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Hi, My name is Melissa. I'm mom to three daughters and wife to my husband of over 19 years.

How did I get here? Not really sure, I was very active as a pre-teen was in dance and gymnastics and on the swim team. Was a very fit little girl. When I turned 13, I hurt my knee trying to do a back walkover and pretty much didn't get off the couch after that. I started ballooning and didn't stop for a long, long time. My highest weight was right about 250. My knee did stop hurting, but I never really started moving again. Being overweight in high school was hard. I didn't go to prom, something I will forever regret. I missed out on so much because I had no self esteem. I really regret throwing away my youth being miserable. The solution was so simple.

What was my breaking point? Well it wasn't just an all of a sudden thing, but a gradual peak. I remember driving home from a huge steakhouse dinner on Mother's Day, 5/10/09 and thinking, this is ridiculous. I can't keep doing this. My husband and I started talking about Christmas, and I said I didn't want to watch another Christmas home video and cringe watching my big butt float around. That night when we got home, I walked 2 miles. From that point on, I decided to get serious. I found sparkpeople by accident really, somebody mentioned it on The Biggest Loser message boards and I decided to check it out. My life has been changed ever since. I started logging my food immediately and was astounded. Simply awe-struck at what I was doing. Spark gave me a range, and I had no clue how badly I had been going over that range. The answer was right there. I started walking 2 miles a night and increased to about 3 gradually. We bought an elliptical and I added in elliptical cardio as well.

Around mid-July 2009 I started the C25K program and it has really changed my whole life. It's not easy for me, I won't lie, but I feel such a sense of accomplishment completing each of the weeks. I never thought I could run, and here I am, running 3 times a week! I've always had a very high respect for joggers/runners. It's something you really have to work at, they have an elite status in my humble opinion. I want to join their club ;)

I also suffer from PCOS which makes it more difficult to lose weight. I feel a determination that I've never felt before. It's actually working!

I'm done being the chubby friend, that makes everybody laugh. I'm done being the biggest woman in the room. I want to be hot friend for once in my life. I want to turn some heads. I want to feel good and look good. This is for me. I've spent many years making everybody else happy. Now is my time. I will make time for myself, I deserve it. My health deserves priority. I will not feel guilty by taking the time to commit to this. Welcome to the new Melissa. Strap on your seatbelts, it's going to be a wild ride!

In 2009/2010 I lost over 60 pounds bringing my lowest recorded weight to 178. Then I have no idea what happened but I just stopped. I could try to blame the MRSA infection on my abdomen that required three surgeries but that was only about six weeks worth of excuses. Apparently I gave up again. As of 2012, I am trying to get back on track. See full progress from the beginning below.

STARTED AT 244 ON 5/10/09
5/31 (GOAL 238) 231
6/7 (GOAL 229) 227 (-4.0)
6/14 (GOAL 225) 225.2 (-1.8)
6/21 (GOAL 223) 222.4 (-2.8)
6/28 (GOAL 220) 220.4 (-2.0)
7/5 (GOAL 218) 219 (-1.4)
7/12 (GOAL 217) 214.2 (-4.8) Woot!
7/19 (GOAL 212) 214.4 :/(+0.2) Figures :)
7/26 (GOAL 212) 209.8 (-4.6) Thank you C25K!
8/2 (GOAL 208) 208.6 (-1.2) **
8/9 (GOAL 206) 206.6 (-2)
8/14 (GOAL 204) 205.2 (-1.4)
8/21 (GOAL 203) 204.2 (-1) ????
8/28 (GOAL 202) 202 (-2.2)
9/4 (GOAL 200) 203 (+1) argggh wth?
9/11 (GOAL 201) 200.4 (-2.6) FINALLY
9/18 (GOAL 198) 198.2 (-2.2) woohoo
9/25 (GOAL 196) 195.8 (-2.4) Yes!
10/2 (GOAL 194) 194 (-1.8) ** 50 POUNDS LOST!
10/9 (GOAL 192) 192 (-2)
10/17 (GOAL 190) 190.6 (-1.4)
10/24 (GOAL 188) 189.6 (-1) **
10/31 (GOAL 187) 187 (-2.6) woohoo!
11/7 (GOAL 185) 183.8 (-3.2) ohhh heck yeah! (60 POUNDS LOST)
11/14 (GOAL 182) 182.6 (-1.2) **
11/21 (GOAL 180) 181.6 (-1)
11/28 (GOAL 180) 182.0 (+.4) aRGHH
12/5 (GOAL 180) 177.2 (-4.8) Wooohoo!
***Got a little sidetracked with the holidays, don't even ask :) ***
1/16/10 (GOAL 180) 180.6
1/23/10 (GOAL 178)

