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Left, May 2012 (candid by my son...): Size 14 jeans. Right, Nov 2013: Size 6 dress. Woohoo!

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Before, c. 2000/ 200 lbs, size 18. "During" c. 2007, 140 lbs, size 8

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At the Mayan ruins in Tulum, March 2014 (size 8 shorts. SHORTS! In public! A milestone).

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Hello everyone! I'm Desiree.

Thanks to those who voted me a motivator. It's nice to remember that I've come a long way. (Thank you SparkPeople!)

A huge thanks to my awesome team of many years, my HEN HOUSE chickies! You are seriously THE BEST FRIENDS and the best support a girl could ask for. (And we're always happy to have new regulars!)

A bit about my plan and my goals:

I eat LOTS of fat, including bacon and cheese, about 50% of my calories coming from fat (lots of whole eggs, avocadoes, olive oil, nuts as well), typically. Please read Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes! Or this "quick" article at least:

This is one reason I have stopped obsessing about the number on the scale and focused on health and being fit:

I am getting "close" to my original goal of something like 127- within 10 pounds. I have never (ever) been thin, so I don't know what an appropriate weight for me is. Right now I am focusing on building muscle and toning up as much as I can and worrying less about numbers.

I do have a pair of size six designer jeans that I would like to look good in. They're a little obscene right now.

I would like to be below 25% body fat, at the very least, as a goal. Last I measured, on an electromagnetic impulse scale when I was on my years-long plateau at 165, I was at about 49%. Literally half of me was fat. I estimate myself at maybe 28% now? (Total guess based on visual representations of various levels of body fat).

More about me:

I'm a 35-year-old mom of a 17-year-old boy, living in Watertown, MA. I've always been heavy and got up to my highest weight of around 200 when I was in the unhappy marriage: 205 pregnant, and then ~200 again months after the baby. I'm only 5'2".

I plateaued for a couple of years after my initial successes at losing with Spark, at my apparent "set weight," then 165. (The new one is 135- always pushing to get lower than that!)

I don't need or want to be thin. I just need (and want) to be healthy: exercising AT LEAST 5 times a week (long walks, yoga class, sprinting, heavy weights, swimming, elliptical, rowing machine-- what have you got? Except jogging. I HATE jogging) and eating lots of fruits and veggies, protein, and fat. I am in love with fat, and it's changing my body. (See above book and article).

I love new SparkFriends and invite anyone to come on into the very chatty Hen House, which I co-lead, or the Cambridge, MA (and surrounding areas) team, which I'd like to grow again!

More (technical) advice for newbies:

Make sure you make your own SparkPage and add people; you have to "add back" people who add you so they are notified of your activity! You can view the list of people you've not yet mutually added by going to your "friend feed," "see all updates" (at the bottom), and then clicking the "Click here to see your friends" in the top paragraph! Then be sure to blog and/or use your "status update," because that shows up for mutual friends and it's a great way to support each other!

Member Since: 6/19/2006

Fitness Minutes: 72,557

My Goals:
Currently about 130 lbs and a size 6/8. I was a size 18 at my highest weight of ~200 and sat at a 14 and 165 lbs for about four years. I'm only 5'2".

Main present goal: Continue changing body fat into muscle.

Overall goals: Make exercise a permanent part of my life that I ENJOY!

Stop obsessing about food and learn to eat to fuel my body, not my appetites. (PRETTY CLOSE!)

LOVE THYSELF AND STRIVE NOT FOR PERFECTION! (I try every day, but I am a Virgo...)

My Program:
1700-2100 calories a day when I am working out hard; 1300-1600 when I'm not; striving for 25 g fiber, at least 70g protein, 40-100g fat, and 90-150g carbs, focusing on vegetables and fruits rather than grains.

Eating CLEAN (real, whole foods), mostly Primal (see: Mark's Daily Apple) and at least 60 mins of exercise at least 5x/week: strength training, cardio machines, yoga, walking, etc.

I have a FitBit Zip and I try to get at least 10K, hopefully 15K steps a day and about 1,000-1,500 fitness minutes a week (including the walking, which FitBit communicates to Spark).

Personal Information:
I'm 36, originally from New Mexico, a Bostonian for over 25 years. Mom of an 18-year-old boy(MAN?). Currently unemployed, although my "field" is office management.

Aspiring singer-songwriter, writer, rather poor painter, and jewelry designer.

Other Information:
I love literature and the language, music (I play viola and guitar), nature, the arts, and animals. I'm a bleeding heart liberal and a "godless" pagan heathen ;)

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  • v JEWEL85
    I miss you and am DYING to hear about your new man!
    2078 days ago
    Hey! Thanks for stopping by! It was good to hear from you! I came back after the holidays full force. I was always kinda lurking around but not doing much about my weight. Unfortunately I got very close to my highest again but I can report I am now down 13 pounds and hoping to hit 15 by the end of the month. It feels good to be back. What have you been up to? How are things?
    2351 days ago
    Thanks so much for your advice on my blog! I've noticed that the beer calories seem to be harder to keep under control - people in WI are serious about their beer! But I do enjoy it, so I'll have to try the low-carb options.

    I've been getting in a lot of ST since I hurt myself, so at least there's a little extra activity there! And I agree, I don't want to start up again, so staying away from those friends until I have myself back at equilibrium is probably the best optioN!

    I hope everything has been going well for you! Have a great week!
    2371 days ago
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