DAINALYNN   27,862
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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: 27,862

Fitness Minutes: 31,106

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:
JOKNOWS
5/11/2010 6:47:53 AM

Thanks so much for the encouraging comment on my "Just Do It" blog the other day. I really appreciate the support. And emoticon on your own weight loss success so far. That's emoticon Have a great Spakring week ahead!
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4HORSEGAL
5/8/2010 12:30:43 AM

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!



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KENDRANOEL
5/7/2010 9:13:45 PM

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!



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ROCKMAN6797
5/6/2010 12:54:57 AM

Great job!
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!



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BUNNIES4ME
5/5/2010 11:25:03 PM

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!



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