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Hi! My name is Leah. I'm 47, married for 25 years, and mom to two great kids, a 22-year-old son (James) and 19-year-old daughter (Juliana). I'm the director of our local library and a lay minister in the Lutheran church. We live in the country in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse with lots of gardens and flowers, as well as Drifter (quarter horse), Fritz (rescued German Shepherd), Shiloh (Pomapoo puppy), a flock of chickens, and a bunch of farm cats. My background pic is of some of the roses ...
Hi! My name is Leah. I'm 47, married for 25 years, and mom to two great kids, a 22-year-old son (James) and 19-year-old daughter (Juliana). I'm the director of our local library and a lay minister in the Lutheran church. We live in the country in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse with lots of gardens and flowers, as well as Drifter (quarter horse), Fritz (rescued German Shepherd), Shiloh (Pomapoo puppy), a flock of chickens, and a bunch of farm cats. My background pic is of some of the roses in my garden. I love all flowers, but especially roses.

Update, September, 2013:

Since reaching my goal weight one year ago, I've struggled a bit to stay there. It's fairly easy for me to hang out around 150 pounds, but 142 is a challenge. Part of the trouble is that my clothes still fit and it's not that obvious whether I'm at the higher or lower end of the range. I would like to maintain around 145 if possible, and I'm working to get back there.

Update, September, 2012

I've been on Spark People for 2 1/2 years now and have reached my goal weight of 142 pounds, but truthfully this journey to health, confidence and acceptance of my body has taken 30 years. Along the way, I've become a runner, achieved a streak of 1000+ monthly fitness minutes for 26 months in a row, changed my family's eating habits, and made some of the best friends ever here on Spark.

What I wrote at the the beginning of this life-changing experience is still true today:

"I have so many great things going on in my life, and I want the outer me to match the inner me. I want to be the person I'm supposed to be, and be healthy and strong to make the most of this one life God has given me. Thank you for being part of this journey!"

If you'd like to read more about my 30-year struggle with my weight, here's the blog that tells the story:


Goals for 2014:

~Maintain within 3 pounds of my goal weight of 142 pounds.

~Run at least 700 miles.

~Complete Slim in Six's Tear It Up workout. GOAL MET!

~Pursue more free-lance writing opportunities.

~Enjoy every moment of Juliana's last year in high school and James' last year in college. GOAL MET!

~Plan a date night each month with my husband.

~Maintain a 365 day streak for water and freggie consumption.

~Be on time to work each day.

Reminder to me (a giver and a perfectionist):

~Set reasonable limits on your time and energy;
~Identify your frustrated yearnings and find new ways to take care of yourself besides eating,
~Vent unpleasant emotions - in a journal or in the mirror - to diffuse them faster than food,
~Progress, not perfection!


I'm striving hard to practice moderation and mindfulness in my eating. One of the tools I'm using is the Hunger Scale. For anyone who's interested, here's the Hunger Scale from www.hungerscale.com:

Hunger Scale Explained

0: Starving. Ignoring body messages, eating disorder.

1: Weak and light-headed. My stomach acid is churning.

2: Very uncomfortable. I am irritable and unable to concentrate.

3: Uncomfortably hungry. Your stomach is rumbling.

4: Slightly uncomfortable. I am beginning to feel signs of hunger.

5: Comfortable. I am more or less satisfied, but could eat a little more.

6: Perfectly comfortable. You feel satisfied.

7: Full. A little bit uncomfortable.

8: Uncomfortably full. You feel bloated.

9: Very uncomfortably full. You need to loosen your clothes.

10: Stuffed. You are so full you feel nauseous.




160 pounds or 1 month streak of meeting my fitness minutes goal: new handbag
(met 3/22/10)

155 pounds or completing Slim in Six program: teeth whitening
(met 4/17/10)

150 pounds or 1 month streak of meeting my calorie goal : football jersey with my son's number on it...a totally frivolous "mom" thing! (met 6/14/10)

145 pounds or completing C25K: iTunes downloads of 20 favorite songs (met 7/23/10)

Completing OHR: new running clothes (met 9/29/10)

Goals after getting new scale and resetting my weight:

Maintaining my running over the cold winter months: new running shoes (met 3/1/11)

145 pounds: new swimsuit (met 3/11/11)

A perfect two week eating streak: professional pedicure (met 5/20/11)

Running at least 624 miles in 2011: Guilt-free (if that's possible) day to do whatever I want! (Met 12/31/11...I actually ran 700 miles.)

