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Current: Recently found out that I am expecting! I am due this fall. I'm trying to use what I've learned about healthy choices, but just eat a little more than before (they say 300 calories beyond your maintenance range). It's hard to eat more without eating WAY more. Especially when people are always saying, "You're pregnant, you can eat whatever you feel like eating!" I've certainly indulged a fair few times already. I would like to try to just listen to my body and fuel it well with an occasional splurge and worry less about how much I gain, but as someone who has been watching the scale for a while, that is hard. I am still working out and I hope to continue. After baby arrives and we're settled in, I hope to get right back to work finding a healthy weight for myself.

I wrote this sometime in 2013: Hi! I'm Anne. I'm really good at gaining weight, pretty good at losing it, but not so good at just maintaining! Like really, really bad at it.

I wrote this in January 2014: I like to think I'm getting better at this maintenance idea. Not perfect (not at all!), but better. My tracker is set within a 5-lb range and I'm trying to weigh-in consistently because it's easy for me to justify lots of extra treats when maintaining.

Now it's (almost) June 2014: Still maintaining, woot! I've stayed within my 5-lb maintenance range (though admittedly, I've been at both extremes) and I'm feeling pretty good. I make mistakes, but try to get back to what I know is healthy as soon as I can and *try* not to beat myself up about it. I've added some running into my weeks and I feel like I'm slowly getting better at it. Now, to start working on strength training!

(Almost) August 2014: July was a rough month personally and I made the poor choice of dealing with it by not exercising and not eating foods that make my body feel good. I think I'm technically not in maintenance any more as I am now 6-7 pounds over my "middle" maintenance weight. I guess I need to get back into weight loss mode until I'm where I need to be. Somehow I'm struggling more this time around, particularly with indulging at parties and happy hour and get-togethers. I used to be so good at being there without partaking in the sugary, fatty treats. Where did that girl go?! I hope my next update is more positive...

These are some of my favorite quotes from the site:

"Be clear with yourself about what that number on the scale really means. That number on the scale only tells you how much you weigh at that moment. It tells you absolutely nothing about what kind of person you are; what life has in store for you; whether or not you�ll ever look the way you want to look or feel the way you want to feel; or how other people see or think about you."

"Don't wait for tomorrow or until you reach that goal to appreciate where you are. You're worthy and good enough right now, today."

"The scale cannot be the deciding factor in whether or not you pursue being the healthiest version of you that you can achieve."

"You have to eat fewer calories than you use up [to lose weight] � but not fewer than your body needs to function at its best."

Member Since: 5/20/2011

Fitness Minutes: 12,849

My Goals:
Be comfortable and happy in the body that I have! I am at a healthy weight, but this is still a very difficult goal for me.

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Exercise: I am a member at the gym through my work. I get a discount if I go more often, so that's pretty good motivation. I do cardio and abs 3-4 days a week. My favorite circuit-training class is out of session for the summer and I miss it so much! With the encouragement of one of my "gym friends" (met her at the gym, only see her at the gym), I've started going to cardio kickboxing and I'm really liking it! When circuit training starts up again I might do both as one is on Tuesdays and the other on Thursdays.

Diet: I started on South Beach and learned a lot. Then I read Jillian Michael's Master Your Metabolism. I think the two have a lot in common, but I like her emphasis on eliminating chemicals and "frankenfoods." I have cut way, way back on sweeteners and diet soda and focus on whole foods including grains and starches.

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I've been married since 2008, but no kids yet! I work at an incredible job with incredible people though I do often feel exhausted at the end of the week!

I like to camp, hike, ride bikes, go for boat rides, read, and watch silly TV shows made for teenage girls!

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