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July 2008, I was at my highest weight of 330 pounds. I was on medication for high blood pressure, my blood sugar levels were elevated and I could barely walk from one room to another. I decided enough was enough and I was tired of living my life this way, if you can even call it living. I had struggled with my weight most of life. I've always used food as rewards, treats and comfort for as long as I can remember. It all spiraled out of control and got worse when my husband of 10 years passed in 1999 then in 2005 I found my momma dead then a year later my daddy passed. I am not saying these are valid reasons for putting on so much weight but they are the reasons I turned to food so much. In 2003, I met a guy on the internet. For 5 years we were in a "relationship" but I was lying to him by sending fake pictures but in July 2008 he was tired of sitting in NY alone while I was in Tennessee and he decided to drive the 1800 miles to get me to move in with him. Before he got to Tennessee, I did send him a pic of the real me, all 330 pounds, believing he would drive back to NY and never talk to me again but I was wrong. He said he loves me and he was still coming to get me and he did.

July 21, 2008 is when I started changing my eating habits. I went from 4500 calories a day to about 1000, Yes, I was still learning (and still am) so I was under the belief that less was best when it came to food. Within a few months, I had lost 70 pounds. I was ecstatic. My fitness routine started as 5 minutes of walking in place a day. I gradually worked up to using Leslie Sansone's 5 Mile Challenge. After a few months of that, I started jogging 30 minutes twice a day. About 7 months into all this, I started watching The Biggest Loser and that show inspired me, really. I bought 4 of their DVDs and 3 DVDs by Jillian Michaels.

My boyfriend purchased for me the Nintendo Wii and I am in love with the Gold's Gym Cardio and My Fitness Coach.

I recently started calorie cycling which seems to be working for me. On my rest day, I take in 1200 calories, on days I do strength training I take in 1600 calories and the other days I take in 1400. I have cut out all fried foods, sweets, junk foods, fast foods, white flour foods, white rice..all the good stuff lol. I eat lean meats, whole grains and lots of fruits and veggies. I also keep a food journal and I make sure I keep track of every morsel I eat. It does help to make yourself accountable for what you eat.

I know this was kinda long and probably confusing and I am sorry, lol.

Just remember, when it all boils down, only YOU can control YOUR life and only YOU can decide what you eat and if you workout. Never give up or stop believing in yourself. WE CAN DO THIS!!!!


Member Since: 11/9/2008

Fitness Minutes: 27,716

My Goals:
To lose weight

Get healthy

Get fit

My Program:
Calorie Counter

Exercise 5 days per week

Personal Information:
Name - Michelle

Location - Upstate NY

Birth place - Blytheville, AR

Age - 37

Hair - Dark brown/black

Eyes - Dark brown

Other Information:

Colors - Red n black

Music - Country

Food - Baked boneless, skinless chicken breast

Drink - Water

TV Show - General Hospital

Movie - Grease

Books - The Thornbirds and Lord of the Flies

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    Way to go on your weight loss journey; keep of the good work!

    Have a great weekend and Merry X-max!

    4416 days ago
  • v DEB2448
    emoticon to the Walking/Leslie Sansone team. Good Luck with your goals. emoticon
    4417 days ago
  • v SUNFLOWER309
    thanks for the goodie! i'm here if you need anything!

    4420 days ago
    Hi Michelle!
    I'm Twilightmom(Ann) from the I Miss My Mom team.
    I'd like to welcome you here, and give you a little introduction. We are a group who have lost our moms and are working together to get through the pain so that our lives will be healthier. We have people in all stages of grief, some recent, some distant; some to acceptance, some still working on it. We encourage posting and blogging and talking about ourselves and our moms, and we give a listening, caring, nonjudgemental ear to all.
    We're glad you decided to join us, and look forward to hearing from you on posts and messages. We love long posts!!
    Don’t forget to add your birthday and special days to our Birthdays to Celebrate thread.
    Why don't you start a thread introducing your self and your mom, it can be as long or as short as you'd like it to be!!
    4421 days ago
    Welcome to the EE team!!

    I’ve belonged to a lot of teams here on spark-- i really do believe that the Emotional Eaters team is one of the very best, it’s a great group of people- very supportive and encouraging-- and it is very refreshing to talk with people who "get" what you're going through!!

    Spark has a lot of great tools, and you will learn which ones work best for you. The best tools are the people tho, always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. That has made a world of difference for me. I hope you have the same success!

    ~~best of luck to you on all of your goals!!!
    4422 days ago
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