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Hi! My name is Leah. I'm 50, married for 28 years, and mom to two great kids, a 25-year-old son (James) and 22-year-old daughter (Juliana). Both of them are getting married this year! James is marrying Haileigh in October and Juliana will marry Jeremy next July.

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 2017:

~Get down to 137 pounds and see if that's a reasonable new maintenance weight for me.

~Run at least 500 miles.

~Complete Slim in Six's Tear It Up workout.

~Be on time to work each day.

~Daily Bible study/devotion time.

~Daily prayer time with my husband.

~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.


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: (met 6/30/16)

Getting down to 139 pounds:

Getting down to 137 pounds:

Member Since: 1/27/2010

Fitness Minutes: 123,177

My Goals:
~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!

My Program:
~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?"

Personal Information:
I am 5'5" tall.

I love:

~My family!

~Gardening, especially growing roses, lots of flowers, and our own delicious fruits and vegetables.


~Being outdoors enjoying God's awesome creation.



~Running and hiking.

Other Information:
New Running Shoe at: 480 miles in 2017.

Miles Run:

2011: 700
2012: 791
2013: 653
2014: 523
2015: 573


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.

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  • v ADAZIA
    Thank you so much for stopping by! I have been using the phone app a lot and did not know how to see the comments left on my page until today. I look forward to getting to know you and following you on your journey. Keep tracking!

    17 days ago
    Yup yup
    I hear ya.
    Whenever I was trying to find a "reward" for some success or other - the only thing I wanted was TIME. A day off. And those little rewards helped, but only as valves that released pressure. This extended stretch of time I have now ... where nobody is making any but the most piddly demands ... oh my. I am reminded of the retreats my Catholic high school used to hold every spring. For 3 days near the end of Lent we went to school, but we didn't have any classes, any homework, or any THING to do other than BE SILENT! Can you imagine 120 teenage girls being absolutely silent? It was springtime. We were free to walk in the garden, sit in the library, do anything we wanted but we had been instructed to spend our time contemplating God.

    I don't know about the other girls - it never occurred to me to ask them - but the first day I spent reading Glamour and Seventeen magazine in the library and dreaming about clothes and boys. The second day I would begin to think about what I would be when I was out of high school - where I'd go, what I'd do. By the third day I was contemplating how to live a Christian life when there were no parents to tell me what to do. In this modern world. What did Christ want from me? How do I reconcile the temporal world with the spiritual world. It was the most - absolutely - the most valuable thing that high school gave me and I am grateful for it every day.

    I think more schools would be improved by a 3 day silent retreat. And more jobs, for that matter. Hmmmmm.

    If there hadn't been 3 days ... TIME .... I would have been stuck in the throes of teen aged angst. Instead I had an opportunity to lift my soul up. How lucky I was.
    20 days ago
  • v ADAZIA
    HI Leah ~ I am an old Sparker that has just returned after 8 years. I found you in the community nutrition/fitness tracking area. I just wanted to congratulate you on all you have already accomplished and thank you for being one of the ones who shared their trackers with all of us! I know it is an enormous help to so many people!

    31 days ago
    I haven't been using Spark. It was just getting harder and harder to keep up with the people I've developed friendships with while also getting harder to make new connections. It's almost like the site owners want our interactions to be one-off.

    It is so gratifying to hear from you though. I really do miss my friends here.
    32 days ago
    Hugs to you my friend and thank you for the bloglove. I hear ya about the "too much effort" . It's become a little easier to put in the effort since retirement - I have more choice in my schedule and don't feel so imprisoned by time. LOL - in fact, it's kind of fun when the pointing guilt finger begins to wag at me for "wasting" so much time with ... novels? ... to remember that time belongs to ME now!

    I sure hope you find a new workout you like. I know there is one out there. Or you will learn to love a new kind of thrill brought to you by something different. We humans are so fortunate that we can continue to learn new things throughout our whole lives. An important lesson I learned as I watched my stubborn father struggle with not wanting to learn new things in old age was that .... when I can't do what I used to be able to do I always have the option to do something new. He wasted so much life beating on a closed door that he failed to see all the open vistas surrounding him.

    Well. Not me. and Not You either. (psst. besides, you know the Big Guy has your back)
    33 days ago
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