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Me (140 lbs) with Peyton (4.5 lbs), Labor Day 2011 -

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Summer 2010 at about 170 lbs.--I was not happy


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I am passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle...SO much depends on it! Eating "clean" and exercise are daily routines. I have finally learned the difference between losing weight and maintaining weight loss. I celebrate the 2 yr anniversary of reaching my goal weight on June 15, 2013.

A big element of this success is being "authentic". Acknowledging my weight on a scale on a (somewhat) daily basis is a step toward accepting who I am and what all those mental health professionals tell us we must learn to do first: Love yourself. I know that struggle, the love-hate relationship with the scale, and have FINALLY come to realize and accept in my soul that "it's only a tool, it's only a number; it's not who I am; it's only one facet of the person I am." This definitely takes a re-wiring of the brain circuitry. Learning the skills to better my emotional intelligence has been life-changing and key to that smile on my face!

Member Since: 3/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 161,003

My Goals:
My primary goal is to be healthy. I've reached my goal weight, so now my challenge is to maintain it.

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My eating plan follows the Dukan diet - high protein and low carbs.
My typical exercise week:
Every day warm up with 30 min of treadmill or eliptical.
Monday: 60 min Dynamic (Art of Strength) strength training
Tuesday: 60 min Intensity (Crossfit) class
Wed: 60 min Dynamic (AOS) ST class
Thurs: Walk with friend and puppy dogs, hilly terrain about 70 min, then 60 min Intensity class
Fri: 60 min Intensity class (Challenge Day)
Weekends are for "playing": running with runner friends/family, or swabbing the deck of the houseboat, or swimming or skiing in the river, or hiking (looking for morel mushrooms), or chasing 2 yr old granddaughter :))... You get the picture!

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I am loving Crossfit, the challenge -- to my weight lifting abilities, to my stamina, and the camaraderie -- working out with my DH, my friends who are on similar level with me and those experienced crossfitters who inspire me!

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  • v MARTHA324
    thanks for your comment. I struggled a bit with continued tracking as I liked the idea of intuitive eating. However, I know myself & my history and the data convinced to to keep tracking. It works.

    84 days ago
    Hi Maree - re your shoulder pain - I've ended up with both shoulders frozen (though not at the same time) - but everything inside gets so swollen and strained that the ligaments and tendons actually freeze and it's horribly painful. Anyway, did a lot of reading about shoulders - we women tend to carry items on one side or the other, and that adds to our shoulder strain, especially since we tend to not build as much muscle there as men.

    One trick I found that helps a lot - putting a bra on the normal way, where you reach around the back to hook it, seems to put a lot of strain on the shoulders. (And with a frozen shoulder I couldn't do it anyway.) So I started keeping my bras hooked, and pull them on over my head like a sports bra. Take them off the same way.

    Takes away a lot of that over-stretching the shoulders. So I thought I'd mention it, you could see if this helps you.

    84 days ago
    Happy New Year
    87 days ago
    Haven't been to Tuvalu, but spent time in Fiji, Bali, and the Solomons. LOVE the South Pacific! Some of the best scuba diving ever, the water is incredible!

    Definitely want to get there, and Tonga - just so many places around the world that are amazing, aren't there?

    Let me know if you want or need tips on how we plan, and how we stick to a budget. And go for it!
    122 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my Good Bad and Ugly blog. Always nice to see your smiling face.

    128 days ago
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