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Me in April 2012 and around 147 lbs (10 and half stone)

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Me at my graduation summer 2007 - I put a lot of weight on over the 2 yrs before this.

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Me at my heaviest (around 200lbs /14 stone) in July 2007. This was taken on my graduation day.

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"If you think about your end results, the work becomes overwhelming. Just do what you know you can do today, and when tomorrow becomes today, you’ll deal with that." - Debbie Rocker.

- What an inspirational quote. I look too much towards the future, but I have to do the necessary changes in the present to reach those goals and I must not forget that.

Hello! My name is SJ and have had weight issues all my life - I was chubby child, an overweight teenager and an obese 20-something year old! I have tried so many times to lose weight with varying degrees of success. In 2002, I was 200-ish lbs and decided that I needed to lose weight. Through hard work (exercise and restricting what I eat), my weight went down to 140 lbs over the course of 1 year. Stupidly, the weight began to pile back on because I thought that 'I've lost the weight now, I don't have to be so careful about what I eat or make sure I exercise!'. Over 2 - 3 years, all the weight came back on and more! Eventually my weight went up to 205 lbs (15 and a half stone)! I joined SparkPeople in 2008 and have tried losing this weight ever since. I've had my ups and downs but am currently at 168 lbs and am 21 lbs from my goal of 147 lbs (10 and half stone). It's been a long progress but I'm slowly getting there!

One thing I need to be aware of is that although I did feel better when I was slimmer, I need to remember that even though losing weight is good, it won't solve all of my problems. I used to think that if I weighed X amount, I would be happy, confident, not be shy, etc, but in truth, I'll be the same but just weigh less!

My wish is to become my very own success story and be one of those nominated 'motivational sparkpages'!

Member Since: 4/15/2008

Fitness Minutes: 38,915

My Goals:
My long-term goal is get my weight between 140-147 lbs. I have been this weight before and felt at my healthiest. My current short-term goal is finish the C25K programme. I have tried to do this programme several times before but give up halfway through. This time I will stick with it because I view it as my goal to lose weight - if I give up halfway or do a half heartened effort, I wont get to where I want to.

My Program:
I'm trying to lose my excess weight but eating healthy and within 1400 - 1500 calories, in addition to working out regularly.
I'm a vegetarian so eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and prefer to cook my own food than rely on processed meals and junk food. I aim to record everything I eat and exercise in SP so that I'm aware and take responsibility for my actions. I hope to about 1 or 2 lbs a week. My main downfalls are portion control and not succumbing to eating 'bad' food when I'm really hungry and don't feel I have the energy or time to cook proper food.

I like to alternate my workouts so for example one day I will do taebo cardio, the other day go to the gym and do cardio and strength training, next day do a fitness DVD or go for a jog.

My goal is to create a calorie deficit of 3,500 in my eating per week (which should equal to losing 1 pound of fat) and a deficit of 3,500 calories through exercise.

Personal Information:
My name is SJ, I'm from the UK. I I graduated with a 2.1 in Psychology and have a MSc in the 'Philosophy of Mental Disorders'. I currently work as a teaching assistant in a primary school and love working with children.

Personal Information:
Age: 27 in late April
Height: 5' 7 +half'"
Start weight: 205 lbs
Current weight: 168 lbs
Goal: between 140 - 147 lbs
Live: London, UK
Ideal job: Something involving psychology or working with children
Love: Animals, reading, travelling (when I have the money), psychology
Wish: To be more happy and healthier.
Favorites food /drink: Mocha, guacamole, tofu, risotto, curry, tiramisu, white wine and cocktails.
TV: Cartoons like family guy and american dad, anime, ANTM, heroes.

Other Information:
Favourte bands include Linkin Park, Korn, my chemical romance, Arcade Fire, DJ Shadow, Amy Winehouse, Nick Drake, Kings of Leon, Yael Naim.

My favourite 3 movies have to be Leon, Kiki's delivery service, and the the Crow. Other favourite movies include the Craft, Excess Baggage, Carlitos Way, How to marry a millionaire, Angel Heart, wuthering height and similar period dramas like the pride and prejudice with Keira Knightley in it, spirited away, Heat, the silence of the lambs films and shawshank redemption.

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    2578 days ago
    emoticon I am glad you enjoyed my Flea Market blog... Thank you also for your note on my page. No, I am not a TEFL teacher, poor students I wouldn’t want to give them my French accent! :)

    I am from Paris and have lived here most of my life, apart from 4 years in the UK (Reading, not unforgettable!) a while ago. I work for an international charity and this is why I travel throughout the world for part of the year. Literacy classes are always my favorites... amazing to see how it changes people's lives!

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    2644 days ago
    Thanks so much for your comments on my breakfast blog!! I tend to be the same way - I need to eat every few hours to keep my blood sugar in check, and I think skipping any meal, ESPECIALLY breakfast, is a bad idea!

    Hope you're having a great week!!
    2650 days ago
    I just wanted to drop you a comment and tell you "Thanks for the inspiration~ You look amazing" I love what you have to say~ I was on Sparkpeople awhile ago for a week or so, but recently totally committed myself on here again for good! I stumbled upon your page and started reading some of your comments and Wow I must say keep up the awesome work your so worth it! Any tips or tricks let me know! I'm currently doing the insanity workouts right now and I've dropped about 12 pounds. I've really created a whole healthy lifestyle for myself and will stick with it, I'm very determined- plus have a wedding dress to fit my butt into!! emoticon Just wanted to say thanks once again!!
    2833 days ago
    I hope today is a better day, with a fresh start!

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