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My girls last weekend when I went to visit Eugene for a Ducks game!! We won! WOO!!

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Halloween 2006 - Jem and the Hollograms!

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My mom and me at the Oregon Coast in early August


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***Update, 3/7/2011****
I have been off Sparkpeople consistently for a few years now. I never got to my goal weight of 130 and after living pretty comfortably at 140 for 3 years, I don't think I will ever get to that weight and still enjoy life! I enjoy food waay too much :). Regardless, my weight has crept back up to 151! Yikes!! All of my clothes that I bought and new suites aren't fitting very well ANND, now I have a wedding to get ready for! I really will never have to look better on any day of my life - so hopefully, that will be sufficient motivation to start making everyday count! I want to look and feel better and make my way back down to a happier, healthier me!

***Update, 1/20/2008***
I've lost 25 lbs. w/ Sparkpeople in the last 9 months. My goal is to lose 12.5 more and be at my "permanent" weight of 130 lbs by May 15, 2008. I'm excited to be in this position for myself. Thank you all and I look forward to continually enjoying your support in this endeavor...

I've currently lost 20 lbs. w/ SparkPeople and feel a lot better about myself, my energy, the way I look and the way I feel. Thank you all for sooo much help, I couldn't have done this w/o you! It's been a bumpy ride and I am sure that these next 11 lbs. will be the toughest, but I know I can do it with all of my wonderful friends at SP helping. I've been steadily working on this since April 1, 2007 with a 6 week hiatus in July/August due to my last month with some dear friends before I moved away for LAW SCHOOL. I DID gain back 4 lbs in those 6 wks, but they've since been shed and those memories were well worth it!
So now, I'm in Seattle in my first semester at law school and determined to continue to make my health a priority. Thank you again and good luck to everyone with continuing this journey!

I'm a recent college graduate who has put on about 18 pounds in the last 4.5 years...most of it coming during the senior year party blitz! After a bad break up in college, I dropped to 141 lbs and it felt great...the thinnest I've been since sophomore year of high school. Then, from jr - sr of college, I drank and ate my way all the way up to 166.5, the heaviest and most unhealthy I've ever been in my life! It was after a Memorial Weekend binge where I accidentally (kind of) drank 39 Bud Lights in one day...I realized after that I needed to make a change, ASAP! So far, it's been a long off and on process where I can't seem to get my footing fully. Just by cutting back on my overt excesses, I was able to drop down to 161. But, it has already been another year of my life and I still am insecure about the way I look with my weight. I am not looking to become some bombshell or set unrealistic goals, I just want my old favorite clothes to fit and be comfortable in my own skin. As I am right now, I'm constantly trying to hide my flab and stomach mostly (I went from 4-pack to keg) and I just hate the feeling of always turning down hot tub nights, trips to the lake and laying out just to tan because of my insecurities. I feel like I'm missing out and I want to take control of that part of my life. I've applied to grad school in the fall and I want to enter a newer and more confident person.

MySpace me:

Member Since: 2/14/2006

Fitness Minutes: 2,617

My Goals:
1. Get down to 152 by Memorial Weekend

Almost made it...152.5! Dang Mother's day weekend and Mem Day bbqs!

NEW #1 GOAL: Down to 150 by June 15 (sister's college graduation.

Took an extra week, but I got there!

2. Run for 40 minutes straight! (I used to be able to!)

Check!! 40 minutes straight and I can get to 4 miles!

2&1/2. Get to 4 miles in 36 mins!

3. Get to 141 lbs by FEBRUARY 1

4. Be 140 by Single's Awareness Day

5. Begin ab/leg workouts on February 1!

6. Cardio 4 times weekly

7. Lose my fear of the bathing suit, 135 lbs by spring break!

My Program:
*At 158 lbs - New Make-Up


*At 155 lbs - Pedicure!

I got shoes instead, they are so pretty!

*NEW GOAL - At 150 lbs by June 15, sister's college graduation. At that point, I'll be .5 lbs over half way to my goal. AND, maybe an added bonus of my family who are coming into town for the graduation noticing that I've lost 16 lbs since they last saw me!)

ALMOST made it. Got to 150 on 6/22, a week late!

*At 151 lbs - A New Do!


*At 148 lbs - Pedicure!

*At 146 lbs - Mmm, good dinner out on the town to celebrate 20 lbs gone!!

*At 140 lbs - New shoes...

***At 135 lbs - New clothes***

***130 = SWIMSUIT b/c no fear

Personal Information:
I'm a 24 college grad from Oregon (where OBBD (Oregon Big Butt Disease) runs rampant). I like to knit, I love kitties, I listen to music all the time and love hanging out with my friends. I frequent complicated relationships due to the fact that I'm insecure with myself and tend to project my insecurities as distrust. I want to be confident!

Other Information:
My biggest problems in weight loss:

- Social situations: everyone around me seems to have unbelievable metabolism. They eat when and what they want and still could pose for Sports Illustrated (many of them are collegiate athletes). Unfortunately, i can't do that and maintain a good figure.

