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UPDATE February 23, 2014

I'm approaching my fifth anniversary on Spark! I dropped 50 pounds, then gained a bunch back. I'm stuck at the 15 pound mark, and my goal is to take it off by August.

I also passed the bar exam! Yay! And now I'm practicing law. Since there are no jobs out there, I'm working in solo practice. Not much money is coming in yet, but the work is there and so the income will follow. My goal is to be working truly full time by August.
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UPDATE February 23, 2014

I'm approaching my fifth anniversary on Spark! I dropped 50 pounds, then gained a bunch back. I'm stuck at the 15 pound mark, and my goal is to take it off by August.

I also passed the bar exam! Yay! And now I'm practicing law. Since there are no jobs out there, I'm working in solo practice. Not much money is coming in yet, but the work is there and so the income will follow. My goal is to be working truly full time by August.

Goals for Spring:
1) Swim three to four times per week, run/walk or bike as often as I can.
2) Stick to my standard low carb diet. I need to lose 15 pounds.
3) Continue taking court appointments and start marketing myself, by developing a website, and through word of mouth.
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Current Status:
LMB-ESQ didn't lose the 5 lbs I wanted gone in June, but I have lost 3 lbs in the last two weeks! Woo Hoo!
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Member Since: 3/21/2009

SparkPoints: 65,303

Fitness Minutes: 32,913

My Goals:
1. Swim 3-4 days a week
2. Lose 15 lbs by August
3. Be working full time in solo practice by August

My Program:
Trying to stick to low carb and working out as much as possible.

Personal Information:
My name is Laurie

Birthday: April 8

From: Northeast Ohio (the land of snow, ice, and orange barrels!! LOL)

Work: Looking for work

Fun: I'll have to get back to you on that.....

Other Information:
I love dragon and fantasy art. I have three tattoos, all dragons. I guess you could call me "Dragon Lady" HAHA!!

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Member Comments:
SPEEDYDOG
7/13/2014 2:32:50 PM

Hi Laurie,

Thanks for your nice comment on my “keep pedaling” blog. I enjoy speed and pushing myself to the edge. However since my little accident when I was clobbered by a car while riding my bike, I haven’t been very close to the edge. I have become a lot more cautious.

Thanks, Bruce




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SASRA1
7/11/2014 4:44:34 PM

I do take the lowest dose of atorvastatin (lipitor) 20 mg for the cholesterol, but I beleive the biggest change has been in diet choices. I still have some meat and cheese, but choose almond milk for milk, non-fat cottage cheese, and skim milk when necessary. I think limiting portion size and frequency has really made an impact. Next visit to the doctor I will request cutting the does in 1/2 to see if I can maintain...... with the eventual goal of dropping it all together. As far as the diabetes, I just use oral meds because I can't imagine injecting myself. Much of the improvement has been to do increasing activity and decreasing empty carbs. I try to hit the low end of my carb range on the nutriotion tracker and the high end of proteins. I also try to add a protein to my carbs when eating because it slows the carb digestion some. 6 small meals a day, spread over equal intervals, average of 250 calories each... I do believe avoiding the sugar spikes and drops by eating smaller amounts at regular intervals has also positively impacted my numbers. I hope your bf can try some of those steps. Even one change can create a big improvement. My ultimate goal is to get off all the meds, but that is still about 25 pounds and a new exercise habit away!

I've tried jogging, walking, weights, yoga, biking. My problem is I like to be sedintary... (aka lazy). Walking seems the least objectionable because it requires the least effort LOL! Sad, but true. Congrats on dropping pounds this month!!! Keep up the good work! emoticon



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SASRA1
7/10/2014 2:18:28 PM

Hi there! Yep, still teaching (well, on summer break now). Been 2 years since my diabetes diagnosis and my numbers are almost where the doc wants them. Cholesterol down from 352 to 144 in two years, but still need to drop a significant amount of body fat and get stronger. So great to see how well you are doing! Your blog entry was just the reminder I needed about all the important aspects of improving one's health. Nutrition tracking here is extremely helpful, but exercise is still my weak point. It's great that you love swimming so much! Someday maybe an activity will come along that I don't dread doing. For now, seeing progress and continuity like yours is an inspiration. Thanks! Take care, S. emoticon emoticon



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SPEEDYDOG
7/2/2014 9:39:28 PM

Hi Laure,

Different people have different nutrition requirements. Some of my favorite foods are potatoes and beans. I like beer and bread. I also have a sweet tooth.

I don’t tend to like high fat foods. I may be the only man in the world that does not crave bacon. I like nuts with roasted almonds being my favorites. I gravitate toward lean meats, complex carbs and fruit. I also like chocolate.

I just try to listen to my body. I was blessed with speed. I need to work at improving endurance. I can fly on a bike for about 30 miles. To ride much more than 30 miles requires me to stop, eat and rest. I am a so-so swimmer because I tend to sink. I can do a lap in an Olympic-sized pool underwater! I can hold my breath for a really long time. I can run pretty well for 10K. To run much longer than 10K requires a walk-run approach. I have been this way my whole life.

I have freakish short legs and very long torso. My heart rate is naturally low and my lung capacity is huge.

The point is that we are all individuals and nutrition requirements are tied to our physically constitution.

Thanks, Bruce




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SPEEDYDOG
6/29/2014 5:39:10 PM

Hi Laure,

I am down another t three pounds bringing my total loss to 11 pounds. My clothes are fitting loser. However, I think that weigh loss rate will taper off.

Your story of a “being bad” and eating Mexican food and pizza sound familiar. Years ago when I tried low carb diets, I could not stick with the program. I would eventually have very little energy and “binge”.

I believe in a balanced diet with calorie control. Carbs help burn fat and keep the body furnace going.

End of sermon!

Bruce




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