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At home with the SHOES! Nov 2011 (167 pounds)

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The dress. On the day (9/10/11). Enjoyed some Sun!

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Sept 2009: I love being outside and getting dirty.

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Hello old and new Sparkers alike. And welcome to my page. I used Spark alot in 2010 and 2011. But I took a break starting at the beginning of 2012. By August 2012 I was in trouble. The pounds crept back and I was in denial about it. Such a bad combination. Because than the pounds piled on between August and October. So now I find myself back at what I like to call my "top out" weight....I always end up right around 206-208lbs if I''m not exercising or watching my diet. The first time i reached this weight was in 2004, as I finished up my undergrad degree. I remember telling my mom how unhappy I was with the way my body felt and it was time to change. I did really well for about a year. I took up running and Bando in grad school. Entering the desk jockey work force really changed the whole game. I yo-yoed between 178 and 195 two or three times. And hung out around 185 the most. I started at Spark weighing 196 pounds in early 2010. I remember telling people "this job is killing me". My lowest weight ever was 165 in Oct 2011. At which point I burned out. Moving into the future I really need to decide what I can manage on a lifelong scale. I have two major problems with long term change. One, I lose interest if I don''t keep things fresh and keep learning. Two, I burn out because I have the habit of setting overly aggressive goals. I''ll reach the goal, and then have nothing left to take care of myself afterwards. This goes for exercise, food choices, and personal projects (like quilting). I''m currently doing Crossfit and focusing on cooking at home. For my future I need to focus on a balance, not a scale. I need to find the right mix to make my life both happy and healthy. This is a journey of a lifetime. That takes a lifetime. Just take it one day at a time and learn as much as you can each day. Don''t give up!!! I have faith that all of you Sparkers can do it too. Keep trying to find what is right for you. Love yourself. So much of this is an emotional journey so be true to it. Hugs!!! Mandy Seestars

Member Since: 6/22/2010

My Goals:
-#1 and only goal: find the right balance for a happy healthy me.

My Program:
-Listen carefully to my body to regulate my food.
-Attempt to get in some exercise. Elliptical is my favorite. I love the results of ST but struggle to keep up with it.
-Do something for me every day. Even if it is just a few minutes to read or a piece of REALLY GOOD chocolate.
-Develp life habits that make life happier and more effortless. Working up to getting good at all of these will take a while. 1. Regular walking days/times with my dogs
2. set and stick to a bed time
3. pack a lunch for work daily
4. keep in touch with friends and visit weekly
5. keep and check off items from a project list

Personal Information:
I love cake!

Other Information:
Don't worry, be happy. That's my motto.

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    Hello SeeStars,

    Small changes add up fast. I began walking at lunchtime about 2 years ago. To reward myself, I had a 'standing' order at the Subway a few blocks away and enjoyed a "mini" Veggie Delite (minus the cheese, no condiments and added avacado) 5 days a week. I'd call them when I was leaving work & by the time I walked over - they had it ready for me to pick up at the register. I carried my own water bottle & then walked & nibbled for the remainder of the hour. Over time I became faster, but I NEVER again had the typical energy dip in the afternoon after revving up my motabolism during lunch. My routine exceptions are that I will drive to pick up the sandwich & then walk at a nearby shopping mall if the temperature is above 90 or below 35.

    Good Luck!!
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    Comment edited on: 6/25/2010 12:11:04 PM
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    ¸.•♥´ .•´¨¨ ¸´¸.•´¨Welcome to the EE team!!
    I’ve belonged to a lot of teams here on spark-- i really do believe that the Emotional Eaters team is one of the very best, it’s a great group of people- very supportive and encouraging-- and it is very refreshing to talk with people who "get" what you're going through!! ¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.*¸.•´¸.•*¨¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
    Check out the main page of the EE team- there are “stickied” topics you may be interested in to get involved- a buddy thread, a place to introduce yourself, weigh-in challenge, a birthday post. ¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨(¸.•´ (¸.•´ (¸.•´¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥. ¸.•♥´ .•´¨¨ ¸´¸.•´¸.•*¨)¸¸.•´ ..•-~'¸.•*¨)
    Spark has a lot of great tools, and you will learn which ones work best for you. The best tools are the people tho, always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. I’ve been here for over a year now, and I still am overwhelmed, every day, by the kindness and goodness of others on this team!! That has made a world of difference for me. I hope you have the same success! ¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.*.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*
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    (¸.¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥. ~~best of luck to you on all of your goals!!! (¸.¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.

    3745 days ago
    Thanks for the support on my blog! How old is your dog?
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    Hi there!!!
    Welcome to SPARKpeople. We are quite a supportive bunch here. You've come to the right place, for sure.
    My advice if you care to hear it, is take full advantage of all this site offers. The food and fitness trackers, starting your own sparkpage, making friends, joining teams, reading articles, blogging....
    This is quite a journey we are all on -- no one has to go at it alone. Feel free to add me as a friend….


    (((( Sending SKINNY Vibes! )))) Team leader --- we have daily motivational challenges to spread the spark. Check us out! We love to welcome new members.

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