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My name is Marilyn and I just turned 40 years old. I allowed my weight to keep me down for to long. What started as gaining a few pounds due to a back injury led to depression and so much more. I was never "obese" by many people's standards but I was overweight for my 5 ft 3 small boned frame.

My goal was just to be healthy again. This isn't about being a size 4 (although I wouldn't complain about that) it's just about feeling good in my own skin again! At my heaviest I was 176 lbs and today (1/06/14) I am at 143. I'm very proud of that number. I've worked hard to achieve it! I didn't starve myself. I didn't work out ridiculous amounts of time per day. I was realistic. I simply started walking and well, I kept walking, and walking, and walking! I average 6 to 10 miles a day 5 or 6 days a week. I do short jogging sprints along the way as well just to get my heart rate up for a bit.

I stopped eating "bad carbs". You know the white stuff like bread, pizza, white potatoes, etc. I do my very best to shop from the outside of the grocery store aisles where the live food is. While the the farmers markets are open I shop there weekly as well.

My journey isn't over yet. I set my goals in short amounts and when I reach one I evaluate them again and decide where I want to go from there. Currently my weight loss goal is 132. I suspect when I reach that I will want to take off another 4 or 5 pounds and then likely be done. I hope to lose all I want to lose before winter sets in here in the northeast. My next goal will be toning. I dread that to be honest. I've never been a gym rat. I enjoy being in the great outdoors but I will do what I need to do to achieve my goals and feel good in my own skin. I'm on my way. I see a smile when I look in the mirror now!

For anyone that is just getting started all I can suggest is to take this one day at a time. Set small attainable goals. Drink your water! A dehydrated body isn't going to lose weight. Think about what matters to you the most. Is it the snack you want now or the weight loss that can come later? Good luck!

Member Since: 1/11/2011

Fitness Minutes: 5,181

My Goals:
1. To eat healthy

2. To exercise 5 days a week

3. To reward myself in some way other than with food!

4. To stop eating when I am bored

5. To stop eating when I feel lonely

6. To lose weight


1. April 5th goal weight 155

2. June 7th goal weight

3. August 9th goal weight 139

4. October 1st goal weight 132

My Program:
Eating Healthy, drinking more water, and exercising. I want to feel good!

Personal Information:
I'm married and have one son and two grandsons. I enjoy riding my motorcycle and competing in AKC and UKC conformation dog shows.

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    Thanks for stopping by my page and the add.
    I hope that I can continue to motivate you.
    But it is all my wonderful Spark friends that really keep me motivated!!
    3717 days ago
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    Welcome to the team Eating Because You Are Bored. We have a great bunch of people here . Anything that I can do to encourage you along this journey just let me know. Join in on the threads and let everyone know what you need help with. I will be checking in from time to time on you to see how its going.
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    3718 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my page. It still amazes me, and grosses me out, when I look at the "Fat Amy" pictures. Good luck!
    3732 days ago
    Want to add my welcome to you!! Sometimes weight loss success comes in really, really small packages - like only portions of a pound, but it all adds up to a new and better you (me, us). Our journeys are similar, so I'll be checking in on you occasionally to watch your progress and get motivated by your success! ~ Lily
    3741 days ago
    Welcome to Spark West Virginia!

    We're delighted to have you join us. Please feel free to join in the challenges, fun activities and come sit on the Big Comfy WV Couch and chat for awhile. Join us on the "Huddle Wall" every day. It's fun.

    We're here to support you on your journey and are anxious to become good friends with you!


    3752 days ago