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VIOLENTGIRL is a SparkPeople Motivator!

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My Name is Dawn I'm from New Jersey and I gained a lot of weight during pregnancy and after as well. I was pretty much always overweight but after pregnancy I was considered morbidly obese. Took me 7 years to realize what I had done to myself, it was then I realized I needed a change. So in January of 2007 I joined weight watchers and really put an effort into starting to change my lifestyle. It was the first week of weigh In when I lost 9 lbs that I told myself I could do it. And ever since then I have been going strong (with some ups and downs that are really to be expected, I’m not perfect) I continue to everyday work on a healthier me, Finding out what exercise, foods, motivations and everything else in between works for me. It’s a huge investment of time and energy, most days I’m exhausted and don’t want to move but know in my mind that I have to (and to tell you the truth after my workout I feel so much better) I actually find that if I don’t have that time to myself to work out, I’m not very happy. I know that this is the best thing I could be doing for myself and never want to return to the 300’s again.

Life Changes: Friends, Family and strangers ask me frequently “How do you keep up with it?” “How do you push through?” The simple answer to this is that once I got a taste of what I was capable of doing to change my life, I was addicted. Every pound that I shed was like a new chapter of my life. One by one they kept opening and it was so powerful to be able to do simple everyday things without fear of being “to big” without being out of breath, without the fear that I was always being looked at in a negative way for letting myself get to point of 330 lbs. These days at 195 lbs I can walk without fear, sit in those white plastic chairs at bbq’s without fear of breaking them, buckle a seatbelt, ride on a plane without having to ask for a seatbelt extension, I don’t dread forgetting something and have to run back and get it, I can walk into almost any clothing store and pick something up.. And it fits! I have the energy to run around with my daughter without feeling exhausted. I can walk around with my head held high instead of down in shame. I have the most powerful outlook on life now that I can do anything I put my mind too. I have the ability to say “no thank you” when needed. And the most important thing is that I’m being a great role model for my daughter. I’m living life again. And when the question pops up “How do you do it” the answer is How could I not?

My workouts include: Walking outside (60 minutes) Bike (60 min) Leslie Sansone walk away the pounds DVD (4 mile super challenge 60 min) Treadmill, Ab Lounge, Stability ball (Still working on this) Free weights, Stretchy bands, The workout I choose fluctuates daily depending on what I feel like doing and so I dont get "bored" or "use to" the workout. I always walk 3x a week and bike at least 2x a week. I'm working on doing strength training 2-3 x weekly.

So I joined spark to hopefully make some new friends and share with others about everyday life while on a journey to better health. Feel free to leave me a message or add me as a friend. I’m always up for meeting new people and will get back to you. I'm also on AIM, Message me for my s/n, I'm always up for chatting!

Member Since: 7/1/2007

Fitness Minutes: 685

My Goals:
Weight related would get to the 180's and after that the 170's and would be verry happy around 165 which would be half of me lost!

Exercise goals would be to work out for at least 90 minutes a day, not just for the good of the exercise alone but because it relaxes me and makes me feel great. Right now I average 45 min to 60 min daily.

My Program:
Weight Watchers, I attend meetings every Saturday morning. Portion Control, Lots & Lots of water, Fresh fruit, Veggies and foods that are low in fat.

Personal Information:
Dawn: Female, 29 years old from New Jersey. Mommy to one very beautiful 9 year old daughter ( ; On a journey to a healthier me!

I'm always up for meeting new friends, especially ones who are going through the same things as me weight related so please feel free to send me a message!

Other Information:
Obsessions: Starbucks Iced Coffee, Mudvayne, Taking pictures, Music, Digital art, working out, Twilight, Halloween.

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    Hey girl! Keep up the fantastic work! I'm excited about us being buddies!!! :)
    4825 days ago
  • v SHARON9560
    Welcome to WWFriends!! You are an inspiration!!
    4829 days ago
  • v ROLOHA
    Dawn - Welcome to the WW Friends SparkTeam! Congrats on all your successes so far and good luck on those to come...I'm happy you found us and hope you will find lots of support in our forum. If you haven't already done so please come by and introduce yourself and then jump right in and start posting...participation is one of the keys to getting what you need here on SP!
    4829 days ago
    Hi Dawn...I recognize you from the aol board. :o) Welcome to SP....I've not been here too long myself, but you'll get the hang of it fairly'll see!!! BTW...I am so proud of you for having lost so much weight. You are really working that WW program and it obviously works well for you!!! Awesome!!! Many congrats!
    4829 days ago
  • v _KARA_
    Welcome to the Weight Watchers Friends team, Dawn! Keep following the program, including exercise and the 8 healthy guidelines, and you'll be in ONEderland and loving your scale and your healthy lifestyle. Look for the Challenge Forum on our team message boards. We have some great ones going!

    4830 days ago
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