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My son was playing with the camera and took this picture...after crying at how much weight I've let myself gain back, I got determined to change it. I lost it once I can do it again!

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Starting point. 9/22/08 310 lbs. My heaviest was 315 lbs.

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playing at the park with Dylan....something I never would of done 100+ lbs ago.

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September 18th, 2008 I started on Sparkpeople. One year later I had lost 120 lbs.! Amazing yes? I thought so too and I thought each and every day that there was NO way I would let myself go back to being so heavy and unhealthy. After so much work? Are you kidding! Well I I am and I've gained back every pound I lost and then some. I am at my absolute heaviest ever, I am on high blood pressure meds now among other health ailments. How did this happen??? Let me tell you, it happened easily....too easily. De-nial is an amazing thing. BUT I've realized once again that I could sit in shame and guilt about it and keep on gaining weight or I could do something about it. One day at a time. Each day I can make a choice to keep on being so unhealthy or I can do something about it. I've had some false starts since gaining the weight back but I'll never give up. I've finally realized that until I fix the inside I'll never keep the outside fixed so thats my goal this work on the why. So wish me luck and here we go, here we go, here we go again! :)

START WEIGHT: 315 lbs.
Sept 18, 2008: 313 lbs. *Day I started with Sparks*
Oct 18, 2008: 292.6 (lost 20.4 lbs)
Nov 18, 2008: 277.8 (lost 14.8 lbs)
Dec 18, 2008: 265.4 (lost 12.4 lbs)
Jan 18, 2009: 255 (lost 10.4 lbs)
Feb 18, 2009: 242 (lost 13.0 lbs)
Mar 18, 2009: 234.6 (lost 7.4 lbs)
Apr 18, 2009: 225.2 (lost 9.4 lbs)
May 18, 2009: 216.2 (lost 9.0 lbs)
Jun 18, 2009: 209.2 (lost 7.0 lbs)
Jul 18, 2009: 202.8 (lost 6.4 lbs)
Aug 18, 2009: 194.4(lost 8.4 lbs)
Sep 18, 2009: 192.2 (lost 2.2 lbs) ** ONE YEAR SPARKIVERSARY!!!!!**
I didn't quite meet my goal of getting out of the 'obese' catagory by my one year anniversary but I DID lose 122.9 lbs in this past year and I feel SO much better!!

February 16, 2013: Startover day

Member Since: 9/18/2008

Fitness Minutes: 12,718

My Goals:
To lose the weight I've let myself gain back.

To feel healthy again

To feel strong

To be able to get on the floor and not have to get help back up

My Program:
Planning out my meals each day before I eat and getting in exercise 3-5 times a week.

Personal Information:
I'm Melissa, 45 yrs. old and I have two boys at home...16, and 5 yrs old!
I'm from Carson City, Nv. and I love it beautiful!

Other Information:
Love to read (mystery's mostly...Steven King, Dean Koontz. I love to cook (gotta learn some new ways to do that in a healthful way!)

10/10 Recently started back to school to finish up my degree and get certified as a medical assistant. I love it!!

04/2012: I finished my goal of getting my degree and my certification in medical assisting and phlebotomy. Yay me!

Finishing all my other goals...need to reach the most important one...getting healthy!

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  • v NEWSTART127
    Hey you! Are you still Sparking? I gained a bunch of weight back, too... I'm here, and back at it!
    1162 days ago
  • v MARI195
    Hey there girl....Baton time? I just crawled back to SP and am looking up my old buds...Looking forward to moving forward, one step at a time. Take care. ~~Marilyn
    3307 days ago

    I was so excited to go to your page and see a current post. I am so happy for you to be back at committing to getting healthy again. We all struggle and go up and down and I know without a doubt you can lose your weight again!!! Keep remembering you already did it once you can do it again!!! I'll be here cheering you on and supporting you!!!! I have 170 pounds to lose. I lost 70, then had some huge life stressers, let them overtake me and gained back 30 and I'm working on losing that 30 and then keeping on going to my goal. It's not easy but it is possible. I know I can do it and you can too!!!

    3333 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/7/2012 5:01:37 AM
  • v CHERYLB0519
    Hi Melissa! I found your page today and think you are very motivational and inspiring! I know all to well the disappointment of losing a large amount of weight only to gain it back again! Your story sounds very familiar to me and yet you have such a positive attitude about it! emoticon
    3632 days ago
  • v NEWSTART127
    Nice to see you pop back up! There are still lots of "Nesters" you'd remember. I pop in and out there, too. You can do it... life happens, and we can undo what we redid to redo what we can do! emoticon Hugs, Audra
    3661 days ago
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