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"I will beat the odds, as great as they are.... Now I will turn miracle into routine. The amazing will be seen everyday. I will put in all the hard work necessary."-Yann Martel

Sparkpeople helped me to drop from a high weight of 212 (in 2010) to about 165. I was an overweight child and was obese, until I was 42 but now I'm excited to be normal! I've done it in a way that is not only sustainable, but sustains me.

I am following the National Weight Control Registry behaviors that predict successful maintenance. I consider many factors in choosing what to eat: calories, fiber, protein, sodium, and taste. I eat whole foods and cook for myself mostly. I enjoy circuit strength training, and also work to keep my attitude and motivation going.

I got started (both in 2010 and 2012; I had a baby in 2011) when I weighed myself and was unpleasantly surprised, and realized I'm at an age where I should do something about it. I didn't set out for the 150's, I just wanted to get back to being not obese. But as I began to see success both in my program and others, my vision expanded.

It took many months for me to feel sure this was a lifestyle change and not "dieting". I have worried about how many people relapse after a big weight loss. From the start, I made sure everything I did was something I wouldn't mind doing for the rest of my life. I read a lot of the articles about motivation and wellness, and then one day it really clicked for me that weight is just one more tool, not my final goal.

My success story: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_

Member Since: 1/9/2008

Fitness Minutes: 53,393

My Goals:
Take care of myself with inspiration, real food & fitness

My Program:
Eat real food, the right amount
strength 2xwk
Blog every month
"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot". Michael Althsuler

Personal Information:
I used to feel like I had been overweight my whole life, though really between the ages of 11 and 17 it wasn't that bad. I just expected to weigh 120 and have a 36-26-36 figure, which was never a reality, just something I picked up from the media. Then I broke my foot during 12th grade so several weeks of not moving put me up near 180 and I've bounced between that and over 200 for my childbearing years. At first i just wanted to be not obese, but as i saw it working, I've decided to let go of my big boned pride and shoot for a healthy weight.
Update: I apparently didn't save a copy of my measurements, but my hips were like 49.5 when I started and my waist was 38.5. My resting heart rate used to be 79.

Other Information:
Awesome quotes:
Mistakes are the portals to discovery-Joyce
Decisions Determine Destiny
Do the next right thing
It's like living in a bouncy castle! -Lady Cassandra
If we do only what is required of us, we are slaves; the moment we do more, we are free. -Cicero
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it. -Goethe
it doesn't get easier; you get tougher
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind -Romans 12:2
You can't do results, you can only do behaviors -SADAPARIBHUTA

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