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1/4/15 12:22 P

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Hello! I will turn 50 this year, wow! After 10 years, I am motivated to lose 35 pounds and become stronger. Since I started juicing and working out in the last 8 days, I have lost 9 lbs and I feel good! I am happy to see so many people with the same goals!

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1/3/15 4:39 P

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Hi I just joined a couple of days ago. I am a 43 year old mom of 3. My oldest is in college and I have 2 younger ones living at home. I need to lose 50 pounds and I am excited to get going on this journey in my life.

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1/3/15 3:17 A

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Hello. My first week has gone well, and I'm enjoying getting to know some of you folks. Hope 2015 is treating you kindly.

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1/2/15 10:40 P

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Hi everyone. Trying to get back on track with eating healthy and walking and getting rid of these extra pounds. It's not as easy as it used to be. But I'm trying. Since it's a new year, a perfect time to start again. Enjoying reading lots of posts.

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1/2/15 1:46 P

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Hi Kim,

Welcome to the team! Taking care of yourself is a priority and it's good that you see this as not optional. I always have to remind myself that no one else will take care of me--it's up to ME!

Good for you!

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

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1/2/15 1:44 P

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Hi Brenda--welcome back to SP and to the team.

It's been unusually cold here in California, so walking outside at night has been a challenge and I'm not always available during the day. Fortunately, for those who deal with the cold more often than I do--SP has some great cold weather workouts for indoors. There's so much we can do using just body weight. YouTube has great videos if you want something other than what SP has and most don't need much in terms of equipment.

You have a deadline for your goal and that's great---you should be able to achieve your goal by August!

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

Kris

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1/2/15 1:42 P

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Hi Carol,

Welcome to the team! Glad you're back and jumping right in!

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

Kris

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1/2/15 12:33 P

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I'm Kim, I've also been here before. I'm a 45 year old Mom of a grown child. I have about 30-35 pounds to drop. I have been sedentary for too long and I have to make changes and incorporate healthy lifestyles choices into my life - it is NOT optional! I worry that the longer I put this off the more difficult it will be. I know what to do, I just need the motivation and perseverance to do it. I'd love someone I can check in with daily for accountability. Feel free to PM me! :)

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1/2/15 12:20 P

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My name is Brenda and I've been here before. I need to stick with SP this time! When I record everything I do I hold myself accountable. As soon as I think I can do it on my own I start to eat the wrong things. I love exercise but I'm terrible with food. This year I need to focus on my food!! I'm 42, from Iowa and I don't enjoy working out in the cold so I will have to stick with indoor activities for now. Looking forward to spring when I can get outside and ride my new bike and start running again. I need to lose the 35 pounds and I hope I can reach this goal by the time I run my triathlon in August!! emoticon

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1/2/15 9:18 A

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Hi! My name is Rosemary and I am "starting over". I've done this (weigh loss) before and had some luck, then just got lazy. I've gained back every pound (47) that I lost and then some. Hoping to make it stick this time! Looking forward to using SparkPeople! emoticon

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1/1/15 10:59 P

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Hello Team, My name is Carol and I have just kind of jumped right in here with both feet. Posting on the boards and asking questions. I have been on spark people in the past and really had great results well now I'm back for good, no more yo-yo'ing for me ready to lose enough weight that I'm healthy and keep it off.

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1/1/15 5:47 P

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Hi Tim

Welcome to the team!

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

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1/1/15 4:48 P

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Hi all, my name is Tim and after a couple of years of inactivity, I've decided to come back to Spark People. I live near Richmond, Va. In the town of Chester. I'm 46. I am looking forward to meeting you all and going after our goals together.

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1/1/15 1:19 A

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Hi Angelique!

Welcome to the team and congrats on your success so far!

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

Kris

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12/31/14 7:22 P

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Hi and happy New year! My name is Angelique and I'm an early 40 person who started a journey in January 2014 to reduce sugar intake to help drop some pounds. Basically a modified version of the ideal protein diet but without any of the packaged goods. I manged to drop 35 pounds last year without my usual commitment to exercise.

With 2015 here and a new YMCA membership in hand, this year I want to lose those last 20 pounds and develop some muscle in the process. I've let myself slip this last couple of weeks and wanted to see what would happen of I reintroduced more than 35 g of carbs a day and I have quickly discovered that the weight pops right back on. I knew this was going to be a lifestyle choice, but I had no idea how quickly my body would negatively respond to bread and pasta. Back to the vegetables for me!

I'm looking forward to having a support team as I have battled my weight my entire life and I know this last 20 pounds won't be easy. We can all do this together. Let's do it!

