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August 2 2019: 127 lbs & only getting started! Time to get focused on fitness & maintaining!

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March 30, 2017. Weighed in at 293 pounds. This was the day I decided that I WAS WORTH IT! <3

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Visiting Greece, June 2019: Fulfilling a dream I've had since I was 9 yrs old.

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Hi all!

Thank you for visiting my page! I am so excited to be here on SparkPeople. What a great, inspiring website!

My name is Melissa and I live in Massachusetts, U.S. I've struggled with my weight my entire life and was a chronic yo-yo dieter who tried every fad diet and diet supplement known to man. After my divorce, I used food as both a comfort and as a way to put on weight to keep people at a distance. In March 2017, at the age of 41, I weighed in at 293 lbs; the heaviest I'd ever been. That day, I decided enough was enough and that I deserved better: It was time for me to shine and start living life again and not just existing. I enrolled in a program to have gastric bypass and began my pre-surgery weightloss. I had my surgery on August 2, 2017 and since then, I've lost 166 pounds.

My transformation has been an incredible journey in every way! I have 4 pounds to lose (goal weight is 123), but my main reason for joining Spark People is to maintain my weight loss and set (and achieve) new fitness goals. I want to become stronger and athletically fit. I want to start to challenge myself physically to see what I'm capable of accomplishing; something I've never done before (in terms of fitness and exercise).

Member Since: 9/1/2019

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My Goals:
*Maintain my current weight-loss and/or lose 4 pounds (to reach goal weight of 123)
*Train, sign up for, and complete my first 5k by May 2020
*Design a fitness program (cardio and strength training) that is realistic and sustainable for me.
*Begin to go to the gym on a regular basis (3 days a week)
*Begin practicing yoga and meditation to help me become more mindful and live in the present instead of worrying about the past or the future
*Begin cooking more and being adventurous in the kitchen by trying new recipes to keep me from getting bored with the "same old, same old"
*Make new friends who will inspire me and hold me accountable, and whom I can do the same for in return.
*Train, sign up for, and complete my first Sprint Triathlon in 2021 to celebrate my 45th Birthday!

My Program:
Most days, I still follow my post-surgery diet, which includes:
* 1200-1300 calories
* At least 80 grams protein daily (all plant based because I'm vegan)
*Try to stay between 100-120 grams of net carbs
*Limit starchy veg, added sugar, and processed foods

Personal Information:
I'm 43 years old and live in Massachusetts with my 5 fur-babies (cats). I am very involved in animal rescue, protecting the environment, and fighting for social justice and human rights for all. I love to travel and after 34 years of waiting, I FINALLY fulfilled a life-long dream of visiting Greece! I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK!

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    71 days ago
    Looking to stay focused through the upcoming Holiday Season? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle? If yes, then consider joining the Biggest Loser Challenge that starts in early December. Each week 10 teams of 24 Active members do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge, it can be modified to meet your needs. I hope that you decide this might be for you. If so, you can leave your name on the Wait List for the Winter challenge. To get to the List visit my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon; copy The Team Page Address below or let me know so I can send you an invitation. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat thread.
    If searching through Spark enter Biggest Loser Fall Challenge All Teams.

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    73 days ago
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    I hope life is treating you well and you are making progress on your journey!


    76 days ago
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    I hope you are making progress....

    Please stop by my Spark page and leave a message if you need any encouragement or support!
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