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***I've lost 100 pounds & love to "pay it forward", but, I have a new baby, (4 kids, total), I homeschool and don't have time to write my life's story over and over... if you need specific pointers, email me... I love to help! Read on below if you want to know how I did it. :)

I've lost 102 pounds. It can be done. It just takes work and cutting out self-sabotaging excuses!
How did I do it? It took 3 years and LOTS of mistakes. I wish I had found Spark People a long time ago!
I lost my 1st 30 by simply giving up Dr. Peppers. That's it. I switched to diet... which, is a whole other story in health issues... but, it got me started. I realized I was drinking my daily allotment of calories in soda per day... no wonder I got fat!

Once I lost 30 pounds without trying, I thought it would be super easy. I lost 56 by going on the Atkins diet. I felt like crap the entire time, and didn't even have the energy to exercise. But, it did curb my cravings for carbs and sugar. It made it where sugar makes me sick to my stomach... so, that was progress. I would NEVER recommend you go on this diet.

I went off of Atkins, and gained the Atkins 56 back within a year. I KNEW the entire time I was on Atkins, that it was not the best for me. It never made sense to me that you could eat eggs, meat, and cheese while cutting out most veggies & fruits and whole grains... I DID try to do it healthy, where I'd eat salads, low-fat meats and cheeses... but, I felt terrible the entire time... skinnier, but terrible.

After the Atkins disaster, I really studied up on healthy foods... Instead of focusing on losing weight, I tried eating better. I discovered whole grains and veggies that I hadn't ever heard of. I gave up white bread & rice. I slowly lost a little weight, and within a year my net weight loss was back to 70 pounds total.

It wasn't until I had a miscarriage July of 2008 that I began to understand how my reckless treatment of my body could have led to miscarrying.

Before Spark People, my idea of working out was gardening or housecleaning. I FINALLY realized how calories worked. It took me 32 years to "get it", but now I do. I eat healthfully, and do not "deprive" myself anymore. I look at my calories like a bank account. I "budget" for splurge foods, and usually wind up not enjoying "junk" foods as much as I thought I would.

It feels good to be healthy, and beneath my high school weight (by 2 lbs, but, still!) I haven't been so low on the scale in 9 years!

The 38 pounds I have lost since joining Spark People have been the hardest earned pounds in this entire journey. I have sweated them out, and have been slightly neurotic about counting the calories I put into my body... but, it has been a journey of self-discovery.

I NEVER made exercising a priority in my "past life". In my new life, I do not make excuses. I make time for exercise. I have found that challenging myself, while tough, makes me realize how much I am capable of. I accredit Jillian Michael's workouts to "kicking my ass" into high gear... She made me not want to give up, and made me work harder when I wanted to give up by saying things like, "You don't run a race and get close to the finish line and quit." I am so close to the finish line... 10-15 more pounds to go... (I'll know when I get there. My goal is to be able to wear a bathing suit at a pool and not feel uncomfortable. I want to go shopping, and be able to grab clothes off the rack without wondering how fat my butt looks...)

I no longer fear getting fat again once I am "off this diet" because
I didn't "diet" this time around. I changed my relationship with food... I took a 6 month hiatus from SP, and only gained 6 lbs. In my past life, I would have gained it all back.

I realized that exercise can be fun and challenging.

My husband inspired me by starting a running regimen. I thought I was "in shape" until I tried running with him... My new goal is to be able to run 5 miles without stopping and gasping for air. Not sure when I will get there, but I'll do it. :)

I realized, that eating less and moving more is really the only way to "win" the battle of the bulge. :)

If you want any help or advice, just email me!

*~*~**~ Update- August 2015 ~*~*~*
Keeping it real....After having two kids in the past few years, my net weight loss is 65 lbs... Working on losing 35 so I can be @ 100 pounds lost again :) The babies were worth it, but it's a bit harder to lose the weight than I remember....

Member Since: 7/30/2008

Fitness Minutes: 24,708

My Goals:
I gained 50 lbs with my fourth pregnancy. At 9 months postpartum, I am still up 14 pounds. 26 from my "lost 100 pounds" weight. I want to get back to that weight. (On the bright side, I am 6 pounds from my marriage weight... Little goals, rather than looking at the work ahead helps...)

My Program:
Working out 5 days a week to Jillian Michaels after I drop off my big girl at school. Walking 30-45 minutes on the weekends and counting calories while nursing a baby. :)

Personal Information:
Wife and Mama to four lovely girls. I am working off the baby weight so I can be back at my "I lost 100 pounds" weight.

Other Information:
I love Bob Dylan, art, my chickens, veggie gardening, writing, and my family. :)

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  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon The Motivator of the Day.

    It looks like it has been a long time since anyone posted on your page. I hope you are keep the pounds off.
    849 days ago
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    849 days ago
    emoticon Congrats on being Motivator of the Day!
    849 days ago
  • v NIKKIV2
    Well I haven't been doing too well lately but am giving myself till Monday to get all the kinks worked out and then back to the gym I go! I have gotten back on track with my eating for the most part again so the next step is the fitness. How are you doing? Are you staying in your weight gain that you set for yourself? Hope to hear from you soon!
    2942 days ago
  • v NIKKIV2
    Congrats on expecting baby #4! How exciting! I miss those baby days but not enough to want to start over My youngest is 3 1/2 now and a TOTAL handful! Wouldn't change her for the world but it is now my time to focus on me and take care of myself so I am better for my kids. Keep up the good work on watching your weight gain and hope all goes smoothly for you! Hope to see some belly pics soon too!
    2991 days ago
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