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"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars!" -Les Brown

I think it's time I added a bit more personal information here with regards to my journey. So, stay tuned... need to come up with something!

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OK. Here's the start and we'll see how far I get...

9/5/08
I'm almost 33 (9/15/08). Growing up I was skinny and active - a ball of energy. Probably one of the smallest in my class. Then I hit puberty. Boom - there were the boobs (a surprise to my Mom who I did NOT inherit my physique from). This was around ...
I think it's time I added a bit more personal information here with regards to my journey. So, stay tuned... need to come up with something!

~~~

OK. Here's the start and we'll see how far I get...

9/5/08
I'm almost 33 (9/15/08). Growing up I was skinny and active - a ball of energy. Probably one of the smallest in my class. Then I hit puberty. Boom - there were the boobs (a surprise to my Mom who I did NOT inherit my physique from). This was around 6th grade (I was young).

My level of activity slowly began to diminish but as a family we still ate very healthy overall (although I did sneak food from the vending machines during middle school!) so I didn't balloon up or anything. Good metabolism. But the level of activity, or lack thereof, caught up to me a bit in 8th grade when my back went out. Turns out there's a part of the spine that's fused that shouldn't be or something like that. Being in shape and active kept the problem from appearing. It's still a problem that continues to appear (although no where near as bad) periodically but hoping continuing pilates will really stregthen my core - which is what this needs.

But I digress...

Did my thing through high school. Still not very active. In 12th grade, I started working part time as a lifeguard (indoor pool). I'd work the 6-9pm shift. So, wouldn't eat dinner before going and would therefore pick up a grinder on my way hope and scarf that down at 9:30 at night and pretty much go right to bed.

By the time I graduated... I weighed 125. Not the end of the world and certainly, while one of my school uniform skirts (horrible things!) was getting tighter - the other was not. So, I didn't worry about it. Plus, I had those skirts for 3 years. I was bound to fill out a little (ok, a lot - dang hips!).

Then college. Not the healthiest time. I was lucky. I didn't gain the "freshman fifteen" in my freshman year. Did that over the course of 4 years. Graduated at 140. Nothing like bad, greasy food and an aversion to veggies and cooking. Stayed periodically active but never stuck with much (in spite of working at the on-campus gym!).

Well, now I am in the "real world." Slowly, the pounds crept up. If I got anywhere near 150 I would start really watching what I ate - mostly just not getting the huge sub and opting for the smaller portion, that type of thing. Certainly not forcing veggies and such down my throat. And my activity level still very low.

Not sure when I broke the 150 mark. But then it was a battle to stay in the 150 ranch and NOT cross over the 160 mark. Then, at some point - did break the 160 mark. Some of the timing is a little fuzzy. I know the first time I joined SP I weighed in at 158, maybe the summer of 2007. But lots was going on at work and it just didn't happen for me.

Oh, I should mention that I did join Weight Watchers, their online program, at one point. I don't recall where I was weight-wise (maybe around 2003-04) but I ended up almost at 130, I think 132. Then, life interferred again. And up the weight crept. It should also be noted that this was the first time I actually went "on a diet." Although, like SP, WW teaches this as a lifestyle change. But, looking back, counting points is not for me.

My last job (before I moved to Maine after a layoff) was horrible. It started off ok but then there was constant turmoil in terms of staffing changes (upper staff) and in the end it was an extremely mentally unhealthy environment to work in.

The blessing was the layoff. It was a tough time and yes, I slowly still gained weight. But the layoff happened at Thanksgiving. At the end of January this year, my Mom (who is not overweight but is/was a smoker, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetic and as a side effect of the diabetes - high blood pressure) developed congestive heart failure (which went on for several months undiagnosed... learned a lot) and ended up in the emergency room when she stopped breathing. What followed was a quadruple bypass. My not having a job (although I just accepted my current position) allowed me to be there immediately for my Dad during the long and stressful wait (later we were joined by my sister as well).

Well, my Mom is still recovering (she suffered a stroke following her surgery and while you'd never know this to look at her or speak with her... it definitely has affected her recovery).

From the time she went into the hospital until some time in May/June, I gained even more weight. Was it the stress of a new job, Mom's recovery... don't know. But I think, for the first time, I might have actually started emotional eating. I was eating nothing but junk. It was horrible.

I generally weigh-in in the morning (Fridays are the official day) but also do sometimes in the evenings. At some point, the scale said 170. *gulp* and Yikes! I do know more than one evening WI had me at around 172. Don't know if the 170 was a morning or evening WI but who cares. It was scary and I felt gross.

At 167, I rejoined SP and my efforts to change my lifestyle. This was some time in June. At the end of June, my best friend and I started a little challenge for a few simple goals for the month of July.

I've started to do cardio several times a week. I strive for 7 but hope for at least 5 and think I usually succeed. I don't stress if it doesn't work out quite right.

Towards the end of July I started pilates to begin strengthening my core and building a bit more flexibility. I've been doing this approximately 2 times a week with private lessons and in the middle of this month will join in for 2 group mat classes and one private per week to up my weekly attendance to 3 classes.

I've also started the hundredpushups.com challenge and even the Couch to 5k program (not sure how far I'll get as I don't have a treadmill and with fall coming - so comes the worst time of year for my allergies but... we'll see). I am technically in the 2nd week fo the C25k program but repeating week one.

Next, when I am ready, I will work to add in more specific strength training beyond what I get from pilates and the pushup challenge.

Since I started, as of today, I've lost 11.5 pounds and over 6.5 inches between my waist, hips, thighs and under my bust. 2 more pounds and I am half-way to my goal of weighing 140 (or losing 27 pounds). At 140, I'll reevaluate myself and see where I want to go.

This is a lifestyle change. Sometimes I am bummed about the gut that's still hanging out but then remind myself that it IS shrinking. The jeans I couldn't fit into because of the extra 10 pounds that brought me to 170... I can fit into them again. Soon there will be other clothes that I can once again also fit into.

Slowly, but surely... Steadily... I will get there.




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Looking to lose weight, tone up and be healthy (not always in that order!). Want to start looking and feeling good in my clothes again.

Personal Information:
-Originally from East Granby, CT.
-Went to college at RIT in Rochester, NY
-Moved to Princeton, NJ after graduation.
-Lived and worked in NJ for about 7.5 years.
-Moved to Milford, CT/worked in Westport, CT for 3 years.
-Moved to, live and work in Portland, ME now since February.
-Started as a graphic designer and have moved on to broaden my horizons with the field of marketing in general.



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-Enjoy crocheting (going to run out of people to give things to eventually).

-Enjoy reading mysteries, suspense, trashy romances, any combo of the 3 previously mentioned and recently gotten into some paranormal-types.

-Favorite types of movies tend to be the ones that make me laugh (NOT cry!). I'm not into a good weepy movie for that emotional release many women look for. I'm more into checking out one of the Lethal Weapons or Beverly Hills Cops movies. :-) Those or a good cheesy "teen" flick. Not sure why those but...

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KTMORRILL
2/23/2009 3:21:48 PM

Hey there Cheryl, I just added you as a friend. emoticon



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TRICOTINE
2/8/2009 5:31:03 PM

Thank you so much for your comforting comment on my blog, and for the cardio tips! emoticon

I am so nervous about my son's surgery tomorrow... Won't be a major one but he never had general anesthesia before...



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TRICOTINE
1/26/2009 2:35:42 PM

Welcome to SparkPortlandME Team Cheryl! It is great to have you onboard! emoticon





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1/26/2009 2:19:08 PM

Hey Cheryl welcome to Spark Portland team! Glad you joined us!



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