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I started this journey several months ago...and thought I wasn't succeeding. Did I lose weight? Eh, some. Did I gain some insight? A ton. I realized that I'm not just looking to wear a bikini. (Although, that'd be wonderful, not gonna lie!) I'm here - seeking your encouragement, encouraging you - because I'm tired of being out of breath when I hike. I'm tired of not going to the mall because I know I'll find a million cute clothes, but not fit "right" into any of them. I'm tired of simply being tired. I'm tired of feeling disgusting after a big, greasy meal. I'm tired of feeling sorry for myself.

I've seen so many inspirational stories on SP. Some of you had a hundred pounds to lose - and you did it. Some of you had 30 pound to lose - and you did it. You are my heroes. You're the reason why I'm continuing on this journey with more resolve. And as I continue, I can't wait to find "me".
Starting Weight: 160 lbs at 5'2"
Starting BMI: 29.3 - Overweight

Goal Weight: 125 lbs
Goal BMI: 22.9 - Healthy!

Member Since: 2/13/2010

Fitness Minutes: 4,089

My Goals:
I would love to develop, more than anything, a new lifestyle. But my goals are to be healthy, a little less tired, have a little more self esteem and lose about 35 pounds.

Goal #1: Lose 35 pounds to reach a "normal" weight

Goal #2: Be able to run 1.5 miles without stopping

Goal #3: Be able to run a 5k without stopping

Goal #4: Drop my BMI to a healthy range

My Program:
Stay within SP's recommend calorie limit.

Exercise at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes at a time.

Set small goals of two to three pounds and have rewards for each.

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  • v GINAV2
    Thank you! Every yard needs a random garden gnome. :)

    (And that monster truck totally cracks me up every time I see it, too)

    Hope you're having a great November so far!
    3285 days ago
  • v GINAV2
    Glad to see hear from you! How are things going? I'm jealous that you get paid to paddle. That sounds so cool! And yeah, paleo seems to be worth the effort so far. It takes a lot of prep work to cut out sugar and grains completely but it's worth it's been a good journey. :)
    3301 days ago
    Thank you for the Spark goodie and the Comment on my blog! So good to hear from you!!!!
    3406 days ago
    Natalie! How's the weight loss going?!?
    3498 days ago
    Thanks! I really needed a change of background. Maine is just so bleak right now. Still.
    I think I need to check out Jersey Shore. Everyone talks about it, and it sounds like a great, light way to pass the time feeding the baby. Plus, I used to work on LBI, so it's a little like going home to hear that Jersey accent :)
    3507 days ago
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