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My old mantra (getting skinny is more fun than getting fat) was getting stale, even though it is still true. I have begun to suspect that I have an eating disorder (binge eating) and that my focus on sugar, while noble and not wrong, may be missing the mark. If I can really not eat unless hungry (with some exceptions, of course), and if I can be reminded of this every time I open my spark page, I think I will see more success than I have over the last two years as I have watched my weight creep up a little.

I have been a proud and happy member of SparkPeople for 8 years. It is an extremely important part of my life. I feel like I am the ultimate work in progress. After an initial loss of 40 lbs. in 6 months, I have struggled. My struggles have included gaining back some of the weight and just bouncing around at a certain level. I think things are finally moving in the right direction again.

I have been plagued by the sugar monster. I have made quite a few false starts in my efforts to control my sugar consumption. However, I have read many books and watched many videos about the dangerous effects of sugar, and they are finally beginning to sink in.

Another goal I have for 2016 is to become a better role model for my fellow sparkers. I hope you get some inspiration from my page.

Member Since: 12/4/2007

Fitness Minutes: 195,115

My Goals:
Weigh less than 200 lbs. - achieved 4/20/2008

Weigh less than 190 lbs. - achieved 5/20/2012

"Do" a 5K - achieved 4/28/2012

My Program:
- Follow the nutrition guidelines outlined by SparkPeople

- Work out at the health club - 3-4 days per week

Personal Information:
I have lived in Northern NJ for most of my life. I have two great kids, a 30 year old daughter (attorney and aspiring tri-athlete) and a 27 year old son who is an assistant basketball coach at a junior college. I have also been married to the same guy for 38 years.

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For most of my life I was not much of a reader. At some point I started listening to audiobooks and loved them. I especially liked Michael Connelly and Sue Grafton. But recently I haven't done it so much, partly because I currently have a relatively short commute.

I work as a technical writer in the pharmaceutical industry. It is contract work, so I am not sure how long my current job will last.

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  • v CAROL_31649731
    emoticon emoticon Leslie, slow & steady wins the race, they say. We've only just begun, so there's plenty of time to really kick this Spring 5% Challenge's you-know-what! GO CHAMPIONS!!!
    1 day ago
    What I like about you is your commitment to the Lovely Limes team! We're so happy to have you! emoticon I also agree that small changes is what makes the difference in the end!
    2 days ago
    What I like about your is your dedication to meeting your goals, and your commitment to the team. I like your use of mantra's to inspire yourself and the progress you've made in avoiding sugar!
    3 days ago
  • v KELLY_SS
    What I like is that you were so kind to me when I came on board so that means you are a friendly person. I like that you work so hard and you never give up. You just continuously push on and that tells me you are so determined. I really wish you all the best in reaching whatever goals you have in mind.
    4 days ago
  • v _KATHY
    Hi Leslie. You have contributed to our BLC lime team for awhile now which means you are committed to improving your life and being a part of the achievements of others. That's what I like about you
    5 days ago
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