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Name: Sarah

weight: 230/177/170 at least!

Age: 33

BirthDay: Jan 24, 1968

Location: Pennsylvania

EmailAddress: hardcoal@ptd.net

Hobbies: I don't have too much time for hobbies, unfortunately. I'd have to say that I love photography, but my darkroom at home has been in various stages of being not quite finished for years. It is definitely on the "To Do" list.

Occupation: Lawyer

Fav. Joke/Quote: Don't sweat the small stuff.

Comments: I guess I've always had a weight problem/issue; I have always thought I was fat. At my adult best, I was about 155 lbs and wearing a size 10. I am 5'7" tall with a large frame and can carry a lot of weight.

I hovered around 165 for about 5 years until I got pregnant with my 1st son. I gained 60 pounds, (I now believe it was the sugar and carbs, even though I didn't eat excessively). I never lost a pound after delivery - for 9 months! Then, I decided to diet, lost 15 pounds and found out I was pregnant with son #2. I gained more weight and after his birth, I weighed 230 pounds. I refused to wait to see if the fat would come off. I began dieting, really low calories, low fat and managed to lose about 30 pounds in 5 months. Not bad, but I was pretty miserable; I was starving. I didn't focus much on it through the summer.

In September, I decided I would try Atkins. Thank God. Here I am after starting Atkins on October 2nd, 2000! I have lost 23 pounds on Atkins, for a grand total of 53 pounds lost! My original goal was to get to 170, figuring that at that weight, many of my clothes would fit. I know that I will go beyond that and I know that I can. This site inspires me to keep plugging away and who knows, I may even see the 150's again someday!!! The first photo is of me with my second son, Angus. I think it was taken in February, 2000 and I weighed about 225. He was born on December 8, 1999. The second photo is of me in January, 2001, weighing 180. Not a great photo, but it's the best I've got.

Thank you to everyone for your interest and support!