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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

SparkPoints: 64,579

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My Goals:
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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MORTICIAADDAMS
3/24/2014 11:15:51 AM

I'm sure Mauri will be getting another friend. She sounds like a great pet owner.

A year old cat is not a kitten. LOL. I don't know a whole lot about cats like you do. I've had 2 cats and they never pooped in the house. When I got my first cat my friend told me that they like their sand boxes and if you keep the box clean they will use it. Why would a cat not use it's sandbox? Do you think the cat is sick or the box is filthy? I've heard of people that don't have sand boxes. I don't like people who take animals back to the shelter. It seems shallow to me.



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MORTICIAADDAMS
3/23/2014 10:48:28 PM

Saturday was in the 50s and today in the 40s but we got outside anyway. We are trying to get some exercise in. Got the pet cages cleaned today too.



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MORTICIAADDAMS
3/22/2014 2:43:15 PM

I'm not sure what is causing the problem but it makes getting my exercise in gruesome. I like to enjoy my exercise and it's hard when it is killing me. The weather is so up and down and wacky. We are also trying to up our exercise and eat better so we are making a lot of changes.



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EDDYMEESE
3/21/2014 9:50:38 PM

OMG, that race looks hilarious! I definitely think I need to sign up for it :) It is 4 hours away, but that's ok. Maybe I can get Zvika to do it with me and we can make an overnight trip out of it!



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PHEBESS
3/20/2014 11:22:16 PM

I'd still try talking to the office - it was about 9 months later that I received a letter from IRS, and I called and explained what had happened and why I filed several months late. (I think I was 3 or 4 months late.)

People usually are understanding. Some stick to the letter of the law or regulation, but most are willing to help out. Especially cute young women, so go in smiling!



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