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Having had my sons late in life (37 and 38) made me look at my health for their sakes. I want to be around as long as possible and be the most active and energetic I can be. Mostly, I want to demonstrate good health and well being so they can grow into physically and emotionally healthy adults.

My high weight before starting in Overeaters Anonymous was 215 pounds in 1996. I was 28. I lost 80 pounds with that program and kept most of it off until I got married and miscarried. I started both pregnancies in the 160s, getting above 200 both times.

In 2007 I started loosing the baby weight. It took about 15 months to loose 35 pounds. In 2008 when I was done nursing my second child, I got serious and lost the last 20 pounds that was holding me back by restricting almost all carbohydrates. I got down to 125, 5 pounds more than my high school weight. I maintained that for about 3 years, but constantly yo-yo'd 10-15 pounds because I would binge on and then restrict carbohydrates.

in the summer of 2010 I moved across country from CA to Boston. I was not able to loose more than 5 of the 20 pounds I gained for any significant length of time. I was no longer able to restrict Carbohydrates because emotional eating became intense after leaving my home and friends back in California as well as going from a stay at home mom to full time working mom with 2 young hyperactive boys!

I tried weight watchers from Feb-May 2011 and lost 18.3 pounds; only to gain 18.2 pounds yo-yoing my weight week to week. Each week was different: 1lb down, 3lbs up, 5lbs down, etc. This revealed to me in no uncertain terms that I have a real problem with dieting and need to make changes mentally in how I look at weight loss.

March 2012
So here I am a year later, 13 real pounds lighter, running half marathons, eating carbohydrates and no longer a slave to yo-yo dieting!

May 2012
Finally hit goal weight!

August 2012
Still Maintaining!

June 2014
Life has been really hard going through the divorce and raising two boys by myself because their father moved 15 hours away last year. I have put on 15 pounds and feel fat and unmotivated. I am turning back to Spark for help and motivation. I joined the 5% challenge...again. I have failed the last 4 times and may be banned from some teams. I will not give up though!

Member Since: 4/4/2011

Fitness Minutes: 85,482

My Goals:
Return to my ideal weight

Like the way I look naked

Increase my physical endurance

Set better boundaries with kids so I can make me time

prioritize myself so I can be happy and not isolated

My Program:
3 meals a day and protein shake after workouts

Refrain from sugar and white flour

Work out for at least 1 hour per day, every day

drink 8 glasses of water every day

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Age: 47

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Recently Divorced

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I am a very busy working single mom of two high maintenance boys. I have very little time to do anything for myself and it has taken a toll on me over the past year and my weight is up. I am also struggling with a running injury and am not sure if it will ever resolve.

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