September 2010 - My heaviest picture (265 lbs). My boys and I at the Butterfly Festival.
April 2007 - Professional Picture
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I started with my highest weight at 267 pounds in 2010 and lost up to 16 pounds over the last few years. I gained back some, lost some again, but never gained back more than I lost. That changed this past summer. I exceeded my highest weight ever by weighing in at 268 pounds at the end of August. Something has to change and quickly.
Although I have not kept the weight off so far, I still count my journey so far as a success, because of all the things I learned through it:
I learned that, while losing weight and getting healthy and fit are my ultimate goals, I need specific fitness related goals to work toward in order for me to stick to it.
I learned that I actually enjoy working out - it just depends on the type of workout, having specific fitness goals, and keeping things interesting (I get bored easily).
I learned that I am a work in progress and it is O.K. to not reach every goal at the time I want to reach it. As long as there is progress, I am still winning.
I learned to love myself and enjoy life no matter my size, weight, or fitness level.
I learned to read food labels, cook from scratch, and have significantly increased my vegetable consumption.
I learned that a setback is just that. Dust yourself off and keep going. Only if you stop completely is when there is no progress.
I learned the importance of non-scale victories (NSV) to measure progress. The number on the scale is just one of many ways to track your progress.
I learned to not obsess on tracking my weight anymore and only weigh in twice a month now.
I've already learned a lot and I am excited about how much more I will learn.
Lack of motivation to exercise used to be my biggest hurdle. I have since learned to actually enjoy my workouts, but now my biggest hurdle is time. I get up at 5:30, leave the house at 6:30, come home between 18:30 and 19:00 (depending on traffic) and I simply do not seem to get our evenings running smoothly enough where I can still fit in my workout. I am just happy when I make it to bed on time, which is rare.
I really like working out in the mornings and I used to go running/walking between dropping the kids off at school and going into work, but recently I have been so exhausted that all I can do is take a nap in that time between - otherwise I won't even make it through the day. I need to fix this and put my health first.
So, my very first big goal is to make time for workouts and stick to them. No matter what. After that, it will be step by step and habit by habit.
Walk a Half-Marathon - 01/12/2013
Blog here on Spark People - 02/25/2013.
Run/Walk my first 5K - Graffiti Run 09/22/2013
Short Term Goals:
Finally finish my Getting Started Guide after over 4 years of SP. I keep forgetting to track the fast break goals. LOL.
Drink at least 8 cups of water each day.
Work out every day.
Sleep 8 hours each night.
Run a 5K (Country Run on 11/14/2015)
Long Term Goals:
Lose 134 lbs to be in the mid range for a healthy BMI
Maintain healthy weight
To be updated.
29-year old German expat in South Texas.
Married to an U.S. Army veteran and proud mom of my two awesome (step)sons (13 and 15).
In love with our four cats Isis, Luna, Simba & Charlie, who rule the house.
I work full time as an office manager/executive assistant and am a freelance translator. I also teach German and offer tutoring. :-)
I enjoy reading, art projects, being outdoors. Still learning how to grow vegetables in this climate (second year).
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DONE GIRL!!
443 days ago
Happy Birthday DONE GIRL
In Gemini the Sun is active, restless and changeable. You like plenty of variety in your everyday activities, in your friends, and even in your diet. Your interests are many and diverse--almost anything will attract your attention if only for a brief time. Truly, this is the sign of the jack-of-all-trades. As the story goes, you may find that unless you can develop your powers of perseverance, you may be the master of none. Your varied interests can result in a tendency for you to spread yourself too thin, sometimes failing to follow through on projects you've begun.
The Gemini child is most often born to a father who is well respected in the community. Gemini is often the baby in the family and thus grows up fast learning to talk early in order to keep up with the older kids. Gemini gets along with Libra, Aquarius, Leo, Aries and Sagittarius.
Being very curious, you want to know and experience as much as you can. Gemini is the sign of duality. You find it difficult to limit yourself to one job, to one relationship, or one hobby, as you constantly seek variety and mental adventure. You scatter your energies because you don't want to miss anything. You are a lifelong student, never tiring of learning new subjects. You collect facts and tidbits of data, but you may not always have the big picture.
To the Gemini person, communication is of utmost importance. You flourish on ideas, with a mind that is ever so quick and curious. You are a person who enjoys talking and writing. All sorts of communication ideas appeal to nature. You are aware of all that is going on around you, and you want to understand and participate in it all. You are hard to pin down, and even harder to beat in a debate. Your abilities of combining quick comprehension , and the communication of this comprehension to others, are the hallmarks of your sign. You can talk yourself into and out of situations with ease. Often Mercury people (Gemini's ruling planet is Mercury) take mischievous delight in disconcerting slower minds with their fast paced mental antics. You like to be around people, and you never do well working alone or on any routine type job.
Gemini can have problems with their nerves and experience anxiety or depression. They should never smoke as their lungs are their health area of concern. Gemini can have injury to their shoulders and hands. Since they love to be active they must learn to watch and take caution.
Extremely friendly, you enjoy companionship, and really thrive on it. Just as you don't like to be without activity, you don't like to be alone. You are likely to have a very wide circle of friends with whom you enjoy many activities--movies, games, conversation, and such. You are naturally outgoing and possess a sparkling wit. You are apt to become quickly bored with conservative types that can't make a decision or agree with your need to impose change. Not being very introspective or reflective, often you don't understand your motivations or the motivations of others. So in many ways, relationships can be shallow and superficial. Your restless mercurial nature requires constant excitement and change, or you'll becomes very dispirited and morose.
443 days ago
I hope your day is a groovy one!!!
444 days ago
Happy (early) Birthday, Done Girl!!! Hope you have a wonderful day! !! Woot woot!!!
444 days ago
We miss seeing you on the San Antonio Sparkpage! Hope you're doing well. Please stop by the team page, we have some great threads to participate in! :) Hope to see you there!
454 days ago