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Hi, I'm Alexandra, also called Amaranth online, and I've been on this website since June 2008. Unfortunately the first time and many after those it didn't quite work, but one of the things I've learned on here is never give up. So, always restarting, always trying again. I'm working on getting my eating under control with my therapist and have recently given up diet soda, which helped with cravings. I am doing a keto diet on days I can avoid binges.

I live in Salem, Oregon and my hobbies are reading books, re-enacting (SCA) roleplaying (mushes and Amtgard) and playing music. I also write songs and do a lot of other creative stuff.

I work at a local Department of the State and deal with some mental health issues like PTSD and a Dissociation Disorder and on the physical front I deal with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Diabetes. Sometimes that makes exercising really difficult but when I'm doing well enough I bicycle to work on an electric bike and that makes a huge difference!

Member Since: 6/21/2008

Fitness Minutes: 18,065

My Goals:
Reach 270 lbs by my 45th bday, August 24!

Lose 0.5 lbs a week

Have no more than 1 less healthy snack a day

My Program:
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Medium carb with
most fruit allowed
almost all veggies allowed
one high carb snack a day

Personal Information:
I was born in the Netherlands, but now I live in Salem, Oregon, and I feel at home here. If you want to talk to me, my email is sometimes my spam filter gets the wrong things). I work a full time job, so when it's busy I can't write much and then when my life is a bit quieter I do a lot online.

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    Alex--I think we made connections at some other point--I have been with SP since '07 and I started a SP group called Biggest Loser Couples in Jan. '08 (it has been inactive for quite awhile, as have been I). I thought we should connect, because we are having some of the same issues with diabetes struggles and I live near you (in Woodburn). I will send you a PM with more info about me...but in the meantime--Hi! emoticon

    BTW--my Sparkpage has not been updated since 2010...
    1789 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2015 12:21:55 AM
    emoticon to the Hoarding group. Hope you'll stop by and get to know us and let us get to know you!!
    1841 days ago
  • v no profile image AMBERBREEZE
    emoticon Welcome to the "Leaving 270-ville" Team. We may not be there yet, but we will get there. You should be very proud of losing 35 lbs already! You are doing awesome.
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    1842 days ago
  • v OOLALA53
    I see that you joined the Living Binge Free team awhile back. A very belated welcome! We concentrate more on learning to eat sanely in all situations with all foods rather than directly on weight loss. Over time, we can learn to be happy with and even prefer lot less manufactured food and less food in general. I've put in over 4 years and lost about 40 lbs., about 21% of my former weight. It wasn't easy every second, but it's been totally worth it! Come check out our 21-day streak thread or the June thread, our most active ones or start your own!
    2090 days ago
    emoticon and emoticon to the Slowest Loser Team!!!
    2757 days ago
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