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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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    Your healthcare system boggles me, Iv'e quit even trying to make sense of it.. I'm so grateful we have universal statefunded healthcare where I live.

    Glad to hear you are fine!
    2573 days ago
    Look forward not back I need to apply this to multiple areas of my life!
    2573 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/8/2014 4:10:29 AM
    Hahah ... Well it's food for thought for sure :) Maybe we can measure our waists and set up some sort of challenge with one another. I really really want to lose this weight by my 30th birthday. I'm just sick and tired of going in circles you know! I need to get a strategy for myself too. I need to set up some sort of reward system and hope that will motivate me to stick to the plan. I really want some more Lululemon gear!
    2588 days ago
    That is an awesome approach! So are you going to be focusing on just measurements or trying on your skinny jeans and bikini everyday!? Do you run?
    2588 days ago
    Hi Friend! How are you doing? I hope you are doing better than me! I am stuck in what feels like a never ending struggle. According to my weight loss chart, I should be at 127 tomorrow ... I am like 136 ... ugghh! I need to tell myself that I can't eat anything unless it's logged in my tracker. The hard part is that I am soo busy, I'm lucky if I even get a chance to look at my tracker. The only good thing I am doing is keeping busy. I took the girls on a hike today and walked a 5K with the stroller yesterday and ran 2 miles after. Like I said ... if all I had to do was exercise ... I would be golden!
    2589 days ago
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