1/20/12 238
1/27/12 (GOAL 236) 234 (-4)
2/3/12 (GOAL 232) 232.4 (-1.6)
3/30/12 (GOAL 222) 222.2 (-10.2)
4/6/12 (GOAL 220.2) 216.8 (-5.4)
4/13/12 (GOAL 214.8) 213.4 (-3.4)
4/20/12 (GOAL 211.4) 210.4 (-3)
4/27/12 (GOAL 208.4) 209.2 (-1.2)
5/4/12 (GOAL 207.2) 206.4 (-2.8) Thanks!
5/11/12 (GOAL 204.4) 204.8 (-1.6)
5/18/12 (GOAL 202.8) 202.2 (-2.6) Yay! 35 Pounds Lost!
5/25/12 (GOAL 200.2) 200.0 (-2.2) Close to Onederland!
6/1/12 (GOAL 198.0) 198.6 (-1.4) **ONEDERLAND!
6/8/12 (GOAL 196.6) 196.8 (-1.8) 40 Pounds Lost!
6/15/12 (GOAL 194.8) 195.4 (-1.4) looking for a -2 soon!
6/22/12 (GOAL 193.4) 193.4 (-2.0) right on target!
6/29/12 (GOAL 191.4) 192.8 (-.6) a loss is a loss is a loss
7/6/12 (GOAL 190.8) 194.2 (+1.4) Not good!
7/13/12 (GOAL 192.2) 190.8 (-3.4) Much better :)
7/20/12 (GOAL 188.8) 193.2 (+2.4) Gahhhh Camping!
7/27/12 (GOAL 191.2) 191.4 (-1.8) Bring on the 180's soon!
8/3/12 (GOAL 189.4) 189.8 (-1.6) Yay 180's!
8/10/12 (GOAL 187.8) 188.2 (-1.6) Progress! 50# GONE!
8/17/12 (GOAL 186.2) 189.2 (+1)
8/24/12 (GOAL 187.2)

---Back at it! Restart at 268.8
9/14/18 264.8
9/21/18 (GOAL 262.8) 259.8 (-5)
9/28/18 (GOAL 257.8) 257 (-2.8)
10/5/18 (GOAL 255) 252.4 (-4.6) wow!
10/12/18 (GOAL 250.4) 250.2 (-2.2)
10/17/18 (GOAL 248.2) 247.6 (-26)
11/7/18 (GOAL 245.6) 243.8 (-3.8) 25# GONE!
11/14/18 (GOAL 241.6) 240.8 (-3)
11/21/18 (GOAL 238.8) 237.8 (-3)
11/28/18 (GOAL 235.8) 238.4 (+0.6) whoops
12/5/18 (GOAL 236.4) 234.4 (-4.0)
12/12/18 (GOAL 232.4) 233 (-1.4) 35# GONE!
12/19/18 (GOAL 231)
01/23/19 (GOAL 227) 226.4 (-2.6)
01/30/19 (GOAL 224.4) 224 (-2.4)
02/06/19 (GOAL 222)

Member Since: 5/11/2009

Fitness Minutes: 73,744

My Goals:
My goal is look good in shorts!!!! That is my total motivation right now. When I'm doing cardio, I'd like to wear a pair of shorts and a tank top and not feel gross and disgusting and like everyone is staring at me. Now when I get down to my goal weight, if they want to stare then, that's fine :) I haven't worn a pair of shorts in public since, oh, 1994? It's time.

My Program:
I am a two-time graduate of the C25K program. M-W-F at 5am I do my "running." As of 4/9/12 I did run a complete 5k without stopping which was the first time doing that in years. Currently running close to 4 miles at a time on my running days. On Tu-Th mornings at 5am, I walk for 45-60 minutes. On Tu-Thu lunch breaks, I go to spin class. Sat and Sun I usually rest, sometimes just some walking.

Personal Information:
I am from southwest Iowa. Wife, mother, daughter. I work full time outside the home.

Other Information:
unless you faint, puke or die - keep walking!!
-Jillian Michaels

I may be butchering this, but I read somewhere here that someone wrote, "I can't lose 100 pounds, but I can lose 5 pounds 20 times."

If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.

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    1996 days ago
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    1996 days ago
    Happy Birthday Done Girl!! I hope you have a fantastic day!!

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