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I started this journey a very obese 266 pounds on a small 5'4 frame, so out of shape my legs ached when I walked. Walking up one flight of stairs would wind me and god forbid if I had to tie my shoes. Clothes shopping was devastating because I couldn't reconcile that I had to buy a size 16, 18, 20, 22, 24.... And dating? All the normal activities of a woman in her twenties? My couch was more often than not my Friday/Saturday night date. I was very sad and very lonely but I couldn't deal with it so I found my comfort in food. And food was my best friend, my comfort, my lover, my happiness. A couple of times I decided I had to lose weight and would exercise sporadically and lose 30 pounds, gain 10 back, lose 20, gain 5 back. I was 250 when I joined Sparkpeople.

The initial catalyst that started to change my life was my brother's wedding. It was November 2005 and the wedding was in April 2006. I was going to do a reading at the wedding and the thought of standing in front of a room and all those eyes on me made me sick to my stomach. But I had to do it, I couldn't call in fat, this was my big brother's wedding!

I had also joined a gym months before that and had gone sporadically and then not at all for 2 months. I received a card in the mail that said we miss you, here's 2 free personal training sessions. I tucked it in my gym bag, where it stayed for weeks, until I finally went to the gym. After my work-out I brought it to the desk and met Jim who would become my personal trainer, cheerleader and friend. We had our first two sessions, which were humiliating for me because I was so out of shape but I decided to stick with it with dreams of a cute dress for my brother's wedding in my head. 5 months later I had lost 30 pounds and was determined to lose more.

I eventually lost 55 more pounds and 45 inches and was able to maintain the weight loss for a year but I started putting myself second, stopped exercising and started overeating again. I ended up regaining all but 16 pounds of the weight I had lost.

In December 2011 I moved to a new city. I had a new job and it was a great time to start to focus on myself again and make healthy choices and recommit to a healthy lifestyle. I joined a fantastic gym and started working out with an amazing trainer. I’ve lost 38 pounds to date but as equally important, improved my endurance and strength, lost inches, reduced stress and anxiety and increased my confidence. I’ve run a 5K and am doing more in the future. I now make exercise a priority and I work really hard to stay within my calorie range.

I have amazing cheerleaders who motivate and inspire me and kick my butt when it is needed. I now understand that this is a journey. You cannot be "perfect" all the time but I am a lot happier when I don't eat processed foods and I am exercising. You have to keep going, never give up and remember that tomorrow is a new day. The important thing is not to strive for perfection but to strive for balance and progress.

I’ve realized that this is a journey, not a destination, and what makes us stronger are the struggles along the way.

Member Since: 12/1/2005

Fitness Minutes: 100,282

My Goals:
To lose weight, be fit and healthy!

My Program:
Old fashioned healthy eating, portion control and exercise.

I exercise 4 or 5 times a week and mostly do cardio and strength training. I have a great personal trainer who kicks my butt and I take yoga and fitness classes.

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Boston, MA

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Words to live by:

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

Strive for progress, not perfection. -Unknown

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. -Wayne Gretzky

If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying. -Unknown

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Mahatma Gandhi

I’m not telling you it is going to be easy—I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.
--Art Williams

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    168 looks great Naomi! You must love to see that number... I know I am looking forward to it! Congrats! Good Job!
    4752 days ago
    Naomi, You look Fantastic!!!! You Go Girl! Wow!!! It is awesome to see you looking so healthy and so happy! The April 2007 pic of you is beautiful; so nice to see your family as well! When did Luke get married? To the same woman he was with a couple of years ago? Congrats to Luke! Your Mom looks awesome! Jamie looks great too! So nice to see everyone! You must feel like a million bucks and you deserve it!!! Good for you!
    4792 days ago
    Wow- you are an inspiration! Congrats on all you hard work.
    4802 days ago
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    Wow, girl, you are melting and unlike the bad witch in the Wizard of Oz, in a good way. Keep at it. Your picture in the pink dress shows the world what a beautiful face you have. You will soon have the bod to go with it.

    4835 days ago
    Thanks for joining our Haligonians! group. Congratuations on your weight loss successes so far, and if you ever need anything, let me know :)

    5203 days ago
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