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Come on, WE CAN and WILL DO THIS!!!!

Hi, my name is Michele and I have had a weight challenge since I was a child. I lost weight and got in shape on accident my freshmen and softmore year of highschool when PE was a required class and loved it! Didn't love PE but loved being thin.

Since then I have gained and lost, mostly gained. I've had many ups and downs over the years, it does get old but I have yet to give up. I've done Nutrisystem, Alli, and other 'diet' pills and such. Spark and my bestfriend have helped to keep me going, to not give up. With my weight gains and losses I have become hypothyroid, have a silent acid reflux (severe cough controlled with Prilosec), did have sleep apnea (which was corrected with surgery), snoring, which has gone away with my weight loss to date, and a naturopath told my my cortisol levels were out of control and that I was hypoglycemic too. I am hoping with weight loss and healthy diet and exercise to get all these in check, the only med I should need is for the hypothyroid as I guess that never gets better. Should be even able to stop taking my anxiety med.

November 2009 I had 60 pounds to lose, lost 10 or so through May of 2010, quite the struggle, constantly working out and some healthy eating but could never seem to get it. I went to a nutritionist (to get the acid reflux in check) in April who helped me set up a better nutrition plan and I lost 5 pounds, then in mid May I started a dedicated program with the help of HCG drops.. I was skeptical at first, really didn't think I could do it, but I have. I have lost almost 30 pounds so far and am within reaching distance of my goal to be a size 8 again (was there once and LOVED it!) I am aiming to reach my goals, to be fit, trim, healthier, and happy. The BIG challenge will be to keep my weight off and stay at goal. I'm already planning for that, all my friends and family know what I have been doing. Between them and my true desire to be thin and happy I will stay a size 8!

I love to read, we go camping and do some dirtbike riding, am somewhat hooked on Facebook, and truly want to get back to my happy weight. To feel happy and carefree, to be me. It's been a long battle/challenge, yo-yo since I was 10 years old. I've let the shy kid go, was thin for a short time in my late teens and mid twenties. I am over 40 now but do not feel like it, I know I can get my body back to where I like it.

So come on, join me and let's do this! And do it together!!!! Let's get past our challenges and conquer them.

9/23/10 - I'm almost truely there, a size 10 with just a couple of more outfits to fit into. A size 8 doesn't seem realistic, I am happy and satisfied at a size 10. It's an amazing feeling to do this, so keep at it, don't give up, YOU can do this, you really can.

Member Since: 11/15/2009

My Goals:
To get back to the old me, I have a outfit picked out for my goal fit, I'll see what the scale is then, I have a number in mind but that could change depending on my body shape and size.

My Program:
Workout - 5 x a week
bicycling, walk/run, wii fit, workout dvd's...Jillian Michaels

Support - my best friend and workout partner

Personal Information:
I live in Tacoma, WA and have been married for over 20 years, I have a beautiful and wonderful daughter.

I like to camp, would love to start hiking, and love to read.

One of my goals has always been to rock climb, maybe I'll actually do it.

Other Information:
I love the supernatural shows, ghostly things and absolutely love to read Laurell Hamilton's vampire series.

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    Thank you :) It's been wonderful.

    Eating off track, feel so puffed up from eating out etc. Need to get back on track. Especially when I have just been losing again. Had come back to Spark to be accountable and challenge myself. I joined a challenge and then they cancelled it LOL!

    You my dear look amazing...look so happy and I am thrilled for you. Past time for me to get back to that happy spot!!!!

    3807 days ago
    Hey Friend,
    I'm finally doing better. Have been working out for a month and getting my eating under control. Feeling results...haven't weighed. Will find out next doctor appt. You look amazing and I am so happy for you.
    I am SO ready to get back to where I was 2 years ago! Right now thankful for the little improvements :) Deb
    3945 days ago
    Time for me to get past my challenges and make something happen. I'm not very happy with myself right now and am ready to take back ME. I didn't k now you were hypothyroid DID I? I didn't remember, finally I am closest to feeling better. I really hit rock bottom and am ready to climb back and WIN.

    Glad your doing so well, and I can still recall how wonderful that feels and it has me drooling to feel that way again.
    :) Deb
    4055 days ago
    ......oooO................ These are our
    .....(....)................... footprints walking
    ......)../....Oooo....... the right path!
    ................\..).......... Actually I stole it from
    .................\_)....... one of my comments!

    ......oooO................ It was just too cute!
    ......)../....Oooo...... And fitting!
    ................\..)........ Much love, Marse

    4139 days ago
    Working on getting my inner harmony back and doing all the steps to weight loss. It's been very rough with the thyroid but this too shall pass and feeling good about 2010.
    Happy New Year! Good health and happiness, Deb
    4228 days ago