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In college, I became one of the guys – almost. I ate and drank like them. However, I didn’t make time for the gym like them, nor did I have their metabolism. The end result was that my 155-pound high school self was replaced with a 220-pound stranger on graduation day (May 2004). In the months after graduation, stuck in an awful job, I packed on an additional 15 pounds.
In December of 2004, I had a turning point. Upon being stood up for a date, some guy yelled “hey big sexy” to me on the street. That was it. The next day, I logged (back) into Sparkpeople and began my journey.
Over the last 10 years, I slowly lost weight. I made a commitment to physical activity. I started with low-impact cardio before transitioning to running, and then CrossFit in 2011. (Along the way, I also completed the Breast Cancer 3-Day.)
I also changed my eating habits. Now, I follow a mostly Paleo diet. My emphasis is on eating whole foods.
My proudest accomplishment is that I did not undo all of my hard work during grad school. My weight did fluctuate, but nothing like what happened as an undergrad.
In the summer of 2014, in preparation for my fall wedding, I hit my lowest weight as an adult – 159 pounds.
Unfortunately, due to a myriad of things, I have gained 25 pounds back. This is the most I have ever gained back during my journey. Suffice to say, it has freaked me out and I am now completely focused on getting back on track during the summer of 2015.
My husband and I hope to start a family within the next year, but I refuse to get pregnant at my current weight. So, you’ll see a lot more of me as I recommit to reaching my long-term health and fitness goals.
I'm going back to the basics -- eating well and exercising. It cracks me up when I think of all the insane things I've done to lose weight in the past, including hypnosis. What was I thinking? I was probably thinking, like many Americans do, that there was a simple solution to my weight loss problem. Well, that just 'ain't so -- losing weight and taking care of yourself takes work.
So, my plan is to follow SP's guidelines. I attempt to stay within my calorie range each day. And, I work out 7 hours a week. My workouts are a combination of cardio and strength training.
I started Crossfit last summer and love it. So, I mostly stick to those workouts, but add a bit of extra cardio in during the week, too.
I live in the Washington, DC Metro Area and am in healthcare marketing.
I became a Crossfitter in 2011.
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| Pounds lost: 52.8
You look amazing! I have been away from Spark for a while, but am back now and you are STILL a great inspiration, and motivation!!
2236 days ago
Hi! I am a little behind in sparking and just now saw your message asking me about the Cherry Blossom. I unfortunately did not get a slot from the lottery although every single one of my NOVA Sparkers team that signed up did :-( That's ok. I signed up to volunteer at the race this year which will give me a guaranteed spot next year! We do lots of other area races together throughout the year. You should check out our team! We are small but lively and do a lot of things together.
PS How far you have come! Great job!
2237 days ago
Comment edited on: 1/7/2011 1:13:04 AM
your before and after pic is inspiring! best wishes on reaching your goals this year!!
2239 days ago
Thank you for your sweet comment! Sorry it took me so long to respond! I know exactly what you went through with the whole college gain and not having a good job after college which just added to the weight gain....believe me, I know exactly! You are making some great progress! I've learned that I have to take baby steps in terms of losing weight...pound there, half pound there otherwise I'll go nuts! For my BMI to be at a normal level I have to lose 75 pounds (170lbs). Great job and keep up the great work!! Have a great weekend!
2496 days ago
WOW! You have come a long way and look beautiful. Congratulations on your success. You are an inspiration.
2505 days ago