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My cats. clockwise starting from the left. Spaz. Jerri, Tom (RIP), & Squeakers and my daughter Liz.

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Current weight starts at 350 pounds. Goal weight of 165.

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My daughter's cat Whisper.

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I am trying to lose weight so that I can get close to my high school weight. I am not proud of what I let myself get to and have not had the will power to change my appearance. I have finally gotten the courage to take control of my life and make a change.

To have a friend be a friend.

Love your body it is the only one you have.

I am DONE being the fat girl.

I am DONE letting food run my life.

I am DONE not carrying about myself.

I am DONE feeling sorry for myself.

I am DONE letting other people influence me.

I am DONE letting other people make me feel guilty.

I am DOING this with my daughter and together we can accomplish anything, because we are STRONG women.

Member Since: 7/22/2008

My Goals:
To no longer diet, but start living a healthy life style.

Goal 1 - Lose 10 pounds
*REWARD* - new hairdo - met
Goal 2 - Lose 10 pounds
*REWARD* - new video game - met
Goal 3 - Lose 20 pounds
*REWARD* - new video game - met
Goal 4 - Lose 20 pounds
*REWARD* - Manicure - met
Goal 5 - Lose 20 pounds
*REWARD* - New Clothes - met
Goal 6 - Lose 20 pounds
*REWARD* - Cruise - met
Goal 7 - Lose 20 pounds
*REWARD* - Tattoo - met
Goal 8 - Lose 20 pounds
*REWARD* - ??????
Goal 9 - Lose 20 pounds
"REWARD" - ??????
Goal 10 - Lose 20 pounds
*REWARD* - ??????
Goal 11 - Lose 20 pounds
*REWARD* - ??????
Goal 12- Lose 27 pounds
*REWARD* - ??????

My Program:
Joined SparkPeople and have been keeping track everyday of what I eat and I just started to add exercise in as of July 28th. Been having a problem with doing my exercises. This seems to be the hardert part of the program for me is to do my exercises.

Personal Information:
My name is Vanessa, and I'm from Ohio. I currently work full-time as a Business Opportunity Specialist/Administrative Officer/Information Technology Specialist. I have one daughter. three cats and one cat I'm babysitting. I like to crochet, knit, and do needle crafts. Feel free to email me here at SparkPeople if you would like to talk.

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    emoticon Wow! You're blowing up the friend feed with all your accomplishments!
    318,000 SparkPoints! 500 Monthly Fitness Minutes award! Spark Streaker award!
    18 hours ago

    Comment edited on: 1/17/2021 3:11:47 PM
    "Life is a mountain. Your goal is to find your path, not to reach the top." ~ Maxine Lagacé

    emoticon The lesson I take from that quote is that we must find and follow the path that leads us toward our goals but that we need to be sure to partake of and learn from the experiences along the way. Following the path is more important than reaching the top of the mountain (our goals). The learning we do is of prime importance!
    I know that I was not ready to change my life when I lost the weight before because loosing the weight was my only focus. My physical body changed but my emotional and mental health did not. I can see now why I failed and regained the weight!
    4 days ago
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    “Failure Will Never Overtake Me If My Determination To Succeed Is Strong Enough.” – Og Mandino

    Here's wishing you the best week possible!
    7 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/10/2021 9:22:36 PM
    Thank you for the warm welcome and your comment on my page. I have already added you emoticon and I hope you do the same. Have a great year.

    I hope you and the team enjoy the song "We Are The World" It all ways lifts my sprit when I lessen to it. These are hard times we are all enduring and I just wanted to share with everyone that I could reach here on spark people. We are all connected all over the world with SP.

    emoticon Bobbie
    8 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/9/2021 3:40:24 PM
    I love your cats! I have two of my own and one is named Squeak!
    I hope you are making good progress on your wellness journey. This is hard! I struggle but have learned to look for the small victories in each day. I know that we will help one another with support, encouragement, and praise.
    We're all in this together. Feel free to contact me if you ever need a shoulder to lean on or words to help you.
    emoticon Sheila
    10 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/7/2021 9:58:37 PM
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