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Before and After (2009 to 2010)

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In Sedona 2010

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This has truly been a life long journey for me. My weight has ALWAYS been an issue for me. My most recent weight loss success started with a 'Biggest Loser' contest at my job in 05/2009. I was the second biggest loser over all, but I didn't win the cash prize. I did, however, win my life. Which is the biggest prize of all.

I started at 255lbs and ended one year later in 05/2010 at 175lbs. I lost 80lbs in just 1 year! During that year my Mom was diagnosed with stage 3b lung cancer. Devastating news, but it gave me the push I needed to get below 200lbs for the first time in 10 years. Also, my Mom was able to see me thin for the first time in my adult life. That was always very important to her. Especially since we all know obesity is the primary cause of Cancer.

In 04/2011 she was diagnosed with stage 4 and decided at that time to enter hospice. She passed away, peacefully, in her home while being held by her husband, my brother, and myself. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her and wish she was here with me.

She is who turned me on to this website. I am on here seriously now to regain my previous weight loss. The lowest I have been was 165. I would like to get there again, but would be happy to be at 200 first. I'm about 233 right now and am working hard towards this goal.

All of you inspire me and make me stronger. Thank you so much for your continuing kindness and inspiration.

Member Since: 3/14/2010

Fitness Minutes: 15,399

My Goals:
to lose 33 pounds by June 2019

My Program:
Eat less, move more. Tracking with spark people and learning so much.

Personal Information:
Happily married pediatric OR nurse with two fur babies. One cat named Putty and one dog named Jelly Bean.

Other Information:
Moved to Wisconsin from Arizona for my husband's job in 2012. Have slowly watched the weight creep back on over the past 7 years, and am determined to win my life back.

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