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My mom and I at my older brother's wedding reception. I'm about 185lbs (6/23/12).



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Growing up, I didn't have the best role models for exercise or healthy eating. My mom put a stick of butter in everything she cooked, I mean EVERYTHING! Veggies, pasta, bread, etc. It wasn't until I got out on my own that I realized just how bad all of that food was for me.

Growing up, I was teased every day at school for being overweight. I rode horses, which I consider a sport, but I wasn't doing it enough to make a difference.

In 2007, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Disease (Hypothyroidism). Instead of feeling relieved--Yes, I finally know why I could never lose weight!--I felt defeated. I thought, "what's teh point of even trying if it's not going to come off?" I let my weight balloon and by the summer of 2009 I weighed 240lbs.

The pictures I saw from that summer prompted me to take action. I tried teaching myself how to eat right and workout, but I was never able to stay consistent and my weight yo-yo'ed as a result.

But then I found SP in 2011 and that all changed! Since joining sparkpeople I've stayed committed to getting healthy for the first time in my life! Yes, I've had ups and downs but the difference this time is that when I fall I know how to get back up and each time I make it up quicker.

As of January 28, 2014 (my 29th birthday) I am 170lbs! The last time I was in the 170s was 8 years ago. I'm stronger, faster, braver, and healthier than I have ever been in my life!

Member Since: 2/24/2011

Fitness Minutes: 19,719

My Goals:
I want to run a 10k by October 2014.

I want to be in the 150s by my 30th birthday (Jan 2015)

My Program:
C210K training 3xweek

Strength Training classes 3xweek

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    Thank you for reading my blog and for your comment. I definitely will be keeping it up.
    418 days ago
    thanks for your comment.. love the idea of a start over. everything fresh and new, like a new dawn. Have a Happy month
    418 days ago
    Hey! thanks for commenting
    I actually toned it down a lot lately with my workouts. I try to stay at 1 hour maximum per day otherwise I don't enjoy it and burn out. The hard part has been adjusting my calories and food to more sedentary levels. I try to get out early mornings so I don't have to worry about it but otherwise I have to take the kids out. Lately I've been yo yoing a bit trying to get that gain off. Luckily I haven't gained for 2 weeks and I'm trying to tweak it into 1 lbs losses. Hope to get there soon. How is Piyo? I'm thinking of trying something new to get that spark going!

    425 days ago
    Thanks for taking the time to read my blog about focus (or lack of it)
    I appreciate your comments.
    767 days ago
    hello and thanks for the chat comment! Feel free to add me :) I can always use more support!!
    825 days ago
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