- Beer. Yeah, I like it.

- Motivation to workout. It's a love/hate relationship.

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    Aww look at you! You're beautiful!
    5167 days ago
    AWESOME!!! You made it to your goal! 152.5 by Memorial Day, right? Here it is, just a few days later and you're a half a pound below that! Great work!

    I'm glad you liked my post, it was definately from the heart. And even your comments made me a little tearful because it touched me that something I'm experiencing can not only be shared with someone, but inspiring as well. I wasn't going to post it here on Spark at first (I was very emotionally charged that night), but I've read so many posts by others that are intense and personal that I wanted to put myself out there too.

    *doh* I'm sorry, I thought you were still in school at the moment. Wow, but August, that's SOON! And you're less than 20 pounds from your goal weight. I guess now is definately the crunch time to make sure that the healthy decisions you know to make are the ones you're making. You know what may be a good idea since you'll be so busy all the time? I've started doing this recently - Make a HUGE batch of super healthy muffins (I've made up 2 recipes based on SP recipes that I use. One is pumpkin carrot and the other is a banana nut), I do about 24 at a time. Then, when you need a filling, healthy snack (or quick meal), you have them available and aren't going for the candy bars and vending foods. I'll PM the recipes if you want to try them. Oh, and prebagging veggie snacks, like carrots, so you know how many cals and everything are in them. With all the stress law school will bring, eating junkie foods will only make it worse. And if you get discouraged b/c classes and study are preventing you from exercising, remember it's all about MIND and BODY. Just eat right in your ranges, walk when you would otherwise drive, and if you can maintain a size while all this is happening, then THAT is a huge accomplishment as well!

    I've actually put on 4 lbs since my last weigh-in. But that's in just a 4 day time span, and it's my TOM, so I'm sure it's just water. But I have to admit that I've been slacking this month. I haven't been recording my foods and my exercise hasn't been as intense. So I'm glad tomarrow's a new day and a new month. I've got my tracking sheets printed out and I'm set for the gym. I'm joining the 2-8 lb challenge and I'm ready to buckle down again. I wrote that blog after I had thought I could do the almost 4lbs a week to make my goal of my birthday. I've decided that isn't what I'm here to do. I'm here for the LONG HAUL not to look good for one day. My new goal is to be to a size 8 by my birthday - no weight preference. I'm a size 10 now so that is definately realistic. And that takes off some of the pressure.

    Well, that's probably enough of a novel for one night ;-) woo-hoo! Tomarrow.... T.G.I.F. !!!
    5168 days ago

    I just wanted to tell you thank you the challenges are motivating to me too and I just love doing them it makes me happy to see everyone joining expecially those who have joined me every time I just know you will get to your goal. Good luck on the next challenge and have fun doing it.

    5168 days ago
    Hey Kelsea, I've actually been really involved on a new team called "Psychic Sparkers". Everyone there is really active about posting. I don't know if you believe in psychic phenomenon, but it's a great group of people. For example of how much they stay in touch: The last time I posted in the "Welcome" thread (their chatboard) was around midnight of the 21st. I just check a short while ago to see what all the ladies were up to, and there's been over 5 pages of posts!

    But I plan on going back to the 3-8 lb challenge on the 20-somethings with 20+ lbs to lose board next month. I wasn't sure if I would have lost anyhting, much less have done anything but gain weight during this month - so I didn't want to get discouraged.

    I'm hoping to make my goal, but I came to a realization the other night after reading an old journal entry and decided to add it to my blog. I just posted it. Basically, I realized that so long as I'm trying, that slip-ups happen. And if I can't make it to my goals on time, so long as I don't get discouraged, I will. And it's my attitude and how better of a person I'm becomming that really matters.

    I'm sure you'll make your memorial day goal! It's about a week until then, and 2 lbs is very do-able in a week's time. And you are an inspiration, yourself! You're already about halfway to your goal weight. Plus you have the added stress of being a student. I'm hoping to start school in the fall, when my kids can go to daycare at a more reasonable cost. Perhaps then you can be my rock? :-)

    Keep your momentum up, you're doing fantastic!
    5177 days ago
    Kelsea.... Hellooooo? :-) How have things been going, girl? I haven't heard from you in ages.

    Remember how I was telling you I had surgery? Well, I have been worried that I was putting weight back on - I figured atleast 3-5 pounds. I weighed myself yesterday and I've lost 5 in the past 3 weeks! Not as much as I would if I was exercising, but not bad for having several super-evil icecream/cake/cookie binges with no exercise! My goal date is approaching and I really hope I can make it! July 22nd is my b-day and to make it to 135 by then I have to lose about 3.25 lbs a week. It's a little more than what SP wants, but it doesn't seem too bad, I hope I can make it! I want to ask for all kids of gift cards to have a shopping spree!

    How's your challenge working out for you? I hope school isn't too stressful right now. Well, I have to get back to my chores, but I hope you're doing well and happy!
    5181 days ago
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