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July 2009 - 179lbs (plus some not really sure of my starting weight) with my Best Friend!

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1/24/2011 - I was going to delete everything on my page and just start new.. but then I remembered I REALLY want to have my journey on my page so on those "down days" that we all have I can come back here and see that I don't want to quit or get lazy again becuase then I just add time onto my 'fat me' and I don't want to be that 'fat me' anymore... I want to be the "me" I see in my head.. the "me" that can go out and enjoy life because she "feels good".. the "me" that is confident and in control!!! That is the "me" I want to be and deleting the past year and half will make me forget how easy it is to fall off track and have to start over, like I am right now!!! So I have decided I am not only a DONE GIRL this time I am not letting myself have anymore excuses.. there is NO EXCUSE to be the way I am right now other than I am lazy... I have to stop making excuses and just do what needs to be done!

9/17/10 - 5 days into my journey, again, and I am feeling great! Was very sore as the week started but not so much anymore. Today I wasn't feeling 'good' my stomach isnt right but I am sure that is because of the change in diet and eating atleast 2000 less calories a day. This summer I went 'hog' wild and didn't care what I ate or how much of it so I am sure that is why I am not feeling great intestinally....ohhh that sounds gross! But exercise wise I am feeling is amazing how quickly your body respondes to working out - i have more energy than I have had in months...probably because I am actually doing something for myself again. I have a wedding to go to tomorrow and I am not super excited about it....because nothing fits me...but that is my own fault and I hope that the next dressy occasion I will feel better about me!
9/14/10 -- well well well looks like I am right back to the big ole fat lady I was back in 2009. I swore once I 'lost weight I would never gain it back"...ummm yeah well life hit me with a bunch of 'stuff' that I guess I couldn't handle... I had started 2010 with such high hopes of a great year but with a death in the family, my son going through some big issues with school and other things and then being diagnosed with a life threatening disease I just put myself on the back burner like I always do....depression has been a big problem of mine over the year and I am an emotional eater. I am trying beyond trying to get back to me again. The kids are back to still keeps throwing me curve balls but if I don't feel good myself I can't coup with what is thrown at me... so that is why I am back and determined to become strong again.
2/1/09 - well after my holiday 'mishap' (lol) I am feeling great again... a bit of trouble still in the keeping within the calories but exercise is back to 6 days a week.. I do still have to incoorporate weights but I am feeling in control again and LOVING IT!!

1/22/09 - Well I started my journey ready to roll - then the holidays hit.. then I hurt my back and a we went on a small vacation and I felt aww time for a break. I still exercised a few times a week but I did not watch what I was eating at all.. BUT with that said this is the first time in many many years of 'trying to diet' or 'trying to change my life' that I have actually jumped back on board without giving up 100% completely first..I am sad at the fact that I have gained 4.5 pounds since my last weight in on the 21st of Dec.. but ya know that is my own fault for not paying attention to what i was eating/drinking... I kept saying 'hay it is the holidays'.. so anyway I am back on track 100% and feeling great about it... it is so nice to know that yeah I slacked but didn't give up and here I am right back on track.. a few pounds heavier, yes, but not the 20 or more it would have been in years past.... So anyway join me again in my journey.. :)

I read this the day after Thanksgiving and it just struck a cord with me......

Every time you misstep on your healthy journey, you have two choices: to keep walking backwards, which will surely take you even further away from your goals; or to accept your lack of perfection as normal and forgivable, and take not one, but two positive steps down the path that brings your closer to the future you want.

Dec 24th - this week of Christmas has really sent me loopy feeling completely off track.... BUT with that I am super happy - I had set a 'little' goal for myself to be in the 150's by Christmas.. i didn't care if it was 159.9 or lower but just wanted to be in the 150s.. I did just that... and it really made all this HARD work for the past 2 months so much more worth it!!! Now I feel like I can really do this I can meet my final goal of feeling 'normal', of being able to walk into any store and just say 'oh that sweater is cute' and beable to just buy it off the rack and know it will 'work'... That really is my goal - not a weight - I don't "really" care about weight - well I say that but then again I step on the scale every day... lol But anyway I am on my way and happy to be reaching one step closer to the 'new me'.. :)

Dec 5th: I really thought the holidays would make things so much harder.. but I have found a great group which will challenge me through the holidays.....definately a suggestion to anyone joining one of the many groups that host challenges is a great way to keep you motivated - especially during the holidays.. the other thing that I think is amazing is that when you are 'ready' for this life style change it makes doing it so much better... I am very very lucky to be doing this with my closest friend ... so that also makes doing it more FUN!!!

Nov. 15th: I am very happy to say that I am just beginning my 4th week of SparkPeople.. I will have my official month weight in and measuring this coming friday....and honestly I can't wait. It has been a tough month in some ways and a quick month in others.... over the past month so much has changed for me. I am feeling fitter, healthier and happier. That is part of my goal all three of the above and to have some of that feeling already is AWESOME!!!!! I know this will be a life changing time... Join me on this journey!!!!

Member Since: 10/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 7,212

My Goals:
My Goals is to become a happier, healthier person. I just turned 41yrs old and have always wanted more for myself and my family with health but just never put myself first. I am a stay a home mom to 3 children....and it is time to stop making excuses and do is time to take that extra time and use it for ME.... I have no more excuses....this is the time!

My Program:
I am using the daily nutrition and fitness tracker. I am drinking at least 8 cups of water a day.... I am doing cardio at least 3 days a week - and just started C25K (which is couch to 5K) and I am LOVING 9weeks I will beable to RUN a 5k which is 3.2 miles.......I also joined the 28-day bootcamp videos here on SparkPeople...figuring if I don't have 10mins to contribute to my fitness then I will never succeed.. it isn't much extra but it is something :). My goals aren't really to hit a certain weight but just to feel 100% in control of my eating, physical and emotional feelings that have gone along with being overweight for sooooo long.

Personal Information:
I am very lucky to have found my soul mate at a very young age. I have been with my husband since I was 15yrs old and we have 3 wonderful children....well for the most part they are wonderful.... lol We live in Massachusetts and love the area in the spring, summer and fall but I am not a fan of New England Winters...I have lived her my whole life so here we will stay...... I hope that my new life style will help keep the 'winter blues' away... :)

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