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All of this is old - but I'm tired of changing it to say "this is my time".
It's 8/4/15 and I'm 253 lbs. Have 109 lbs to lose.
Here we go again.

Hello!! I'm Emily! I'm 26 years old and I have to lose at least 80 lbs (true goal of 95 lbs). I had previous wrote that it seemed impossible and I was quite pessimistic about it. BUT that has all changed! This site has amazingly motivated me and helped me begin my journey!!

Through this I have learned I hate "exercise" and can find any excuse in the world not to do it. I need to do things that are productive; therefore, my exercise tends to be housecleaning, gardening, yard-work, construction......anything that gets things done!! I sometimes walk my dog, but honestly put that off more than I should. (Update: As of Jan 2011, I purchased an exercise bike and do as much time on it as possible. It's my first real exercise since starting Spark, and is doing the body good!)

From April - Mid-September of 2010 I stopped tracking b/c "I could do it without". I gained 17 pounds back. I can't do this alone. So, I am back here on spark....tracking every "B.L.T." (Bite. Lick. Taste.) as my friend, Nicole called it.

Josh (my husband!!) is eating healthy and counting calories at every meal with me again. He wants to be healthier too and enjoys our better meals, but doesn't want to put much more effort in than that....for now. *Update: he has confessed he loves our new healthy lifestyle and is proud for all of the changes he has made!*

February 2008 Josh and I stopped eating fast food!! Go us!

I'm on the right track! I just have to stick with it to my goal! Go me! Go SparkPeople!!

Update March 2012: Gained all but 3 lbs back (weighing in at 222). I'm back and feeling even worse than I did at my highest weight. I can't start at square one again, it's so hard. But, here I go...
Update March 2013....this is getting old. Still over 200 lbs. I have *GOT* to do something :(

Member Since: 3/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 65,439

My Goals:
Short Term Goal:
Lose the weight 5 lbs at a time.

Medium Term Goal:
Fit into the skinny jeans.

Long Term Goal: Compete in a Triathalon

Non-Weight Related Long Term Goals:

Maintenance Goals:
Be able to go shopping and find clothes that fit.

Understand my body.

Keep The Weight Off

Help others understand the power of Spark!

My Program:
Watching the caloric intake.

Eat Healthy.

Move More!

Drink Water.

Keep active daily on SP!

Personal Information:
I went to school and in 5 years I obtained my Masters of Biology. However, there is no work in my area and I am currently working not-in-field (but desperately searching).

I live with my husband and all of our pets. Two dogs (Jackson, age 6 and Bud, age 12), three cats (Zoie, age 16; and Sherman and Dude, both age 12), one goldfish (Peppy, 8). We also have one "forever foster" catfish named Fritz. We've also fostered several animals and frequently "babysit" pets!
We live in the Erie, PA region.

My pets are my life! If anyone has "furchildren" or "four legged babies" you understand!

Other Information:
Start: 253
250 – Sneakers
245 – Flowers
240 – Sports Bra(s)
235 – Clothes
230 – Go to movies
225 – $25 Amazon Card
220 – Clothes
215 – New PJs
210 - New haircut/style
205 – Clothes
200- 50 lbs! $100 Amazon Gift Card
195- Flowers/Plants
190- Sports Bras
185- Movies
180- Clothes
175 - $25 Amazon
170- Massage
165- Hair cut
160- Bras & Undies
155 - $25 Amazon
150 - Discount Stores Complete Shopping Spree ;)
144 – Cruise!

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    Welcome to SparkPeople and the ErieSparkers. I hope you find everything you are looking for to make your weight loss and healthy living journey a successful one. Come visit our ErieSparkers team page and see what we have to offer ... we will try to support you as much as possible. Join in on our discussion and challenges, and offer any suggestions that you might have. We are looking forward to getting to know you better. Once the Erie weather settles into warmer temps and sunshine we will start up a walking group. If that is something that you might be interested in just let me know. I've been q member for a little over a year and this is the best thing I could have done for myself. I'm losing ... slowly ... but steady, and I'm still going strong. My goal is to lose slowly so I can have all the habits in place for maintaining by the time the excess weight is gone.

    Hope to see you on our team page ...

    co-leader of the ErieSparkers
    4247 days ago
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    Thanks for your wonderful compliment. I've been where you are and I know how easy it is to get pessimistic. Infact when I had joined this site back in October,I used to read all these sparkpages with people saying "If I can do it, so can you!" It always sounded so far fetched and cheesy. And I always had to hold myself back from thinking "Maybe you can but I can't! I don't have your determination and I sure as hell don't have your kind of support
    system. I hate any form of physical activity and I'm thinking about food 24x7"
    But I'm going to say the same thing to you: "If I can, so can you!" And trust me, if you stick with it long enough, you'll be giving
    this sage advice to someone else.
    Losing weight is like being a newbie and getting on a treadmill in a gym. In the beginning you feel awkward; you'll wonder if anyone is looking at you and thinking if this guy/gal can even walk at a moderate pace, let alone run. And as much as you want to prove them wrong, your belief in yourself is just as shaky, if not more.
    But then you get on the treadmill and realize that its not so bad and you might just enjoy it.
    I'm not yet at my goal weight but if it is anything like the feeling I have after I'm done exercising, it'll be awesome!

    I know we all hate changes in life because its so easy to get comfortable with a certain lifestyle, no matter how damaging it is for us. But once that transition is done with, you're in for a treat! Losing weight is not about starving yourself, its about choosing healthier options. Its not about forcing yourself to workout, its about finding a workout you enjoy. Its about re-discovering yourself and loving yourself not only for who you are but who you are going to be. The fact that you are just 21 and you were mature enough to opt for a healthy way to lose weight instead of resorting to fad diets and slimming pills is a big feat in itself.
    Best of luck for your journey! Enjoy every step of it!!
    4247 days ago
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