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3 August 2018

Greetings! My name is Michelle and I live in Orange County, California (within minutes of Disneyland). I have been Sparking off and on for many years. What seems like a lifetime ago, I was the type of person many people envied because I was able to eat anything and everything yet remain skinny. That all changed when I entered my 30s and got a desk job. With the helpful tools on SparkPeople and the support of my fellow Sparkers, I was able to lose 38 pounds in 2014. Once I stopped using SparkPeople regularly, I lost my focus and began gaining all my weight back again. To be honest, I do not know how much I weigh right now. I am almost scared to check. All I know is that I feel sluggish, my clothes are too tight, and I have more pain in my lower back and knees. My neck also feels tight and I cannot breathe well whilst laying down. All telltale signs of too much fat.
I am now fed up with the discomfort and my laziness, so I am ready to regain my focus. I remember how wonderful I felt when I lost the 38 pounds and I am anxious to feel good again. I have reset my SparkPeople account and already started adjusting my lifestyle. I have started back with my Pilates standing and mat exercises every day since 7/28 and tracking my food and drinks. Although I have not been weighing myself, I already feel my core muscles strengthening and can see my stomach fat decreasing! It has been only 1 week!

I really hope I can stay focused and stick with it this time. I know what needs to be done and how to do it. I also know that I can do it! So, let’s do this!

Member Since: 6/2/2009

Fitness Minutes: 11,569

My Goals:
A healthy lifestyle is my main goal, currently with a focus on weight loss.

My goal weight is 159 lbs, which is the middle range of the BMI scale for my “Normal Weight.”

My Program:
Currently my goal is 1,244 - 1,600 calories per day.

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49 years old
Orange, CA

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    Stopping by to say I am back. Its been tough for me the past few months, but I am make. I missed you and all of my SP friends emoticon
    2102 days ago
    "Never wait for the proper mood to start a thing, nor until the spirit moves you.
    Make your own mood. Make your own spirit. How? ACT. Do something – anything.
    Inspiration seldom generates action. Action always creates inspiration."
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    Thank you so much for the goodie! I hope you had a great Valentines day and are ready for a healthy weekend!
    2106 days ago
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    Thanks for the Goode, I did love Oceanside!
    2123 days ago
    "Many things are simply not going to happen with just one, or three, or even a dozen attempts. Yet anything becomes possible with enough persistence.
    Keep going, and allow your efforts to build upon one another. Keep going, and transform the disappointments into achievements.
    You have what it takes to keep going, because all it ever takes is just one more step forward.
    Keep going, and work your way steadily to the richest rewards you can imagine."
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    Hope your week is going great, Spark friend! Keep taking those steps towards your goals. Never give up! As long as you keep going, you will succeed. You are always worth your best effort!
    2129 days ago
    Happy New Year to you!! emoticon emoticon on joining the BL team and doing those stairs daily. emoticon emoticon
    2141 days ago
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