learning how to make healthier choices and adding in daily exercise. More than what I've done in a long time!

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Appleton, Wi

Other Information:
Any support and motivation is appreciated. I love to get to know other people.

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