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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: 34,702

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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GHK1962
8/12/2014 11:02:58 AM

And I don't know why I put parts of my comment below in parenthesis. I think I have parenthesis addiction .... ((())())()))()()(())(((()))) hehehe



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GHK1962
8/12/2014 11:01:43 AM

Hahaha on your husband and you saying the lil tyke will have to pull his/her wt as soon as possible. (Though I bet once they're there ... it'll be all spoilage of the kidlet! Yeahhh.)

As for riding and bike/car encounters ... stand your ground ... just always stay safe too. :) (Though when you have mentioned those times or two ... I do find myself rooting for you. And ... I mentioned you a little bit on another blog post that someone did... someone named Aponi_KB. She did a blog about someone telling her that bikes don't belong on the road and she went code red on them. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757580 .... though I don't think she beat on their car hood haha.)



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TRIPLE_EMME
8/11/2014 10:15:22 PM

I am so glad that you are finally starting to relax and enjoy the experience! Also, glad that you found some moonstone to wear!

I am so happy for you.

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MORTICIAADDAMS
8/11/2014 5:06:40 PM

I understand completely where you are coming from and I truly appreciate your input. You are saying the same things to me that I have said to myself so many times but I don't want to have celiac disease so I know I am not being honest. There is in my case so much evidence from the time I was born. I almost died as a baby from dehydration after my mom fed me cream of wheat. LOL. I had chronic sever diarrhea and bloating as a toddler. I had constant G.I. problems growing up. I had G.I. bleeding in grade school. Constant bowel problems. Severe lactose intolerance so I used no dairy. Thyroid trouble in grade school. I weighed 86 pounds in high school. Raynauds disease at 32. I had osteoporosis and R.A. at 38. It's not unusual for me to have 20 fatty bloody diarrhea stools a day if I eat a lot of gluten. I have GERD. Severe bloating and pain. If I get completely off gluten my symptoms literally disappear and I feel wonderful. My doctor says I'm in denial and he may be right. It's just not easy for me to accept without proof because I'm the type of person who needs proof. But do I really need proof if I am normal and feel great without gluten? I just need to knuckle under and listen to my doctor. He is convinced I have it. When I tell him maybe I'm just glucose intolerant he shakes his head and tell me that's not the truth. I'm sure he thinks I'm a mental case. Like I said, I'm a hard head.



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MORTICIAADDAMS
8/11/2014 4:08:11 PM

My doctor doesn't believe in the blood tests nor give them much credence. He says the only accurate test is a biopsy and I don't really want that. I took a test at one time a friend gave me who has confirmed celiac disease as she diagnosed me with having it. It came up that I have a 90% chance of having celiac disease. My history from childhood really supports it. But I tend to still doubt it. My doctor doesn't and he has more experience with it. I'm on 50,000 billion probiotics a day with no relief unless I avoid gluten so I don't know. He may be right.



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