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"A man who wants something will find a way. A man who doesn't will find an excuse"

It is time to get my *Healthy* back. Weight loss will be the byproduct of making my health a priority again. I.Can.Do.This!

I will emerge from the cocoon of this weight and be stronger for it.

After becoming a mom, the weight loss took a stall as I was just trying to survive the transition. I've finally restarted on May 7, 2019 and am so optimistic about this lifestyle change. It's not always easy but it really, truly is worth it!

Restart: 5/7/2019
15 pounds: 6/7/2019
20 pounds: 6/17/2019
25 pounds: 7/7/2019
30 pounds: 7/18/2019
35 pounds: 8/11/2019
40 pounds: 8/17/2019
45 pounds: 47 lbs down 9/6/19!!!
50 pounds: HALF WAY!!!

An old snippet of my spark journey:
First Goal: Exercise at least 3 days per week
Second Goal: Lose 10 pounds ACCOMPLISHED!
15 Lbs: Accomplished 3/27/2017
95 Lbs:

I have been a Sparkmember for quite some time. When I first joined, I loved the site, the sparkfriends, amazing ideas and all the support. I was able to shed the pounds I set out to and then the other shoe dropped... I've worked in a chaotic career for the past 9 years and it took a huge toll on me. With all the chaos and trauma, I lost sight of taking care of myself... It is time to regain balance in my life and make myself a priority.

I re-embarked on this journey for the 5,000,257th time to get healthy, shed excess pounds and to feel better about myself --The main focus each time I try to shed pounds after re-gaining 20-30 pounds of stress induced self-loathing. I had allowed my stressful job to take over (yet again) lost touch with important people in my life & with myself, didn�t prioritize anything other than work and made the stress inducing, demanding job #1 and my only priority.

"It didn't take a week to put the weight on... why would we assume it'll take a week to take it off?"

I'm choosing to stop:
-Making Excuses!!!!
-Eating my emotions
-Feeling sorry for myself
-Being dormant
-Allowing everything and everyone to take precedence over my health and happiness

Member Since: 6/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 30,312

My Goals:
Long Term Goals:
**Make it a LIFESTYLE, not just a crash diet!
**Get Healthy!!!
**Stop Emotional Eating!
**Feel Good In My Own Skin!!
**Develop positive self-esteem!
**Lose 95 pounds total

Fitness Goals:
**Use my treadmill consistently & hit the pavement!
**Run a mile without stopping (Completed 4/6/12-- Do this again!)
**Complete C25K Training
**Sign up for & complete a 5K race/event

Weekly Goals:
*Log 10 Miles per week (run, bike, walk, jog, skip, just do it!!)
* Eat within calorie range each day and eat quality foods. When it comes to packaged foods-- If I can't pronounce it, I try not to eat it
*Drink 8 glasses of water a day
*SLEEP!! at least 8 hours a night
*Eat Vegetarian at least once per week

My Program:
*Eating Healthy... Eat to Live, not Live to Eat!! (NO EMOTIONAL EATING)

*Drink at least 3 liters of water a day... (12 glasses)

I'm aiming for at least 150 minutes a week.

*Include strength training/yoga at least 3 days per week.

*Maintain a positive attitude. Weight loss and health are a journey, not a destination. I'm trying to limit the amount of times a week I weigh myself. The scale has controlled my emotions often in the past.

*15 lbs: $15 to spend on vitamins/supplement
*20 lbs: pedicure
*25 lbs: new workout shoes
*30 lbs: can i fit into old work clothes?
*35 lbs: $15 more to spend online
*40 lbs:
*45 lbs:
*50 lbs: get hair done
*55 lbs:
*60 lbs:
*65 lbs:
*75 lbs: Weekend Getaway?
*80 lbs:
*85 lbs:
*90 lbs:
*95 lbs: Maintain! Keep doing what works; celebrate the journey that led to my goal!

Personal Information:
I am now 36 years old and still a work in progress. I've in child welfare for 14+ years. Still trying to find my calling. I live in Virginia with my husband, 2 furbabies (cats) and Toddler!

I want to live a healthy life, strive to live a good, kind existence and figure out what and where I want to go in life. I want to reach my ultimate goal of living a healthy lifestyle!

Other Information:
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." ~Maya Angelou

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