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Update 1/7/13: So even though I have gotten back to virtually where I started, I am encouraged by the fact that it was a medication side effect rather than a setback in my behaviors. I got down to being within 7 lbs of my goal. I am now at the point where I am 30 lbs away from my original goal of 150. The funny thing is though, despite the uphill climb I have ahead, that I feel it is so possible because of my earlier success. I won't let my current circumstances dictate my attitude or my motivation. I am so looking forward to getting my body to look more like what I feel like on the inside and getting back to feeling my best.

Update 5/10/11: Still on the journey. I am not where I want to be, but I'm also not where I started. I have finally FINALLY gotten to the point that I understand myself enough to have a lifestyle that works for me. Now it's all about getting these last 10-15 lbs off and getting to maintenance. I am all about balance these days and now that my life is more balanced, I feel like I can get to a balance in my health. Grad school has done it's damage and now that I'm on the tail end, staying active and eating right over the long-term feels more attainable.

3/29/10: Things are going pretty well for me. I am not gaining weight and given what's going on in my life, that's a small victory I can celebrate. I am no longer eating fast food (although I will go to the occasional restaurant) and I am only eating foods that are natural, have no artifical perservatives, or man-made products in them. I am still working on portion control but I have decided that I am going to stop listening to the voice of my inner fat kid and start listenting to the voice of my "inner goddess" (for lack of a better term...thank you Ceci). It's really been about keeping supportive people around me and slowly making lasting changes. Goal, here I come.

10/18/09: I am in a good space. I am motivated. I am about 20 lbs away from my goal (I have lost about 10 lbs so far) and I know that THIS IS IT. It's kind of funny because that puts me back where I started when I began this SP journey about a year ago, but I have a new outlook and am refocusing my attention on me. It sounds selfish but I have to put myself on my priority list! I learned a lot from my past mistakes and this just feels different. My desire to live healthfully comes from a different place. I am not losing weight to feel better about myself because I am already ok with my body (minus my love handles :) ). I am doing it to fit better in my clothes and get healthy. THIS IS IT!

05/17/09: So I have had yet another setback. I have decided though that I will not let myself be defeated. Success doesn't mean you never failed; it just means that you had more good days than bad days. Yes, I am back where I started. Yes, I did it with my eyes wide open. And yes, I can and will still achieve my goal. It may take a few more months than I expected but all in all I feel like that setback was necessary to show me that I really have to get a hold on my eating habits. There's a BIG difference between eating for hunger vs eating for boredom, stress, sadness, happiness, loneliness, sleep-deprivation, and any other reason. I am going to do this.

First post (circa August 2008): I have already lost 30 lbs and kept it off over the last two years. I am trying to shed the last 20-25. These last pounds have been the hardest with a lot of setbacks due to life (deaths in the family, getting busy with grad school, HOLIDAYS (:)), and honestly getting lazy). Now I'm in the mode where I need to just do it for my health and to finally finish what I started.

Member Since: 7/30/2008

Fitness Minutes: 19,377

My Goals:
Goal Weight
11/30/14: 165

12/31/14: 160

1/31/15: 155

2/28/15: 150

2/28/15 -8/31/15: maintenance

My Program:
1) Work out 5-6 times/week for 45-60 minutes

2) Strength train three times per week

3) Stay within range on calories and nutrients 6 days per week

4) Give myself the day off once per week

5) Reevaluate every 2 weeks to see what's working and what isn't

6) When I get the urge to emotionally eat or eat for reasons other than hunger, I will a)jump rope for 5 minutes, b) take a walk around the track outside, c) journal, or d) give someone a call

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  • v GODDESS181
    Love your page. Keep up the good work!
    3265 days ago
    Great job on hitting the 10lb mark! Keep up the great work!!
    3364 days ago
    Hi there!
    How are you? Haven't seen any comments or actions from you lately! :-)
    3870 days ago
  • v SHEILA1505
    Hi there! Was also struck by both your light-bulb comments - Consider the Source - oh, how true!!! and Everyone doesn't deserve a front row seat in your life - reminds me of another one that I hear from a lady to her fiance - It's not always about you! I reckon we can apply that to ourselves when we believe others are thinking critical thoughts - they probably aren't thinking at all!

    I wish you well with your new goals and STRENGTH! emoticon
    3904 days ago
    Hi I read your comment in one of the community pages about how to respond to negative body comments...and I just loved it.
    It will be one of my new mantra's:

    "Everyone does not deserve a front row seat in your life"- Every person you come into contact with shouldn't be allowed to make you feel bad about yourself because they are just not that important."

    3905 days ago
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