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I want to achieve balance in my life. I used to obsess about my appearance and now I focus so much on my career that I have not been giving enough time to my health and appearance. I want to learn how to pursue my professional goals with passion and energy while leaving room to eat healthfully, stay active, and maintain a healthy weight.

I want to get into better health and be more fit. I used to be in amazing shape--I could do a power yoga class, run for half an hour, and then go for a swim all in the same day! I definitely couldn't do that now, and I want to get back the feeling of competence and strength that I had when I was in better shape.

I want to be able to go into *any* store and fit into *anything*. I know that at any size some clothes complement our bodies better than others, but I at least want to be able to *fit into things*. I love to express myself through fashion and I absolutely hate that my weight really limits my ability to do that because I can rarely fit into the clothing that I like.

I want to be visible in society. The sad truth is that when you are fat you are invisible. I experienced this before and then with an earlier weight loss, I could see the dramatic change in my interactions with other people and how they perceived me. Now that I've regained the weight, I'm back to that painful invisibility. It sucks!!

Last but definitely not least, I've started to have trouble with some of my joints, and so I feel that I owe it to myself to be as healthy and thin as possible so I am putting less pressure on my knees and feet.

Member Since: 7/12/2008

Fitness Minutes: 13,819

My Goals:
To lose weight.
To look gorgeous.
To be stronger.
To feel healthier.
To stave off and reverse weight-related physical ailments like disease and injury.
To regain control over myself, my body, and my life.

My Program:
I am eating nutritious, unprocessed foods, limiting my consumption of simple carbs, and eating calories within my custom calorie range.
I am drinking very little alcohol.
I am walking for fitness.
I am drinking 8 glasses of water daily.
I am closely monitoring my weight.

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Other Information:
I am working toward a set of Weight Loss Milestones. See them here! :)


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    If you're diligent it will get easier over time. I've only been on here since June and most of the time I can 'eye' up my portions now and be pretty close to what they should be. And I understand how stress makes it even harder to deal with making changes. Just take it a day at a time, a step at a time, and you WILL get there. And don't feel badly when you mess up, it happens to all of us, just pay attention to what's triggering the backslide so you're aware for the next time.
    3002 days ago
    I understand that 'invisible' feeling way too well! But you know what? I 'see' you and you're doing awesome!!!
    3080 days ago
    I'm always leary about automatic bill pay. I'm a little forgetful *cough* and my luck is i'd be short one month and forget the payment is coming out. then that would create more headaches. Oh well they said hopefully by the end of summer I can pay the water bill online.
    3084 days ago
    I think one of the things that honestly surprises me is the fact that my usual treats are "healthy" foods. Who would have thought I would consider a good chunk of watermelon to be dessert?
    Thank you for your tips! I'll definitely keep that in mind!
    3084 days ago
    HI there - SORRY bout the tears, can you imagine how many I had while creating the video? :-)

    I hope the tears are of joy and celebration.
    3091 days ago
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