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I've recently had a huge loss. My husband passed away from a massive heart attack. He was 43. By all appearances he was the healthy one. Especially given my weight problems. We have four amazing children, and I don't want them to have to go through the loss of a parent again for a very long time. I'm hoping SparkPeople will help me have some positive loss (of weight) for a healthier future for myself and for them. UPDATE: It's been almost a year since I lost my husband. During that time I gained some weight, some perspective, this site, and the great people here. I've also lost almost 50 pounds! I've moved slowly but surely toward a new life. I've looked ahead more than backwards, putting one baby step in front of the other. Oddly enough, one thing I didn't expect to find found me. New love. UPDATE 2: New love lost due to the distance, but I've also lost almost 25 more pounds. Life is about the good and the bad. I'm moving on. UPDATE 3: I started dating again 8 months ago and after a few months I found Joe. We've been together for about 6 months and I do believe I've found the other half of my heart :) Weight-wise I've plateaued at 89 pounds lost, and even though I want to lose more I haven't felt happier and healthier! UPDATE 4: It's been a while and I've gained a bit. Some good, some bad, some great: Joe and I got married (the great!), I got a wonderful job I love (the good), and I gained back some of the weight I lost (the bad). So, I'm back to tracking, since it's what works for me.

Member Since: 8/2/2011

Fitness Minutes: 24,740

My Goals:
I've set an initial long term goal of losing 125+ pounds. Anything else is one day at a time.

I started this journey 8/1/11 – Go me!

My Program:
Goal 1 – Track daily, lose 8 lbs, add fitness to daily tracking. *Goal met 8/12/11*

Goal 2 – Track daily, lose 18 lbs *Met 10/20/11*

Goal 3 – Track daily, lose 28 lbs *Met 11/24/11*

Goal 4 – Track daily, lose 38 lbs *Met 12/31/11*

Goal 5 – Track daily, lose 48 lbs *Met 2/22/12*

Goal 6 – Track daily, lose 58 lbs *Met 5/6/12*

Goal 7 – Track daily, lose 68 lbs total *Met 8/3/12*

Goal 8 – Track daily, lose 78 lbs total *Met 11/10/12* (Hello ONEderland!)

Goal 9 – Track daily, lose 88 lbs total *Met 2/14/13*

Goal 10 – Now only overweight BMI! *Met 2/14/13*

Goal 11 – Track daily, lose 98 lbs total

Goal 12 – Track daily, lose 108 lbs total

Goal 13 – Track daily, lose 118 lbs total

Goal 14 – Now at healthy BMI!

Goal 15 – weigh 150 lbs or less!

Personal Information:
I am an eclectic writer, mother of four, newsletter editor, education student, and amateur photographer. In my spare time I research my family's history.

Other Information:
My favorite words to live by:

Live life fully while you are here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect--just an excellent example of a human being. ~Anthony Robbins

Carpe Diem.

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