Before and After: Nov 2009-Oct 2012
In a dress, one more time. Taken 10/10/2011
Before and After : Sep 2010 - Aug 2011
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So far I've lost 50 pounds, then gained a few or more (about 7 lbs) during the past few months because I let life get in the way. I went from an incredibly tight size 14, to wearing size 6-8 in dresses and slacks, and 8-11 in jeans. I began my journey in late 2010 with the goal of teaching myself how to follow healthier nutritional and fitness guidelines. I now understand there is not just one way to be healthy. Each one of us has different needs and different goals, but one thing remains the same across the board--DISCIPLINE. Without it, our goals are just fantasies.
S T A T S:
Weight: 148 lbs
To be healthy and in shape. Okay, fine, I'll say it, I'd like to weight 135 lbs again. That is what I weighed in high school (a few thousand years ago) and I thought I was fat then. However, I do not want to make that my only goal. Sometimes bodies are just meant to weight a certain amount. It's all about composition, so I'll be focusing on better nutrition and more exercise. I will not starve myself and I will not go on fad diets. I will allow myself (healthier) treats along the way. And finally, I will enjoy the journey. Wish me luck!
STARTING MEASUREMENTS & WEIGHT
WEIGHT: 185 lbs.
Bust: 40 inches
Waist: 33 inches
Hips: 44 inches
1) Absolutely NO McDonald's (and similar). I can't trust myself to make "healthier" choices here. **OK, modification--once in a while it is good to at least have a little of those things you crave--no binging, though.**
2) Limit restaurant outings and cook at home most days of the week. I added smoothies, juices and more fish to my diet. I cook with half the fat I used to: less oil, less butter, less cream. And I use more spices now (oregano, basil, garlic, parsley, cumin, etc.), instead of grease.
3) Increase water intake to at least 2 liters (8-10 glasses) a day.
4) Work out 3-5 days a week. At least 3x cardio, and at least 2x weight training. For cardio, I'm currently rotating kickboxing, bootcamp workouts, and rowing machine workouts.
5) Keep a food and drink diary.
I'm a strong-minded (debatable at times) female with two doggies. I make a living as a graphic designer and spend most of my "free" (unpaid) time as a singer/songwriter, thinker, dreamer and project visualizer. My three passions in life have always been music, art, and technology, but fitness has become a fourth. Arizona has been home most of my life and I love it, but if given the chance, I'd be traveling around the world, camera in hand.
I created this page after a few months of partaking in major lifestyle changes and awesome results back in 2010. I originally lost about 17 lbs on my own before I joined SparkPeople.com. At first, I joined because I had no support out in the real world. Things have changed, though. More and more people want to know how I did it, so now my goal is to figure out a way to spread the spark without sounding pushy and braggy. I wish I could just take my brain and let people download the data.
Secrets of Success
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| current weight: 140.0
Hello there new friend! You look absolutely gorgeous! Great job on the health, fitness and awesome mentality!
1817 days ago
dang girl! you have come a long way! i am so far behind now!! good job! how has everything been going for you? any new tricks or hints or tips you can share :p
1830 days ago
You are looking great!!! Keep it up!!!
1888 days ago
Hey Girl! How is the spring into shape boot camp challenge going?
1890 days ago
Hey Girl! thank you so much for your post on my blog! I agree with everything that you said. Especially starting slow and building up. Im like you and often get frustrated if I dont see instant results!!! Also, replacing foods for more healthier ones is a great idea. I always try to get WHEAT as apposed too white however I am learning that there are other grains out there besides just wheat! What is your favorite exercise to do!? your before and after pics look GREAT!!! good for you for losing all that weight!!! :) would love to add you to my friends! you can add me too if you would like :)
1897 days ago