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Well I've been a Sparkpeople member for quite awhile. And you know how it goes....You're so motivated to do well, lose weight, get in shape...and then your motivation just kinda flops? Well it happened to me...but not anymore. Back in 2005 I weighed 293 pounds at my heaviest. I had always been an overweight teenager, so it was the norm for me. Christmas of 2005, I decided enough was enough and made a total 360 change in my life. I worked out like crazy, was really strict with my diet...and totally became obsessed with losing weight. It's good to want to get healthy, but I took it to a totally different level. I weighed myself 5-10 times a day and just drove myself mad. I lost 157 pounds...and then I hurt my back. I could barely move, let alone exercise like I wanted. And then the spiral of depression, lack of movement and poor eating habits cycled right back around and it was hard to get my motivation back. I had worked so hard to reach my goals and felt like it was a slap in the face to to be stuck at a stand still. I ended up gaining about half of my weight back before I realized I was going to end up back in my old body with my old attitude. But I'm not! I got a handle on it...and since January of 2010 I've lost 55 pounds! I have about that much more to go to get back to my original goal weight, but I'm trying to focus more on changing habits, not being obsessed with the scale and focusing way more on other forms of progress. I want my body fat to be in a healthy range. I want my BMI to be below 25. I want my waist to be less then half my height in inches, like Dr. Oz says. I want to fuel my body with delicious nutritious food. I want to learn to cook. I want to enjoy this process of creating a new me, inside and out.

Member Since: 1/24/2007

Fitness Minutes: 5,320

My Goals:
Get my body fat down to 25%
Get my waist measurement down to 32 inches.
Stay away from processed foods!
Get at least 6 servings of fruits/veggies everyday!
Drink lots of water!

My Program:
Do some form of exercise every day. At least 30 minutes!

Go for green on my M2 every day!

Follow the Curves weight management plan.

Workout at curves everyday that I work!

Stay away from processed food.

Drink at least 10 cups of water everyday.

Get 3 strength workouts every week.

Personal Information:
I'm from a super small town in Virginia!! Trying to reach my weight loss goals and get my life moving in the right direction! Time to step up!

Other Information:
I love to read! It's pretty much entirely fitness/nutrition related at the moment, but I'll read just about anything. I also love working out, cooking, baking and decorating cakes, four wheeling, going to the club (not to drink, but just to have a good time and hang out with friends), i love watching moves (especially horror movies). I love all kinds of music, country, rap, rock, alternative, etc.

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    MERRY CHRISTMAS! I am hoping that you have a good plan to get through the week without gaining! I am going to be walking! You are a great motivator to me!
    I am starting afresh today and hope to have a better report next week, Christmas is a time to celebrate the coming of Christ! I have a plan to get through Christmas with less of me! Hope that you have a great Christmas!
    Love Christine

    3559 days ago
  • v DIANE929
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    Stoppin in to tell you your thought of more often than you know...

    Keep in touch,Biggest hug....Diane...

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    3617 days ago
  • v ROBINKP1
    I enjoyed looking at your page and seeing all you've done! Thanks for sharing and being such a great motivator!
    3631 days ago
    HEY!! I remember reading your post on beachbody!!! Glad to see you here!
    3648 days ago
    Hey Gina! good to see you here again!! I myself took a long break sadly after loosing so much weight here we had some personal things come up and i didn't deal with well and then i recently had another baby and had to start all over at a higher weight than ever. You were so motivating last time i was here I'm glad you're back!!
    3666 days ago
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