GIRANIMAL   34,065
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New dress! June 2011, 127 pounds





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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Member Since: 1/14/2008

SparkPoints: 34,065

Fitness Minutes: 55,444

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:
SLFRISBEY
6/11/2014 10:19:09 AM

No worries. If nothing else I will make it to bridgeport and we can go to Maria's or something :)



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SLFRISBEY
6/4/2014 3:36:30 PM

Want to try for next Wednesday? I'm going out of town for a wedding so my days are pretty packed next week :/



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SLFRISBEY
6/4/2014 8:37:07 AM

Oh my gosh, someone in my office was just telling me about this place and they had a salad that looked so delish! I would love to try it out some time! The salad with the berries looks so good right now. I know it's not breakfast food but I would totally eat it at 7:30am!



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JOHNTJ1
5/25/2014 10:12:11 AM

ANYWAY
People are unreasonable, illogical, self-centered
...love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives
...do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies
...be successful anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow
...do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable
...be honest and frank anyway.

People love underdogs but follow only top dogs
...follow some underdog anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight
...build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you try to help
...help people anyway.

If you give the world the best you have, you may get kicked in the teeth
...but give the world the best you have

...ANYWAY.
Dr Robert Schuller



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JOHNTJ1
5/18/2014 9:42:33 AM

"Good friends are like stars. You dont always see them but you know they are there."



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