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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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    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!
    2493 days ago
  • v TINAJANE76
    Loved your story about your hiking trip in the Italians Alps in your comments on my blog about cultural differences. Although life expectancy figures show that Italians do have quite an edge over us Americans, I also question just how healthy some of their choices are. Yes, there is a lot of emphasis on fresh fruit and vegetables, but breakfasts, for example, are often nothing but simple carbs. How they make it to lunchtime seems like something of a miracle, lol!

    I try to incorporate the best of both worlds--Italian moderation and the good side of American health consciousness and awareness--so I hope your assessment about my lifestyle potentially being healthier is right.

    Sorry to hear about your lack of health insurance. What a botched system there is in the States. It's really abominable that the richest country in the world can't do better by its people in this respect.
    2495 days ago
  • v JEWELS571
    I decided I was too tired for Cross Fit, 6 days straight with no rest, but still got my 10k+ steps in today! Hoping to sneak in 10k steps tomorrow, have a wonderful cheat meal/carb load, and run 8+ miles saturday AM at 6:30, yikes! last long run before biggest loser half, I am so stoked!! Still trying to figure out this maintenance thing, lost weight this week, which is ok, my goal was always 135 and I upped it because of the skin and muscle! Need to eat more, added another snack into the mix!!

    You look so stunning in the blue dress, I love looking at it! I need to get out of the frocks and wear something more flattering!! Someday maybe! Have a great week-end! When I do go to crossfit I'll fill you in!
    2496 days ago
    oh, yeah, I've been overdoing the coffee lately and it isn't helping at all. I gave it up when I first started losing weight, and had way more energy without it eventually. But then I slowly introduced it back in (I love the taste but didn't need it to stay awake until recently)...I made a smoothie with matcha powder for breakfast instead and feel a bit better than if I had coffee. It might be other things that contributed to the spike in energy awhile back though...but I also am getting migraines which I haven't had this bad in years, and caffeine (particularly coffee) seems to be a huge trigger for me and many people with them... :(
    2498 days ago
    It's funny, because although I look a lot younger in the face now that I've lost weight, I'll still never get mistaken for being too young anymore with these wicked white hairs sprinkled through my sides and a few on the top. I'm alright with that though, but it's been a LONG time since I've been carded anywhere, lol. I love how it used to annoy the heck out me when I was in my twenties, and now it seems like a compliment, lol! :D
    2499 days ago
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