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Me at about 4 weeks postpartum, weighing around 285 lbs.

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Doing something I love, Jan 2010, at around 265 lbs.

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I'm on a mission to reach my goal weight before I turn 30. I'm tired of being the funny, fat chick. All my life, I have been overweight. I remember being in 3rd grade and being teased by 3 boys (who I wound up knowing all throught my school years) who called me "Brontosaurus." I never had much self-confidence with men, which lead me to a streak in high school of binge drinking and countless one-night stands. I thought a fun party girl attitude could find me a boyfriend. Ha! I'm suprised it didn't find me an STD or seven. I was active in high school, where I played four years on our fast-pitch softball team, but I never was able to lose any weight. I also continued to play softball for a few years after graduation, but not even 2-3 hour practices in the summer heat helped the weight come off. When I finally met the man who I'd marry in 2000, I began to realize that it was going to take more than that. I successfully lost around 60 pounds in 7 months during his first deployment to Afghanistan, but shortly after, the weight came back. I went to the gym off and on for the next several 5 years, maybe losing a few pounds here and there, but with few real results. Then I got pregnant. I got to my highest weight of 312. I knew as soon as I met my son that I needed to lose the weight. My father died when I was young (not due to weight-related issues) and I know how hard it is to lose a parent. I want to be a good example to my husband, my family, friends, and especially my now 2-year old son.

This is a lifestyle change for me, not a diet. This is my one true effort where, when I consider giving up, I ask myself this: how much do you want it? I want it bad. I'm not giving up this time. My son is worth it, and I am worth it.

As of March 3, 2010, I weighed 262. I lost 22 pounds before starting SparkPeople. I hope to be even more successful from this point.

June Measurements (Staring SP):
Waist: 45.5"
Hips: 53.5"
Thigh: 30.5
Upper Arm: 17.25"
Chest: 40.25"
Calves: 19.25"
Forearm: 11.5"
Neck: 13.875"

July Measurements Diff (from June):
Waist: -0.5"
Hips: -3.0"
Thighs: -1.0"
Upper Arm: -1.0"
Chest: -1.5"
Calves: -0.5"
Forearm: No diff
Neck: +0.5" *** Gained!! :(

August Measurements Diff (from July):
Waist: -3.0"
Hips: -2.0"
Thighs: -0.5"
Upper Arm: -0.5"
Chest: -0.5"
Calves: -0.75"
Forearm: -0.5"
Neck: -0.75" ** Diff could be due to poor July Measurement

Member Since: 5/26/2010

Fitness Minutes: 22,020

My Goals:
*Run 1 mi without stopping or walking (DONE! 8/1/10)
*185 lbs by 31Dec2010
*Feel fit enough to join a softball team again
*Be able to wear my size 6 wedding rings again (DONE! Oct '10)
*Complete a 5K (DONE! 8/14/10 in ~33:30!)
*Wear regular size pants (12 or less)
*Don a bikini in public for first time in over a decade
* BMI less than 30
* Do a pull-up, unassisted

My Program:
JM 30 Day Shred, alternating levels 1 and 3, OR Sparkpeople generated ST workout, plus 20-30 min cardio on elliptical MWF

C25K (started wk1 6/22/10), walk/jog on treadmill 40 min T/TH/SAT

Personal Information:
My name is Dedra, and I live in Lexington, KY. I have been married to a wonderful man for nearly 10 awesome years and have a beautiful 2-year old son named Logan. I have a great family and friends, so I am very blessed. I hope that during my journey towards a healthier lifestyle, I will be able to enjoy life even more. It would be even better if those I love could enjoy me more, as well! :)

Other Information:

*New sneakers(10lbs) (GOT 'EM! 6/28/10)
*Manicure/Pedicure (20lbs) (DONE! 8/8/10)
*New Purse (30lbs)(On hold...)
*HR Monitor(40lbs)
*Cute workout outfits (50lbs)
*New hairstyle and pro hair care products (60lbs)
*Spray tan package (70lbs)
*Full-body massage (80lbs)
*New wardrobe (90lbs)
*Trip for 30th bday (100lbs)

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    Hey there ! Thank you for your kind comments regarding my reference to it really is a fabulous website. You know, you can modify the workouts to suit your current level of fitness.

    Some of the workouts are definitely a challenge, but you can make modifications where you need to.


    -- karen
    3953 days ago
    Great Job Girl!!!

    P.S. It would be wonderful if you joined the Done girls team. Super Supportive and we would love to have you!!
    3964 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/1/2010 1:33:35 AM
    Hi! Hope you don't mind that I added you as a friend. I see that we are at the same weight and both starting the Couch to 2K program. Look forward to seeing you on the message boards! emoticon
    3968 days ago
  • v CAROLYN1213
    Welcome to the Couch to 5k running group!!!! Stop by the message board and introduce yourself to the team. On the team page you will find a thread for each training week. Click on week one and post were you are at in your training. This is a great way to meet others who are in the same phase of training as you. Some of my best friends were in my training week one and we worked through the program together sharing victories, questions, comments, and ideas. I look forward to learning more about you. I will be popping in on the Weeks 1 - 3 training to help answer any questions that might pop up and to cheer you on to your goals! Be blessed! Be a runner!
    3972 days ago
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