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This is a journey for me from an unhealthy to a healthy lifestyle.

I have been with SP since June 2006. Initially, my goal was to get back into weight loss mode. I was drinking water and exercising but I was still gaining weight because I just could not/would not eat right. My biggest problem was eating out and eating sweets of any kind- that adds pounds fast.

In March of 2008 I achieved my first major goal. For the first time in 9 years I reached and maintained a weight under 200 pounds. This achievement meant a lot to me and it helps me to believe that I can reach my goal weight one of these days.

Unfortunately, 2008 did not end as well as it began. All in all, I gained 5 pounds and ended the year at 215 pounds. It was hard for me to see the scale climb back up over 200 but that didn't seem to stop me from eating poorly.

2009 and 2010 were yo-yoing years. I never made it back under 200 pounds but I got pretty close. I think 205 was the closest. I would gain 20 and lose it and then gain it etc.

Here we are in 2011 and I got to 242 pounds before I reached my breaking point. Thanks to a sparkfriend I found the site This site has a free 21 day mental toughness course presented by Steve Seibold, a mental toughness coach. His assertion is that losing weight is simple but not easy. It is simple becasue all you have to do is pick a diet plan and an exercise regimen (preferably with the help of your doctor) and then stick to it. The sticking to it part is the hard part and where mental toughness comes in.

I started the fat loser program on April 4, 2011. Through this program I have learned that I can choose to either die fat or get fit. I can choose either but I can't have both. I have chosen to get fit and I am doing what it takes to succeed. I have outlined my diet which is basically staying within Spark calorie ranges. No foods are restricted but I am focusing on eating healthy foods as much as possible. The key is staying within my range. My exercise routine is: cardio 3x a week at least 30 minutes a session and strength training (ST) at least 2x a week. My first goal is 100% compliance with my diet and exercise plan for 90 days. I am on day 58 (5/31/11) and so far, so good.

I am blogging about my fat loser experience and my progress on the 90 day goal so feel free to check out my blog.

Member Since: 6/5/2007

Fitness Minutes: 59,610

My Goals:
Current goal: 199 by 8/1/11

I am taking things one step at a time so before setting another goal I want to reach this one. In general, after reaching 199, my next big goal is 150. I want to be under 150 for the rest of my life. When I get there I will reevaluate. I am currently thinking I'd like to get to 130 but that might change.

My Program:
To me, controlling what I eat is the most important thing. This has been where I have failed whenever I have tried before. I am putting 100% of my effort into controlling what I eat. That means staying in my spark calorie range everyday. I am keeping my exercise at a more basic level until food is completely under control.

Cardio workouts 3 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Two Strength Training (ST) sessions a week. I am currently doing one day lower body and one day upper body. I do 2 core exercises each session.

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    Yes, my ex seems to have ZERO COMPREHENSION of how (I believe) his heavy- handed tactics are pushing Z into exactly the kinds of behaviors we want him to avoid...
    I didn't want to drug test him, but I told him it's our only way to "clear his name" - I still don't think he's addicted to anything, just getting involved in bad habits which he needs to nip in the bud.
    Thanks again, Val
    2259 days ago
    Thanks for reading & commenting on my blog - you cannot believe how much it means to me (i.e. A LOT!!!)

    My heart bleeds for my poor son - imagine having to live like a nomad FOR YOUR ENTIRE CHILDHOOD: 16 yrs!!! I've already told him we're going to have the biggest party Ellis Co has ever seen when he turns 18... Guess who ISN'T invited??!!??
    2285 days ago
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Hope you've had a lovely weekend!
    2607 days ago
    Hey: Thought I'd stop by to wish you a bright morning.
    2645 days ago
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    Hi Lisa! Thanks for commenting on my blog! Please let me know when your next STOP challenge starts! I missed the start of this one!

    I hope all is going well for you!
    2746 days ago
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