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My first maxi dress, and in a size large! Not extra large. So psyched by how good it looks 3/12/10

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After my first 5K June 5, 2010

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Goofing off at work...somehow, i didn't realize my face looked this skinny!!!

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Hi! My name is Wendy. I am 37, divorced mommy of one crazy little dog. I bought my first house, and decided to make the changes I needed to make to enjoy my life to its fullest.

My primary goals for losing weight are the basic ones: I want to look better, feel better, and live better. But I will admit to one other goal. I want to keep a promise I made to my father. He passed in 1999 from cancer. He had been obese for the majority of the time I can remember, and when he died, he made me promise that I would take care of myself, that I would get healthy and stay that way. So far, I have not done this, and it is time that I kept my word.

Update 12/14/09 As of today, I weigh 226.4. I had set the unrealistic goal of losing 33 pounds by the end of the year, and weighing in at 225. now that I am two and a half weeks away, and less than 2 pounds, I feel like reaching 175 by the end of next year is the most attainable goal I have ever set. Sometimes I want to kick myself for not getting the Spark the first time I signed up two years ago. But I have finally realized what makes this time different. On every other diet, I had someone else to do it for. It was NEVER for me. This time, it is all about me. No one else. I have finally realized that losing weight is not for looking hot, but for living a life that will allow me to accomplish so much more. I have been big most of my life. And for the first time in a LONG LONG time, I have come to accept myself, and realize who I am. I like myself again, and am making this change because I like myself better when I am healthier. This time, I am SO DONE being that fat girl I was...I am ready to be the healthy me that I keep hiding and shutting up with chocolate.

3/24/10--I managed to accomplish that far-fetched goal of reaching 225 by Christmas. In fact, managed to make it 223. Now I am 203-ish. Less than 4 pounds till Onederland. I started C25K--finally--and hope I can pull it out. I have new running shoes, and plan to USE them up.

I have really kept to my word that I gave my dad. Last month, my doctor took me off of cholestrol meds, as I have managed to drop it well into the normal range without meds (couldnt afford them). I only have to raise my HDL, the good stuff. So lots of fish oil for me. LOL My blood pressure is still a bit high, but seems to be getting under control without medication yet.

Update 7/27/10--Well, it has been a fun few months. In June, I ran my first ever 5K. I have discovered that I love running. I am not very good at it, and not very fast, but I am doing it all the same.

Health wise things are not as good as they could be, but will be again soon enough. In June I went to the OB/GYN for the annual check-up. With the weight loss, my doctor was able to "feel" a bit better during the exam, and found a small mass on my ovary. I am having surgery on July 29th, to remove the mass and ovary. I am hoping that pathology will reveal nothing else, and they will close me up with all the rest of my parts in tact. But won't know more until surgery. The fact that I have lost so much weight, eat right, and work out is going to make my recovery much better. I am really looking forward to being able to work out again.

Update 10/20/2010
Well, a little over a year ago, I began my Spark journey. So far,I have lost over 70 pounds. While I have reached a plateau, I am comfortable in that I am NOT GAINING right now. I have less than 10 pounds to go till I reach my first weight loss of goal of reaching 175 pounds. I now can wear a size 12 jean from Old Navy, something I havent been able to do since junior high. I can borrow my mother's clothes (which she hates HAHA).

Health-wise, things are good. I didn't have ovarian cancer, but I did have a fist-sized solid cyst attached to my right ovary. I did lose my ovary, but I still have the other and my uterus, so children may still be an option. They found a new cyst on my kidney, but the doctor's do not seem horribly concerned about it. I see the specialist in November, so I will find out more then. Otherwise, life is good.
Update 9/9/2013
So I havent been on here in a long long while, and my weight can prove it. I am almost back to where I was when I started, weighing in at 230 this morning. I have to get back down, and I have set my goal of Onederland by New years. I KNOW I can do it, because I have done it before. Healthwise, I have suffered because of my weight gain. I have high blood pressure, which is controlled with a low dose medication. I want off of it!! My kidney cyst is nothing to worry about, according to my doctor. Just one yearly check to make sure its still okay. I have developed two small hernias, neither of which is currently requiring surgery, provided I (guess what!) lose weight.

Member Since: 9/24/2009

My Goals:
My overall goal: I want to get down to 150 pounds by Christmas, 2014. I am currently at 230. My first goal is Onederland by New Year's, 2014.

My Program:
So far, my program consists of following the nutrition plan. I am recording EVERYTHING that goes into my mouth, even if I am bad some days. Holding myself accountable has always been tough for me, so this is a huge step for me.

I am also walking, running, and doing yoga. ST has become a fun way to pass the time.

I have my total weight loss goal of 83 pounds, puttig me at about 175. When I reach that weight, I am going to do something fun. Like go to Disney, or Vegas. Not sure what yet though. Also, I will determine thn if I want to keep going to the doctor recommended weight of 150 or so. I am not sure yet, but thinking on it.

Personal Information:
My name is Wendy, and I am the panhandle of Florida, close to Alabama.

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