Angelique

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12/31/14 3:55 P

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Welcome Lisa! So glad you're on our team and back on SP.

Beautiful quote you share!

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

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12/31/14 6:17 A

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Hi. My name is Lisa. I have used sp before but I need to do it again. Only this time make it a lifestyl change.

But she came and worshiped Him, pleading again " Lord help me" Matt: 15:25 (NLT)


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12/30/14 6:30 P

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Welcome Wedgeang. I struggle with night time snacking too. You can set a goal to not eat after 10pm and once you've mastered that, move it down to 9. Or even say no snacking while watching tv. There are lots of articles here on how to take control of night time eating.

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

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12/30/14 6:28 P

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Hi Serenity171. Welcome to the team! You can do it!

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

Kris

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12/30/14 1:20 P

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Hi, I am 43 and have gained more weight than I can handle over a period of two years, and I don't mind exercising, or dieting, its the later night eating that I struggle with.

" I've got this "


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12/30/14 12:42 P

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Just saying Hello to everyone!! I am new to SparkPeople, and I am looking forward to loosing 30 lbs so I can live a longer healthier life and feel more confident!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

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12/28/14 3:14 P

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Hi there LoveMeSomeMe40, welcome back to SP and to our team!

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12/28/14 3:13 P

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Welcome back CappyGoat. I'm sure you'll be in racing form in no time!

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

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12/28/14 3:12 P

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Welcome back LRAPPS1.

I've been reviewing my progress or lack of and realized that I have to not only work out, but I also have to WORK my program. The best nutrition/diet plan is the one you'll follow. Whether it's one program or a combo of a few...you have to find what works for you. The SP diet is a good one too. But the programs are only successful if we work them.

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12/28/14 3:10 P

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Hi and welcome to our team Shrink71!



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12/27/14 5:16 P

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Hi everyone- happy holidays! I'm no stranger to SP but I haven't used program in awhile. I'm very unhappy with my appearance and so after trying multiple things/ways to try to drop the pounds I'm back hoping finally lose it and maybe make some new friends also in this journey! So...cheers! Here's to losing..... emoticon

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12/27/14 1:47 P

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I used to be super fit as I raced road, mountain and cross bikes but now I own my own business and also teach in the evenings at a community college so the two jobs and stress has kept me from stating in shape or being able to get out and ride my bike like I want to. I am coming back to Spark to get back in shape so I can do the things I love to do!

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12/27/14 12:24 A

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I am trying to become a member of the 40 somethings team.

I am 46 and trying to lose 30 pounds. I lost more than 20 pounds about a year ago and gained it back, plus some. I haven't felt any motivation to get back to work on it. This site has already helped me drink more water, watch my calories and exercise. Hopefully, I'll keep going and keep the weight off.

I have 5 children, aged 11 and under - so I have to purposefully leave some other valuable task to exercise, and it's easy to neglect. Being self-disciplined about my diet is difficult for me as well.

I look forward to communicating with others who are on the same journey as I am and facing the same age issues.


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12/26/14 4:38 P

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Hi! I am new again to Spark People and I'm going to try their diet this time. Anyone else doing it? I have been gaining and losing the same 10-20 pounds for years now and I'm so tired of this roller coaster, I want off! I am 47, have two teenagers and 1 husband and I need to lose 44 lbs to be at a healthy weight. I've recently been trying intuitive eating only to gain more weight UGH!!!! I guess my intuition is to eat too much ;-). Anyways rather than sit around feeling hopeless I'm going to jump in again and work on eating healthy and eating less. I've also recently started doing yoga and I'm loving it. There is a program online called Do Yoga With Me and they have lots of free recorded classes. My biggest struggle is figuring out how to eat at work. I am a preschool teacher and they want us to eat what the kids are eating. Although we don't really have to eat it we do have to serve ourselves and it is really hard not to eat good food when it is in front of you. Anyways I am glad to be back and getting started.

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12/25/14 8:29 A

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Hi!! I just returned to Spark after about a two year hiatus... I needed a break then to just get my head straight but now I am back with a new plan. I was looking for an active team that fit my goals and I found you guys!!!
Looking forward to a mutually supportive environment where we can help one another reach our goals!
Have a fantastic day everyone!!!!

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12/18/14 8:39 A

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Hi Tascha!

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12/17/14 8:08 P

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Hi Tascha2014

Welcome to the team!

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

Kris

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SP Class of February 26-March 4, 2017
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12/17/14 3:35 A

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Hello,
I'm 45, relocated from Orlando to Alexandria VA 6 months ago. I'm taking a hiatus from working so there are no excuses. I'm in the planning, prepping stage hoping to set myself up for success starting Jan 5, 2015. I would like to do a triathlon this year, wear a pair of shorts in public, and most of all commit to fitness.

