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Mistakes, I've made a few! I think almost anyone who has fought "the battle of the bulge" can tell you that it is almost NEVER a "success-only" journey. We lose, we gain, we lose again, we gain again, lather, rinse, repeat!

I have been there, done that, bought the t-shirts in sizes ranging from M - XXL!

I'm currently in that XXL again, unfortunately, having gained back to my original highest weight. That's hard to admit, because I swore I'd never let it happen, and yet here I am. My gut reaction is guilt and shame and self-loathing, but what good has that ever done me? I can tell you the answer to that is "absolutely good at all, in fact it only makes things worse." If I were motivated by guilt and shame I'd have been thin since I was put on my first diet by my mother at age 12.

Instead 41 years later I am 108.4 pounds over my goal weight.

108.4...that is a daunting number. I'm not mentally ready to take on that goal, so I am fixing my sights on Onederland and setting a shorter range goal of 199. I've lost more than I need to to get there before, so that doesn't seem impossible.

I'm going to do my best to remember that my weight is just my relation to gravity and not a reflection of my worth. It says nothing about the content of my heart. It doesn't change who I am.

Member Since: 10/9/2008

Fitness Minutes: 47,198

My Goals:
While I hope to someday reach my goal weight of 145 pounds, my ultimate goal honestly is just to never stop taking care of myself the way I am right now, no matter HOW that is reflected on the scale.

I have a short term goal that resets every morning, to eat right, exercise and drink my water.

I have a step goal of 6500 steps per day that I will increase by increments of 500 whenever I find that I am consistently able to meet it relatively easily, with a longer term goal of increasing my daily step count to the recommended 10,000.

I have a medium range goal of being able to participate in the Spa Running Festival Training Clinic as a walker which is in September-November, and then complete the Spa Running Festival 5K walk in November.

I have a goal to reduce or eliminate the need for medications for blood pressure & GERD.

My Program:
Do all of the following consistently:
Use the nutrition tracker and stay within calorie range, aim to balance carbs/fat/protein and limit sodium.
Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day.
Exercise at least 5 days per week, at least 30 min per day. Include a mix of cardio, strength and stretching.
Never Quit

Personal Information:
Not sure what "personal information" I should reveal

Other Information:
I am a child of God!

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  • v SHANTODD420
    Hey Amy,
    Hope you are having a lovely monday. Way to go on the weight loss have a great week. See ya around on the boards.

    3597 days ago
    We don't need teams to kick butt it's just an added bonus!!! emoticon LOL I'm not doing too well with the team thing either right now so I'm going to focus on controlling and maintaining my own life before I attempt to help others with theirs. But I'm here if you need me and you can find me on FB, too right?
    3597 days ago
    Hey lady!!! I'm so sorry I've been MIA for WAY TOO LONG but life is finally stabilized enough for me to get back on Spark and find some encouragement again. I hope all has been well for you and I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things this spring. emoticon
    3597 days ago
    Thanks for spreading the spark Amy! Keep this up and you'll reach your goal along with many other goals in life! Working together, we are all creating an international movement that could change the world.


    Chris (SparkGuy)
    4441 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/27/2008 1:12:34 PM
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