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I am a mother of two wonderful children age 9 and 11 years old. I am also a wife, an educator now working for the State Department, a sister/daughter/aunt, Cub Scout volunteer and a girl scout leader. I love to spend time with my family and friends!

I have been a member of Spark People since 2011, but have only used the site on and off. When I first started using spark in 2011 it was after a doctor appointment that I weighed in at 250 lbs. I had kinda of a freak out moment, which was good for me, because I was getting a bit to close to the 300 number. By June 2012, I had lost 35 lbs by exercising and eating well, and was back at 215 which was exciting. After that everything went down hill and I stopped using Spark People plus the "Biggest Loser" contest one of my colleague at work was over (even though I won 2nd). I gained it all back plus some. Then next time I remembered weighing in was August 2015 and now I was at 270 pounds. I felt frustrated, because I should have another freak out but I didn't. In 2016, I started some streaks with my FitBit with 105 days from April to July of 10K plus steps. But then I twisted my ankle and was on the sidelines again. Even when being off spark people I've remembered some of the things I've learned. I love getting on positive streaks - it really works for me. So in addition to the steps streaks in the past year, I have stopped drinking Diet Cola about 20 months ago and if when tempted won't drink one because of my awesome streak.

In the beginning of April 2017, I finally finished reading the book "The Spark", after my third attempt at starting it and feel like I'm finally ready to make it STICK! My kids are finally old enough to really join in on the journey plus this is a "BIG" year for me. At the end of 2017, I will turn the BIG 4-0. It is time to make a change! Also, we just need to make a family change. My husband in January was told he had Type 2 diabetes at 39.

At the beginning of April 2017, I decided to start my journey again at 256 lbs. I'm working on small goals and believing in slow and steady. I know I can do this! After the first week I am more aware of my eating habits (from tracking my food), am making sure I'm drinking lots of water, and am being more active (at least my 10K steps daily plus hopefully 10 minutes of exercise or stretching). My initial goal is just to get under the 200 number, so that I can be healthy for my family and happier.

By August 2017, I was very, very close to my wait loss goal. I made it down to 203 pounds and was feeling so much healthier. I wasn't running out of breath walking up & down the stairs, my skin, nails, and hair looked great, and I was down from a size 22 to 16. Other parts of my life goals also were aligning. I was able to get a new job to further my career and my family and I moved to a new upgraded house. We these exciting, but huge life changes I made excuses to let myself slide on my healthy diet life styles changes and started eating unhealthy, sugary coffees, more sweets, and now I was walking less (and exercising less) because my new job was a desk job. In about the same time it took me loose the 50 pounds I have gained it back.

So that is where my journey continues. We are about to start 2019, and now I have to stop letting the "little stuff" slide (snacking, not walking, etc.). I need to change my mindset to celebrate all of the great changes I have had in the last year and refocus on how great it felt also being healthier.

Member Since: 6/27/2011

Fitness Minutes: 14,038

My Goals:
My starting weight is 256 pounds. My initial goal is to get under 200 pounds and feel healthier. Long term goal would be to be around 185 pounds (I think).

Weigh In:
Starting Weight: 255.9

Week #1 - 253.2 pounds (down 2.7 pounds)
Week #2 - 249.3 pounds (down 6.6 pounds)
Week #3 - 246.1 pounds (down 9.8 pounds)
Week #4 - 242.9 pounds (down 13 pounds)
Week #5 - 238.2 pounds (down 17.7 pounds)
Week #6 - 235.9 pounds (down 20 pounds)
Week #7 - 236.3 pounds (up 0.4 pounds) - going up/plateauing would have upset me in the past- but according to my "Smart" scale there was a 2 pound shift from fat to lean body mass - so still a WIN & motivated!
Week #8 - 229.7 (down 6.6 pounds)

*** 2 MONTH TOTAL = -26.2 pounds ***

Week #9 - 233.6 (up 3.9 pounds)
Week #10 (plus 1 day) - 230.4 (down 3.2 pounds)
Week #11 - 228.3 (down 2.1 pounds)
Week #12 - 226.4 (down 1.9 pounds)

*** 3 MONTH TOTAL = -29.5 pounds -Just start Home Work-out and 5%

My Program:
Week #13 - 223.8 (down 2.6 pounds)
Week #14 - 219.4 (down 4.4 pounds)
Week #15 - 217.7 (down 1.7 pounds)
Week #16 - 215.5 (down 2.2 pounds)

*** 4 MONTH TOTAL = down 40.4 pounds

Week # 17 - 215.5 (down 0 pounds)

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My Initial Goals:
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (hopefully closer to 100 oz.)
- Exercise or Stretch 10 minutes a day
- Eat 5+ fruits and veggies a day
- 5 minute positive self-talk each day
- 10,000 steps each day

(Eventually add-on daily journaling)

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