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I'm tired of feeling blah.

I have been overweight most of my adult life. I was an athlete through college and could eat anything I wanted. I hate to admit that lunch was typically a candy bar. and can of pop. Then after I graduated college, I started a career consisting of long hours which led me to eating on the run or when exhausted.

I packed on a lot of weight that first year out of college. And, combined with the typical life experiences, my eating became out ...
I'm tired of feeling blah.

I have been overweight most of my adult life. I was an athlete through college and could eat anything I wanted. I hate to admit that lunch was typically a candy bar. and can of pop. Then after I graduated college, I started a career consisting of long hours which led me to eating on the run or when exhausted.

I packed on a lot of weight that first year out of college. And, combined with the typical life experiences, my eating became out of control. Workouts didn't happen.

Fast forward a decade. In 2007, I finally had that "a-ha" moment that gave me the motivation I needed to lose the weight and get healthy. I was almost at my goal weight when I got pregnant with my first daughter in December 2007.

I made it through the first trimester with gaining the recommended 5 pounds. I had remained on SP until I hit the second trimester and hunger struck me HARD and I was exhausted non-stop! I reasoned that I was pregnant and needed to gain the recommended 30 pounds. So, I abandoned SP, eating healthy and working out. Probably one of the worst decisions of my life. I knew babyfit.com was there for me, but it wouldn't let me track calories. Somehow, I justified that I needed to track calories, not servings. Bad.

I ended up gaining 60 pounds! That was 10 more pounds than I had lost in the prior year. :-(

I promised myself that as soon as I got home from the hospital, I'd spend my 6 weeks of maternity leave eating perfectly and working out 1-2 hours each day. I'd easily lose the weight that way. Yeah, right.

Those 6 weeks flew by. I lost about 15 pounds...typical weight lost immediately after delivery. I'm sure I didn't have one healthy meal. Workouts? Yeah, right. Who had time with a newborn in the house!

Between the birth of my first daughter and getting pregnant in October 2010 with my second daughter, there were many starts and stops. I even was crazy enough to register for a half marathon! Although I am a former athlete, I was never a runner. But, it was an unmovable goal. I told everyone I knew that I registered. Everyone told me I was crazy. Just the motivation I needed.

I knew that I wouldn't be able to go from couch potato to running 13.1 miles in the few months I had. But, even walking/jogging, the race had a max time of 18 mins/mi (4 hours to do the whole race). So, I trained. Well, I did. I wasn't always able to get ALL of my mileage in each week. But, somehow, I thought, I'll make it. But, the more I trained, the hungrier I was. I did finish the race (3 hours 44 mins) but it was an empty victory. I gained 5 pounds! Ugh.

Within a month of the race, I got pregnant with my second daughter. No time to wallow. With my second pregnancy, I could barely eat. No appetite. I gained 13 pounds over the 40 weeks. And, I lost 20 pounds in the first week home after delivery. Cool.

That was a short-lived victory. The newest bundle of joy was fussy almost 24/7 (acid reflux was finally diagnosed at 1 month). I got no sleep. Time workout? How about half past NEVER! Too tired from being up all night. And, no discipline to eat well. I grazed on junk food 24/7.

Well, my baby just turned 1 year a few weeks ago and my oldest is now 4. I've gained back about 5 pounds that I had lost the week after she was born. My eating habits are in the toilet. I know that I need to workout. Of course, my husband can eat ANYTHING he wants and doesn't gain a pound and he never works out. And he eats all hours of the day and always has junk food in the house to snack on.

It has hit me how important it is that I lose the weight. No excuses. I need to feel good about myself again because right now, I don't just hate my body, but I hate me for letting myself get to this point.

I'm tired of feeling blah.
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Member Since: 7/20/2007

SparkPoints: 46,147

Fitness Minutes: 59,355

My Goals:
-Goal: Get to 135!!
-Lose 2 pounds/week.
-Eat within my calorie goal.
-Exercise daily!

Rewards by weight reached:
225=sunglasses GOAL MET!
215=ifitness running belt GOAL MET!
205=belt
195=mystery gift from husband
185=running pants
175=dress shirt
165=spa day
155="glamorous" photo shoot
150=skydiving with husband

My Program:
Making healthy eating choices CONSISTENTLY and exercising REGULARLY!

Training to run 5Ks!

Running goals:
-SP Virtual 5K in Oct 13
-run 5K sub 30 mins

Planned 5Ks in next 12 months:
-SP Virtual 5K in Oct 13

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I am a FitBit user (One).

You can find me on FB: https://www.fitbit.com/user/23BBQ6

I am a NeuFit user too: Kelley B.

Other Information:
"It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude." - Zig Ziglar

"Nothing tastes as good as thin feels." - Anon.

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing- that's why we recommend it daily."-Zig Ziglar

�We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.� - Aristotle

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, but by obstatcles one has overcome while trying to succeed." - Anon.

"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." - Michael Jordan

"The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. That's the essence of it." - Vince Lombardi

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PURPLE180
2/24/2013 4:46:09 PM

emoticon for the comment on my feed! I can't believe I am in a size "8", I can't remember ever not being in double digits. I started this journey wearing a size 24 W; trust me if I can do it anyone can. To celebrate this awesome NSV, I just went out for a nice celebratory JOG. emoticon emoticon

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12/10/2012 5:41:19 PM

thanks for stopping by my blog! I am trying to stay positve and encouraged, it is a lot easier with my spark friends helping me out!




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11/28/2012 9:37:03 PM

Thanks for the nice comments on my recent blogs!! I hope you had a great day!



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JR0124
11/27/2012 11:33:58 AM

I've have been known to make separate things if he pushes back a lot. Regular pasta for him, whole wheat for me. He gets regular burgers and I have chicken burgers. Things that are easy to make separate. Since you have kids that may be a bit more difficult for you.

I hear you on not being ready for the HM. I was only released from physical therapy a month before my half so I have an over 3 hr time too. I do like the 5k but I may try some 10k's next year.



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