Getting back to 145 pounds: a professional pedicure (met 5/23/12)

142 pounds: a little black dress (met 9/1/12)

Maintaining for 3 months: black boots (met 12/1/12)

Getting back to 145 pounds: new outfit (met 5/20/14)

Getting back to 142 pounds: $50 to spend however I wish!

139 pounds: tailoring of a few favorite clothes
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Member Since: 1/27/2010

SparkPoints: 61,304

Fitness Minutes: 82,397

My Goals:
~Less joint and muscle pain. DONE!

~Fit into smaller jeans. DONE!

~Feel good in my clothes. DONE!

~Be full of energy and life. DONE!

~Be my best self!

My Program:
~Eat at least 5 fruit and vegetable servings daily

~Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily

~Track everything I eat and stay within ranges

~Burn 2700-3000 calories each week through exercise

~Run 3 days a week, 12-15 miles per week

~Circuit train 2-3 days a week

~Cross-train 2-3 days a week

~Get 8 hours of sleep nightly

"Hunger is not an emergency: it's a signal that I'm really going to enjoy my next meal."

"If the problem isn't hunger, then the solution isn't going to be found in the refrigerator." ~SUSIEMILO

"Don't do anything to lose weight that you wouldn't do to maintain that weight loss. It won't be sustainable if you can't do it forever." ~TEACHINMOM

Don't ask, "What will taste the best?" Ask, "What is the healthiest thing I can eat?"

Personal Information:
I am 5'6" tall.

I love:

~My family!

~Gardening, especially growing roses, lots of flowers, and our own delicious fruits and vegetables.


~Being outdoors enjoying God's awesome creation.



~Running and hiking.

Book I'm reading now:
"What's So Amazing About Grace?" by Phillip Yancy

Other Information:
New Running Shoes: 650 miles in 2014.


Run For Tomorrow 5K-- 9/25/10--32:18.

SparkPeople Virtual 5K--

Deshler Daze 5K--6/18/11--32:44.

Buffalo Run 5 Mile--9/11/11--52:56.

Monster Dash 5K--10/15/11--34:17.

Spark Trick-or-Treat Trot Virtual 5K--11/3/11--31:51.

Monster Dash 5K--10/20/12--33:00.

Spark Trick-or-Treat Trot 10K--10/27/12--67:00.

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Member Comments:
9/11/2014 11:17:14 PM

Ugh....so sorry you are fighting a cold. I hope you are winning! emoticon I so enjoyed your comments on my "10 lbs" blog. Yes, I am committed to designing a way out of obesity/overweight that fits who I am. I'll keep you posted emoticon

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9/2/2014 6:28:56 AM

Thanks for the bloglove on my Early Birthday Present post. We live on a farm and the house isn't right "on the water". We've deliberately left all the forest along the water's edge to protect us from the high north winds - but for me, that's caused a little "Out of sight out of mind" attitude. In the summers when I ahve a little child visiting all the time, I get out on the water because they insist on swimming. Many's the summer day I don't go out. Let's hope things will be different now.

Happy biking
Happy kayaking

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8/24/2014 7:02:21 AM

Thanks for the bloglove on my Year Without A Summer post. I still can't believe we only have one week of August left! I am still getting used to living with AC, and of course, this has been a fairly mild summer. There may be other years I'll have that "glad it's over" sensation. I'm watching the leaves turn color very early though. Sweet gums are beginning to color up and the black gums were turning at the end of July! Wonder if that means it'll be a long cold winter. I'll get to test out the new heating side of this equipment then.

Cheers and a sweet Sunday to you in that empty house of yours.

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8/2/2014 5:44:50 PM

Leah, so sorry to read the sad news of the passing of your beloved pet Fritz. Prayers for the strength to get through this tough time. emoticon -- Lou

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7/28/2014 9:52:59 PM

You're so welcome! And thank YOU for the bloglove on my bike trip. Our summer reading program wound up on Friday - 2,500 books read. 194 kids participated. I'm pleased.

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