Children/Ages: 2 boys, 5 and 6 years: one adopted, one in process of being adopted
Occupation: Civil engineer/project manager - not working right now due to latest adoption. I have started taking some accounting courses while I'm looking for work in order to have more skills that better suit the city where I now live
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: almost 20 years ago, when my PCOS kicked in
Starting Weight: 198
Goal Weight: 138
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: PCOS, multiple food sensitivities too numerous to list
Following any specific plan: counting calories on Spark People and exercise
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: this time, I don't have a time deadline. I'd rather lose weight slowly and keep it off. I have learned a lot about what works and what doesn't and I'm sure I'll learn lots more.
Anything else you'd like to share with us: I really like the people here!
Hobbies/Interests: photography, beading, collaging, gardening, fishing, camping, writing and literature
Eye/Hair Color:both brown
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: ongoing x 10 years, started again on 7/18/09
Starting Weight: 170
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: herniated disc, then a leg injury in a recent car accident have kept me from working out x 4 months
Following any specific plan: investigating several, meanwhile trying to use common sense
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: finally found a dr who didn't just tell me I need to lose weight to help my health issues, she agreed that not only insulin resistant but also am now prediabetic and is working with me to find some solutions.
Anything else you would like to share with us:I'm a breat cancer survivor x 5 years and need to lose the weight so I can have some additional cosmetic surgery.
Hobbies/Interests: Currently? flyfishing and tying, knitting, trying to understand medieval Persian poetry, lots of reading (hmm, nothing resembling exercise in my hobbies....)
Eye/Hair Color: Brown and er...Brown. (Whatever the dye bottle says at the time). Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Aug 1 2009
Starting Weight: 193
Goal Weight: 135
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Getting up and out to exercise in the dark Seattle winters, avoiding fast food when I've let myself get starving-hungry, saying "no" to the French pastries calling from the bakery windows
Following any specific plan: General Inspiration: Secrets of a Former Fat Girl by Lisa Delaney
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm not as focused on the results--more the process.
Anything else you would like to share with us: I found reading 3FC to be so inspiring. Glad to be here!
Hobbies/Interests: Not much time for hobbies with 4 kids, but I love to read, read, read, have a small fixer-upper cottage on a lake so that is a hobby/project also enjoy fishing/boating, love bargain shopping...rummages, goodwill, etc.
Height: 5' 2"
Eye/Hair Color: green/blue
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 7/11/09
Starting Weight: 175.6
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: attitude
Following any specific plan: calorie counting with exercise, trying to give up carbs and sugar, but I am struggling with that one.
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm just sick of myself, I can't continue to be the fattest, the most likely to have health problems, the one who has no energy. I want energy!!!
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First name: Anne
Geographical location: Midwest
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Disabled, Vestibular Disorder
Pets: Bailey, my Shetland Sheepdog; Adopted from Heart of KY Sheltie Rescue so age is approximate at 11 years. I have had him for 9 years. He is suffering from Cushing's Disease and cannot be my "walk" partner anymore but otherwise he feels good.
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, yoga, quilting (beginner), movies
Height: 5' 8"
Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Black
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Today! 8/11/09
Starting Weight: 185
Goal Weight: 167
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Disinterest in cooking, having food available for an active husband and lack of motivation. As a result of my disabling health problem, I suffer chronic pain and I use sugary foods to comfort myself.
Following any specific plan: I am tried several things in the past but I have never lost. I'm not a yo-yo dieter because I never dropped and went up. I first gained the weight while taking medication but I had poor eating habits.
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: For the first time since having to give up my job and my volunteer work because of my medical condition, I have found activities that I enjoy - yoga and quilting. I want to feel as good as I can and while I cannot change my physical disability I know that a healthy diet and a healthy weight will make my life better!
Anything else you would like to share with us:
Because of my disability, I have lost most of my friends. I tried to reach out and let my friends know that I'm not absorbed with my problems but I do need their friendship. However, I gave up after my phone calls started to go unanswered. Any support and e-mails I receive from this group will be greatly appreciated.