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First tattoo Aug 2009 as a reward for reaching 160lbs.

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Around 200lbs Feb 23rd 2001


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My ultimate mission here is to explore the viability of my apparent 'optimum' weight of the short term, I am heading for 140lbs and see where I want to go from there! I am currently at my lowest post-pregnancy weight.

My secondary goals are to work at gaining complete financial stability and to finally get my house straight.

My original Community Journal (from the pre-blog days!) is here for those who wish to read: 6 to 14 and halfway back!/4/1/1172076

Member Since: 12/31/2005

Fitness Minutes: 818

My Goals:
To feel sexier

To not feel like everyone is staring if I run or eat in public

To set a good example to my kids

My Program:
When I first started here, I tracked my first week or so with no changes and found I was having at the most 600 cals....and that was a day I was feeling completely stuffed! A normal day could be as little as 200cals, weekends I often ate nothing at all. I couldn't imagine doubling my intake over night, so I worked on small changes. Firstly, there is an article that lists some high-calorie healthy foods, such things as nuts, seeds, dairy etc. I stocked up on those and snacked on them to bulk up my intake.

I never had breakfast at that time, so I started making a point of doing so. I considered my first food of the day breakfast, but only if I ate it before 11.30, anything after that became lunch.

I kept track of my breakfast streak, starting off with a streak of only 3 or 5 for the first few weeks, gradually creeping up to become 30, 40, then more. Now I can't function without breakfast!

Now I have learned to listen to my body...that is the key!

Personal Information:
I am Tonia, 39 yrs old, from Devon, UK.
Newly separated from my husband, but still tied due to his disabilities.
I have 3 beautiful girls aged 19,17 and 10.

Other Information:
At the age of 16, I dealt with the normal stresses of being that age by simply not eating. My lowest weight at that time was 6 and a half stone (91lbs). I can still remember now how I looked in the mirror at that time...I can remember the podgy tummy looking back at me!
I now know the truth... MIRRORS LIE!!! When we are skinny, they make us see the fat and when we become fat, they show us some super-slim something. Mirrors show the us we think we are...I rely on photos to show how I look now, they show us as others see us.

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    Hi Tonia!

    Thank you for the warm welcome. I am from South Devon! I'm finding the site really useful so far and it's lovely that everyone is so welcoming. I'm the same height as you and it's weird because I was a size 6 and went up to a 14 and I'm now on my way back down too! Coincidence!

    5345 days ago
    WOW! YOu are a busy lady, with a number of commitments. Its a wonder that you can get the time for a weight loss regimen!

    Welcome to the "30 Something Mom's" team. This is a great group of very motivating ladies and I think you will like it!

    Oh, and my name is Tonia too...just spelled Taunia! :)
    5372 days ago
    I love that photo of you and your children on the beach, the picture says it all. your children look adorable. I'm on the hunt for the new forum so if you havna heard from me soon rescue me...Ha ha
    Take care x
    5466 days ago
    I love your's too. Especially the one with the kids by the beach. So beautiful. I don't have much luck with them taking pictures, just had to catch them on a good day. LOL . I'll be back on track soon. It's hard to be good when there is so many temptations. Well, hope to hear from you soon. Talk to you later.
    5474 days ago
    Great pictures. Hope everything is going well. I'm still trying to get to my goal weight. It's not always easy. WHERE DID MY MOTIVATION GO? Hope to talk to you soon.
    5476 days ago
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