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Old 01-04-2010, 12:31 AM   #1
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Smile 1 year--Size 14-->8

Hey ladies! I am new here but I was going through my pictures today and was happy to see the progress that I have made after starting my workout and weight loss journey from about a year ago.

I want to eventually get down to a size 4 (though I may find a 6 more realistic to maintain). I definitely have my bad eating days but my choices are still so much better than they used to be. I workout at least 5 times a week and actually enjoy going to the gym. I have plateaued for the past few months, but I know I've gained muscle and toned up a bit. Still, I want to start restricting calories again to reach my goal by summertime!! Thanks for the support.
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:36 AM   #2
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Congratulations, you look great!

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Old 01-04-2010, 12:39 AM   #3
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Thumbs up Great job!

Excellent way to ring in the New Year, charlottekelsey!!!!
Congratulations. Your accomplishments are healthy and inspiring.


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Old 01-04-2010, 12:46 AM   #4
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Wow thats amazing!!!! Thats so great!!
These stories help inspire and motivate me to continue and not give up on my goals
Care to share some tips/suggestions that you did to reach this goal??
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:02 AM   #5
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Congrats on all your success so far - not only have you lost all those pounds but lots of inches too - how great is that! You're absolutely beautiful in all the photos but with the after photos, you've bumped it up a notch - you look healthy, happy and radiant - like a model, gorgeous! - WAY TO GO

Glad to have you join us for the rest of your journey - you'll be a great addition and an inspiration to others - keep up the good work!

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Old 01-04-2010, 01:14 AM   #6
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Wow thats amazing!!!! Thats so great!!
These stories help inspire and motivate me to continue and not give up on my goals
Care to share some tips/suggestions that you did to reach this goal??
Thank you!! Trust me, I joined this website for a reason...inspiration is so so so important for weight loss, maintenance, and just life in general! Choosing to live a permanently active lifestyle and realizing that there was no quick fix really got me to be realistic with weight loss.

*I've found that it all comes down to calorie deficit. I joined 24 Hour Fitness and started going a few times a week, eventually increasing along with my fitness level.

*I cut out the things I knew I couldn't keep away from that had no nutritional value (simple sugars, white starches, etc.) I am not great with portion control so I definitely load up on dense non starchy veggies to keep me full between/during meals.

*Because I like to keep my metabolism revved, I aim to eat 5-7 small meals a day (180-300 calories) depending on how active I am.

*Celery has lately been great at filling me up after dinner...I try to go to bed satisfied/a little hungry so that my body can burn fat while I sleep.

*EAT BREAKFAST! Even if you aren't hungry because you didn't have a deficit the night before, eat an apple or something to kick start your metabolism.

My staple foods:
*OATMEAL (Quaker's Weight Control, Low Sugar, and Sugar Free, or slow cooked oats are good sweetened with Stevia or raisins and a few almonds)
*Sweet Potatoes
*Turkey, Beef Jerky (after a workout I sometimes stop by 711 and NEED something!)
*FAGE Greek Yogurt 0% (great with blueberries, granola, sweet potato)
*Almonds (portion control is super critical but they are great Omega 3's)
*Organic Crunch Peanut Butter (again portion control is key here)
*Egg Whites (great protein source)...make yourself a nice big omelette
*Whole Wheat English Muffins (Make a breakfast sandwich w/ eggwhite!)
*Apples (BUY HONEYCRISP--they are the best apples ever.
*Bananas


I am always on the go so I always carry something with me if I will be out for a few hours. Sadly, the majority of places in America besides grocery stores don't have ready-to-eat veggies/protein so always be prepared for your hunger strikes. And...DRINK WATER!
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:27 AM   #7
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Congrats on your success - and great tips, I couldn't agree more about the oatmeal, breakfast, creating a calorie deficit, etc.

Keep up the great work and you'll be at goal in time for swimsuit season!
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:45 AM   #8
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Congrats. You look wonderful!
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:57 AM   #9
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Congrats - you look terrific!
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Dearest Schumeany: Yes, those are size 4 jeans hugging my posterior. Thank you for being such motivation!!!
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:26 AM   #10
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Thanks for posting your pics, they are very inspiring. Way to Go!
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:51 AM   #11
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great job
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:58 AM   #12
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Great work!
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:02 PM   #13
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You have come such a long way, you look much healthier now. Congratulations on your weight loss! You are a beautiful looking woman.

Btw- what does your tattoo say?
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:15 PM   #14
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You look fantastic!
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:16 PM   #15
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Great job, thanks for sharing!!!
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