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January 2010 "Before" picture - 225 pounds

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8/17/2010 @ 194 lbs (down 36 lbs)

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Original Message 2010: Here I go . . . follow my progress if you'd like. My overall goal to get to 180 lbs may seem a bit wimpy, but I've not been below 175 since high school, and not below 190 since having children. I'm going to break that 190 this time and I'll be EXCITED to readjust the goal at that time. For now, I'm feeling realistic is best and we'll just take this one day at a time.

UPDATE 2012: I originally found Spark People in 2009, joined half heartedly just to see what this was about. When I got serious in 2010 after watching my weight yo-yo, I committed to consecutive days of exercise and tracked my calories in and out fairly religiously. I was successful and lost 35+ pounds and then stalled out between 190-195, but was happy there. It feels good, I'm a comfortable size 12 at that weight (which surprised me). I believe I fit in the 12 so well then because of the exercise. I maintained that into the summer of 2011 when life struck me with tragedy. In July, my 15 year old son Austin died due to a brain aneurysm. After that happened I didn't really have energy or motivation to exercise, watch what I ate, I really just didn't care about any of it. So during this first year after losing Austin, my weight has yet again crept back up to near 230. I don't feel well, my clothes don't fit, my back gets sore, my joints are stiff. I just do not like being or looking like this. So I've made myself some small streaks to SPARK this again. It's time!!! Time to take care of me and be the best me I can be while I'm on this earth for all of my family, here on earth and in heaven.

UPDATE 2014: So, the 2012 attempt was not long standing. I'm back again and have made a 50 day pact with a friend. That is probably just what I needed to SPARK this time!

Member Since: 3/24/2009

Fitness Minutes: 21,328

My Goals:
2013 GOALS:
7 Consecutive Days:

50 Consecutive Days:

Lose 25 lbs:

100 Consecutive Days:

Lose 30 lbs:

Start C25K:
Finish C25K:

2012 GOALS:
7 Consecutive Days of Fitness: DONE 6-8-12

14 Consecutive Days of Fitness: DONE 6-15-12

2011 GOALS:
Complete 28 Day Bootcamp
GOAL MET 3/20/2011

2010 GOALS:
Lose 30 pounds by 7/4/10 - COMP 5/5/2010

300 Consecutive days
of fitness (starting 1/26/10) - GOAL MET 11/22/2010!

225,000 Steps in June -
GOAL MET 6/30/10 226k

My Program:
Watching portion size, total calories 1300-1700, and continuing a consistent exercise program - - at least 10 minutes every day.

Personal Information:
I'm in Illinois. Have 4 children (Ages 19-22. One eternally 15 - love you Austin!) and a wonderful supportive husband. We added a grandbaby in Jan 2014.

Other Information:
"Don’t let one night of gluttony, one weekend of debauchery, a vacation of unwholesome habits, consume your thoughts and defeat you. Reinstate your healthy lifestyle ASAP. All is not lost. "

Stay positive because the battle is really in the mind. Win there and you will be a success.

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    See you this afternoon!

    3531 days ago
    I'm going to send you a goodie instead....

    3591 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/16/2011 6:31:52 PM
    Hey Roberta! Just wanted to stop by and see how you are doing. How are the headaches? Have you been able to get into a routine again? I'm working on changing things up myself and am trying to squeeze in what I can early in the mornings. Some "female" issues haven't made it easy, but I'm getting through. Are your kids totally ready for summer? Do you have a vacation planned this year?

    I hope you have a fabulous week and are feeling much better without those darn headaches!

    Big hugs,
    3631 days ago
    Thanks for the positive words. Generally, I've been loving the bodybugg. Its incredibly enlightning. For example, I was shocked to learn that I burn exactly the same amount of calories watching TV as I a do when sitting at my office desk working really hard and full of stress trying to meet schedules. No wonder I can't lose weight!
    Although they say it's 90% accurate, I'm starting to wonder about that. There's no doubt that it has helped me stay focused... it turns the whole diet into a math equation..."OK, if I burn 3,000 calories instead of 2,000, I can eat an extra 1000 at the party tonight" because you can see your real burn. But I am wondering about how they count things. It seems to show a higher burn/minute when I'm walking fast on a flat surface than when I'm huffing and puffing up a steep hill or mountain. So, is the 90% on average across all individuals and all activities, and if so, what's the standard deviation. Mathematically, I should have lost 3-4 pounds in the last 10 days, and I've gained one. I walked or hiked 25 miles last week plus a spin class, and I'm up to 17.5 miles this week. No loss yet, even though I log in every single bite I eat.
    3657 days ago
    I stole your 50 Questions Blog =)
    Surprised we had a lot of simular answers lol!!
    3663 days ago
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