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Before and Now Comparison April 2010 (90 lbs Done!) Same exact outfit!

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Can you say determined? My best advice, never, ever, give up!

Starting Weight: 343 BMI 53.7 1/01/2009
Current Weight: 196 BMI ? 10/18/2013
Goal Weight: 175

To me this journey has always been about more than just losing weight. Being skinny was never the goal. Being healthy and having the opportunity to live a longer, happier life has been my main focus. I have set many other life goals that have nothing to do with the number on a scale or how many miles I can walk or what size jeans I can fit into.

Hello, My name is Christine. It has taken so long to finally get to that mental breaking point to "just do it!" But I have, finally! (It seems those 193 extra pounds were not the camera just making me look big.) Getting up off my fluffy butt and just doing it, was the hardest thing for me to do. I really did not understand why either. Believe me...I was very fed up, unhappy and miserable. I knew my health was at risk. My clothes just kept getting tighter and tighter. I started to notice I was seriously avoiding leaving the house. I had fear-
- if we went out to eat, would I be able to fit into the booth? (I always picked a place with pull out chairs.)
-if I flew on the plane, was I going to fit into the seat? Would I be able to buckle my seat belt? I'd totally die if I had to ask for an extender (I almost did not go to see my family this past Christmas because of it.)
-fear running into my daughters friends when we were out shopping. (I don't want them to make fun of her and the fact her mother is very "fluffy".)

Something was holding me back...I just kept eating like I could eat anything in the world, acting like my growing thighs, arms and stomach did not bother me. In reality, I spent hours sitting on my butt, dreaming of being healthier and thinner.


I am so done!

Done hiding in the house!
Done not being able to cross my legs, like a lady.
Done putting off things until I am "skinny".
Done buying plus size clothes.
Done with plus size clothes not even fitting right.
Done making excuses!
Done with putting everyone else before me and my health.
Done feeling like I am going to burst right out of my clothes.
Done with the rolls of fat that have developed.
Done with feeling miserable and mean, all the time.
Done wearing black everyday (because it slims, yeah right! Can't hide 300 lbs honey.)
Done with hearing "you have such a pretty face, if only you were smaller."
Done being out of breathe, back and feet hurting after walking around the block (I'm 35, not 95 sheesh).
Done looking into the mirror and not recognizing the person starring back at me!
Done not having the outside, match who is on the inside!

So here I am....just doing it. Taking it one day at a time.

Everyday is a new beginning that I am grateful for. No more waiting for a magical number to appear on the scale- everyday from this point forward I will "Live Each Day with Meaning and Purpose!"

I weigh myself every week, but remove the weekly weigh in at the end of the month to conserve space.

1/01/09 343 Start
2/01/09 319 January -24 lbs
3/01/09 309 February -10 lbs
3/29/09 303 March -6 lbs
4/26/09 307 April +4 lbs
5/02/09 307 Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!
5/31/09 302 May -5 lbs
6/02/09 300 Woo Hoo!
6/30/09 304 June +2 lbs
7/22/09 304 July 0 lbs
9/23/09 317 Sept +13 lbs
10/23/09 322 October +5 lbs
12/28/09 304 December -8 lbs
01/28/10 289 January -15
03/02/10 272 February 17 lbs
03/29/10 262 March 10 lbs
05/04/10 253 April 9 lbs
06/04/10 244 May 9 lbs
06/29/10 242 June 2 lbs
07/29/10 234 July -8 lbs
09/01/10 231 August -3 lbs
09/28/10 226 Sept - 5 lbs
11/02/10 226 Oct- 0 lbs lost
12/03/10 220 Nov -6 lbs lost
01/06/11 219 Dec -1 lb
01/18/11 219 +3
02/03/11 208 Jan -11 lbs
03/04/11 212 Feb +4
03/09/11 215 +3
03/18/11 212 -3
03/27/11 209 -3
04/03/11 205 March -7 lbs
05/10/11 212 April +7 lbs
06/18/11 212 May 0
07/02/11 210 June -2

10/01/13 204
10/07/13 198
10/18/13 196

Member Since: 1/31/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,626

My Goals:
My health has become my number one priority!


Make healthy choices and decisions as much as possible. Persistence not perfection!

Eliminate my my newly developed diabetes. Done 4/15/2010

Reduce my bad cholesterol, increase the good.

Eliminate newly developed pre hypertension.

As for weight, my goal is not a magical number. Having a normal BMI would be great. I would be happy a size 12. Started this journey at size 30w. 4/16/2010 currently a size 20w.

I would love to just be me again :)

My Program:
Cardio-Walking at least 4x's a week.

Yoga 3-4x's a week.

Move, move, move. Get off the couch and computer and move!

Calorie Range:

Limit carbs to 80 grams a day, get at least 80 grams of protein a day.

Vitamins everyday!

Logging on everyday and track, track, track!!!!

Personal Information:
Currently residing in Sunny Florida.

Single mom of 16 year old girl (oh the hormones-yikes! convinced this is the source of my gray hair) :)

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