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Well I've been a Sparkpeople member for quite awhile. And you know how it goes....You're so motivated to do well, lose weight, get in shape...and then your motivation just kinda flops? Well it happened to me...but not anymore. Back in 2005 I weighed 293 pounds at my heaviest. I had always been an overweight teenager, so it was the norm for me. Christmas of 2005, I decided enough was enough and made a total 360 change in my life. I worked out like crazy, was really strict with my diet...and totally became obsessed with losing weight. It's good to want to get healthy, but I took it to a totally different level. I weighed myself 5-10 times a day and just drove myself mad. I lost 157 pounds...and then I hurt my back. I could barely move, let alone exercise like I wanted. And then the spiral of depression, lack of movement and poor eating habits cycled right back around and it was hard to get my motivation back. I had worked so hard to reach my goals and felt like it was a slap in the face to to be stuck at a stand still. I ended up gaining about half of my weight back before I realized I was going to end up back in my old body with my old attitude. But I'm not! I got a handle on it...and since January of 2010 I've lost 55 pounds! I have about that much more to go to get back to my original goal weight, but I'm trying to focus more on changing habits, not being obsessed with the scale and focusing way more on other forms of progress. I want my body fat to be in a healthy range. I want my BMI to be below 25. I want my waist to be less then half my height in inches, like Dr. Oz says. I want to fuel my body with delicious nutritious food. I want to learn to cook. I want to enjoy this process of creating a new me, inside and out.

Member Since: 1/24/2007

Fitness Minutes: 5,320

My Goals:
Get my body fat down to 25%
Get my waist measurement down to 32 inches.
Stay away from processed foods!
Get at least 6 servings of fruits/veggies everyday!
Drink lots of water!

My Program:
Do some form of exercise every day. At least 30 minutes!

Go for green on my M2 every day!

Follow the Curves weight management plan.

Workout at curves everyday that I work!

Stay away from processed food.

Drink at least 10 cups of water everyday.

Get 3 strength workouts every week.

Personal Information:
I'm from a super small town in Virginia!! Trying to reach my weight loss goals and get my life moving in the right direction! Time to step up!

Other Information:
I love to read! It's pretty much entirely fitness/nutrition related at the moment, but I'll read just about anything. I also love working out, cooking, baking and decorating cakes, four wheeling, going to the club (not to drink, but just to have a good time and hang out with friends), i love watching moves (especially horror movies). I love all kinds of music, country, rap, rock, alternative, etc.

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  • v E11TEENA
    Hey Gina! Nice to see you on spark again. I've taken a break from spark myself, and am just getting back into it. I've been struggling to lose, and your page is always so motivating! Are you going to start up with your team again? It telling me the team is inactive. It would be nice to start up again and get some challenges going, or just have somewhere to chat and share info... let me know. Hope all is well!
    3835 days ago
  • v DIANE929
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    Just to let you know...

    You were thought of today ... emoticon

    Keep in touch,let me know how you're doin'!!!
    Have a fantastic day my friend!!! emoticon emoticon

    3845 days ago
    I found you on another friends page and I am inspired by you, so if you don't mind I am adding you as a friend to keep me motivated
    3852 days ago
    I just wanted to stop by your page and say hello - hope your summer is going great. I also wanted to say that your progress has been amazing, thanks for being an inspiration! :)
    3868 days ago
    You Rock ! I added you as a friend, I wanna be like you when I grow up !
    3869 days ago
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