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12/17/14 3:32 A

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Hi Sabrina,
I'm with you on the lack of motivation and not wanting to lose weight but unhappy on the appearance. I'm 45, replicated from Orlando to Alexandria VA 6 months ago. I'm taking a hiatus from working so there are no excuses. I'm in the planning, prepping stage hoping to set myself up for success starting Jan 5, 2015. I would like to do a triathlon this year, wear a pair of shorts in public, and most of all commit to fitness.

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12/11/14 11:46 P

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Welcome! Glad to have you on the team!

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Hi! I am new to this team. You all sound terrific! Today is my day 2 and so far so good. I am looking forward to being part of your team emoticon

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Good luck Jackie! emoticon

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Welcome back Jackie!

There are lots of articles on busting through plateaus and getting started again and of course we're all here to cheer you on and offer support!


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12/9/14 9:55 P

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OK, I am returning after about a year off. Lost the first 25 lb about a year and a half ago but stalled for a very long time so i gave up to try something new. Now the weight is starting to creep back up again. I love hiking and backpacking but this summer when I went out on a few steep climbs(once going up a waterfall trail and once just going up a hill), I felt like I would never get to the top and had to stop several times. My husband even had to take some of my gear which for me is a big problem because then I don't feel like I am carrying my fair share of the burden.
So here I go back to the program that worked for at least awhile. Hopefully i will be able to find ways to bust through the inevitable plateaus.
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Welcome to the team! I've never heard of that virus, but I have DDD which affects my spine and other joints, so I sympathize. Glad to have you on the team and ready to get going!

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Libby I can relate. I'm trying loose 50 pounds. Down 19. And I struggle with trying to quit smoking. Every day it's a challenge not to stop and pick up a pack.

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hi iam a new member iam determind to start doing mini marathons for health and fitness levels i am recovering from a horrible virus called chickgunya which attacks your joints but iam not going to let it stop m from continuing my fight for fitness i work out 3 times a week iam doing this for myself and my family to attempt to do the marathon is my goal

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Hi Kim

Congrats on your success. I like your idea of challenges and mini-competitions....what types were you thinking of?

It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

Kris

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40 Somethings with 25-49 pounds to lose
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SP Class of February 26-March 4, 2017
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Feel free to add me on fitbit! I love to compete in the challenges and welcome new friends to help me stay motivated and/or challenge me to get in more steps!



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12/2/14 9:06 P

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Hi everyone,

Welcome to the team. No matter what you're dealing with in life, this team and SP is a wealth of info and support.

Take some time to look around the team at the various stickys and topics. In the articles and video section of SP, there's even more information.

Welcome!

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or if you need help moving around the site/team.



It's not about how bad you want it...it's about how hard you're willing to work for it

Kris

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40 Somethings with 25-49 pounds to lose
SP Class of January 17-23, 2016
SP Class of February 26-March 4, 2017
Co-Leader Spark People's Social Team for Team Leaders and CT Members


Feel free to add me on fitbit! I love to compete in the challenges and welcome new friends to help me stay motivated and/or challenge me to get in more steps!



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12/2/14 5:47 P

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My name is Libby, I turned 42 last month, and I just joined SparkPeople today! My goal is to lose 40lbs by summer. I want to get rid of this excess baggage and feel light and free! I quit smoking a month ago and now that I've met THAT goal, I'm ready to meet this one! I am so happy and grateful to be here with you all! :)

There is always something to be grateful for :)
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Hi, I'm Kim and I'm thrilled to be 35lbs to goal! When I began I needed to lose 65lbs. I began taking Belviq Nov 3, 2014 and have had wonderful results with it. I hadn't been able to get out of the 170's for about 3 years; Fluctuating between 180's to the 170's. As of yesterday's weigh-in I am at 163.6, and this happened in less than a month. I just turned 45 in August (14) and am dating again for the first time in 6 years. I am also a graduate student, earning my masters degree: MSC/MFCT (master of science in counseling/marriage, family, child therapy), which means that I help people in thier relationships. I'm very excited to be out of the obese BMI range for the first time in years, and am now at the overweight range! Only people such as us would understand the joy at just being overweight :)

I look forward to meeting you all and hope we can become friends and have a very solid group with challenges and maybe mini-competetions.

