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Tailgating with my mom, September 2011, 50 lbs lost

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Costa Rica, January 2007 -- at or near my largest, probably in the 240-250 range

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Summer 2011:
I've been heavy all my life. Or so I thought; my parents always commented I needed to watch what I ate, and a while ago I saw some photos of me from high school. While I was heavier than all the stick-thin students, I looked fine.

I gained weight in college, then after college, then after I started dating my now husband, then a little more after we got married. He was a skinny-mini, but I fixed that -- he gained about 50-60 lbs. after we got together. (We've been together 15 years).

In 2009, at my highest weight of 246, I started Weight Watchers. Hubby joined. We're foodies and like cocktails, and travel and culture, and entertaining. We don't do fake fat or fake sugar -- we're just reducing portion sizes and increasing our fruit/veggie intake (and increasing our activity). By last spring, hubby had lost 45 lbs (he's since found about 15 of those, so he's gotta get those off, and he'd like to lose an additional 5-10. In December of last year, I hit the 50 lbs. mark -- need to lose another 45-50.

We travel a ton, and don't limit our food when we're in another part of the world. We want to truly savor that other locale, including food, drink, history, language and culture. We try to eat very mindfully, increase our activity, and plan to take off any gains when we return to our daily lives.

All in all, we've been very successful! We've done it very slowly, and the habits seem to be sticking. I've gone off the plan for a few months at a time, and the most I've ever gained back is 9 lbs.

My goal for 2011 is to take another 25-30 pounds off -- we have a Caribbean cruise scheduled for December, and I'd like to feel better in my (much smaller?) bathing suit when I'm out snorkeling!

2009 -- Starting
I'm trying to get healthier and would love to have more energy -- I've put on too many pounds since high school and would like to get back into the active habits I once had -- and even be more active than I was.

After years of thinking about taking action yet doing nothing different, my job's health plan recently added Weight Watchers memberships free for employees. I went to my initial meeting on 1/22/09 and weighed in at 246.2. With my husband following the program with me (he's hoping to go from 235 to 180 -- he's 6'2") we're hoping to reach our 10% goals (lose 10% of our weight -- 24.6 lbs for me, 23.5 lbs for him) by the time we go on a cruise at the beginning of May.

Member Since: 2/5/2008

Fitness Minutes: 14,314

My Goals:
SW: 246.2
Ultimate goal: 154 lbs.

Mini goals:
235 by 3/12/09 reached 3/5/09
229 by 4/2/09 reached 4/2/09
225.5 by 4/23/09 reached 4/30/09
222.2 by 7/9/09 reached 7/23/09
217 by 8/27/09 reached 8/27/09
215 by 9/17/09 reached 10/1/09
210 by 10/22/09 reached 11/5/09
205 by 3/25/10 reached 3/25/10
200 by 9/30/10 reached 10/7/10
195 by 11/18/10 reached 12/16/10
190 by 2/9/12 reached 3/29/12
185 by 3/15/12 reached 1/31/13
180 by 3/14/13 reached 3/21/13
175 by 5/2/13
170 by 9/5/13
165 by 11/7/13
160 by 12/26/13

My Program:
Weight Watchers PointsPlus program as of December 2010 (started in January 2009 with the Weight Watchers Momentum program), but using no sugar substitutes and not relying on non-fat or low fat items. Basically, I want to continue eating what I always have, but in more sensible portions in addition to increasing fruit & vegetable intake and increasing (adding!) exercise.

Personal Information:
Hometown: Hillsboro, Oregon
Living in Rock Creek neighborhood just West of Portland, Oregon

Other Information:
Love to travel, travel, travel.
Also a book-lover (fiction, especially mysteries), crafts (crochet, card-making), cooker

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    Thank you! I'm adjusting to motherhood quite well, I think. I'm already back to tracking. So, how're you?
    2822 days ago
    Well, to me, 12/14 does seem like the perfect size! I totally understand why you're happy that you get to shop in regular stores. I would love to be able to walk into any store and buy anything I like. Plus, like you, many of my family members and friends are obese so I feel especially thin next to some of them. I guess that's why I didn't try to lose weight sooner - I always felt comfortable being fat because it's how I grew up and that's the only way I know how to be.

    I think I shop pretty well for my body. I try on the crazy things, but if it doesn't fit 100% perfectly, I don't buy it. Believe me, I didn't actually BUY the corset top and skirt. Oh, lord, no. I love to shop, so I don't just go in and pull something off the rack and get it. I could shop every weekend...I window shop, look for sales...and I only buy things when it's the combination of "fits perfectly" and "fits my budget".

    3251 days ago
    I love that you understand my glee. It's so nice to look at yourself in the mirror and forget that it's you! I guess it's my brain expecting to see the old freaks me out sometimes.
    3251 days ago
    Sweet! Join in the PR convos anytime. Glad to hear you love Zumba. I did feel better after Zumba, but I found out it was just the beginning of a cold.
    3328 days ago
    Zumba has changed my life. I have never before actually ENJOYED exercise. I look forward to those classes. I want to go every single day but my body can't handle it! The best thing I ever did for my fitness was to get over being self-conscious and go to that class.
    3334 days ago
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