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For 18 years I was a Mom first. I also think that I am a pretty good wife and I help with our family business. But I never made much time for myself. Now my only daughter is off at university and a major focal point has changed. Instead of being sad about it (because I am happy for her) I want to focus on giving to myself. It is hard to learn that, but I am going to.

Dec 2008
I graduated from highschool at 123lbs. I was 140lbs when I got pregnant. I had lost most of the pregnancy weight within 6 weeks. I gained some more weight, but life got away from me and I gained 20 lbs. Then was in a car accident that left me with a lot of pain. My top weight was 213 lbs. I stablized at 203lbs. I lost 10 lbs before I startedSparkpeople and found accupuncture for the pain.

Today my life is quite different. I have not reached my goal, I lose and gain the same 3lbs. However, I am not the same person that I was 2 years ago. I have so much more energy. I run up and down the stairs. I love to go shopping for clothes (size 4). I am more confident. I am comfortable in social settings. I am more able to be myself.
The only regret is that I didn't lose the weight sooner.

Member Since: 7/24/2006

Fitness Minutes: 183,892

My Goals:
I have 15 pounds left to lose. I have gone from a size 18 to a size 4 in Eddie Bauer jeans. Some days tholse 18's were snug.

My Program:
I am eating properly. I don't bring anything that is not good for me into the house.

I never wear loose baggy clothes. If I gain a few pounds, I feel it in my clothes.

I weigh myself regularly. It keeps me honest.

I run on the treadmill every day. A few days a week I use the elliptical trainer. I walk whenever I can. Strength train twice a week and do some yoga twice a week.

I only eat in the kitchen.
I have become largely vegetarian.
my life is different. I don't look or feel like the same person.

I am forgiving myself if I make an error

It is all about getting through the next 5 minutes.

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Big changes in my house this year my Mom passed away from cancer, my daughter married. She and her new husband moved to our town and in with us. Things are much happier than a year ago.

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