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This isn't my first stint on SparkPeople. I did really well with it about 6 years ago (when I started pretty low to begin with). But then I gained a lot of weight in the following years and for the past three years, have started In January and stopped around late March. This time it's different. I feel better, I'm way more on track, and I'm being realistic about the fact that sometimes I will plateau, and that this weight loss journey will take a lot of time. I'm the lowest weight I've been in three years after three months of staying on track. I feel great but still have 20-30 left to go. I know I can stick it out this time because I've adjusted to a lifestyle change as opposed to a diet.

I'm a terrible emotional eater. No matter whether I want to celebrate or cry or am just bored, food is the answer. This behavior lead me to gain 40 lbs in 8 years. When it's slow like that, it's easy to accept it. What's being an extra 5 lbs? But 5 lbs every year sure adds up. I've learned that what works for me is two nice meals as opposed to snacking. Some people love the five or six little meals per day but that just doesn't work for me. I need to sit down to a nice meal that won't end in two bites. Therefore, I cook a ton of vegetables with whatever I make. My spiralizer has been a godsend. I'd love to share pictures with links to my food on here, but the recipe entry is too cumbersome. In any case, I'm halfway to goal weight and know I can make it work this time!

Member Since: 1/20/2014

Fitness Minutes: 5,965

My Goals:
I just want to get back to a healthy body and do it the right way. When I was in my early twenties, I would starve myself thin any time I felt like I gained weight. I looked good, but it wasn't the right way to get there. This time, I'm going for the whole healthy lifestyle thing, and I notice it in every aspect of my life. I'm organized, my house is clean, I'm doing well at work, etc. Things feel like they are coming together.

I'm always looking to better myself, to achieve more. Being in the right, healthy mindset is a great place to start.

My Program:
I'm trying to cut down on unnecessary carbs - keeping carbs to fruits and veggies, whole grains, etc. In that same vein, I'm eating a lot of protein - chicken sausage, turkey, pork.

I make a ton of veggies with whatever I cook because I like to eat large quantities and that helps me to not feel like I'm going to run out of food. What a fatty - I'm afraid to run out of food.

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I love singing, writing, music, cooking, baking (trying to keep away from that one) and making sarcastic comments.

I work in urban education policy and am very passionate about my field.

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I really don't like carrots. Seriously. They are gross.

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