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I have been a member here on Spark since December 2007. It all started as a new years resolution and 6 yrs later I am still here doing the best I can. When I joined my weight was at 282. I have always struggled with weight, even as a little kid I was always the biggest kid in all of my classes all through school. Lost 80lbs when I was 19 and then gained it back and some. So at 23 I started this journey for myself, not anyone else. At my lowest so far I got down to 151 and then been bouncing ...
I have been a member here on Spark since December 2007. It all started as a new years resolution and 6 yrs later I am still here doing the best I can. When I joined my weight was at 282. I have always struggled with weight, even as a little kid I was always the biggest kid in all of my classes all through school. Lost 80lbs when I was 19 and then gained it back and some. So at 23 I started this journey for myself, not anyone else. At my lowest so far I got down to 151 and then been bouncing around for awhile. Losing the weight was the fun part. Reaching maintenance is what is hard. There will always be stresses in our lives and it's hard not to turn to food to make us feel better, gotta just do the best you can with what you got, each and every day.

I try to stay motivating with the lifestyle by signing up for races and always having something to work toward. I used to hate running, I was the kid who hid her shoes in gym class or faked cramps on running day. Now I have run 1 full marathon and 3 halves. I try to always change up my exercise and not get bored. I WERQ, water aerobics, bike commute and run. I also have a job at a health food store and that helps to talk to ppl and stay motivated with healthy eating. Always finding new veggies and fruits to try and keeping up a love for cooking. Which I never had before I gained this lifestyle. Now it's like therapy to me along with my fitness.

Just gotta do your best each and every day!
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Member Since: 12/30/2007

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I am not really looking at weight as a goal anymore. Right now I am trying to experiment with dropping some weight to see if my running improves by being lighter. My weight goal has always been 140 but I have a muscular build so I donno if that's even feasible for me. My weight training is more important then a number on the scale. My goal is to become a brick lol

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I workout at least 5- 6 days a week. I enjoy doing a lot of cross training. I run 2-days a week, Take dance classes 2-3 days a week, water aerobics and do some weight lifting

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My name is Julia, Julie or Jules, whatever you wanna call me. I am 28 yrs old. I am 5'3 which I think I should add here. I always see ppls pics and wonder how tall they are so I can compare myself lol I am a shorty so I hope that helps someone lol

I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors in Photography. I am currently working for two business. I work at a health food/Organic Grocery store. Also work for an online book business. Which keeps me pretty active packing and shipping books. Lots of lifting which I enjoy actually. I also have a love for animals, I might even like them more then humans haha I have 3 dogs, 2 cats, 4 turtles, 2 blue tongue skinks, 1 bearded dragon and 1 cockatiels.

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I live in Bloomington Illinois. I have a membership to the goldsgym here (the big one). Member of the Bloomington Nomal group. If you go and see me on here, can always use a buddy!

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JPONCIN
8/15/2014 11:27:26 PM

PS Did you know that Target has free wifi? And as soon as I hooked up, my browser went right to their website and in one click I could find your registry? Very cool technology!!!



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JPONCIN
8/15/2014 11:25:00 PM

Please don't be afraid. Epidurals are nothing to be afraid of, as long as they are done right and by a competent doctor! I had a bad anesthesiologist when I was having Ryan, and he got me in the nerve that goes down the outside of my right leg. It still feels sensitive to touch sometimes, and Ryan is 9! But he was a horrible doctor, and I found out after the fact that he was on call 24/7 because there was no one else, and he was severely sleep-deprived. Dan says I should've sued the hospital, but honestly, my leg feels fine; I can still move it and use it, it just has a finger-touching-a-light-switch feeling every so often. My other epidurals were completely trouble free.



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MORTICIAADDAMS
8/4/2014 8:27:12 PM

Mine wintered over in the garage the first year but the blooms were not as big and the second winter they didn't make it. So I think they are like a lot of bulbs and they tend to produce less unless they are divided and each one has to have a new growth bud. I found out too late they do better in vermiculite. Mine may have gotten too dry but you don't want them too wet either.



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MORTICIAADDAMS
8/4/2014 7:14:56 PM

They are really messy. The little ones are less problems to deal with but not as sweet. They are fun to grow but take up tons of room.

I love dahlias too. i just wish they wintered over. I got to where I would plant them in pots and stake them as it was easier than digging them back up to take inside in the winter.



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RELIVE
8/1/2014 2:28:43 PM

Awesome! :) My birthday is November 18th. I've been doing alright. Working and just going on day by day. I had a great vacation, so I'm trying hard now to reach goal. Can't seem to get out of 155 - 165



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