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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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    Thanks so much for your support! It's a little silly that I only realized now that filling up on veggies will prevent me from eating higher calorie foods and thus result in weight lost. A bit self-evident, no? emoticon
    I'm thinking of starting a photo series of veggies so that I remember what I'm eating, that way if I ever slip back into my old way of life, I'll have a visual reference to guide me!
    Congratulations to you too at your loss, you're doing great!
    2567 days ago
    Thank you so much for the warm welcome you left me on the Introducing myself feed!!! Your progress is SOOO inspirational!!!! You look amazing!!! I would love to join Hen sounds like such a fun team!!! Hope you are having a WONDERFUL weekend!!!!

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    2568 days ago
    Thanks for the blog comment on my cat. I'm sure she could write an amazing biography...if she could only talk!
    Here's to our fur babies!!
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    2570 days ago
    I just find it really difficult to eat and keep the fats so low. I like some nuts and a little olive oil on my salads but then it's like I can't eat anything else without going way over. I try to eat healthy fats but still it's difficult. I generally range from 40-50% as well. Thanks for the heads up :)
    2572 days ago
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    Thanks for the interval suggestion! I may try that on tomorrow's walk. And thanks for the sweet comments on my new photo!
    2572 days ago
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