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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So excited that you signed up for the Fiesta challenge and you got the clear from your doctor!
Where do you take your body pump classes? I just started taking it at the YMCA last week and I love it!
485 days ago
Thank you for leaving a comment on my update from Germany. We are in Stuttgart. What part are you from? I love all the markets, the bakeries, and butcher shops, the farmers markets. I am looking forward to getting a kitchen so I can actually buy some of this yummy food. I'm excited about that!
532 days ago
A belated welcome to week 3 of the Involvement Challenge! I hope you had a great weekend. Looking forward to another great week! Don't forget to update your original post with your weekly points!
Have a great week!
554 days ago
Welcome to of our second week in the Involvement Challenge! I'm so glad you signed up! I hope you have a great week.
563 days ago
Yay! The involvement challenge starts today! Good luck : ) Hope you have a happy new year!
570 days ago