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I'm back and humbled by my fall. Basically starting over; only 4 pounds under my heaviest weight. A two-year hiatus from health will do that to a person!

Anyway, trying not to beat myself up about it too much and focusing on hunkering down and getting back to business. One thing I've learned in the last two years is that while programs that SAY you don't have to track may work for some people, I need that accountability!

Two years ago, I was the smallest size I've ever been: size 8. However, I don't like the way I got there. I was exercising 2+ hours a day and following a very restrictive, soul-crushing meal plan.

This time, I want to do it sustainably. I don't want to trade one kind of disordered eating for another. I want to eat real food that is also pleasurable and satisfying. I want to exercise strategically and efficientlyso that it's not consuming all my free time. I want to ENJOY the journey.

There will be challenges. Life will happen. Just today, I had a discipline issue with one of my sons come up that may impact my ability to get in a morning workout - my preferred workout time. It will be very difficult for me to avoid sugar. I am going to try and reintroduce periodic treats in my meal plan after an initial cleansing period, but I'm not sure that will be sustainable for me, either, since I don't have the best control over my sugar cravings and I worry about a slippery slope. I'm not a big fan of vegetables, but I would like to try and gradually get to a place where I eat more vegetables than fruits, instead of the other way around. I will have to deal with a family that is not on my meal plan, temptations at work (aka donut Tuesdays and a subsidized vending machine), and countless other obstacles.

My next task will be to frame my goals in a way that's motivating for me so that I can deal with these obstacles as they arise.

Member Since: 5/28/2009

Fitness Minutes: 30,631

My Goals:
Short-term goals:
Workout 5x per week
Avoid sugar, gluten, processed foods
Pleasure cycling at least once per week
Blog at least weekly
Notate mood daily
Reward myself weekly for not skipping workouts

Medium-term goals:
Try a new recipe at least monthly
Reward myself with clothes every 10 pounds
Reward myself at the following milestones: 10% body weight lost, 20% body weight lost, 30% body weight lost, goal weight, monthly maintenance of goal weight

Long term goal:
Size 8 by my birthday (November) 2015
Waist less than 35 inches
HWR less than .80

My Program:
Currently using the Weightloss Rebels meal plan, basically avoiding processed foods, sugar, and gluten. WLR also focuses more on strength training with cardio no more than 2x per week in the form of HIIT. I also plan to incorporate pleasure cycling when I can.

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Mother of two teen-aged boys
Mother of an autistic child
Commercial underwriter
Analytical, introverted she-nerd

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