Family Picture Celebrating 25 years of marriage. June, 2014.
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Shared Food & Fitness Trackers
KANSASROSE67 is a SparkPeople Motivator!
Hi! My name is Leah. I'm 49, married for 27 years, and mom to two great kids, a 23-year-old son (James) and 20-year-old daughter (Juliana). I'm the director of our local library and a lay minister in the Lutheran church. I'm currently taking classes toward my Master's of Divinity. We live in the country in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse with lots of gardens and flowers, as well as Drifter (quarter horse), Nellie (Bernese Mountain Dog), Shiloh (Pomapoo), a flock of chickens, and a bunch of farm cats. My background pic is of some of the roses in my garden. I love all flowers, but especially roses.
Update, September, 2015
I'm still maintaining at 145 (5 years now!) and working (though not very hard) at getting down to 137. I'm not sure if I'm willing to eat as carefully as I would need to do for that, but we'll see. I still track everything I eat, every single day. It works! Still running, biking and circuit training too, 6 days a week.
Update, September, 2014
I've been maintaining around 145, which is not easy, but doable. I will always need to be careful about how much I eat, and I see tracking as a permanent part of my life. But it's worth it! I'm still running at least 12 miles a week, and doing circuit training and biking as well.
Update, September, 2013:
Since reaching my goal weight one year ago, I've struggled a bit to stay there. It's fairly easy for me to hang out around 150 pounds, but 142 is a challenge. Part of the trouble is that my clothes still fit and it's not that obvious whether I'm at the higher or lower end of the range. I would like to maintain around 145 if possible, and I'm working to get back there.
Update, September, 2012
I've been on Spark People for 2 1/2 years now and have reached my goal weight of 142 pounds, but truthfully this journey to health, confidence and acceptance of my body has taken 30 years. Along the way, I've become a runner, achieved a streak of 1000+ monthly fitness minutes for 26 months in a row, changed my family's eating habits, and made some of the best friends ever here on Spark.
What I wrote at the the beginning of this life-changing experience is still true today:
"I have so many great things going on in my life, and I want the outer me to match the inner me. I want to be the person I'm supposed to be, and be healthy and strong to make the most of this one life God has given me. Thank you for being part of this journey!"
If you'd like to read more about my 30-year struggle with my weight, here's the blog that tells the story:
Goals for 2016:
~Get down to 137 pounds and see if that's a reasonable new maintenance weight for me.
~Run at least 600 miles.
~Complete Slim in Six's Tear It Up workout.
~Maintain a 365 day streak for water and freggie consumption.
~Be on time to work each day.
~Daily Bible study/devotion time.
~Get my music collection organized.
~Play the piano at least twice a month.
Reminder to me (a giver and a perfectionist):
~Set reasonable limits on your time and energy;
~Identify your frustrated yearnings and find new ways to take care of yourself besides eating,
~Vent unpleasant emotions - in a journal or in the mirror - to diffuse them faster than food,
~Progress, not perfection!
I'm striving hard to practice moderation and mindfulness in my eating. One of the tools I'm using is the Hunger Scale. For anyone who's interested, here's the Hunger Scale from www.hungerscale.com:
Hunger Scale Explained
0: Starving. Ignoring body messages, eating disorder.
1: Weak and light-headed. My stomach acid is churning.
2: Very uncomfortable. I am irritable and unable to concentrate.
3: Uncomfortably hungry. Your stomach is rumbling.
4: Slightly uncomfortable. I am beginning to feel signs of hunger.
5: Comfortable. I am more or less satisfied, but could eat a little more.
6: Perfectly comfortable. You feel satisfied.
7: Full. A little bit uncomfortable.
8: Uncomfortably full. You feel bloated.
9: Very uncomfortably full. You need to loosen your clothes.
10: Stuffed. You are so full you feel nauseous.
STARTING WEIGHT: 182 pounds.
STARTING WEIGHT WITH SPARK PEOPLE: 167 pounds.
