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My name is Beth and I live in Pittsburgh, PA.
I have lost around 220 pounds but am now struggling with extra skin and low self-esteem.
I still have 40 more pounds to lose but I am here working on a fresh start and am going to use SparkPeople to try to lose these last 40 pounds (or at least maintain where I'm at now).

I'm here to gain inspiration from others, and to inspire others.

Start size- 36 womens
Current size- 10/12 misses, 11/13 juniors

Start cholesterol- 258
Current cholesterol- 120

Starting BP- 170/104
Current BP- 110/68

Starting resting heart rate-125
Current resting heart rate- 60

Starting A1C- 13
Current A1C- 3

-I don't have sleep apnea anymore
-I don't have GERD anymore
-I don't have high blood pressure anymore
-Completely off my diabetes medicine

Member Since: 6/24/2006

Fitness Minutes: 250

My Goals:
-To wear a size 10
-To be able to run a 5k
-To get down to my goal weight so that I can get a tummy tuck to get rid of all of this extra skin
-To love myself no matter where I am on my weight loss journey
-To gain self-confidence

My Program:
The basic goal here was to get healthier, and by increasing my cardio I have gotten my resting pulse rate down to about 60. This is not a crash diet, this is a lifestyle change that will take effect for the rest of my life. I have cut out high-fat foods, and I do not eat fast food hardly at all any more. Once in a while I treat myself, though.

Personal Information:
I live in Pittsburgh, PA. I work in a UPMC hospital on the cardiac unit. I love my job and I am going to nursing school along with working. It's hard but I'll get there someday.

I am a fun person to be around, I love to swim, shop, hike, go to amusement parks, do everything I couldn't do when I was really heavy.

Other Information:
Favorite TV Shows- Biggest Loser, The Soup, The Simpsons, Law and Order (all 3 of them), and Dr. Phil
Favorite Music- I listen to mostly rap, although I do like a good deal of classic rock
Favorite Food- Vegan Ravioli sauteed in Olive Oil
Favorite Exercise- Elliptical, although I love walking/jogging outside in the crisp morning air

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    Thank you for your words of encouragement on my spark page (years ago when I first started this)! I'm back and just got your message for the first time. I really appreciate it! It was a great way to start this journey again! BTW: You have come so far and you are doing great!
    4273 days ago
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    Hi Beth,
    I was wondering if you were still looking for a walking partner. I live in Shadyside too and would like to start walking more than I do(only to work and back, sometimes). I work mostly all daylight(most of the time I am out of there by 430pm). I work 2nd shift on weekends once in a while. Which gym were you going to join? I was thinking about the X since it is 24hr but I am not sure I can afford it. You are a definite inspiration with how well you have done, I need some motivation. Take care and have a great day!
    4647 days ago
    I was looking at your page, and BY GOLLIE! you have come a long way! That's so great! Were you a vegan before you began your lifestyle change, or did you come by it as you lost weight?

    Keep up the great work! Merry Christmas!

    4695 days ago
    your attitude is wonderful - can you pass some my way?? You sound wonderful!

    Merry Christmas!
    4695 days ago
    Hey Bethie!
    Thanks so much for the holiday greetings! You have done such an amazing job - I'm going to have to call on you for inspiration! I had a baby back in July and lost another 25 after the baby, but of course have put back on 5 of that. Ohh well - just gotta get back on track again. Thanks for not forgetting me and now that I"m back online I'll be in touch more. You look fabulous!! Have a wonderful Christmas and a new year filled with many blessings!!
    4695 days ago
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