DAINALYNN   27,698
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Graduation, June 2006. At my highest weight - 207 lbs. (The cape doesn't help... ;-)





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For a long time I allowed my weight to limit me. As it turns out, I was more limited by my fears. With the help of Sparkpeople, I've lost a total 55lbs by committing to healthier eating, more activity and reasonable portions. I've been maintaining these habits (and the weight loss) since approx. January 2010.

A scary "pre-cancer" diagnosis (summer 2010) helped put some things into perspective - namely, my health is pinnacle to me. I feel so lucky to have started this journey ...
For a long time I allowed my weight to limit me. As it turns out, I was more limited by my fears. With the help of Sparkpeople, I've lost a total 55lbs by committing to healthier eating, more activity and reasonable portions. I've been maintaining these habits (and the weight loss) since approx. January 2010.

A scary "pre-cancer" diagnosis (summer 2010) helped put some things into perspective - namely, my health is pinnacle to me. I feel so lucky to have started this journey before my health came into question. I know I am more equipped to deal with life's hurdles because of what I've learned over the past 2 years.

Despite the changes I've made, I continue the battle with self doubt, a tough inner critic and an occasional bout of pessimism. These might always be part of who I am but I strive to not let them define me, my choices and how I see myself.

I aim to keep redefining myself.

Rather than having an exact weight goal, I have a preferred healthy range. My "program" is to maintain my activity levels (mostly running) and nutrition to remain within that range. I feel happier when I am active, challenged and engaged in my life -- not when the scale tells me so.

Height: 5'7" or 5'8"
Highest Weight: 207
Goal Weight: 137 (+ or - 10 lbs)
Currently: 142 (mid-January 2011)
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Member Since: 4/6/2007

SparkPoints: 27,698

Fitness Minutes: 30,720

My Goals:
* Nutrition Calculator tracking - 4 days /week

* Limit meat-based dinners to 3 per week

* Track all cardio with the Fitness Tracker

* Strength training or yoga 2-3 times per week & running when it feels right

* Motivate others to live more healthful & happy lives


My Program:
Nutrition:

*A balanced breakfast. Every day.

* Monitor portions

* My diet is based on vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans & legumes & some dairy

* Lindt Dark chocolate as needed

* No food is off limits -- except the ones I don't like

Fitness:
* consistent strength training by taking 2 classes a week (or equivalent)

* yoga - one short session / week

* running/cardio - when I need a good run, no pressure here


Daily lifestyle habits: * taking the stairs
* making my lunch for work (at least 4/week)
* homemade dinners (at least 6/week)
* big batch cooking (one soup or stew /wknd)

Personal Information:
I am 32 years old and am MUCH more healthy, content and lively than I was as a teenager. Healthy eating and activity is key to my success. Balance is what I strive for.

My journey began with a BIGGEST LOSER competition in March '09 and my goals were modest. Sparkpeople kept me motivated to reach those goals and to keep going.

Other Information:
Consistency is my key to success, but Sparkpeople is my "not-so-secret" weapon!

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Member Comments:
CITYZOZO
4/4/2011 7:06:23 PM

i see you are on the eco friendly group.. me too.. you clean with vinegar and water also! rock on, added you as a friend.. do you use baking powder and vineagar for your drains? it is super... zo



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TEENY_BIKINI
1/27/2011 10:49:02 PM

Thank you for stopping by my blog - The Food Critic.

I appreciate you. Now, go forth and rock this day!

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... and stay fabulous.



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RAWLUS
9/8/2010 8:47:22 PM

Thanks for commenting on my blog! :)



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NUTMEG1125
9/1/2010 10:50:33 PM

Great work on your weight loss and thank for your comment on my blog. Hmmm, bacon is inherently yummy. The health factor really depends on how you look at food. The only unhealthy portion would be the added salt, but since I need salt anyway, and don't add it to my food I am good to go. If you are interested there is a really good book called, "Good Calories, Bad Calories" I found it eye-opening.



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RUDBEKIA
5/20/2010 10:08:45 PM

Hi! I came accross your page and wanted to say congratulations on your amazing progress! You look beautiful and are very inspiring!!
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