160 pounds (met 3/22/10)
155 pounds (met 4/17/10)
150 (met 6/14/10)
145 pounds (met 7/23/10)
Completing One Hour Runner (met 9/29/10)
Goals after getting new scale and resetting my weight:
Maintaining my running over the cold winter months: (met 3/1/11)
145 pounds: (met 3/11/11)
A perfect two week eating streak: (met 5/20/11)
Running at least 624 miles in 2011: (Met 12/31/11...I actually ran 700 miles.)
Getting back to 145 pounds: (met 5/23/12)
142 pounds: (met 9/1/12)
Maintaining for 3 months: (met 12/1/12)
Getting back to 145 pounds: (met 5/20/14)
Getting back to 142 pounds:
Getting down to 139 pounds:
Getting down to 137 pounds:
~Less joint and muscle pain. DONE!
~Fit into smaller jeans. DONE!
~Feel good in my clothes. DONE!
~Be full of energy and life. DONE!
~Be my best self!
~Eat at least 5 fruit and vegetable servings daily
~Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily
~Track everything I eat and stay within ranges
~Burn 2700-3000 calories each week through exercise
~Run 3 days a week, 12-15 miles per week
~Circuit train 2-3 days a week
~Cross-train 2-3 days a week
~Get 8 hours of sleep nightly
"Hunger is not an emergency: it's a signal that I'm really going to enjoy my next meal."
"If the problem isn't hunger, then the solution isn't going to be found in the refrigerator." ~SUSIEMILO
"Don't do anything to lose weight that you wouldn't do to maintain that weight loss. It won't be sustainable if you can't do it forever." ~TEACHINMOM
Don't ask, "What will taste the best?" Ask, "What is the healthiest thing I can eat?"
I am 5'6" tall.
~Gardening, especially growing roses, lots of flowers, and our own delicious fruits and vegetables.
~Being outdoors enjoying God's awesome creation.
~Running and hiking.
New Running Shoe at: 420 miles in 2016.
Run For Tomorrow 5K-- 9/25/10--32:18.
SparkPeople Virtual 5K--
Deshler Daze 5K--6/18/11--32:44.
Buffalo Run 5 Mile--9/11/11--52:56.
Monster Dash 5K--10/15/11--34:17.
Spark Trick-or-Treat Trot Virtual 5K--11/3/11--31:51.
Monster Dash 5K--10/20/12--33:00.
Spark Trick-or-Treat Trot 10K--10/27/12--67:00.
Secrets of Success
| current weight: 141.0
Leah, you may have mentioned it before but I didn't register in my mind that you had lost your father to ALS, which is what claimed my husband of 40 years 2 years ago.... what a tough disease! I have learned a great respect for all whose lives it has touched... and a great appreciation for the sufficiency of the Lord...
7 days ago
Hey there library twin. Thanks for the bloglove. I just finished my second focus group session for our 5-year plan re-write. It was fun - but the one with kids was more fun. What was great about this one was that the town manager and the acting county administrator and one board of supervisor member came. Couldn't have been better if I'd had a magic wand.
8 days ago
Ohhhh thank you so much Karen!!! For the first time in almost 2 weeks now I am feeling much better tonight. I took time to cry and reflect and now I know I'll be fine. Some people are able to turn the page immediately, for me I know it takes time and efforts... but when I am OK there is no turning back, for which I am very glad.
Thank you for being such a supportive Sparkfriend! And what an amazing community we have here!
15 days ago
Thank you for your encouraging and supporting words on my blog. I forget how helpful they are until I write one. It's always good to see old friends.
22 days ago
weird - a whole comment disappeared. Hope it doesn't show up as a double post.
anyway - you are a darling and here are big hugs to you. and thanks for the bloglove. And just know that while things here in my community are in a gigantic train wreck - I really did get better. I was forgetting to ask You Know Who for help - and just being cranky and ticked off and disgusted and ... forgetting that He'll take care of "that". and of me.
Hope you're feeling rested. Our summer reading program begins Monday! woo woo.
43 days ago