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I've always struggled with my weight, when I was a teen I thought I was fat but now that I'm older I see that I wasn't. I just had low self-esteem and a bad body image. When I was about 18, I did get fat. By the time I was 23 I was at an all time high of 250 pounds and I was wearing a size 24 jeans, along with a size 2XL shirt. I pretended like I was happy, always smiling .. hoping I could fake my way through life. Like if I seemed happy enough, or if I smiled enough my weight wouldn't be noticed by others. In 2003 I decided that I wanted to do something about my weight. I didn't know what I weighed, I just knew my pants were getting tight and the thought of buying new pants, bigger pants, was devastating. So I bought this DVD collections called Walk Away The Pounds with Denise Austin (WATP) I would walk 1-3 miles and then reward myself by going out to a breakfast buffet with my husband. I did that for a long time. I did lose some weight though, I didn't always go out afterwards, but any movement I was getting at that point was better than what I had been doing. I dropped down to 220 pounds pretty easily. I thought I was getting smaller, but then I saw a picture of me at my sisters wedding in 2004 that ripped my heart out. I couldn't believe that was me. I started taking my goals more seriously. I ate healthier during the day and I started walking. At night I still struggled with my habits though. It was a slow process of cutting out bad habits. On New Years Eve 2005 I saw a concert on TV while were hosting a party, Hilary Duff was singing in this wonderfully sexy gold dress. I stopped and I thought to myself ... I can do this. It's a new year, I can change some stuff. I can get serious. I can be that! At this point I only had 2 kids. My daughter was about 9 and my son was about 3 years old. Having 2 kids at home is so much easier than 4! I bought this DVD set. Tae Bo Bootcamp. I popped in Basic Training and after 10 minutes my body felt like Jell-O, after 15 minutes I threw up. I knew then how bad of shape I was actually in. I committed my life to getting healthy, and to be the best mom, and wife I could be. The best person and woman I could be. That year I did a lot of learning, a lot of growing .. I worked on being able to exercise and I learned everything I could about nutrition, exercise and I even worked on my soul. In 2006 I started my year at 197 pounds. I hadn't lost a lot in 2005, but what I did lose were some bad habits, and I gained knowledge. I worked hard in 2006, giving myself 100% to losing weight. I felt great, I was losing weight consistently, I was feeling better about myself and I loved to go shopping. I became more active, but mostly I was still working out to DVD's in my home. I lost a total of 50 pounds that year, and in November 2006 I found out I was pregnant with our 3rd baby. I gained 85 pounds (I know! Eek) with our son, but within a year after having him I had lost it all. I started a new job that kept me on my feet and active, and I lost even more weight. I discovered the world of Veganism (which I no longer am) and I became very trim and lean. I also started running. By 2009 I was a trim 140 pounds, wearing a size 10/12 in pants and a size S in shirts. I felt amazing! Then in 2010 I found out we were pregnant with baby #4. This pregnancy was a huge surprise for us, I struggled with it from the beginning. By the time I was 6 months along I was put on bedrest. I went from working a full time active job, from being a runner, from being vegan to sitting all day, and all night. I became addicted to food, and I became lazy. I gained 85 pounds with my pregnancy, and still have 50 to lose. That's why I'm here. To get back the power I had over my body, and to lose the weight I gained while pregnant.

Member Since: 8/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 36,057

My Goals:
Lose my "baby weight" and get back to my pre-baby body!

"Fix" my arms, because I have a larger upper half, regardless of my weight my arms are big. The only time they have slimmed down was when I was doing P90X.

See 125 Pounds or below on the scale.

Strengthen and tone my body ... I want long lean muscles.

I want to tone up my upper inner thighs. When I see women dancing on TV (usually music videos) they have amazing legs and I want them.

My Program:
Cardio: 45 Minutes 5x A Week.

Strength: 15 Minutes 5x A Week.

Follow a Paleo Lifestyle.

Personal Information:
I cannot live without music. Music makes me feel like I am alive. I love the outdoors, if I am feeling down about life I can go outside for a walk or hike or play tennis and I feel like life is worth living and it will all be okay. I am a Christian but feel like I will never be able to do God justice so I wake up everyday and I pray for strength to resist all temptation that comes my way. I have been with my husband, Kevin since 1999 and we have 4 children.

Other Information:
I love hiking!!! I like to walk every morning, I feel like it sets my day. My favorite part of working out is with weights and core exercises.

I love being outside and by the water, I feel happy when I am outside and when I listen to music. I want to live everyday feeling proud and when I have a not so proud moment I want to move on from that moment to a proud moment not even letting that bump slow me down.

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