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Whatever the goal we're pursuing
No matter how rugged the climb
We're certain to get there by trying our best
And taking one day at a time

"Forever" is hard to imagine
"The future" may seem far away
But every new dawn brings a wonderful chance
To do what we can on that day

-Emily Matthews

Hi! My name is Mel and I am 26 years old. I am tired of letting my weight decide what i do with my life. I'm embarrassed to even admit how many things my weight has kept me from doing. Last year I was at my heaviest weight- 204 pounds. When they finally weighed me at the dr.s office I was so humiliated.

My Dr. said, "Melanie, when they take your blood pressure, from now on tell them that they have to use a size large cuff."

I had avoided scales b/c I was in denial. They put me on a liquid weight loss plan that I paid for out-of-pocket. It was very expensive. I was on a tight budget but I paid for it anyway.. in cash. $145 a week.

I lost a total of 4 pounds in 30 days. Not worth it. Especially since they had told me all these stories about how they themselves had lost 14 pounds in 2 weeks. I quit the program. I decided I could do the same plan on my own.. and much cheaper.

Something I learned from the liquid diet was how much food is always in our faces. When you can not eat ANYTHING other than the pre-mixed shakes your doctor gives you, you see exactly how much food is tempting us every day. I realized you can buy food almost everywhere, on every corner. No wonder weight loss is so hard for us.

I love spark people and I love connecting with people who understand just how important it is to get healthy. Feel free to add me as a friend!

Member Since: 3/22/2011

Fitness Minutes: 1,606

My Goals:
I want to go back to school.. Still not sure what I want to do yet though. Other than losing weight I'd also like to work on being a healthier person overall.

Ultimate Super Dream Goals:
~Wear a 2 piece bikini
~Fit into a size 6
~Have a healthy blood pressure reading every time I get it checked

My Program:
I'm eating about 1200-1400 calories a day. I use Jillian Michaels 30 day shred 5 days a week. Sometimes I do levels 1 & 2 back to back.
I am not cutting out any specific food groups yet.

Personal Information:
I very recently quit smoking. I smoked at least a pack a day since I was 20. I used the patch for 2 weeks and I haven't smoked since.
Non-Smoker since 1/1/11

Other Information:
I have a million hobbies & interests. so I prob like something that you like.. and if not I'd love to learn about it!

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    Just wanted to stop by and say hello! You are doing awesom! Happy
    Belated birthday as well!
    3082 days ago
    Here's one more belated birthday wish Mel!
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    All the best,
    Scootergirl in Oz
    3082 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy Belated Birthday, DONE GIRL emoticon

    The Sagittarius girl wanted to be like her dad, and is really a "tomboy" at heart as she'd rather be outside than in the house cleaning, cooking, washing and taking care of kids. She's a hard worker, but since she is so smart, she needs work where she uses her mind. She loves to travel and is open to new cultures. She gets along well with Libra, Aries, Leo, Aquarius, and Gemini. She has a blunt mouth, but never sets out to hurt anyone with her honesty, and she gets over being mad quickly. She loves to spend money and buy gifts, but she is always sure she will make more money because she will keep working. She has to watch for injury to her hips.
    She can have a weight issue since she is ruled by Jupiter who expands all things, (including her good luck), but she is a Fire sign who can easily exercise and keep the weight off if she wishes. She has lots of energy. She loves to entertain friends, so food can be about fun times, but she can discipline herself, so she can control her weight. It is her choice as she makes her own decisions.
    In Sagittarius the Sun is idealistic and optimistic. Sagittarius is the sign that espouses such high principles as universal love and world peace. As this period of the year is associated with the spirit of giving and good cheer, the Sagittarius personality is recognized for its generosity and expansive demeanor.
    You are very gregarious, enthusiastic, and open, in all that you do. You have an ability to understand a broad perspective, and to see everything from a total point of view. Your foresight and an ability to visualize the big picture make matters work out well for you most of the time. Always thinking in broad abstract terms, you usually have trouble focusing on details that arise.

    In many ways you are spontaneous, but with this comes an inclination to be bluntly honest and frank, or at least, straightforward and much to the point. You never intend to hurt anyone, but the truth is all important to you, and you never hesitate to tell it like it is. Tact and restraint can be issues of concern, but you probably don't care. You are so independent. You can rarely be pushed an inch in any direction unless you decide the direction your being pushed is where you want to go.
    These blows are softened only by your warm, jovial and outgoing friendliness. Even when you stick your hoof in your mouth you can recover and show up as a winner. Often "lady luck" just smiles on you. Sagittarius has a happy-go-lucky, honest, cheerful, and ever optimistic approach to life; but then can turn right around and be so careless, restless and extravagant.
    You have a natural love of the outdoors and may develop strong enthusiasm for sports and outdoor adventure. Sagittarius is the sign most often associated with sports, and you are inclined to physical activity and active endeavors, particularly outdoors.
    Future-oriented, you rarely allow problems or setbacks to get you down for long. You put disappointment behind you and start working toward your next adventure. Never satisfied with moving along in slow lane, you want to set the pace on a grand scale. Whatever you set out to do, must be the biggest and best. You want to live life to its fullest. You can work well with anybody, accepting them for what they are. You are the natural, open-hearted extrovert, an easy person live and work with. Relying on your glibness and complete self-confidence, you are a natural in the world of selling. Still in the area of organization and perseverance you may need help from other factors in the chart. If you are like most Sagittarius natives, you can be down right irresponsible and unreliable at times. Your personality is such, however, that people don't get upset about it. It's that natural Sagittarius charm that carries you through the tough spots.
    Sagittarius is the sign of higher education. You live to expand your horizons in every possible way, wanting to see the world and experience it. You want to meet interesting people and try everything. Your curiosity is boundless and your desire for knowledge is paramount.
    3082 days ago
  • v no profile image 2HOTKITTY
    A belated DG emoticon wish to ya!
    3083 days ago
  • v GODSCHILD2_2011
    emoticon Done Girl!!!
    3084 days ago
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