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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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Member Since: 1/14/2008

SparkPoints: 34,801

Fitness Minutes: 57,059

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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NGCHILD
1/15/2015 3:38:10 PM

Angie -- you kill me! Moving at 9 months pregnant is almost as insane as moving at CHRISTMAS! What poor planners we are!! LOL

I hope you get everything settled before your little one arrives. The only advice I can give you is don't sweat it. You will get it put away in due time. Also -- pack for the hospital and then take at least 1/2 of it out! I didn't use 80% of the stuff I thought I needed! Just adds more stress to hubby. Seriously!

I know you are getting excited!! I can't wait to hear all about it! Take good care momma, it won't be long now!!

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HIPPICHICK1
1/14/2015 10:49:03 PM

Thanks for the birthday wishes! :-D



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MORTICIAADDAMS
1/14/2015 8:33:44 PM

You are getting so close!! I am so glad you found a bigger place! That will make things so much easier. It's a very exciting time for you!

I have been sick too - my R.A. and MRSA are both flaring and I hope it's over soon!!

I have not heard from my son. He was supposed to call post op and didn't.

We are remodeling the back porch. It will look great when we are done but it has been a lot of work.



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HIPPICHICK1
1/13/2015 9:32:55 AM

Wow! That is a lot all at once. Glad to hear that you made it out the other end with a packed hospital bag and a partially unpacked apartment.

You really ought to think about moving to Canada if you decide to have more kids. Mat leave covered by gov't...1 YEAR. So happy to hear that you at least have 3 months.

I miss you too!! Take it easy grrl. Let us know when the bun's done!
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SLFRISBEY
1/12/2015 12:06:42 PM

:) :) :) I can only imagine how pregnancy feels! Do you know if you're having a boy or girl? I bet you can't wait toeet the peanut! So yeah, I toon a job as an instructional designer with PwC and start next week.



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