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Before: 249lbs 7/10/2008


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I am on two journeys that will bring lots of change...

getting healthy...
I have yo-yo'ed with my weight for years. I am ready to change the choices I make so that I can get (and stay) healthy. I'm not good with change, but this change is necessary in order to follow through with the other changes happening in my life! This is a journey that I desire to see through to the end.

I began the journey to adopt a child in November 2007. I brought my daughter home almost 9 months to the day...even though I was still waiting for my home study to be approved at the time. This is a journey I will see through to the end! UPDATE: We finalized the adoption on Thursday, April 30th!!!

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calorie cycling...
A lot of people have asked me how I've managed to lose 85 pounds in the last 9 months without hitting a plateau (the only time I don't lose weight is usually during PMS). I attribute most of it to calorie cycling.

Often, when people start dieting, they get into a food rut and eat the same things day after day or at least keep their calorie intake at the same level. When that happens, our bodies panic and start holding onto whatever it can because it is preparing for a famine (starvation mode). The premise behind calorie cycling is that you never let your body figure out that you're dieting and keep it from going into starvation mode.

Basically, what you want to do with calorie cycling is eat on the high end of your calorie range one day, then on the low end the next.

To begin, you will want to pick your high days (days you know you will eat more calories) and plan your week around them ~ maybe you go out to eat once a week, that would probably be a high day. You may also want to make sure your high day is not the day before you weigh in. Once you get the hang of it, you can just look at your "Weekly Progress" on your "my Nutrition" page and see what you need to do from day to day.

My calorie range is 1200-1550. I usually try to eat between 1200-1275 on my low days then 1475-1550 on my high day. I have figured out that 2 low days then a high day works best for me. Some people alternate 1 high, 1 low. Others take the extra calories that aren't eaten on the low days and add them to a high day. You'll have to figure out what works best for you.

I hope this helps get the scale moving in the right direction!

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GW: 145 - I am going for a "healthy" BMI!

To move from "obese" to "overweight" by the end of February (met 3/1)

To move from "overweight" to "healthy" by my next trip to Disney in September (met 9/4)

To weigh less than:
* 210lbs by November 9 (met 10/17)
* 190lbs before WDW trip on January 25 (met 12/19)
* 180lbs before WDW trip (so close ~ 180.5 on 1/25)
* 170lbs by St. Patrick's Day (met 3/19)
* 160lbs by Mother's Day (met 5/25)
* 150lbs by my 1 year SparkVersary (met 8/7)
* 145lbs by 9/9 (met 9/25)

Lose a jean size:
* by Columbus Day. (size 16 - met 9/9)
* by Christmas (size 14 - met 10/27)
* by WDW trip in January (size 12 - met 12/18)
* by St. Patrick's Day (size 10 - met 3/12)
* by Father's Day (size 8 - met 6/4)
* size 6 - met 7/7

Member Since: 7/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 25,279

My Goals:
Updated Goals (3/1/2015)

GW: 150

To find the balance between the high end of "healthy" and low end of "overweight" without freaking out and giving up

To weigh less than:
* 225lbs before my birthday, May 25
* 200lbs before our summer vacation, August 8
* 175lbs before Thanksgiving
* 150lbs by March 1, 2016

Lose a jean size:
* by my birthday

My Program:
Calorie cycling:
Sunday - high
Monday - low
Tuesday - low
Wednesday - high
Thursday - low
Friday - low
Saturday - middle

Water, water, water...

750+ cardio minutes per month.

Exercise 5-6 days per week. I alternate using Wii Fit, Gazelle and a stationary bike

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