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I lost 33 pounds in 2011 with SparkPeople, but I struggle the last half of the year, EVERY year. The last five or six months of the year are my busiest months for work, so I quit working out and I always cave with lots of holiday food temptation. Luckily, using what I learned from SP, I have kept my weight gains to a manageable amount. I struggle much more with maintenance than actually losing weight. I am starting 2014 over the "overweight" line for my BMI and working hard to get back down and retrain my brain to maintain better. I am already registered for my second Dirty Girl Mud Run in June, so as soon as the weather gets nicer, I will be strapping my running shoes on again. Can't wait!

My overall 2014 goal is to get my weight down to around 115-120# and do a better job of maintaining that through the fall and holidays. I want to break the cycle of needing to lose these same 10-20 pounds at the start of every year!

Member Since: 1/31/2011

Fitness Minutes: 19,392

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This is my fourth year with SparkPeople. I had great success losing 30+ pounds in 2011 and am working to build strength and tone up a bit. The joy for me is challenging myself to be a better person and has little to do with reaching a number on the scale. Any weight I lose along the way is icing on the cake!

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I currently rotate between Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, NMTZ and BFBM circuit training almost every day of the week. In addition, I hop on our gazelle when I can. I am always looking for new workouts online to try: yoga, pilates, bookcamps, C25K... there are so many FREE resources out there!

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My husband and I live in Pittsburgh with our two cats.
(Go Steelers!)

I am a graphic designer working from home doing freelance for some great companies - mainly nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

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God's higher up & sees further down the road.

"Opportunity is missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
- Thomas A. Edison

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    Well hey pretty lady! So nice to see you and thank you so much for the comment you left on my page. It made me smile really big! :0) Hugs!
    2222 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/17/2012 9:23:57 AM
    Just posted my latest milestone video blog: 40 POUNDS GONE FOREVER!
    It's fun and short! Drop by when you have 3 minutes free...
    2348 days ago
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    Congratulations on reaching your goal. I think when you first started you wanted to lose 30 (same here!) I see you are trying to go for more. I can't beleive how the months ago by so quickly and now we are closer to the end of the year. We both started around the same time but we are getting there at a different pace. The last two months for me have been kinda slow and i"ve let a few things get in the way but I am making drastic changes this month to get back on track. I had been second guessing myself wondering if i could lose a total of 30lbs by the end of the year (i am at 18lbs down now) but after seeing that you've made it I realize that I can do it too as long as I keep consistnat and dedicated like how I use to be. Keep up the good work!
    2358 days ago
    You are doing so well! I am thrilled for you. Keep up the good work!
    2358 days ago
    Thanks for the awesome, supportive comments on my feed recently! You keep me energized!
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    2369 days ago
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