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College Graduation 2001 - look how skinny I was... This is what I want to look like again!

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My family. Taken December 2009.

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If for any reason you're at my spark page, please don't leave it without leaving me a note and telling me how you came about my page. Any words of wisdom are welcome too!

I'm a mommy of a little boy who is 3 years old and just recently had a baby girl in August. I am a wife for 5 years now.

Anyway before I had my little boy, I was overweight. It seems like since I've had my little man, I'm having a really hard time keeping my weight under control, in fact, have gone over 300 lb. mark because of it!!! I need to do something, I want to feel better about myself instead of dwelling on it. I find that I tend to "eat" when I'm feeling depressed or bored. Being aware of these tactics, I'm hoping that will help me. I know I'm the only one that is control of me and the only one that can do this, but motivational support is what I'm lacking and I know that would be a great help! And now, I'm back... after having my daughter, I have had a jump start weight loss!!! Pre-pregnancy weight was 308lbs. I gained weight while pregnant back up to the 320s, last weight before I had my lil girl was 324 lbs. I am currently at 290 lbs!! I'm taking advantage of this now! And going to keep the weight coming off!

If you look to the left of my spark page, you'll see a couple of pictures of what I used to look like. Take a look. I also have some more pictures in my photo gallery as well. Feel free to look. I've been using these pictures to help me remeber what I'd like to look like again and to help me remember to make healthy choices! If I can come within 50 lbs. of what I was in these pictures, oh, that'd be so grand! I am hoping that by next summer, I could go to the beach or amusement park and not feel like a big whale!

A nice daily reflection for those who need it...

If you've started out in pursuit of your goal
And you've really tried with your heart and your soul,

But somehow things got out of control---

When you've tried your best to do what you should
And you thought this time that you surely would,

But once again, you didn't do good---

When you've worked so hard to follow a dieters way
And you fought to win a victory each day.

But one more time you went astray---

When you've tried so hard to yourself to be true
And do the things that you know you should do,

But once again you failed to come through---

When the road to success seemed much too long
And each temptation was oh so strong

And once again you gave in to wrong---

When you've told your friends what you planned to do
And trusted them to help you through

But soon discovered it's up to you---

When you know you must be physically fit,
But your hope seems gone and you're stuck in a pit

That's not the time for you to quit---

When the week seems long and successes few
And at weigh-in time you're feeling blue,

Remember tomorrow is just for you---

To start again means a victory's been won
And starting over again means a race well run

And starting over again proves it can be done
So don't just sit there---

~~ Author Unknown ~~

Member Since: 9/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,730

My Goals:
I'd like to get started losing weight now before it gets too bad and more out of control.

Just to lose 10 lbs, will be enough to excite me!

Ultimately, I'd like to lose 150 lbs. total. However, I realize that is an unrealistic goal to expect right away as it will take TIME to get my weight off. And patience gets the best of me, so this is going to be HARD!

Small goal first, I want to lose 10 lbs. Then another 10 lbs. and so on and so forth.

My Program:
I am following a calorie/fat based eating food journal. The fact I dont like many vegetables, this is the only way that would work for me. I tried to follow sparkpeople nutrition menus, and that did not go well for me. But I'm doing much better the method I'm going about it. Several small meals throughout the day, with healthy foods!

Personal Information:
I live in Muskegon, MI. That is where I was born and have been all my life. I was very thin all through my life until about the time I was 23. From there, everything has gone down hill. I'm 29 years old now and have decided I'm miserable at the weight I am. I want to be healthy and I want to look good again. And no one can do anything about it except me. It's time, it's time to say... NO MORE EXCUSES!

I am no longer working. I lost my job in January 2006 and have since then rec'd social security disabilty as I have a hearing impairment that has prevented me from working; my hearing in one of my ears has gone completely and the other one is still hanging in there, but only benefited by a hearing aid

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