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"Count it a blessing that you're such a failure,
your second chance might never have come."
-David Bazan

This is my second chance, and I am not going to waste it.

I decided to turn my life around on 9/30/08. It started as almost a joke - I agreed to lose 10 pounds with a co-worker on the premise that we'd celebrate our weight loss with pizza. We started working out together, and she pushed me to hit the gym 3 times a week. At first I was skeptical. ...
"Count it a blessing that you're such a failure,
your second chance might never have come."
-David Bazan

This is my second chance, and I am not going to waste it.

I decided to turn my life around on 9/30/08. It started as almost a joke - I agreed to lose 10 pounds with a co-worker on the premise that we'd celebrate our weight loss with pizza. We started working out together, and she pushed me to hit the gym 3 times a week. At first I was skeptical. I've tried to lose weight before, but with a lack of serious motivation and commitment, I didn't see results. This time around it has been completely different. The first time I weighed myself and saw the 3 pound loss, I was hooked.

Over the past year I've become a gym junkie. My regular workout is 65 minutes on the elliptical machine and 22 minutes of power walking on a steep incline. I've steadily increased the intensity of my workouts to get to this point and have seen great results thus far. I am trying to incorporate more strength training into my routine, but I have struggled with it so far.

I've had a couple plateaus, one very long one, and certainly have had plenty of weak moments, but I keep pushing. There is no choice for me - this is who I want to be.




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Member Since: 3/23/2009

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My Goals:
My goal right now is to lose 100 pounds. I have lost 75 pounds so far, so right now I am working on the next 36. After I reach 100 pounds lost, I think I would ideally like to lose another 50, but for right now, I am focused on losing 100.

I also want to add more strength training to my workouts. I just started doing it regularly, but eventually I'd like to incorporate more into my regular routine.

I have tried my hardest to be realistic with my progress and I am taking one day at a time. I have wasted so much time making bad decisions with my body. I am trying not to base my progress on the number on the scale. I am trying to focus on being healthy, feeling healthy, and knowing I am doing good for myself.

My Program:
I am typically in the gym 3-5 days per week. I love the elliptical machine and the treadmill. I also love biking and rowing, but I don't do them as much as I'd like. One day I decided I wanted to be a runner and I just finished a C25K program. I'm not sure if that makes me a "runner" per se, but I enjoy the way that running makes me push myself. I also love to swim, but I keep crazy hours during the week, and don't have as much time as I'd like to get in the pool on a regular basis.

As far as eating, I'm not really on a program. I eat a relatively balanced diet. I only drink water and milk for the most part. No soda. I don't eat fast food, and I rarely eat out anymore. I find it's too hard to control my portions (and my willpower!) when I am at a restaurant.

Personal Information:
I am from Minnesota and am 28. I'm crazy about music and baseball. I love Minnesota Public Radio, specifically The Current (hence the screenname).

Currently my vices are running, sleep, gummy bears, Chai tea and Wilco. :)

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I've found Sparkpeople to be an amazing tool. I love meeting new people here - so shoot me a line if you'd like to chat sometime!

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MNTWINSGAL
6/10/2013 11:28:56 PM

Hi there! I'm making it a point to stop by one of my Minnesota Twins Spark Teammates each day, and today I landed on your page. I really enjoyed reading about your journey!

Just wanted to say "hi" and "keep up the good work!" Hope to see you on some of the team messageboards soon!

~Sharon



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N3WFLOWER
5/30/2013 3:20:26 PM

Congrats on your progress. Would you mind stopping by 250-ville and giving us some tips?



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DIANEWITHASMILE
5/23/2013 8:37:27 AM

Thanks for the input! Those were great snack ideas! I know what you mean about wanting to keep eating after supper! If I was at a restaurant, a burger would satisfy me but at home I used to have a second because it tasted so good! Hard to break that habit! I will be using your snack suggestions to help curb the urge for junk food! Have a great day!



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SHIHJABO
9/18/2011 10:59:40 AM

Dear Kelli,

Thank you for your note on my SP.It came at a time when I needed it. emoticon Keep up the good work. I would encourage you to write some love letters to yourself at your highest weight. Even though it will be hard and painful, try to do it now before you get to goal weight. So that when you are at goal weight, you will be able to enjoy it fully and love " the person in the before pictures, too." As I mentioned on your blog page, it is so important to love and nurture both sizes. People will say how much better you look, keep those pictures as a reminder of how far you've come etc. They forget you are still you at both sizes. The world needs to know both sizes are still important and quite wonderful. Bless you dear one,
Barb



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SPUNKYJOY77
8/20/2011 6:45:19 PM

So, I'm curious, how was that first date? emoticon



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