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I'm a 44 yr old Mom. I have four beautiful daughters, two terrific son-in-laws, three adorable grand-babies, an amazing fiancé and a wonderful life.

So why am I here?

My weight has always been an issue with me, at least as far as I can remember. I yo-yo horribly. I have weighed 98lbs, I have weighed 170, I have worn clothing sizes from 0/2 to 16/18 and everywhere in between. I've tried just about every diet plan, pill, and scam out there. 3 years after the birth my last child I weighed as much as I did at 9 months pregnant (170lbs). I know there are many women that would love to weigh that, however at my barely 5 ft stature, 170lbs was not a healthy weight. I started the beloved Atkins plan but had to abandon that when repeated doctor visit showed my cholesterol at unhealthy levels. I opted to try Weight Watchers worked wonders for me...for a while. I lost about 25-30lbs but then I hit a plateau and grew frustrated. I stayed around 145 lbs for a year or so, until my marriage failed. Within a year I had lost too much weight, partly due to my newly developed love for hiking and biking and partly due to very poor eating habits. I was down to 98 lbs and though I was thin, I was not healthy and came to terms with the realization I had a condition called disordered eating and realized I had had this problem since I was a teenager. Through counseling and many, many long talks with a nurse who was also a friend I thought I was on the mend. I had gained weight back and maintained my goal weight of 105-110lbs for roughly 2 1/2 years until last year.

October 2010 was a rough month for me on an emotional level; my father had a heart attack. He survived but it has been a very big eye opener for me and also one of my major pushes to quit smoking. My Grandmother passed away after having complications from a colonoscopy and I lost my job as a Supervisor of temporary employees at a manufacturing company. All these events happened within about a week. I started slowly gaining weight here and there and as of Feb 1, 2011 weighed in at 149. Some of the weight gain I attribute to quitting smoking, this colder weather also makes me want to hibernate and not be outside walking like I should be.

So, at the end of January, I went to my physician for a full physical to rule out any physical problems and to begin my journey once again...this time however, I am not "dieting." I am making lifetime changes...learning how to make healthy food choices, incorporate exercise into my daily routine and once and for all rid myself of this weight.

Member Since: 10/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 581

My Goals:
My goals:

1. Establish healthy eating habits.

2. Form some sort of exercise into my daily routine.

3. Lose weight and keep it off.

4. Take my vitamins and Glucosamine EVERY day.

5. Try to get 8 hours of sleep EVERY night.

6. Drink 75 oz of water daily.

7. Track my food daily.

My Program:
-Healthy choices
-Lots of water
-Lots of veggies
-No junk food
-No refined, processed food
-Exercise, exercise, exercise

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    3512 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

    In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


    If you haven't discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


    3710 days ago