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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:
CMBELISLE
4/3/2014 7:09:25 AM

I hear about the weather up your way pretty regularly. I feel for you. It's been a rough winter for many. I work for a construction company and we can't regulate our HVAC. Then again, the hubby works for a company that makes thermostats and they can't regulate their air either.



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DDOORN
4/1/2014 1:32:40 PM

Good deal on pushing through with ye olde bike! :-)

Don



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ANNEMARGAR
3/28/2014 5:41:28 AM

Thanks for making me a Spark friend :)



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SLFRISBEY
3/26/2014 11:08:21 AM

Winter for reals needs to be done! I am so sick of my winter coat and snow boots! :) Whenever you're free we can work in a lunch or something. I generally work out with my trainer M,W,F at lunch but I can reschedule as needed too. Maybe next week it won't be 30 degrees below average! Shoot me a message or text and we can meet up :)



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DDOORN
3/25/2014 4:29:14 PM

Thx for the blog support! Looks like I've gotta get roastin' & toastin'! :-)

Don



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