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This is my heaviest, around 206 pounds (December 2004)

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About 164 pounds (October 2005)

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About 174 pounds (October 2006)


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Hi! My name is Marissa. I'm 24 years old and recently graduated with my MBA. My weight loss journey has been a roller coaster. I joined Weight Watchers in the summer of 2005 at a whopping 206 pounds. Over the next couple of years I got down to 135 pounds. That was too skinny for me. I started putting on about 10 pounds at a time. After the first 10, I started working out and getting back on track with Weight Watchers. I was gaining more weight than I was losing and had gained a total of 15-20 pounds before I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I gained back another 15-20 over the following year and a half due to having too much fun with my friends during grad school. Looking back, it was worth it.

I am currently unemployed and have moved back home until I find a job in this wonderful economy. The good thing about it is that I am getting a lot of rest and I can work out as much as I want. This week I have started going back to Weight Watchers meetings and working out regularly.

Looking back on some old entries on a livejournal blog I kept for my weight loss journey, I was confusing motivation with obsession. I don't want getting back to my goal weight to cause more frustration than happiness with results. Besides getting my weight down and becoming stronger, not becoming obsessive is just as important to me.

I've found a lot of inspiration within this community in the past so feel free to friend me!


GOAL: 140 by 10/31/10

Member Since: 1/17/2007

Fitness Minutes: 2,547

My Goals:
I would really just like to feel healthy and comfortable in my own skin. I want to be able to go shopping and be able to ask for a size down, instead of the size up that they don't carry. I feel that I am beautiful inside and out, but I can make some changes for me to truly feel that way.

My Program:
I am following the Weight Watchers point system. This is actually the same amount of calories that this site has recommended for me, but I would prefer to count points rather than calories. I try to do cardio for one hour twice a week and strength training with 15 mins of cardio to warm up three times a week.

Personal Information:
24 years old
Recent [unemployed] MBA graduate
Currently living in Austin, TX

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  • v CASSAN

    Just that I would pop in and see how things are going for you?? Look at you at your half way point! That's so good girl, keep it up!!! =)
    Well stop by let me know how things have been going for you.

    Bright 'n' Shiny
    5144 days ago
    I came across your page on the College Students Sparkteam board. You look great! Keep up the good work!
    5153 days ago
  • v KATSHANE28
    HERE HERE!!! I can't wait to go see my family after all this is over and them be like woah! Thanks for your kind and encouraging words! I wouldn't be doing this if it hadn't have been for you taking the time to tell me all about it. I am so grateful to have someone else to do this with becasue if I was by myself I would have gone maybe once or twice and then stopped. Thank you so much for being my support when the good, and bad, happen. I hope that I am showing you just as much support because I really do want to do to this together. I think that this is helping me get to know you better too, which is awesome! I hope you know that if you ever need encouragement about this that I am always here. Thanks again!
    5158 days ago
  • v _KARA_
    Welcome to the Weight Watchers Friends SparkTeam! WW is a great program --- it works if you work it? Take it one day at a time and keep coming back here to SparkPeople for support, encouragement, and accountability. That's what takes me through from one day to the next when the going gets tough or I start slacking a little.

    5185 days ago
  • v KATWOMAN329
    Hi. I was reading the comfort food/emotional eater thread and saw your profile. I was just wondering how tall you are. You look really good for your weight! Sounds like you're doing good, keep it up!

    5188 days ago
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