Kimberlynn from California

Audaces Fortuna Iuvat - Fortune Favors the Bold
it's our actions that define us
What we choose
What we resist
What we're willing to give it all for


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Hi! Im Sarah.
I'm returning to this group, so thought I'd introduce myself again.
I'm starting my fitness and health year a month early so I don't pack on more during the holidays! Started with my first race (4 miler) on Thanksgiving, even though I'm not a runner and am 50 pounds overweight! My daughter challenged me and I made her ( and myself) proud, so that feeling will propel me through the start of the year. Looking forward to running again next Thanksgiving and seeing the difference!
My weight gain has been steady for the last three years, and I've tried many programs but just give up when I see no results. This time I'm going simple...track food and exercise and go for health without obsessing with the scale.

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11/25/14 9:15 A

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Hi, I am Dawn. I am in my second year since my diagnosis for Type 2 Diabetes and I am trying to get back on the wagon after an injury.

I am appreciating all the aid and encouragement from SparkPeople. emoticon

Working on Truly Fabulous! Dawn


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Hi team, my name is Vicky. I'm totally new to SparkPeople website, so I might not have done the right thing in replying to DeeAnn's post... But I'm sure I will get the hang of it soon.

I'm was born in The Netherlands, but live now on this beautiful island in the Meds. I'm almost 48 and find myself back to where I was 2 years ago! All my life I have struggled with my weight. But more so I have struggled with my health. Though I have always been active and was a regular gym-goer, I never seemed to be able to have a steady weight, so I figured there MUST be something wrong with my diet.7 years ago, after trying almost every fad diet that was in fashion, I found Clean Eating, which has turned my life around. I reached my target weight in 6 months, and I built lean muscles in the next 12 months and was extremely proud and happy with myself.

However, living on this island in the Meds, makes it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Food and wine is considered to be the backbone of a fulfilled life, and everybody lives to enjoy it as much as they can. The first question people ask you when they meet you is "what did you have to eat, and where did you enjoy it?" Though the Mediterranean cuisine is known for being one of the most healthiest diets, we usually eat out with friends and family, accompanied by loads of wine. And therein lays the problem. People over here are highly offended if you decline an invitation to go for dinner!

Moreover, this island is a holiday resort for the Northern part of Europe. This means 90% off ALL businesses are only open during the season. From April through October this island is a bustling holiday resort, but from November through March this island is deserted. This also means we have to work day and night all through the season, as there are NO jobs available in the off season. We have to make our money in 7 months to be able to live 12 months. In the holiday season I work on average 100 hours a week! That means for me: NO time to plan my meals, NO time to prep my meals, NO time to go to the gym or do any form of exercise, as I work 7 days a week, 14 hours a day for 7 months straight with no time off whatsoever! I have to rely on takeaways from our local restaurants and fast on the go healthy snacks from the supermarket. As you can imagine, in the holiday season I gain weight, which I fight very hard to get it off again in my off season.

Well in the past two years I went through some very rough times, and I was not motivated at all to work so hard in my off season to lose my gained weight. I just couldn't bring myself to get off the couch and exercise, or even make healthy meals. Besides being really tired and drained of energy after the long work season, I found myself in a depression. I couldn't even be bothered to get dressed or clean my apartment. All I did was stay on the couch, or on our balcony in the sun, and eat. So when this year's working season in April 2014 started, not only didn't I lose the gained weight from the year before, I gained even more!

Now I'm at the beginning of my off season again. I'm tired of being tired. I'm tired of buying new bigger clothes again. Three years ago I threw all the bigger size clothes out and swore to myself I would NEVER be big again! Well here I am again. I need to get back on track, both food wise and exercise wise. I had my three weeks of winding down after a busy work season. I had my three weeks of sleeping 16 hours a day to catch up. Now it's time to get back into action. But it's so hard to start again! I hope with this group I'll be inspired to get back on track and keep going until I'm back where I was two years ago: a happy, healthy slim version of me.

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Hello this is DeeAnn here! I used to be super skinny in high school and even several years after that. Then after my third child the weight just kept coming on and I didn't know what to do about it as I had never had to worry about it. Years and years went by and I ended up weighing 187.4 pounds when I decided to do something about it. I am small framed and 5'6" and really didn't think I was as heavy as I was until I lost 54 pounds and went from a size 16/18 to 4/5. I felt amazing and was so proud of myself and swore I was never going back there again. Once I met my goal I decided to take a month off as a reward. BIG MISTAKE!!! The month has pretty much turned into 2 years and I am back up 35 pounds :( I still ran here and there but I didn't exercise consistently anymore. Then this summer my goal was to get back into it and run my first 1/2 Marathon. But.... I ended up with issues with my calves and am working with the doctor to get that fixed and am hoping to start running right after Christmas (doctors orders to not start until then) with an overall goal to run the Ragnar Snowmass Colorado Trail in June of 2015!!!

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