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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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