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Almost at the finish line of my first 10K (July 2011, 157lbs)


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Hi, I'm Laura, a 25 year old working to lose 20 pounds. SparkPeople helped me get from 204 lbs to 165 lbs a few years ago and now I'm back hoping to finally reach my ultimate goal (145).


Growing up, I was always a little overweight, maybe about 10 lbs. I played basketball in junior high and high school, but quit my junior year which led to gaining a little weight. Then it was off to college and a full time meal plan at the dining hall. After sophomore year I was shocked to see I weighed 204 lbs. I had known I was gaining weight, but always thought "At least I'm under 200". Once I passed that line, I woke up and realized something needed to be done.

I started working out and watching what I ate sticking to 1200 calories. I got to 192 and then got stuck. I ended up meeting with a nutritionist who told me about SparkPeople. She also opened my eyes to the fact that calories aren't the only thing that matter. I was eating mostly processed crap and also not enough to fuel my new long workouts. I started tracking everything on SP and eating a little more and the weight started falling off again. That summer, I got down to 165 lbs.

Once I went back to school, I had trouble keeping up my momentum. I didn't gain, but the losing slowed down a lot. I moved to Australia for a semester and gained 7lbs back. Since then, I've gone back and forth a little, always staying between 170 and 175.

I got married in August 2010 (at about 168) and after a pretty indulgent honeymoon, I was determined to finally get down to my goal weight of 150. I started the Couch 2 5K program in December 2010 and ran my first race on June 26th, 2011. About a month later, I did my first 10K. In August 2011, I started doing CrossFit and am absolutely loving it!

Although I've never been 100% vegetarian, I used to eat pretty close to that. However, after having great success doing a Paleo challenge with my Crossfit box, I've started eating more meat and ditching the grains, dairy, and sugar. It works really well for me...when I can keep my sweet tooth in check, that is ;)

SP has been a great motivator for me and I'm always looking for more friends to keep me going!

Member Since: 12/17/2010

Fitness Minutes: 12,188

My Goals:
Short Term:
Reach my goal weight (145)
Stick to a Paleo Diet
Lose inches
Keep Crossfitting

Long Term:
Run a half marathon

My Program:
CrossFit- 3x a week
Running/Biking/Walking/Whatever else I feel like doing- As often as possible

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    How are the endurance WODs? More to come this week. They started posting the whole week's WODs on a piece of paper at the box. I really dig it.

    I hope you like them. Well maybe not like but I hope they improve your running!
    1700 days ago
    They sure do suck. I've done a few... but you feel great after, I guess! LOL
    1705 days ago
    If you want, I can start sharing the running WODs they post! Or you can like my CrossFit box on Facebook and you will see them yourself. It's CrossFit Bel Air. The first one was the one I posted. So far it's been:

    6 x 200m with 2:00 rest
    8 x 200m with 2:00 rest
    2 x 800m with 2:00 rest
    5 x 400m with 2:00 rest
    4 x 1000m with 3:00 rest

    They post them about 3 times a week and caution that there should be 3 hours separation between them and your regular WOD. Let me know if you want me to keep you informed. I might be biased but I think my CrossFit is an ESPECIALLY good one and I believe these running WODs will definitely work!!! emoticon
    1708 days ago
    The grasshoppers were totally horrible. Another instance of the jocks suffering as much as me! Everyone was cursing. I thought I hated mountain climbers- I REALLY hate grasshoppers.
    1745 days ago
    Will you tell me more about Oly class? What is a typical class like? What do you focus on?
    1759 days ago
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