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I'm a former coffee-slinging book nerd who really needs to get in shape on so many levels. Working in the cafe really helped my weight balloon up quickly (thirty-forty pounds!) in a year or so--and I was already significantly overweight.

It's been almost a year since I left that job, and I actually joined Spark back in late August 2008. I was making good progress and lost almost 25 pounds. In mid-October, my grandmother passed away and that was the beginning of a long slide that I've finally made the decision to get off of.

So I'm back, I've moved, I have (another) new job, and I'm hoping to stay on track for the long-term this time. I've gained all but about five pounds of what I lost, but I'm thankful it's not more, and looking forward to working my way down again. I know that Spark works for me--it has before--and I can't wait to see it happen again.

This is the best hope I have towards making my life more normal again.

Member Since: 8/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 605

My Goals:
I'm looking to lose about half my weight--eventually. Right now I think I'd be happy to get to 200! I've gotten to the point that I'm tired of how this is affecting my life, and I want to do something about it. Besides that, I want to have kids someday! No way I'm teaching them -these- habits so they can end up where I am now twenty years down the road.

My Program:
Right now I'm mostly just counting calories and trying to get in a little bit of a workout each day. I was in the bad habit of skipping breakfast and lunch and nibbling at work all day, then binging once I came home. Because of my current work schedule (11:30am-8:00pm) I'm going to be taking advantage of the "many small meals" technique. I'm planning on 3 meals around 300 calories a day, and then a 500-600 calorie dinner with my family when I get home from work. With my schedule, I can't really operate on a "normal"' three-meal plan--I'd be starving all the time!

I was using DDR for my cardio, but found that it had a pretty bad effect on my knees after a while. Now I live in an apartment building with downstairs neighbors, so that also makes it an unwise option at this time. The good news is that my new apartment complex has a workout room--I just have to get myself to go there!

Personal Information:
Original start weight: 301.2 (Aug. 2008)
New start weight: 296.3
Current weight: 296.3
Goal weight: 150

Total loss: 0 pounds
% lost of loss goal: 0%

I'm thinking about rewarding myself with a tattoo when this is all said and done, depending on the shape of ye olde skin when I get there. I always said before I would never get one because I had no idea how much weight I might gain (or lose) in the future, not to mention that at the moment I don't have too many body parts I'd -want- to decorate.

Now that I have a plan for the future, I'm thinking about it again. By the time I get there, I may change my mind--we'll see.

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    Hello! I wanted to stop by to welcome you to the What Not to Wear fans team. Feel free to jump on in to any of the threads. We love to talk about the show and anything else.
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    4313 days ago
    Welcome to SP and thanks for your comment on my blog. I like the added motivation of being able to add the meals to the tracker the night before. emoticon
    4319 days ago
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    Welcome to sparkpeople. I’m fairly new to this site, but I learned that getting active with your teams and find a buddy can motivate you to reach your goals. Here are some great teams, which are active on challenges and can help you lose weight/stay motivated:

    VS Angels Team: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/VSAngelsTeam
    SP Hotties: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/Hotties
    Friends Fans: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/Friends
    Leaving 110-ville, team for those who want to reach 120 or below: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/Leaving110vil
    Carmen Electra: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/CarmenElectra
    New team--Fabulously Fit: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/FabulouslyFit
    New team--The bachelor: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/TheBachelor

    The VS team and SP Hotties are about to start a cardio challenge on Aug 31. The challenge will be posted on Aug 29. Check it out! Hope you join the teams. See you on the message boards!
    4326 days ago