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August, 2009 about 6 weeks before joining SparkPeople. I dreaded photos that caught me like this.

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Sep 6, 2009: 192 Pounds Age 25. So little energy, so little motivation.

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Thanksgiving, 2009. 18 pounds down and wearing clothes I never thought I could!

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I can't believe the progress I've made since I've joined SparkPeople. One reason I never tried to lose weight before was because I was afraid it wasn't possible! Now I know it IS possible and AMAZING.

But losing weight wasn't my only problem, as I've recently discovered. I need to work on losing my old LIFESTYLE. Out with the "only exercising once a week" lethargy. Out with the "eating and drinking till I bust" mentality.

And especially, OUT with the "I can slack off some weeks if I work really hard at it other weeks". Pretty soon those weeks will turn into months, years, and so on...

So here's to the rest of my life! It's gonna be a good one.


Here's what I wrote when I first joined in September, 2009. I want to keep it in order to remind myself where I came from:

The other day I was minding my own business at work, doing my normal day-to-day tasks, when something clicked. It was like a lightbulb went off in my brain and I knew that it was time to start making a concerted effort to lose weight.

I have been occasionally accepting, delusional, ambivalent, or disgusted by my current body. I'm 25 years old, and after steadily gaining weight over the past few years I've decided that I need to reverse that trend now. No more putting it off, no more pretending that it'll be easier later, no more excuses. I used to think "I'll get there someday, in my own good time". Well, it's been time to do something about it for a while now, and I'm finally ready.

It certainly took me long enough!!!

Member Since: 9/22/2009

Fitness Minutes: 16,264

My Goals:
I want to get into a "Normal" BMI Range and a Healthy Body Fat Percentage.

I would also like to have more energy, endurance, and overall motivation to be active, and a better self-image along with all of those.

I want to drink less. I have a lot of difficulties ahead of me, and drinking is not going to make them any easier.

My Program:
I'm working on developing good habits: exercise, portion control, and ignoring the unhealthy impulses. I want exercise to no longer be a chore. I want portion control to not feel like starvation. I want my healthy choices to be the norm, not the rarity.

Personal Information:
I will be taking the MCAT on March 24th, so I've got a lot of studying to do until then. Wish me luck!

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  • v MARITA_58
    Hi! I wanted to send you a message after seeing your blog, thank you for your honesty and hope!!!!
    I am struggling to return to my weight, right now I am 70kgs and I used to be 58.
    But I will get there
    Thank you and hang on!!!
    3814 days ago

    I just read your comment about gaining a "can do' attitude on the hot topics board this morning, and that's exactly how I feel. so I thought I'd come to your page and see what your site is like. Just wanted to say "good for you" in all that you've accomplished. My daughter will be in Cambridge in the fall, a freshmen at Leslie this year. And I've been a nurse for 30 years. It
    s a good profession in that you can do anything you want with it really. But this whole "can do" attitude is what caught my attention, that you don't wait for the fun to come ot you anymore. Yesterday I went biking with my dd and we passed a mountiain stream on the side of the bike path. NOrmally I would ahve just passed it and not given it a second thought, but this time my dd and I just looked at each other and thought the same thing at the same time-- why no? So we went into this beautiful clear stream in all our clothes, and I taught her how to skip rocks along the water. It was one of the best days I've ever had and a memory for her I'm sure.

    Things like that just did't happen before I joined this site. I'm almost double your age and it's finally happening to me, so I'm happpy for you that you're not waiting to be as old as I am to live your life to the fullest.

    Have a great day, Trish
    4033 days ago
  • v JPVALPO24
    stopping by to say hello and I hope that life is treating you well! emoticon
    4116 days ago
  • v MAGPIE17
    Thanks for your comments on my blogs! I'm definitely working on those trouble areas - here's hoping for at least 7 hours of sleep tonight! Thanks for the link to the article on improving running...I will definitely read it!

    Have a good night!


    4132 days ago
  • v JPVALPO24
    wanted to stop by and tell you how great you are doing! Keep up the good work, you look awesome! emoticon
    4133 days ago
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