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October 2010 and January 2016

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I'm the redhead on the right...At 245 lbs...

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Newest "before" Christmas 2014 up to 225 lbs

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Things Sparkpeople has taught me:
1) Never give up.
2) Misery may love company but being in the company of happy people (i.e. Sparkfriends) will get you through the misery.
3) Confidence is a learned trait and fake it until you make it!
4) Exercise really does make me happier (and healthier).
5) Weight loss, fitness and healthy living are a journey not a destination.

I am on this journey for the long haul - I've left SP for months at a time and always come back. I would love some new Sparkfriends because a lot of folks left along the way and did not come back :( - and back to #2 I like the company for this journey!

Member Since: 8/3/2010

Fitness Minutes: 46,497

My Goals:
2016 Goals:

I am going to see if I can get to 140 lbs which would finally get me to a normal BMI for my age/height. I hate being short.

Continue to run and compete in a 5k every other month.


Hit 155 on 1/12/16 that's 70lbs in just over a year.

Ran "Reindeer Run 5k" on 12/5/15 in 34.28 my personal best

Ran "Run for Your Life": 5k in October 24, 2015 in 39.11 minutes my PB!

Get to 165 by August 1-7, 2015 - GOT to 171.2 - got to 164.6 on August 31, 2015!!!!

175lbs which is 50lbs down since January 2015 (reached 6/14/2015)

UNDER 200 by March 1, 2015. - ALMOST hanging in at 201! - Reached 3/6/2015

182 by June 1st 2015. This would put me at the lowest weight I have seen since 2000. - Reached 5/14/15

PAST goals achieved:
12/9/10: 10% weight loss - achieved, ahead of goal date.

10/24/10: race-walked my 1st 5k in 47.45 minutes.

10/1/11: walk/jogged my 2nd 5k in

My Program:
1) Low-carb (less than 30gm daily) High Fat (started on Rosedale Diet which is a Ketogenic promoting plan - have adapted it somewhat but still adhere to same principles) - eat clean, stop when I'm full, drinking lots of water.

2) Exercise 5 days a week at least 30 min, have started doing HIIT, plus whatever extra activity I can fit in.

3) Had to stop weighing weekly as it psyches me out! So now only 2x a month.

Personal Information:
Mother of one beautiful grown daughter, happily living with the LOVE of her life, in North Carolina where the land meets the sky.

Other Information:
"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly" -proverb

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  • v L*I*T*A*
    Welcome to the SP Class Team August 1-7 2010!

    so glad you are here and looking forward to getting to know you better and helping you with your lifestyle changes...............join in on the threads on the team and let's get started....................blessings and hugs................lita

    3910 days ago
  • v no profile image WHISPERING-PINE
    emoticon to the .........ANGELS AMONGST US TEAM.

    The members here are always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. The people here are very supportive and will encourage you on to your successes. They have done it for me and they will do the same for you!! Welcome on board for some fun and challenges.

    Leader: Angels Amongst Us Team

    3910 days ago
    emoticon to SparkPeople!

    Just wanted to let you know that All Things ARE Possible!! emoticon

    I made it to my first goal of 150 last week!!! 40 pounds gone forever!!

    Good Luck on Your Weight Loss Journey!


    Have a Great emoticon Summer!!

    -MaryAnn emoticon

    "Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness." ~Edward Stanley
    3910 days ago
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