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I was overweight for a long long time, like nearly 20 years. I finally had the perfect storm of stuff that lead me to getting healthy in 2008. I went from 204.6# on 1 Jan 08 to 148.8 on 2 Sept 08. I maintained for over 3 years, but stress over the last several have led me to eating a lot of feelings and internalizing some very negative messages from a very bad job situation. It has taken me nearly 2 years to fight back from that internalized negativity and PTSD. Funny thing, I edited this whole thing the other night and none of the edits stuck. The long-story-short version is that I have been starting and failing to stay on track for years now, as my weight has gone up and up and up. I was having good success up until the 2016 election, and then gained nearly 30# after it. I also had a job change due to company failure, but I'm doing the same job for another company for more money. And I'm working from home. I started on 9 August and have stayed on track for nearly 2 months. I started at 201.6 and this morning (10/6/18) weighed in at 193.6. My progress is more tortoise than hare, but I'm getting there.

Member Since: 1/8/2008

Fitness Minutes: 265,960

My Goals:
Get back to 150#
Weekly 9 Sept thru 15 Sept 2018:
1. Over 2500 steps daily
2. Less than 1700 cals daily
3. Gym 3x weekly

My Program:
Getting back into the swing of faithful tracking food & exercise.

See goals above...

I like running, exercise videos, and whatever works.

Fan of Jillian Michaels, Leslie Sansone, and Kathy Smith.

Personal Information:
I am originally from Florissant MO & lived in Columbia MO for over 20 years. Now living in Portland, OR. Also have lived in Kileen, TX, Blytheville AR and Germany.

I am an RN Medical Reviewer at a nonprofit managed medicaid insurance company. I was a public health RN in Missouri for 7 years. I was also a nurse in the US Army Reserve for 8 years.

I also love to knit, spin wool, scrapbook, read, listen to music, sing, camp, watch movies, etc.

Other Information:
"I'd rather be useful than decorative!"

"I can do this!!"

"My body's become a
more efficient machine.
I go farther with less food."--Bette Midler in Ruthless People

It's so much easier to move a mountain a pebble at a time.

"Have you ever worked out and said 'I wish I hadn't done that?' " --Leslie Sansone

"It truly is a blessing to be able to move like this."--Leslie Sansone

"In a world full of people only some want to fly, isn't that crazy?"--Seal

"When you can't run anymore, you crawl... and when you can't do that, you find someone to carry you."--Joss Whedon

"Don't phone it in!"--Jillian Michaels

"I'm in training for the rest of my life!"

"I can't help aging, but I can control HOW I age!"

"Energy begets Energy!"

"Three D's of Weigh Loss": Destination, Determination, and Deliberation."
--adapted with thanks from JK Rowling's Harry Potter books

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