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Hello, my name is Michelle and I'm on a weight loss journey. I am happily married and have three great kids! I love to read, be outdoors, cook, garden, and scrapbook, pen pal, write fiction, and much more!

When I started my weight loss joureny in August of 2007 I never imagined how many ups and downs I would have. From the start till September of 2010 I lost 56 pounds. I did it by cutting out regular soda, watching what I ate and exercising.

From September of 2010 to June 2012 I had 4 abdominal surgeries. During this time I gained back 29 of the pounds I had lost and also lost a lot of my strength and stamina that I had gained from the exercise. Between surgeries I would lose and gain the same 10 or so pounds and felt very frustrated with weight loss and fitness in general.

On top of my surgeries I found out I have Osteoarthritis in both knees and have a lot of pain from this condition. In March of 2014 I had gained almost all of my original 56 pound weight loss back and was feeling awful not only physically but emotionally due to the gain, pain, and the loss of my Mother to Lung Cancer.

But thanks to the support and motivation of my family and friends and some willpower on my part I am now down 63 pounds and have reached my first biggest goal which I've strived to reach for almost 8 years: I got under the 200 lb mark!!!!

Right now I am sitting at 193 lbs and I don't plan on stopping until I am fit and healthy. I know there will be more ups and downs and more pain but I also know that I can do it. And if I can do it anyone can!!

Member Since: 4/21/2008

Fitness Minutes: 58,795

My Goals:
- To get back down to 220. (REACHED)

-To fit back into my Large size scrubs (REACHED)

-To get back down to 210

-To re-lose all my weight had previously lost. (REACHED)

-To get under 200 pounds

Then back to previous goals:

-To be healthy.

-To be more active.

-To lower my blood pressure.

-To wear a size 10 jeans.

My Program:
-Eating Healthy.

-Working out.

-Being active.

-Playing with my Family.

-Reading about health, weight loss, and fitness.

-Everything in Moderation.

Personal Information:
I'm a proud mom of three kids ages 17, 12, and 10.

Happily married to my best friend Kevin.

I work as a Medical Assistant in a busy Orthopedics office.

We live in Kentucky.

Proud furbaby mom of 2.

Other Information:
I am an avid reader, and will read almost anything but some of my favorites include: Stephen King, Heather Webber, Rachel Caine, Richelle Mead, Dean Koontz, Victoria Laurie, Mary Janice Davidson, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jodi Picoult, Janet Evanovich, Margaret Weis, R.A. Salvatore, Greg Iles, and many many more!!

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  • v JENNIW70
    Thanks for the encouragement on my blog!! I appreciate it! Have a good week!
    3583 days ago
  • v LAURIE5658
    Michelle, welcome to your SparkPeople Official 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program and congratulations on your decision to RUN! My love for running started one day in June 2009 while I was out walking. I grew very bored with walking and decided to break into a jog and immediately loved the feeling. My life has changed in so many ways since that day. I started running at age 50 after never being even remotely close to being an athlete. I am proud to say that I am now a runner! I am a Jeff Galloway runner which means I use the walk/run interval method. I run for two minutes and walk for 30 seconds using a timer called a Gymboss.

    It is my hope that I can help all of you in the beginning of your running journey. As I found out, there is so much more than simply lacing up your tennies and heading out the door. If you want to run for years to come, you will need to ease into your running gradually in order to remain injury free. That is where this wonderful program comes into play. It is designed to allow your body to adapt to the rigors of running that it will experience.

    More than anything I want you to simply have fun with running. Once you experience that first 5k race you will be hooked! You will come home after finishing and look for another 5k to sign up for. Trust me.


    3626 days ago
  • v TEALADY0531
    Lots of cheering coming from my corner, my friend!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon You're emoticon ! emoticon emoticon emoticon Be Blessed!!!

    3626 days ago
    Thanks for visiting my blog--it's so important to know there's someone out there listening.

    Like you, I suffer from migraines--fewer recently than in years past--but they TOTAL eliminate my ability to control food intake. So sorry you're having to deal with them. . .it's amazing that you've made the progress you've made if you're getting them frequently.

    Have a great day-on-track!
    3646 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/30/2011 5:43:26 PM
    Hi Michelle,
    My name is Michelle too, I suffer from migraines, and it looks like we started at around the same weight and are close to the same current weight! I would love to be spark friends if you want to help each other on the rest of our journey!

    You're doing a great job! emoticon
    3658 days ago
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