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***UPDATED January 12th, 2015***

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
-Henry David Thoreau

"Have greater observation and less determination."
-Colleen Saidman, yoga instructor

I had, unfortunately, gained back the weight I had previously lost. However, I have maintained many good habits that I had acquired during my previous weight loss, such as eating fruits and veggies and whole grains, and exercising regularly. I have completed several triathlons, duathlons, and running events (10 miles or less) and miss being in "training mode" for these events. I am focused on enjoying the journey, and not waiting to live my life after I lose the weight. I have already learned that weight loss does not automatically solve any problems, so I am working really hard on the mental aspect this time around. I deserve respect and love now, not 136 pounds from now.

I graduated with a B.S. in psychology and exercise science in December 2010. I have become certified as a massage therapist and personal trainer since. I also do some work as a freelance writer.

A little bit of basic info: I am 36 and live in Minneapolis, MN. I am a certified veterinary technician and I do poison control for animals. When I'm not working, I love to practice martial arts, work out, write, read, and meditate.

I have had a major weight regain (in 2014), and have reset my tracker. The gain does not undo the lessons I have previously learned. Time to dust off and move on!

Member Since: 6/14/2009

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I lose weight best when I eat towards the high end of my calorie allotment and follow a vigorous exercise program. I try not to have more than a 500 calorie deficit on most days.

My exercise program mainly revolves around Jiu Jitsu, boxing, kettlebells, Pilates, and yoga, but also includes cardio such as walking, swimming, cycling, belly dance, Zumba, and low-impact aerobics. I have arthritis in my spine that affects most of my joints, so I adjust my exercises accordingly when needed. The best thing I can do for my arthritis is to keep moving!

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I'm Erin, 36 years old, and I live in Minneapolis, MN.

I have a B.S. in psychology and kinesiology, and am a personal trainer, massage therapist, and writer.

Was chosen as Done Girl of the Day on March 18th, 2011--love this team!

SparkPeople Motivator of the Day on August 30th, 2014!

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    Wanted to tell you that I finally weighed myself today as my DH got the scale fixed for was over two years since I had weighed in...I lost 45 more pounds! A total of 88.6! And a grand total of 152, as I lost weight before joining Spark! This has been a lot of determination and working around many obstacles! I still want to lose another 60-65 pounds! I sure hope that won't take another two years but if it does, it does!
    10 days ago
    Those gentlemen are super handsome! Two or three years ago I sat through the Supernatural panel at Comic-Con. Not only are they handsome, but they are hilarious, too! It was a great panel and full of eye-candy. As much as I love the two main dudes, I'm seriously in love with Misha Collins. I have a thing for the "older guys".
    24 days ago
    That's always my favorite saying!
    78 days ago
    Thanks for the belt!
    89 days ago
    It's so funny: I was thinking about you as I wrote that post yesterday. I hope you are well. I miss our email chats and don't know why I haven't sent you a message in so long. We'll catch up soon!
    98 days ago
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