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April 21, 2008 - AT LEAST 257.5 pounds

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January 30, 2010 - Down more than 60 pounds! Still have a ways to go, but happy in my skin!

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It's time to post a couple of pictures. I have been putting it off, really. I guess I have been ashamed of how big I became, but since I am among friends here, I figured tonight was the night to just do it.

I started out at 257.5 pounds. I was at least that in the picture in April '08. I didn't start making my life healthier until March '09, so I might have been heavier when the picture was taken, or not. Just not sure. There was a period where I wasn't weighing myself at all, so great was my fear of the number on the scale.

The picture of me all in black was taken today, January 30, 2010. I weigh 195. I still obviously have a long way to go to reach my goal weight of 140, but I am over half-way there, and I am intensely proud of my accomplishments to date. I am more determined than ever to succeed in not only losing the weight, but in making my lifestyle change a permanent change.

I am in this for life. I really am. It's the major difference between this time of losing weight, and all of the other times where I 'dieted'. I no longer 'diet'. I follow a new lifestyle; a new way of eating and a new way of treating my body. Instead of sitting on the couch all day every day, I devote at least an hour and a half a day, 5 days a week, to exercise; something I never would have done a year ago.

We can all make these changes permanent. The best way I have found to do it is to take small steps so that we don't feel it's a burden, or feel overwhelmed by trying to do everything at once. That is a major reason so many 'diets' fail - we try to do everything overnight, and it just doesn't work that way.

Anyway, the pictures are here. I will post more as I get closer to my goal weight. If nothing else, I hope it inspires some people who are 250+ pounds. If I can do this, anyone can!

Member Since: 12/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 234

My Goals:
1) Lose 120 pounds
2) Tone my body
4) Enjoy outside activities with my children

My Program:
I drink water all day long (but not excessively). I stopped drinking tea, coffee, soda, etc., because I only like those things with a lot of sugar, and I am trying to avoid large amounts of sugar in my daily diet.

Every morning, I work out starting on my elliptical machine. I then use my rowing machine, then the Fitness Disc, and finally, will start using the Ab Circle Pro on Monday (just got it).

Personal Information:
I say I am from Washington state, because I lived there for many years, and still have a lot of family there, and it's the place I love most.

However, I live in Montgomery, Alabama with my husband and two children.

You can email me at: AvonelleRed@aol.com

Other Information:
I love any books by Dean Koontz. He's my favorite author. I also enjoy some of Stephen King's works, and various other horror or mystery authors.

My daughter and I really enjoy bowling together, so we sometimes do a mommy/daughter day with bowling and lunch. So much fun, and she never even notices that it's exercise!

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  • v KATHY2010
    Thanks for you warm welcome. Congratulations on making such progress in 2009. Here's to wishing that 2010 concludes with us both meeting our goals for this year!
    3869 days ago
    Happy New Year! Congrats on reaching the 60 pounds lost mark! That is phenomenal! You are doing great! Let's continue doing it in 2010! We can do it and we will!
    3869 days ago
    "Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant, they is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks"
    ~Johann Gottfried Von Herder

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    3871 days ago
    Hi! Thanks for the very inspiring and kind post you left on my brand-new spark page. It made me feel very at home, and I appreciate it very much. Super big congrats on your weight loss, wow! emoticon
    3872 days ago
    Thank you LINN, I appreciate it. I added you as a friend, too. One can never have enough friends, and I consider each one a special gift, particularly here at SparkPeople, where friends offer so much encouragement and inspiration!
    3875 days ago
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