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My baby! He wants this bike and, secretly, I do too.. ;) Ah, Triumph...*swoon*





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So close!

July 2010:

I'm so close to my goal weight! I've lost 65 pounds in the past 14 months, most of it with SparkPeople.

I never thought it could be done -- and certainly not so...sanely. Reasonable amounts of good food and moderate exercise? I'd struggled so long I never dreamed it could be so darn simple.

So I'm rocking a size 8 jeans and small to medium tops. I'm still weeding out clothes that are just pathetically baggy on me now. It feels good.
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July 2010:

I'm so close to my goal weight! I've lost 65 pounds in the past 14 months, most of it with SparkPeople.

I never thought it could be done -- and certainly not so...sanely. Reasonable amounts of good food and moderate exercise? I'd struggled so long I never dreamed it could be so darn simple.

So I'm rocking a size 8 jeans and small to medium tops. I'm still weeding out clothes that are just pathetically baggy on me now. It feels good.

I still have a lot of mental work to do though. Many days my brain still sees FAT and I obsess a little more than I'd like over food. But it's still a work in progress and, overall, I am incredibly proud of myself and grateful for SparkPeople and all my SparkFriends!

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May 2009:

I've been struggling with weight most of my life. This time I'm also focusing on eating less, not just "healthier" -- and it seems to be the key to success!

I lost my mom four years ago and drank more than I should have. Then I quit smoking. Then I turned 30. I suppose there's no wonder that I packed on the pounds pretty quickly.

I have a herniated disc that created some arthritis in my low back before I was even 30. (Actually, now they tell me I have TWO herniated discs!) I have always hated sports and NEVER liked being sweaty. And I am known for my baking skills.

Clearly, this whole fitness thing presents some pretty big hurdles for me. But I am finally feeling motivated, and I'm happy to ditch the excuses and embrace the challenge!

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"Assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled." - Wayne Dyer

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become." - Buddha

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Ghandi
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Current Status:
GIRANIMAL is bracing for a HOT ride home! And already planning to ditch the ride for tomorrow's 100--degree heat index. Such a wimp I've become! LOL
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Member Since: 1/14/2008

SparkPoints: 34,221

Fitness Minutes: 55,894

My Goals:
I would like to finally be comfortable enough with my own body that I am not constantly comparing myself to anyone and everyone around me. I want to be healthy and feel great!


My Program:
I am focusing on around 1,400-1,500 calories a day of food that I ENJOY and working out in the morning with Leslie Sansone before biking to work and back every day the weather allows it. I've also added some Leslie interval workouts for strength training. I am constantly trying to fit in the likes of yoga, tai chi and chi gong on a regular basis. (The best intentions do not always seem to yield the best results!) LOL

Personal Information:
I was born and bred in Chicago, and so far it looks like I am here to stay. I'm a nerdy copy editor who loves to read and listen to public radio. I live with my amazing husband and his 6-foot-long red-tailed boa constrictor, Eve. :)

Other Information:
I have fibromyalgia. I am working hard at leaving it at that -- a fact I just have to deal with and learn to work around as best I can rather than letting it run my life.

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Member Comments:
GHK1962
7/18/2014 10:39:30 AM

Wifey and I are doing pretty good these days. I had some back issues going on (I had surgery a bit ago ... sort of healed up ... good enough for government anyway haha.)

Last I recall you had just moved back into your place with the new husband ... with his foot on the mend?

How is bike riding going?



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GHK1962
7/15/2014 10:15:09 AM

Hey you! How are you doing? (I have been off of Spark for ... sheesh ... for forever!) Just thought I'd drop by to see how you were doing :)



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JOHNTJ1
6/29/2014 10:43:54 AM

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
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NGCHILD
6/20/2014 8:13:48 AM

Angie, thanks for the comment on my blog. Woke up feeling much better but I am still not sleeping. Ugh. I was in shock to say the least at the Dr.'s news! I will check out that book. I seem to remember something about that book when it first came out.

Hope you are doing well! Riding your bike in Chicago takes guts -- glad to see you are still at it!! Take good care!

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TRIPLE_EMME
6/19/2014 4:06:59 PM

Thank you for your comments on my blog. As always, thank you for your support! I'm glad that you were able to get back on the bike... even in the hot, humid weather.



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