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So ever since I started back at school last April 2011, I lost all motivation to continue going to the gym and eating healthy. I was able to maintain for a few months, but these last couple months during the Holidays have been a real struggle. I have ended up gaining 15+ pounds in the last 2 months and honestly I feel like crap! I frequently get stomach aches from the horrible food I'm eating, my back and knees have started to hurt again, I feel tired all the time, I'm not sleeping good, I have no energy and I'm not happy with going backwards on my journey.

Everything was so much better and I was so much happier when I was going to the gym 2-4 times a week, tracking my food and eating healthy. I need to find that Spark again....I CAN'T go back to where I was before....I just can't accept that as an option!!!

So here's to a New Year full of new challenges and most importantly, new SUCCESSES!! :)

Hi there, my name is Mandi! I'm 24 years old and currently reside in Bothell, WA. I have battled weight all of my life...I was even a heavy baby at 10 pounds! lol I used to weigh 250 pounds at my heaviest a few years back. I decided to make a change for the better and lose some weight. I became a vegetarian, exercised at least 4 times a week and cut out sweets and fast food. I ended up getting down to about 170 pounds. I thought I was doing well until some stressful changes/events took place in my life and I quickly turned to food as a comfort once again. A huge reason for this was the fact that I had never really dealt with the reason "why" I had become fat in the first place while losing this weight. I soon stopped exercising and got discouraged to continue my weight loss altogether. I became a statistic and ended up gaining all of the weight back plus another 70 pounds within about a year and a half.

Up until July of 2010 I was "stuck" around 300 pounds. I would diet on and off about every other month, but it would never stick more than about 2-3 weeks. Back in July I found out my Dad needed to have an Angioplasty and a Stint implanted. It scared me more than I would have ever thought! When I saw him in that hospital bed before and after the surgery, I knew I was looking at my future if I continued on this unhealthy path! My mother also ended up in the hospital with Congestive Heart Failure a few years back and almost died at 56 years of age. Her body slowly retained 70 pounds of water and constricted her lungs to the point of oxygen deprivation. She remained in the ICU for 2 weeks while they removed all the excess fluid from her body.

Seeing my dad and mom in situations that probably could have been completely prevented if they were living healthier lives has been motivation enough for me to start a healthier life for myself. I just wish they would make the same choice for themselves, but I have to worry about "me" right now and just hope that I inspire them to want something better for themselves in the future!

I'm here with the same intentions as everybody else...I need to get healthy for myself and my future, and I'd love to meet some new and inspiring friends in the process!! :)

1st Goal= 290 lbs by 8-16-10
*~*Met 8-16-10*~*

2nd Goal= 286lbs by 8-23-10
*~*Met 8-22-10*~*

3rd Goal= 282lbs by 9-20-10
*~*Met 9-18-10*~*

4th Goal= 278lbs by 10-4-10
*~*Met 10-5-10*~*

5th Goal= 274lbs by 10-18-10
*~*Met 10-10-10*~*

6th Goal= 270lbs by 11-1-10
*~*Met 10-25-10*~*

7th Goal= 266lbs by 11-15-10
*~*Met 11-1-10*~*

8th Goal= 262lbs by 11-15-10
*~*Met 11-15-10*~*

9th Goal= 258lbs by 11-29-10
*~*Met 11-22-10*~*

11th Goal= 249lbs by 1-1-11
*~*Met 12-13-10*~*

12th Goal= 235lbs by 1-17-11
*~*Met 1-10-11*~*

13th Goal= 231lbs by 1-24-11
*~*Met 1-31-11*~*

14th Goal= 227lbs by 2-7-11
*~*Met 1-31-11*~*

15th Goal= 223lbs by 2-21-11
*~*Met 2-7-11*~*

16th Goal= 219lbs by 2-21-11
*~*Met 2-21-11*~*


17th Goal= 215lbs by 3-7-11
*~*Met 2-21-11*~*

18th Goal= 211lbs by 3-21-11
*~*Met 3-28-11*~* A little late but I got there, that's all that matters!!!!!! :)

19th Goal= 207lbs by 4-4-11
*~*Met 4-4-11*~* Yayy back on track and it feels GREAT!! :)

20th Goal= 203lbs by 4-18-11
*~*Met 4-18-11*~*

21st Goal= 199lbs by 5-2-11
*~*Met 5-2-11*~*

22nd Goal= 195lbs by 5-30-11
*~*Met 5-23-11*~*

23rd Goal= 191lbs by 6-13-11

24th Goal= 187lbs by 6-27-11

25th Goal= 183lbs by 7-11-11

26th Goal= 179lbs by 7-25-11

27th Goal= 175lbs by 8-8-11

28th Goal= 171lbs by 8-22-11

29th Goal= 167lbs by 9-5-11

30th Goal= 163lbs by 9-19-11

31st Goal= 159lbs by 10-3-11

32nd Goal= 155lbs by 10-17-11

33rd Goal= 151lbs by 10-31-11

34th Goal= 147lbs by 11-14-11

35th Goal= 143lbs by 11-28-11

FINAL GOAL= 140lbs by 12-12-11!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Member Since: 1/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 34,892

My Goals:
**Get down to 140 pounds and maintain between 140-150**

**Complete a Marathon**

**Feel Healthy & Strong**

My Program:
Diet= Several small meals every 2-3 hours throughout the day!

Exercise= At least 2-3 days of cardio and weight lifting each week!

Personal Information:
Hi! My name is Mandi! I was born and raised in Washington absolutely lives up to its title of the Evergreen State!! I currently work with Pre-School children and love what I do...most days! lol It's a job that definitely keeps me on my toes, which is a good thing when you're trying to lose weight!! lol

Other Information:
I'd like to lose weight so I can start living a healthier and more active life!! I want to start dating more, traveling the world, and getting outdoors more often (ie backpacking, hiking, snowboarding, rock climbing, river rafting). I just want to be able to do the things I love without wondering if my weight will get in the way. I'm DONE being fat.....I'm SO ready to get healthy again!!!! :)

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