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My first weight loss success in 2006...and then I gained 30 lbs back by 2008, but I'm getting there.

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Me and my inspiration, Amanda, at ACEN 2008! Yes, those are pringles.

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Some of you might be thinking, what? Sprinkles? Well, there's a story about that so if you're curious, ask! I'd be more than happy to share!

Well, hi. I'm Jen. I'm 26 years old and I love anime and practically anything Japanese. I even have an orange belt in Karate and speak Japanese...a bit (I took two years of the language, but I still need more practice, so if anyone's willing to help me, please don't be too shy to offer!). I'm also an artist, but I'm not terribly confident in that either.
Anyway, I'm here to motivate myself to lose at least 75 lbs so that I can, for once, be healthy and have a good weight to match.
I also want to look good enough to cosplay as some of my favorite characters, like Meroko from Full Moon wo Sagashi te (had to put a space between the "Sagashi" and "te" because of the profanity filter!) XD In any case, it's probably the best anime in existence! The manga's great, too, but I'd have to say the best manga in existence is From Eroica, With Love. Speaking of which....

If anyone would like to start reading From Eroica, With Love, I uploaded it on mangafox.com so now you can love it, too! Here's the url: www.mangafox.com/page/manga/series/5525/er

My sworn mission is to let as many people as possible know about this manga because it's so great! I ask you to do the same by letting everyone have this link. ^__^ It really is a hilarious manga.

It's basically about an art thief who falls in love with a military man and likes to bother him when he's on missions. XD Oh....I should mention that the art thief is also a man, which is what makes it so funny because he acts like he's trying to add the Major (who IS quite beautiful...but doesn't like men) to his personal collection of art. XD

It's definitely worth the read! ^__^

Basically everything below here is OLD. I gained a lot of weight back and am in need of a fresh start. This time, I'm using God to help me. There are a lot of things in the Bible about obesity but I just ignored them. Now I really do care about changing my body to please God. Some people may not agree with it, but I know if I keep praying about it, it'll happen! All I did before was hope. Now I will pray about it every day. This is GOING to happen!

Old stuff I will be keeping on here as a record:

As for some rewards, I'll go in 10 lb segments.

Current weight:
199.7 lbs (3/4) FINALLY!!!

199.7 lbs (3/4) FINALLY!!! I'm going to stay below 200 for good!!! This is a special day...which will NOT be mistakenly celebrated with cake....(Um....that's kinda what happened last time I was under 200....I got my license and got a cake with friends to celebrate....BIG mistake. XD)
203.3 (2/23) It'll be gone again soon....
201.8 (1/24/09)
207.8 (12/10) Finally over my motivational lag!!
207.3 (11/12)
208.7 (11/9)
209.1 (10/30)
209.8 lbs (10/15)
214.4 lbs (10/1) It's gone for good this time!
222.9 lbs (9/2) Grr...gained some back, but it'll be gone again soon.
218.5 lbs (8/26)
223 lbs (8/22/08)

~220 lbs *achieved August 26th, 2008!* - Open bento box order (it should come in a few days, so I'd better get a move on!!)
~210 lbs *achieved October 15th, 2008!* - Allowed to go to Macomb to visit the anime club!!
~205 lbs *Below and maintaining, January 24th, 2009*- I'll get a special tea (Dragon Phoenix Pearl from Teavana!) I put in this extra goal because I wanted to reward myself for getting past the 25 lbs lost mark and keeping it off!! Also, I hit a plateau at 209, so this'll help keep my motivation to get completely over the obstacle.

200 lbs - I'll let myself buy Volume 12 of From Eroica with Love! (Did it, but I have since gained it back)
190 lbs - See Blue Man Group (I'm getting closer! I can practically smell the twinkie goo, if that part's even in there anymore. ^__^ This is the second time they've changed it since I started going in 2001.)
180 lbs - Make-over and photo shoot (sort of...) so that I can post some new pictures on here!!
170 lbs - Get a swimsuit and a gym membership so that I can swim!
160 lbs - Get a sewing machine! (Gotta start working on cosplay!) (I got one ages ago, actually. Black Friday 2009. 50 bucks!)
150 lbs - If the machine doesn't work out, get a professional costume online! (^_^;)

Hopefully, this will help me stick to it! Wish me luck! Time to play DDR till I drop!!
Definitely not ready for this, though: http://www.youtube.com/v/PPDdultxBSc&hl=en

Member Since: 7/3/2007

Fitness Minutes: 1,007

My Goals:
My short term goal is to just get back down to below 200 lbs again. I have to lose 25 more lbs (I seem to have lost 10 over the past year) *Update! I'm below it!! Now just about 2 more lbs to go till I reach my goal of 198!! Squee!!* to do that. I need to have faith in myself. I know I can do it! I hope that I've lost more weight when when I see Amanda. She's my inspiration because she went from a size 14 to a size 4 in less than half a year!

I'm also hoping to lose a total of at least 75 lbs by July 2009.
Progress: Only 40 lbs to go!! (3/5/09)

If I want to be in shape for this year's ACEN, I'd better get my butt in gear. It's in May.

My Program:
Just overall healthy eating. I'm also going to try to play DDR and burn 200 calories a day as well as walk for 30 minutes whenever possible.

As for food, I'm addicted to soy products, which may or may not be the best thing in the world...
I've been eating about five meals a day and I've been actually eating a lot less calories (1200-1700, usually). It'll take a lot of motivation to keep this up, but I know I can do it! *It's not so bad now. I've really gotten used to it.*

Personal Information:
Let see, my birthday is March 22, 1986, so if I forget to change my age in March, forgive me.

As for my likes and hobbies:
*I love anime and manga.
*I draw.
*I knit.
*I play video games.
*I love European football. (Go A.C. Milan!!).
*I'm done with college.
*I've got a zoology degree.
*I speak Japanese (Nihongo!), but I still need lots of practice.
*I love Harry Potter books(notice the screen name...)!!
And I like to read just about anything recommended to me.
Recent recommendations devoured:
~Twilight (Please don't hate me for it. I'm not one of those rabid fangirls! I actually don't really like Edward that much. I'd take Darcy over a Cullen any day. At least he's got a pulse. ;D)
~Dead Witch Walking
~Storm Front (Dresden Files)
~Glass Houses (the one by Rachel Caine)
That's it for now. Feel free to recommend something! ^__^

My dislikes:
*Laser mice that spazz out on me.

Other Information:
Motivational Quotes for when you're about to give up:

"Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown."
-- H. Ross Perot (We may all agree that quitting at this point is ludicrous, but have to admit that when he says MOST....we're included. -__-)

�Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.� (Joshua 1:9)

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