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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: 252,187

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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    Hi there and welcome to Buffy World! We're glad to have you join our little gang of scoobies!
    4655 days ago
  • v BD4557
    Welcome to SP Team of Jan. 6-12. It is a great group and has great challenges. Looks like you have already lost a lot of weight. Congratulations.
    4656 days ago
    Hi there and WELCOME to SparkPeople and the SPClass of January 6-12, 2008!
    There's a thread on the team page called POPULAR QUESTIONS where a LOT of questions have been posed and answered. Take the time to read through it as questions you have may have been answered on there - and you may find some questions you DIDN't know you had! Use this board for Q&A only as it is something of a chore to wade through if you're looking for a specific item. (And for me to have to find the most recent question to answer! LOL) Thanks for Understanding!
    Participation can be a GREAT motivator! I encourage you to read the threads, post replies, start your own topic! Come by and Introduce yourself to everyone – this is a GREAT team of CARING people! Use the nutrition and fitness trackers so you can see your progress and your blog so you can review, later, how you felt on your journey. It will also help others to see your success!
    We're the LARGEST TEAM in SparkPeople. I'm hoping that we will have the largest number of PARTICIPATING team members as well!
    Good luck on your weight loss goal and your quest to a healthier lifestyle!
    ~MrsHoneyC~ Team Leader SPClass January 6-12, 2008

    4657 days ago
  • v COOP9002
    Welcome to the CoMo team. Wow! You've made some incredible progress. I'm sure it won't be long until you reach your ultimate goal.
    4657 days ago
  • v ICEBOX4624
    WOW You look great. I was just on the calorie counting message board and came across your profile. Keep up the good work. You look great.
    4658 days ago
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