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At my heaviest, 176 pounds... age 19

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Halfway through my weight loss... 143 pounds... age 20 (Halloween 2008)

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117 pounds... age 21 (where I want to get back to)

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My name is Marie. I've been on SparkPeople since September 2009 but haven't been as much of a regular as I used to be. I can say the same about my gym dedication. I went from going 6-7 days a week to skipping whole weeks at a time or going a mere 1 day per week. My cardio is nothing like it used to be, neither is my weight lifting regimen. Sadly, neither is my body.

The tiny, 115 pound me is gone - but not for good. I've been struggling for close to a year now, slowly gaining almost all of the weight back that I worked so hard to lose. My motivation is practically diminished and with each passing day, I see more and more pounds adding up.

I have to put a stop to it and I've said it so many times before but it has to start somewhere. I have new goals and because 2011 is here (and I just booked a trip to the Bahamas for June!) I have to take back control of my life, my eating habits and my body..

Member Since: 10/30/2009

Fitness Minutes: 8,854

My Goals:
I really want to be down to 115 pounds and have a toned stomach. I want to consistently feel good about myself and never feel fat or large ever again.

My Program:
I am rededicating myself to the gym and a healthy way of life. My diet consists of mostly fruits and veggies with lean proteins. I am getting my butt back to the gym and taking hot yoga as well.

Personal Information:
My name is Marie. I'm from Boston, Massachusetts and I recently graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, MA. I am a long-time competitive dancer and I dance professionally for a traveling company during the summer.

Other Information:
I love to dance, perform, cook, read, write and try my own recipes, spend a lot of time with my family, boyfriend and best friends. I appreciate good wine and good chocolate. I love to sleep but I don't get enough of it. I work 2 jobs and hope to go to frad school next year.

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    Hi There! emoticon

    Just stopping by to say HI from The Daily Sparker.

    We have some wonderful, simple and easy weekly holiday challenges designed to keep us on track during this season of temptations. We'd love to have you join us!

    Hope you're following your passions and dreams and that we see you around on our team.
    Take Care,

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    3674 days ago
  • v SMITTY117
    hey hun,

    havent heard much from you for the past week, is everything okay?
    i ordered the hCG and i'm starting the program today and i'd like to hear how you're doing!

    best wishes,
    3727 days ago
    Wow, you look great!
    3742 days ago
  • v NINA3823
    Thanks for the comment on my blog.
    Yes I am doing another 5 weeks. I'm doing a 60 day round. I'm hoping to drop 30lbs this round. I'm doing a long round this time because I'll be doing Maintenance for 3 months (Oct - Dec). I don't want to be on the VLCD during the holidays.
    Could always use another weight loss buddy. You can never have too many.
    3752 days ago
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    20 Facts About Pineapples

    No, It’s NOT National Pineapple Day . . . I just thought I would share with you some information on Pineapples!

    Pineapple Facts:
    * The pineapple is native to Brazil and Paraguay.
    * The first written record of the word "pineapple" in English was in 1398 and it was used to refer to a pine cone. It comes from the Spanish word for pine cone, "piña."
    * Christopher Columbus found pineapples on the Caribbean island of Guadalupe in 1493 and took them back to Spain. The Spanish used the word for pine cone ("piña") for them because they resembled pine cones.
    * After Columbus introduced them to Spain, pineapples became popular among sailors as protection against scurvy.
    * The first pineapple arrived in England in 1660.
    * In 1694, the term "pine cone" was created to refer to pine cones instead of "pineapple" in order to allow pineapples the sole use of the word.
    * The Spanish introduced the first pineapples to Hawaii. The state is now one of the top pineapple producers in the world, producing one third of the world's pineapple crop and 60 percent of the world's canned pineapple.
    * "Hala kahiki" is the Hawaiian word for pineapple. When Hawaiians first saw the pineapple, they thought it resembled the Hawaiian Hala, so they named it "hala kahiki," meaning "foreign Hala."
    * "The Pineapple King," James Dole, started his first pineapple plantation in Wahiawa, Hawaii in 1900 and opened his first cannery in 1901.
    * In 1911, Henry Ginaca invented the Ginaca machine that could peel and core 35 pineapples per minute, making canned pineapple much easier to produce. Before this, each pineapple had to be peeled and cored by hand. Because of this invention, Dole's pineapple canning business exploded and other pineapple canneries soon adopted the machine.
    * In 2005, 212,000 tones of pineapples were produced in Hawaii.
    * The Maui Pineapple Company is Hawaii's biggest pineapple producer. They began operations in Maui in 1909.
    * Del Monte began producing pineapples in Oahu in 1917.
    * In 2006, Del Monte announced that it would cease pineapple production in Oahu by the end of 2008 because they can produce it much cheaper in other parts of the world.
    * Del Monte began growing pineapple in Oahu in 1917.
    * The most popular pineapple sold in the United States is the Smooth Cayenne. The other three varieties sold in the United States are the Red Spanish, the Sugar Loaf, and the Golden Supreme.
    * Pineapples take about 18 months to grow.
    * One cup of pineapple has about 135 calories and 33% of the RDA of Vitamin C.
    * A pineapple is ripe if one of its top leaves can easily be pulled out.
    * You can't put fresh pineapple in Jell-O because the bromelain content prevents gelatin from setting. Canned pineapple, on the other hand, can be added to Jell-O because the canning process destroys the bromelain.

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    3771 days ago
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