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My current goal is to create long-term change. Everytime I leave SparkPeople, the weight comes back because I lose focus without the constant reminders of what and why I am doing these healthy things for myself. - 1/8/2011

Vision Statement: I want to look and feel younger than my age and stay active and vibrant as I age. I want to bless my body and be a good steward by making healthier choices today in my life!

**My maintenance range is 131-125 lbs.**

- logged my food
- focused on staying in my calorie range
- focused on's suggestions for servings from each food group

- tried to drink 8 glasses of water every day (although usually I only made it up to 6 or 7, that was a big improvement)

- logged my exercise
- started taking & making opportunities to move my body
- tried to change my attitude and remember that kids call moving their bodies "play" & view it as blessing my heart

- reward every step & success in my weight loss journey
- sought support (instead of beating myself up) everytime I experienced failure, frustration, or a backslide
I've been in denial for awhile now, but I'm finally ready to make a serious change in my life to improve my health and lose some weight. I'm grateful for SparkPeople's role in holding my hand as I take the first steps on my journey.


3/8/08: Joined SparkPeople (thanks, Raina!)

3/13/08: 200 SparkPoints!; feeling better after less than a week of new habits

3/14/08: 300 SparkPoints!; moved from Stage 1 to Stage 2 in the SparkDiet--working hard to make a serious and permanent change in my lifestyle; got on the scale for the first time since December--weighed 146 lbs.

3/18/08: 400 SparkPoints!; noticed an improvement in my eating habits as connected to emotional eating; increased self-control; pants fit more comfortably

3/24/08: 600 SparkPoints; weighed 143 lbs.; see blog entry

3/29/08: 700 Spark Points; I achieved my first major goal & bought my Dancing Lessons reward; maintaining the 143 lbs. despite slipping the last few days with very high calorie days for me

3/31/08: 800 SparkPoints; 142 lbs.! slow & steady progress wins the SparkPoints....

4/3/08: had body fat % measured for the first time in a few years--30% (the low end of the obese range)--hope to get it down to around 22%

4/8/08: passed 1000 SparkPoints!; weighed in at 140 lbs.--hoping I can maintain that loss; see blog entry

4/15/08: did an honest re-evaluation of my goals; see blog entry

4/22/08: Great news--my body fat % is down to 27% (from 30%)--that helps me feel much better about the fact that the scale hasn't been moving much lately

5/3/08: WooHoo! The scale started moving down again and I saw in the mirror the other night I am actually starting to get a 6-pack of abs! =)

5/7/08: Dropped another body fat %--down to 26%!

5/9/08: Bought myself my balloon and reward ribbons for reaching my goal of 15 pounds lost before mid-May. I am so proud of how far I've come in only two months with SparkPeople!

5/23/08: Staying steady at 25% body fat and 134 lbs.; need to stop slacking on exercising and be consistent if I expect to meet my future goals; I'm now wearing clothing I haven't fit into in 3 or 4 years; feel much happier with my body image than when I started SparkPeople, feel healthier and more self-confident

6/3/08: Staying steady at 133 lbs.; today the teller at the bank asked me if I had lost weight!

6/5/08: 2,500 Spark Points!

6/9/08: Staying steady at 132 lbs.; had teenage girls admire my weight loss accomplishments!

6/13/08: Reached my 20 lbs. lost goal!; 130 lbs.; 24% body fat (21-24% is a healthy range)

7/5/08: 128 lbs.; See blog entry

9/18/08: 131 lbs.; See blog entry

11/9/08: 133 lbs; not successfully maintaining--struggling

5/19/09: 135 lbs.; still struggling, not maintaining; working on exercising on a regular basis, but not watching food intake well

6/15/09: 135 lbs.; the definition of insanity--doing the same thing over and over and expecting the same results!

3/29/10: Still hanging out at 135 lbs. It's great that I haven't gained any weight in a year, but I know I have more fat & less muscle than I did too because I did not maintain my healthy habits.

1/8/11: Last year I gained 10 lbs. over 8 months due to overeating to handle stress (emotional eating). Not good. I'm back on the wagon, starting off fresh with the new year.

Member Since: 3/8/2008

Fitness Minutes: 6,291

My Goals:
Live a Happier and Healthier Life!
Current Goals:

*Be in shape for Pennsic in August!

*Firm up what I have

*Feel & be stronger

*Prove to myself that I can be healthier & maintain my weight loss long-term by making healthy daily choices

My Program:
*Daily morning stretches for flexibility and meditation/ focus

*Drinking 8 glasses of water each day

*Healthier food choices & portion control (self-control)

*Moving more

Personal Information:
USA location: NY State

SCA location: Shire of the Northern Outpost, East Kingdom

Other Information:
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride

Religious Preference: LDS

Favorite Hobby: dressing up like a Viking chick

Favorite Book: Llama Llama Red Pajamas

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    This quote amused me today:

    When I say, "I can't," it really means "I can and will but I don't want to and am going to be P.O.'d at the world the whole time I'm doing it."
    3807 days ago
    "And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb." -Kahlil Gibran


    1. Start small
    2. Get it on paper
    3. Focus on everyday habits
    4. Always see your goal
    5. Be consistent
    6. Never stop learning
    7. Come out of seclusion
    8. Allow for setbacks
    9. Trust your plan
    10. Have fun!!!
    3818 days ago
    Thanks for the thought! How're you doing?
    4236 days ago
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    (¸.•´ (¸.•´ (¸.•´¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.
    ¸.•♥´ .•´¨¨ ¸´¸.•´¨Welcome to the EE team!!
    I’ve belonged to a lot of teams here on spark-- i really do believe that the Emotional Eaters team is one of the very best, it’s a great group of people- very supportive and encouraging-- and it is very refreshing to talk with people who "get" what you're going through!! ¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.*¸.•´¸.•*¨¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨)
    Check out the main page of the EE team- there are “stickied” topics you may be interested in to get involved- a buddy thread, a place to introduce yourself, weigh-in challenge, a birthday post. ¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨(¸.•´ (¸.•´ (¸.•´¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥. ¸.•♥´ .•´¨¨ ¸´¸.•´¸.•*¨)¸¸.•´ ..•-~'¸.•*¨)
    Spark has a lot of great tools, and you will learn which ones work best for you. The best tools are the people tho, always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. I’ve been here for over a year now, and I still am overwhelmed, every day, by the kindness and goodness of others on this team!! That has made a world of difference for me. I hope you have the same success! ¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.*.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*
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    You are- WONDERFUL-cuz you’re you!!! BELIEVE IT!!! operationbeautiful-- END THE FAT TALK!!! ¸.•*¨¸.•´¸.•*¨(¸.•´ (¸.•´(¸.•´¸¸.•¨¸♥¨`*,¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥.
    (¸.¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥. ~~best of luck to you on all of your goals!!! (¸.¸.•*´¨`*• .¸♥. emoticon
    4268 days ago
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    Welcome to the Emotional Eaters team. emoticon
    4268 days ago
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