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Muffin, the dog I had before Sam. He lived a long & happy life.


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I was at a healthy weight until age 24, when I started a sedentary job. Not only did I sit at a desk all day, but I ate the cafeteria food for breakfast and lunch. For my afternoon break I either got candy or a beverage from the store in the lobby or I got something from the vending machine. Next thing I knew I was about 40 lbs. heavier, weighing 165-170 (probably more, I didn't weigh myself when I was at my largest).

I kept the weight on for 2 years, then at age 26 I decided to make the effort to lose it by counting calories and exercising.

I lost some weight and stayed in the 140s (with 2 months at 138-139) until age 30. Now at age 32 my weight is in the 150s and I'm working on getting it back down permanently.

2 of the mistakes I have made in the past are:
-Being too restrictive with food, then feeling deprived and bingeing, then restricting again, then bingeing........
-Focusing too much on cardio, letting weeks go by without doing any strength training.

This is why I was gaining weight and my clothes were getting tighter while I was doing cardio 6 days a week.

Now I'm focusing on eating well and strength training. The big challenge for me is eating reasonable portions and resisting take-out, drive thru, candy bars, etc.

Nothing in this world has the power to bring you down or cause you to fail unless you let it. Nothing holds you back except for you.

Restaurant portions are just right.....if you're a horse or a cow.

Quotes I like:
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self. - Aristotle

The future is purchased by the present.

Remember when you see a man at the top of a mountain, he didn't fall there.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill

Don’t let yesterday’s failures keep you from reaching today’s dreams.

Member Since: 8/20/2006

Fitness Minutes: 2,154

My Goals:
-wear jeans that I haven't been able to wear since 2001

-Take walks on the weekends and during my lunch break at work.

-keep my calories, protein, carbs, & fat in the correct range

-be able to eat the right portions intuitively without counting calories

-eat more whole foods, less processed foods

-stop emotional eating, compulsive eating, binge eating, overeating, whatever you want to call it

My Program:
-Started Couch to 5K on March 22, 2010.

-Changing my actions, my behaviors, and the way I respond to thoughts about food.

-Remembering that I am not a trash can. Just because someone ordered too much pizza at work, or a friend can't finish her fries at a restaurant, or a family member can't finish their garlic bread or McDonald's sandwich doesn't mean that I have to eat it. They can save it for later, someone else can eat it, or it can go in the trash.

-Beware of "just one". One day it's a family member offering me "just one" cookie. The next day it's a co-worker offering me "just one" brownie. Then it's a friend offering me "just one" slice of cake.

-bringing lunch & snacks to work instead of buying lunch

-eating dinner at home instead of getting take-out or drive-thru

-getting 8 hours of sleep

Personal Information:
Height: 5'6 1/2"

Other Information:
Favorite exercise DVDs & videos:
-Body By Jake: Total Body Workout
-The Firm Vol. 2: Low Impact Aerobics
-Quick Fix Total Cardio Kick
-The Trainer's Edge: Integrated Strength Training
-Jillian Michaels Cardio Kickbox

Currently reading:
Feeding The Hungry Heart By Geneen Roth

Favorite movies:
Little Miss Sunshine
Vantage Point
Street Kings
State of Play
Sunshine Cleaning

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