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July 2008, I was at my highest weight of 330 pounds. I was on medication for high blood pressure, my blood sugar levels were elevated and I could barely walk from one room to another. I decided enough was enough and I was tired of living my life this way, if you can even call it living. I had struggled with my weight most of life. I've always used food as rewards, treats and comfort for as long as I can remember. It all spiraled out of control and got worse when my husband of 10 years passed in 1999 then in 2005 I found my momma dead then a year later my daddy passed. I am not saying these are valid reasons for putting on so much weight but they are the reasons I turned to food so much. In 2003, I met a guy on the internet. For 5 years we were in a "relationship" but I was lying to him by sending fake pictures but in July 2008 he was tired of sitting in NY alone while I was in Tennessee and he decided to drive the 1800 miles to get me to move in with him. Before he got to Tennessee, I did send him a pic of the real me, all 330 pounds, believing he would drive back to NY and never talk to me again but I was wrong. He said he loves me and he was still coming to get me and he did.

July 21, 2008 is when I started changing my eating habits. I went from 4500 calories a day to about 1000, Yes, I was still learning (and still am) so I was under the belief that less was best when it came to food. Within a few months, I had lost 70 pounds. I was ecstatic. My fitness routine started as 5 minutes of walking in place a day. I gradually worked up to using Leslie Sansone's 5 Mile Challenge. After a few months of that, I started jogging 30 minutes twice a day. About 7 months into all this, I started watching The Biggest Loser and that show inspired me, really. I bought 4 of their DVDs and 3 DVDs by Jillian Michaels.

My boyfriend purchased for me the Nintendo Wii and I am in love with the Gold's Gym Cardio and My Fitness Coach.

I recently started calorie cycling which seems to be working for me. On my rest day, I take in 1200 calories, on days I do strength training I take in 1600 calories and the other days I take in 1400. I have cut out all fried foods, sweets, junk foods, fast foods, white flour foods, white rice..all the good stuff lol. I eat lean meats, whole grains and lots of fruits and veggies. I also keep a food journal and I make sure I keep track of every morsel I eat. It does help to make yourself accountable for what you eat.

I know this was kinda long and probably confusing and I am sorry, lol.

Just remember, when it all boils down, only YOU can control YOUR life and only YOU can decide what you eat and if you workout. Never give up or stop believing in yourself. WE CAN DO THIS!!!!


Member Since: 11/9/2008

Fitness Minutes: 27,716

My Goals:
To lose weight

Get healthy

Get fit

My Program:
Calorie Counter

Exercise 5 days per week

Personal Information:
Name - Michelle

Location - Upstate NY

Birth place - Blytheville, AR

Age - 37

Hair - Dark brown/black

Eyes - Dark brown

Other Information:

Colors - Red n black

Music - Country

Food - Baked boneless, skinless chicken breast

Drink - Water

TV Show - General Hospital

Movie - Grease

Books - The Thornbirds and Lord of the Flies

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    Wow! I want to say so much more, but I am still stumbling over Wow! I was reading your story and tears came to my eyes; happy tears. All to well I understood all the deaths you lived through. It is hard to pick up the pieces and move forward, but you and I are proof it does happen.

    I never had problems with weight until after my second son was born; since then it has been a struggle for me. I went from eating whatever I wanted and never gaining weight to if I looked at food I would gain weight (well it felt that way).

    I was always very athletic and on the go. I dealt with depression and extreme anxiety and shut down. When thoughts of suicide started presenting more and more, I knew I had to make changes, I did not want to die and i definitely did not want my children to grow up feeling they were not enough to live for; these were my feelings as a child when my mother took her life at age 35. My older sister took her own life 18 years later at age 34; I felt like I died with her (we were really close).

    In 2000, I left my husband so that I could learn about who I was and how to take back control of my life; I was not going to let depression rule my life and I certainly was not going to take my own life.

    So here I am 11 years later, I now have three degrees (AA, BA and MA) all in mental health. I now work as a therapist with high risk children and adults teaching them how to take back their lives and live a mentally healthier life.

    I feel like I know who I am now and achieving goals. The past several years I have been on all kinds of diets, pills, fads, gyms, trainers, etc. I've built a lot of muscles (I think my body remembered) but I still struggle with the fat the covers my beautiful muscles. Each time I get frustrated I remind myself.... "Okay, this isn't working, switch it up!" Something is going to work. I have started resistant training and I am starting to see my body reshaping... who ever would have thought! I'm pleased and try to just do the workouts, have healthier choices in food selections and not focus so much on the scale.... the numbers freak me out.

    So here's to my continued journey. Keep telling your story; it's inspirational and motivating.
    3606 days ago
  • v no profile image NANABERNINA
    Congratulations on your success. You are an inspiration!
    3640 days ago
    Hello friend! Just stopping by to wish you a blessed Easter weekend! Remember - it's just ONE day, so let's focus hard on staying on program, okay? WE CAN DO THIS! Don't let the chocolate bunnies win! LOL


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    3706 days ago
  • v no profile image ONYX6523
    What a wonderful job you've done!

    3749 days ago
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    Just stopping by to say I hope you have a happy weekend full of healthy choices and smiles! Never forget - "If it is to be, it's up to me"! We can do this!

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    3762 days ago
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