Graduation, June 2006. At my highest weight - 207 lbs. (The cape doesn't help... ;-)
Party Dress! January 29th, 2011
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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 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.
Highest Weight: 207
Ideal Weight: 145
* 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
*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
* 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)
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.
Consistency is my key to success, but Sparkpeople is my "not-so-secret" weapon!
Secrets of Success
This user doesn't have any secrets of success.
| current weight: 154.0
Thanks so much for the encouraging comment on my "Just Do It" blog the other day. I really appreciate the support. And on your own weight loss success so far. That's Have a great Spakring week ahead!
2401 days ago
Hey there, fellow "Women, Food, and God" reader.
Best book ever, right? I wish I had had it 9 years ago when I started on my big journey to lose big weight. At least I have it now, to help me maintain my weight loss--and not feel crazy!
And, like you, I wish I could just buy a copy for everyone I know, everyone I don't know, everyone I see. It's just that good!
Your before and after photos are impressive. We here at SP can learn a lot from you.
Great to connect with you!
2404 days ago
Thank you so much for the encouragement, and you are right i am going to need to be my own cheerleader :) Congratulations on your weight loss as well...your almost to your goal!
2404 days ago
I, too, had difficulty spending my hard earned money on healthy food but, as you said, I am important and my body deserves the very best!
2406 days ago
I've nearly given up saying, well, I don't look/feel too bad, and then I saw your page. Very inspired by you young lady!
2406 days ago