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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: 45.6
You are doing wonderful!!!!! Keep it up. You go girl!!!!!!!!!
2425 days ago
wow your doing great! I just saw your progress! Wow can you keep me in your prayers? Wish me luck! I really need it! I just so want to give up some days! Your page motivates me to stick it out!
All the best!
2523 days ago
Hey there! I just thought I would stop by and check up on you! You have come such a long way ! I needed again to be reminded that it can happen for me too! It would be nice to reach your weight ugh! I am stuck at 208lbs from 3 weeks. But I lost 2 inches off my waist. And who am I kidding it has only been 24 days of workout & tracking my food intake. But God I guess I get impatient. Well take care!
2650 days ago
Thanks you. You are looking awesome yourself. Congrats on your weight loss.
2740 days ago
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Hello and Welcome to the Wii Exercise team. We are so happy to have you here! There are plenty of features on SP to help you on you journey, as well as support and encouragement and of course challenges on the Wii Exercise Team to help with getting you moving to help you in loosing, find yourself a spot, plug in and join in on the fun. YOU CAN DO IT. Looking forward to seeing you post and being active with the team.
2875 days ago