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Easter, April 8, 2007 @253 lb, jeans size 46

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May, 2006 @2 weeks after joining SP @350 lb

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May, 2002 -- at my heaviest, probably @450 lb


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My 'aha' moment came in April, 2004 watching Dr. Phil, by chance, for the first time ever--a show on his 2003-04 Weight Loss Challenge. Various twists & turns brought me to SparkPeople in April, 2006. I have been blessed by many acts of random kindness!

"believe in the beauty of movement, of the intricate and powerful construction of your body, and the unfathomable complexity that links it to your mind and your emotions. You have just as much right to that beauty as everyone else in the world. Reach out and take it." Jayne Williams "Slow Fat Triathlete" p. 163

"If I were extremely fat, I would give up job, housework, whatever, and I would walk three to four hours per day. I would never give myself a chance to rest, but I would be supercareful not to exceed 80 percent of my maximum heart rate." Covert Bailey, "Fit or Fat" (chapter 25)

Member Since: 4/22/2006

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My Goals:
Increase health & fitness thru food, sleep, exercise.

My Program:
Follow Dr. Schwarzbein''s guidelines YOU HAVE TO BE HEALTHY TO LOSE WEIGHT!. Her FOOD pgm(for me): @150g starchy carbs/fruits; unlimited veggies; mod lean protein (12-18 oz/day); healthy fats (supplement omega3, emphasize monounsaturated like olive oil); whole, unprocessed foods; some of each EVERY time I eat. SLEEP: min 8 hrs good quality sleep EXERCISE: strive for relaxing, non stressful exercise (currently walking & swimming); moderate strength training exercises Journal daily food, sleep, exercise.

Personal Information:
Heavy all my life, but very rarely dieted. Basically ignored my health, got heavier and more immobile until my body said ''no more''. Started my journey April, 2004, read a lot, figured out what to eat, still working on the ''when''. Never successfully found a way to regularly exercise after the first 2 months. Surgery April, 2005 was a major setback, regained @50 lb. Started again January 2006, focus on finding a way to exercise regularly and getting enough sleep regularly. Joined a fitness club with a pool mid-April 2006 and now swim, water jog, walk (treadmill) & stationary bike regularly. Sleeping through the night is still an elusive goal!

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