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Holding my daughter Charlotte for the first time on March 4, 2011!

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My baby girl is getting so big! Seven months old!

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On March 4, 2011 my husband and I welcomed our first child, Charlotte Marie into the world. I lost 90 pounds before getting pregnant and then gained about 45 during pregnancy.

After fighting hard to lose all the baby weight, I reached 170 pounds in October of 2012. In November 2012 after spending a week in the hospital feeling sicker than I ever have felt, I got a diagnosis that changed my life: ulcerative colitis. My weight at one point dropped down to 150 pounds, but as I started prednisone and other medications and tried to heal my body, the weight slowly crept back up. I maintained around 170-175 for the first half of 2013, but by the end of 2013 I was back in the 190s, and now I find myself hovering around 200 pounds, somewhere I never thought I'd be again.

I have yet to achieve remission but am doing better these days and am trying to actively lose weight once again.

Starting weight on Jan. 21, 2008: 261.4
Weight on Oct. 1, 2014: 200 pounds
Ultimate goal weight: 165 pounds


My old milestones:
If you have a lot of weight to lose, it's easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. What helped me was to break up the weight into smaller, more manageable chunks, and percentages was one way I did that. Below are my percentage milestones.
Lose 2% (5 pounds): achieved Feb. 08!
Lose 5% (13 pounds): achieved Mar. 08!
Lose 10% (26 pounds): achieved June 25, 2008!
Lose 12% (31 pounds): achieved July 21, 2008!
Lose 15% (39 pounds): achieved Sept. 16, 2008!!
Lose 18% (47 pounds): achieved Nov. 8, 2008!
Lose 20% (52 pounds): achieved Jan. 12, 2009!
Lose 22% (58 pounds): achieved Feb. 12, 2009!
Lose 25% (65 pounds): achieved April 10, 2009!
Lose 28% (73 pounds): achieved July 6, 2009!
Lose 30% (78 pounds): achieved November 2, 2009!
Lose 32% (83 pounds): achieved February 1, 2010!
Lose 35% (91 pounds): achieved May 2010!
Reach goal of 100 pounds (about 38.5% of original weight):

Pregnancy starting weight: 170.2
Weight at week 40: 215
Weight almost 3 months postpartum (June 1): 196.4

My new milestones using my June 1 starting weight:
Lose 2% (4 pounds): achieved July 27, 2011!
Lose 5% (9.8 pounds)
Lose 10% (19.6 pounds)
Lose 12% (23.5 pounds)
Lose 15% (29.4 pounds)
Lose 18% (35.2 pounds)
Lose 20% (39.2 pounds)
Reach goal weight of 155 pounds (about 21%)
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The scale can be frustrating and discouraging, but it's not the ONLY sign of progress! I didn't start taking measurements until the beginning of March 2008, and I STRONGLY recommend to anyone out there to take full measurements at the beginning of your journey so you'll be able to measure your progress in ways other than the scale! When I first took measurements, I only measured my waist, hips, and neck. It wasn't until mid-July that I wisened up and started measuring in other places. I also highly recommend taking progress pictures frequently because they will often reveal the progress that you can't see just by looking in the mirror everyday!

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I want to be more organized in tracking my goals, so I'm listing my goals for the year here on my front page, as a reminder to myself. I will also list my weekly weigh-ins and workouts on a month-to-month basis, so I can see a record of progress (of course, I will also track all of this on SP!)

Goals for June 2011:

1. Lose 6 pounds.
2. Cardio for at least 30 minutes, 3 times a week.
3. Strength training twice a week.
4. Read a Proverb each day.
5. Eat within my calorie range 5 out of 7 days.

I began the Couch to 5k program in March 2009, finished on May 2, 2009, and ran in my first 5k race on May 9, 2009! I am a runner! I NEVER would have thought that was even possible!

Now that I'm back in the weight loss game, I am also trying to get back into running shape, so I restarted Couch to 5k in May of 2011. It worked once, so it's bound to work again!

1st 5k (May 9, 2009): 34:19
2nd 5k (October 10, 2009): 35:34
3rd 5k (March 27, 2010): 33:12 (PR!)

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Keys to Success:

1. Make no excuses! I don't skip exercising unless I am too ill to go to work or am severely sleep-deprived. I schedule exercise like any other appointment.

2. Plan! It's true that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail! I try to plan out in advance what dinners I will cook and serve each week, and I also log in my food a day in advance so I know what I'm going to eat. I allow myself some flexibility, but having a plan in place makes me less likely to blow it.

3. Use the tools you've been given! For me, this includes SparkPeople's Nutrition and Fitness trackers and the countless articles on fitness, weight loss, and motivation; all of these tools are lifesavers, especially if you're just starting the program or are struggling with motivation.

4. Make fitness fun! Walking on the treadmill or using the elliptical can be dreadfully dull, so spice it up with intervals and fast-paced music. I'm also a big fan of at-home DVDs, and when I first started exercising, dancing DVDs were a foolproof way to get me excited about working out. I may look like a fool dancing around my living room, but I am having fun and losing weight.

5. Be realistic! Don't expect change to happen overnight. Slow and steady weight loss is the best, as those who lose weight slowly are more likely to keep it off. Losing weight the right way (with no magic pills or crash diets!) requires dedication, consistency, and hard work. Realize there will be weeks when the scale doesn't give you the number you want, but that doesn't mean you give up. It's going to take time, but you're worth it!

6. Don't compare yourself to others! Many of you know I am guilty of this myself but am working on it. There are a LOT of people on SparkPeople and on the Internet who have lost a LOT of weight, and if you compare your progress with everyone else's, that's a surefire way to sabotage your own success! Don't do it. Everyone's body is different, everyone loses weight at a different pace, and all that matters is that you give it your best, day in and day out.

7. Seek support and accountability! The longer I am in this journey, the more important this has become. This can include support from friends, family members, spouses, and even an online community. I know I've been successful because I've made other people a part of the journey I'm on. It's much easier to succeed when you have people cheering you on and encouraging you, and it's much easier to motivate yourself to work out or eat healthy if you know that other people are going to hear about it if you don't. Don't isolate yourself!

One of my favorite quotes says it all: "You can either make excuses or get results, but you can't do both!" Tom Venuto

It's time to stop making excuses and start LIVING!

Member Since: 1/21/2008

Fitness Minutes: 45,378

My Goals:
I want to lose my pregnancy weight and also lose a little bit more to ultimately reach my goal of 155 pounds!

I started out a size 24 and right now I'm a 16/18 and would love to be a size 12; even though for some that might be on the higher end of their range, for me it would be a dream come true!

My Program:
Exercise: Minimum of 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes at a time.

Food: I'm currently trying to stay within my SP range at least 5/7 days a week

Favorite healthy snacks:
Almonds, grapes, peanut butter on whole wheat toast, Craisins, raw carrots with a bit of ranch dressing, blueberries, clementines

Personal Information:
I'm from Memphis but live in Jackson, TN. I got married in June 2007, and I love married life! My husband is so supportive of my weight loss goals, and he even woke up at 6 am and went to the gym with me for about 5 months.

Other Information:
I really love it on SP. All the advice and tips I've gotten, along with the friends I've made, is really helping me achieve my goals. Losing weight is hard, but you're worth it! Celebrate the small victories and don't let the failures discourage you. Every day is a new day to lose weight!

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