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What I feel like now, 1/12/08

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And what I'd like to feel like.....

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Tell you what I want, what I really really want:

To have unbridled fabulosity, fit into my clothes again and feel proud of myself!

Not to feel sooo heeeeeavy and sluggish..not sexy, kids.

To walk up a hill without going bright red and panting like a doggie!

To diminish this apple shaped tummy of mine so that it doesn't a/ stick out further than my boobs, b/ get in the way in intimate moments with my fella or c/ make me want to buy a caftan to wear so my waistband doesn't stick into it! (so far, I have resisted - I feel that the purchase of a caftan for that reason means one has given up.)

To be able to buy ankle-strap shoes because bending down to do them up is no problem

To see a photo without feeling shocked at the way I look, stop dreading changeroom mirrors and, god forbid, maybe actually go swimming!

My whole life I was a size 12 (US size 8), around 150 lbs I guess, but my weight's been creeping up since 2001, when I turned 28 and moved to London. They call it the 'Heathrow Injection' but I think it was more because I got a bit older and started working in more sedentary jobs. When I moved back to Australia in March 2005, I was still only about 78kgs (171 lbs) and a size 14 (US 10).

By November that same year, I had finally shed a useless boyfriend but I was tipping the scales at 88 kgs (194 lbs) size 16 (US 12).

I've gone up and down a few times since then, getting back down to 78kgs by around June 2008 which felt great but was shortlived!

I first joined SP in Dec 2008 at 90 kgs and over the next few months I dropped down to 85 kgs but lost my 'spark' in a big way after life dropped a few nasty obstacles into my ever expanding lap and and now here I am at 91.4 kgs (201 lbs), still a size 16 (12) but pushing it! :-(

Happily, I know what to do and with a little luck, a lot of sweat and determination and some true grit, not to mention this fantastic website (hallelujah for sparkpeople I reckon, I am SO inspired by the other people on here!) I'm doing it. Not tomorrow, or 'one day' - RIGHT NOW!!

Member Since: 12/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,980

My Goals:
Ultimate Goal: 65 kilos, (BMI 22)
Size 10/12 (Aus)
Become a habitually healthy person:
Exercise 5 times a week at least and eat within range 6 of 7 days.

To get there:
Incorporate sustainable healthy behaviours into my life so they become lifelong habits

How I'll measure it:
Lose a minimum of 450 grams per week

Interim Goals:
86.7 kgs - lightest weight since Dec 2008 AND no longer obese!
81.9 kgs - 10 kgs down
79 kgs - my February 2008 weight and half way to goal
73.5 - 20% of body weight - GONE!
72.3 kg - HEALTHY BMI
69 kgs - under 70 for first time since my 20s.

My Program:
Use the nutrition tracker religiously.

Stick to a low-carb, high protein eating plan.

Exercise 3 x cardio and 3 x ST per week.

Make healthy choices a way of life...

Personal Information:
My name's Amy. I'm 5'6" I think, 168 cms tall and 37 years old.

I live in the beautiful city of Perth, Western Australia which is nestled in between the hills and the ocean. I have a fantastic family of 3 older sisters who all inspire me in different ways and my ever interesting and entertaining parents.

I live with my gorgeous man (seriously, he is smokin' hot) Graham (Gray) who is 11 years my junior and the best thing to ever happen to me and our dog Desmo who is the coolest dog in the universe. We've just had our first child, Ari, who was born on 5/12/11 and is the apple of my eye :-)

Other Information:
'I believe in you baby, you've done much tougher things before. Just do it, don't think about it, don't get caught in the montage in your head of losing the weight when your excersing, just think that this is going to be tough, for sure, but it's one day at a time and every day makes a difference, you just gotta commit to each day as it comes and the next thing you know it's been 3 weeks, then 6 weeks, then you start seeing a real change and that spurs you on but it is always every day that makes the difference and that's all you can control and all you should worry about. '

From my bff Delaney, 5/12/8

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2012!!!
    Where are ya, Done Girl!? I hope no matter where you find yourself in life, you are definitely enjoying it this birthday!!

    All the very best,
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    The Cancer child is often shy and lonely, but she has a hard time telling others how she feels. This is a trait she deals with all of her life. She "crawls back into her shell" to protect herself, but finds it an isolated place. She ignores her needs & becomes "The Little Red Hen" taking care of everyone else, but not getting what she wants from others. She has to learn how to balance her life.
    She has tenacity. She can finish what she starts and see her way to a goal. This often doesn't apply to her losing weight, since her emotions get the best of her. BUT, she can do it, if she really wants it.
    She often picks out the wrong man, since she tends to go after the "bad boy" so she can show other women how she is superior & he will just want her, but this often backfires for her, where she ends up with a "jerk" who hurts her feelings, because he returns to his cheating ways. She's jealous & can't let go, so often she has a lot of trials. She needs to learn that the right man for her is a stable, frugal, hardworking person like herself. She can get along with Taurus, Virgo, Pisces, Capricorn and Scorpio.
    She makes a good business woman working in food, home decor, or beauty. She loves children & can teach them cooking.

    In Cancer the Sun is receptive and moody. You are a very sensitive person who is easily influenced by your environment. You are likely to be exceedingly protective of your feelings, as well as the feelings of those to whom you are close. Emotions are strong in your nature. You approach life with many feelings and a strong nurturing tendency. Your moods are varied and changeable. They are synchronized to the Moon, flowing in and out like the tide. You are acutely aware of the atmosphere of feelings surrounding you. You're skeptical and distrustful of people. It's not what they say, but simply the way they say it and the way you interpret their meaning.
    You need to tell your deepest thoughts. When those around you are not receptive, you can become quite difficult to reach. The "crabby" part of Cancer shows up once in awhile, as well. When these moods are in control of your behavior, you can snap someone's head off for no reason at all. People you live around have to learn that you are not really angry with them. This is just the way Moon children are sometimes. By nature you are quiet and somewhat reserved, frequently retreating or putting up a protective barrier when you feel in any way threatened.
    You are attuned to the past. You tend to cling to reminders and memorabilia of your family and of earlier times. Many Cancers are attracted to collecting antiques. You may be one of those people who collects just about everything. It's hard for you to part with something when there may be a chance need some rainy day, no matter how remote that chance may be. Cancers are the original "pack-rats."
    You place much importance on the home and family. Your family or your "family of friends" is the center of your life. They provide you your sense of security and belonging. Your role in this environment is the source of your self-esteem and often overshadow your sense of individuality. It's hard to break away from your early upbringing and depart from the family traditions you have experienced. Cancer is the sign of motherhood. In both sexes, it produces a parenting instinct that is caring, protective, and indulging. Even unmarried Cancers adopt friends, co-workers, and neighbors in an extended family situation.
    Hardworking and dedicated, you make an excellent employee. You are loyal and respect authority. This makes you supportive and protective of the boss and rarely questioning company policy. You do find it very difficult to handle change and disruption. If you are the boss, you like your employees to be dedicated as you are. Unfortunately, sometimes you may surround yourself with "yes men" who simply reinforce your decisions. You don't take chances or risk sweeping change.
    Money is very important to you. Not for what it will buy or for the freedom it provides, but for the sense of security it provides. No matter what else is to be said of Cancer, security and having the protective shell in place, is overriding.
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    Belated wishes for a very Happy Birthday! Hope your celebration was DONE just right!

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