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I started this journey a very obese 266 pounds on a small 5'4 frame, so out of shape my legs ached when I walked. Walking up one flight of stairs would wind me and god forbid if I had to tie my shoes. Clothes shopping was devastating because I couldn't reconcile that I had to buy a size 16, 18, 20, 22, 24.... And dating? All the normal activities of a woman in her twenties? My couch was more often than not my Friday/Saturday night date. I was very sad and very lonely but I couldn't deal with it so I found my comfort in food. And food was my best friend, my comfort, my lover, my happiness. A couple of times I decided I had to lose weight and would exercise sporadically and lose 30 pounds, gain 10 back, lose 20, gain 5 back. I was 250 when I joined Sparkpeople.

The initial catalyst that started to change my life was my brother's wedding. It was November 2005 and the wedding was in April 2006. I was going to do a reading at the wedding and the thought of standing in front of a room and all those eyes on me made me sick to my stomach. But I had to do it, I couldn't call in fat, this was my big brother's wedding!

I had also joined a gym months before that and had gone sporadically and then not at all for 2 months. I received a card in the mail that said we miss you, here's 2 free personal training sessions. I tucked it in my gym bag, where it stayed for weeks, until I finally went to the gym. After my work-out I brought it to the desk and met Jim who would become my personal trainer, cheerleader and friend. We had our first two sessions, which were humiliating for me because I was so out of shape but I decided to stick with it with dreams of a cute dress for my brother's wedding in my head. 5 months later I had lost 30 pounds and was determined to lose more.

I eventually lost 55 more pounds and 45 inches and was able to maintain the weight loss for a year but I started putting myself second, stopped exercising and started overeating again. I ended up regaining all but 16 pounds of the weight I had lost.

In December 2011 I moved to a new city. I had a new job and it was a great time to start to focus on myself again and make healthy choices and recommit to a healthy lifestyle. I joined a fantastic gym and started working out with an amazing trainer. I’ve lost 38 pounds to date but as equally important, improved my endurance and strength, lost inches, reduced stress and anxiety and increased my confidence. I’ve run a 5K and am doing more in the future. I now make exercise a priority and I work really hard to stay within my calorie range.

I have amazing cheerleaders who motivate and inspire me and kick my butt when it is needed. I now understand that this is a journey. You cannot be "perfect" all the time but I am a lot happier when I don't eat processed foods and I am exercising. You have to keep going, never give up and remember that tomorrow is a new day. The important thing is not to strive for perfection but to strive for balance and progress.

I’ve realized that this is a journey, not a destination, and what makes us stronger are the struggles along the way.

Member Since: 12/1/2005

Fitness Minutes: 100,302

My Goals:
To lose weight, be fit and healthy!

My Program:
Old fashioned healthy eating, portion control and exercise.

I exercise 4 or 5 times a week and mostly do cardio and strength training. I have a great personal trainer who kicks my butt and I take yoga and fitness classes.

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Boston, MA

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Words to live by:

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

Strive for progress, not perfection. -Unknown

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. -Wayne Gretzky

If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying. -Unknown

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Mahatma Gandhi

I’m not telling you it is going to be easy—I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
--Art Williams

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    Looking to stay focused through the upcoming Holiday Season? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle? If yes, then consider joining the Biggest Loser Challenge that starts in early December. Each week 10 teams of 24 Active members do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge, it can be modified to meet your needs. I hope that you decide this might be for you. If so, you can leave your name on the Wait List for the Winter challenge. To get to the List visit my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon; copy The Team Page Address below or let me know so I can send you an invitation. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat thread.
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    611 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog! Hope you have a great week!
    659 days ago
  • v BRAVAH
    Thanks for the comment on my blog!
    943 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Merry Christmas Going through my Spark Friend List. Glad you are doing well. Let's start fresh and make 2019 the best year ever. There is no one else who will do it for us, and we deserve to be healthy and fit. emoticon
    948 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my "Your Path can be Smooth or Rocky but It's Still Yours!" blog. I had no idea it would resonate with so many people but I'm so glad it did. I found myself needing to reread my own words today. We're all just works in progress aren't we? emoticon
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