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My weight story is that I have lost and gained the same 10 to 15 pounds numerous times. In high school and college I worked out all the time. I lifted weights (love it!) and incorporated many different classes and/or machines for cardio. I was a gym rat and loved it. I dreamed of being a personal trainer and possibly owning my own gym someday. I really admired the fitness competitors in the pages of M&F hers.

My eating was never stellar (marked with episodes of crash dieting and bingeing). I never really believed that what I ate was more important than how I trained (I get it now!) As life progressed, I got away from the exercise, and sort of forgot about my dream.

I currently weigh about 10 - 15 pounds more than when I graduated high school, and I probably needed to lose 5 -10 lbs then. So, I would like to see a 15 to 20 pound decrease, but reduction in body fat is more my goal than weight loss. We'll see what I weigh when I reach optimal bodyfat %.

Through SP I have been motivated by people who have achieved the dream I used to have. It has been awakened in me again. Now, a little wiser, and a little more mature, I have the tools I need to reach those goals. I currently weigh about 150 lbs (5'5") and have about 23% bodyfat. I would like to get down to about 17% bodyfat. Without losing too much lean body weight (muscle mass), I think that will put me between 130 and 135 lbs. Maybe I can land myself in a magazine some day (dreaming big here)!

I have recently been learning about the Paleo diet, and it makes sense to me. I decided to try it and got (mostly) on board last week (7/11/11). As of yesterday I am grain free, and am working toward being dairy free. I'll update on how this works for me. I think it's important to experiment and find what works best for each individual, and I think this may be the ticket for me! I have some fairly serious autoimmune "issues" and have read that some people have had fantastic results following the paleo diet. It's definitely worth a try!

Member Since: 3/4/2011

Fitness Minutes: 3,016

My Goals:
Be a healthy role model for my daughter.

Achieve total fitness, reaching the best realistic size and shape for my body - I don't know what that number is on the scale.

Possibly become a personal trainer - it used to be a dream of mine, and has recently come back to mind.

My Program:
Resistance training 3-4 times per week.

Cardio 3 - 4 times per week.

Eat clean/Paleo

Personal Information:
I'm 33, married, and the mother of the most wonderful 2 1/2-year-old girl - she is my world! I work full time. My BS is in psychology. I love to snow ski, to read, and to spend time with my family (I have a large extended family that is close-knit). I'm a Christian woman. I believe that I can do anything through Christ who gives me strength. I love people - I love to socialize, to get to know people, and to help if I can - though sometimes I want to help when it's not really my place! Learning to curb that!

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    Thank you for stopping by. I love the goals you have outlined on your page. It's so easy to become a scale junkie and it's really detrimental to our journey sometimes. I'm glad you have that in perspective. emoticon
    2440 days ago
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    Welcome to the Muscle & Fitness Hers team! Please feel free to introduce yourself to the team!
    2484 days ago
    Hi Jae, how's it goin? How's your week so far? What's the best thing that's happened so far?

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    2487 days ago
    Hi doll! What an interesting breakfast you had today! heehee I see you also went for the pizza, I hope you enjoyed it emoticon Glad you're finding the multis help with energy, every little bit helps! What do you have planned for fitness today/this weekend?

    2493 days ago
    Good morning Smurfette emoticon emoticon

    How are you doing today? Do you have good energy?

    Leeeeeeet the sunshinnnnnne xxx
    2494 days ago
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