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I'm Mary. I'm 27 years old, and I'm a software analyst from Charleston, SC. I'm 5'6" and my starting weight was roughly 250 lbs.

Yo-yo dieting has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I'm ready to put a stop to it. I've got around 100 pounds to lose, and it seems quite daunting. But I'm ready to make a change.

I'm starting with small goals, and concentrating on 5 to 10 pounds at a time, rather than the big 100 that I have to lose.

I've used SparkPeople before with success (about 30 lbs. lost last year). However, I put about 20 of it back on. One of my biggest mistakes in the past was all-or-nothing thinking. If things didn't go exactly as planned right away, I would get discouraged and quit. And then, as I got further into my weight loss I started slacking because it seemed to be coming so easily to me. A big mistake: quitting tracking my food. I thought "I've got this's just gonna come naturally from now on!" Not the case. It takes hard work every day, and I plan to remember that this time around!

Member Since: 7/22/2011

Fitness Minutes: 586

My Goals:
I just want to be healthier, happier, and more confident. That's not to say that I think happiness and confidence directly correspond with weight. I also happen to be involved in the Body Positivity movement and I think women (and men) should be encouraged to feel comfortable with the bodies that they were given.

My Program:
Right now, I'm just starting with a yoga class once a week, and 10/15 minutes of walking 3 days a week. Other than that, I'm working on getting all 8 glasses of water in a day, and eating less processed foods. As I've mentioned before I'm trying not to overwhelm myself as this has lead to failure for me in the past.

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Music I Love:

Nine Inch Nails (favorite band of all time), Sleigh Bells, M83, My Bloody Valentine, David Bowie, Fugazi, Crystal Castles, The Horrors, Autolux, Ladytron, Placebo, Coma Cinema, The Kills, Santogold, Sneaker Pimps, The xx, Salem, A Perfect Circle, Jay-Z, Wu Tang Clan, Lady Gaga, Tool, Grizzly Bear, Portishead, Bassnectar, Rusko, Health, Bon Iver, The Postal Service, Arcade Fire, Toro y Moi, Kid Cudi, Massive Attack, MIA, The Icarus Line, Lupe Fiasco, Phoenix, Ministry, Metric, Radiohead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Pretty Lights

TV I Love:

Absolutely Fabulous, The IT Crowd, Keeping Up Appearances, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Mighty Boosh, Roseanne, South Park, Family Guy, Strangers With Candy, Reno 911, The Young Ones, The Golden Girls, Tosh.0

Movies I Love:

Amelie, Shopgirl, Labyrinth, Chocolat, Muriel’s Wedding, Blow, Goodfellas, The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Kinky Boots, To Wong Foo, Domino

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    Belated Happy Birthday wishes to you! Hope the celebration was DONE just right!
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    3322 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Happy Belated Birthday Done Girl emoticon emoticon
    I hope you had a blast emoticon emoticon
    3323 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy Belated Birthday, DONE GIRL. emoticon

    The Scorpio child is a highly sensitive child, as she is born to a father who didn't want a child for whatever reason. This might never have been talked about in the family, but the emotional little Scorpio picks this up and learns not to trust others and to keep her secrets so she isn't criticized. She is critical so she "gets them before they get her."
    In any relationship she must be in control. (Demi Moore is a Scorpio in the news as is Maria Schriver, so these women both rule the men in their lives.)
    Scorpio does well working alone as she isn't a "Team player". She will "Take her ball and go home" if she doesn't like the rules. She is the opposite of Libra the previous sign, who wants to please others and always be fair. Not Scorpio. She will get revenge if she feels she has been done wrong, even if she has to wait for the right time.
    She can have a weight issues, from emotions, but she is a born athlete at heart and doesn't have to let herself be fat. This is completely her choice.
    She gets along with Pisces, Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus.

    Like the other water signs, this sign is very sensitive and emotional. With Scorpio, unlike the water signs Cancer and Pisces, the emotions remain under rigid control. They may not even be apparent to those who are very close to you. When your emotions do erupt, they do so very violently, often with a strong burst of sarcasm and vindictiveness.
    The strength of Scorpio is in the methods employed to meet every challenge. You approach everything with intensity and passion. Nothing is ever halfway because you put everything you have in your work; mind, heart, soul. You are one of those people who always gives 100% and sometimes more. Many born under the sign Scorpio become classic workaholics.
    You may have an undesirable trait commonly found in the Scorpio person, holding a grudge for a very long time. The underside of Scorpio is often possessed with uncontrollable jealousies and the strongest passions. When offended the reaction is surely revenge. The higher side of Scorpio still dominates people and situations, but with much for the common good. This sign produces very few lukewarm people. You are either very bad or very good
    In Scorpio, the Sun is intense, skeptical and secretive. There is an intensity and a secretiveness in your makeup which results in an inscrutable persona most people cannot penetrate. This trait makes the Scorpio personality hard to detect. You like to remain incognito, and do so with your very secretive nature. You are a master at hiding your emotions. You neither flinch nor blush. It's hard for you to share your inner feelings with anyone
    You can be very critical and demanding, creating a forceful and dominating demeanor. You are strong-willed and determined, and you usually act with incisiveness. Your critical nature allows you to make shrewd and unusually accurate judgments at a rapid rate. You can penetrate the hidden agenda of those you meet. It is in your nature to protect yourself by knowing what your opponents are thinking and doing. You have uncanny intuition and accurate perceptions, making you almost psychic in understanding and making emotional connections with other people. Very few successfully earn your trust. Often, you experience difficulties with the authority figures in your life.
    At home, you may be something of a tyrant, wanting everything done your way. You think you are always right and won't tolerate dissent. There is a tendency for you to impose your will on friends and family since you feel so passionately that your ideas are in their best interest. No one takes relationships more serious than you. Although you are highly attracted to, and attractive to, the opposite sex, in many respects you function well as a 'lone wolf' type. emoticon Scorpio is the sign of Death and Regeneration so it is no surprise that Halloween falls during the sign of Scorpio. emoticon
    3324 days ago
  • v MISSB8604
    emoticon emoticon Happy Belated Birthday DONE girl! emoticon emoticon

    I wish you the very best and congratulate you also on your weight loss!

    3324 days ago
    emoticon Happy Birthday!
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