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Where you invest your love
You invest your life.
- Mumford and Sons

I can't remember how I found SparkPeople, but I am really glad that I did. For the past few months I have been going on a journey of what losing weight really means for me and what goes along with a positive body image, healthy lifestyle, and activity. I have always strived to live my life holistically and in balance, so losing weight by just going down on the scale has never really stuck or made sense. It is just a temporary fix to me if I don't know what is going on in my mind/body to keep putting weight back on.

I have always been an athletic child and was downright skinny throughout my teens. Once I stopped playing soccer 7 days a week in college I gained weight because my love of food and sweets did not stop! Like many college students, the hectic lifestyle wreaked havoc on my health.

For me, my two biggest weight gains have been when I have been abroad - in Spain and in Chile. When I was studying in Spain for 6 weeks I gained almost 10 pounds! When I was teaching in Chile I gained 20 pounds in 3 months. It is pure emotion that drove me to eat so much and stop taking care of myself - excitement, loneliness, anxiety, freedom, stress, boredom, adventure, etc., on top of new cuisine.

My highest weight was 182 when I was in Chile, and my weight has been slowly coming down ever since. That was in late 2008. What matters to me is general, maintainable, overall health that can last a lifetime. Ideally, I would like to get down to 145 pounds, which was my high school weight. I am tall and so at that weight I am right in the middle of a healthy BMI.

My biggest challenges are giving up on tracking food/exercising when I have stressful times, and getting back on track when I have sweets.

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Member Since: 2/16/2011

Fitness Minutes: 2,126

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I'm running a 10k on April 2nd, and would like run it without walking! (completed!!!!!)

Long-term goal:
I want to get to my pre-college weight and stay there (145 pounds).

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Use calorie tracker to track food everyday.

2 hard exercise days and 2 easy exercise days a week starting out. Will move to more intense later once routine is established.

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I love being outdoors and can't wait for spring time, when I can get some real exercise in! I feel like a hamster in a wheel when I'm at the gym.

I'd like to try new exercises, such as different forms of dance (I am taking swing dance lessons now), wall climbing, or martial arts.

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