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My Story...

I wasn't always the slim gal you see in the photos to the left. Almost 13 years ago, at the age of 17, I started struggling with my weight. I know my regular diet of Mountain Dew, snack cakes, pizza, Chinese food and perhaps even my anti-depression prescriptions were all to blame for the weight gain. Before I knew it, I was almost 30 pounds too heavy for my small, 5'4" frame. I did try to lose the weight by exercising with my girlfriends (sporadically, however) and even ...
My Story...

I wasn't always the slim gal you see in the photos to the left. Almost 13 years ago, at the age of 17, I started struggling with my weight. I know my regular diet of Mountain Dew, snack cakes, pizza, Chinese food and perhaps even my anti-depression prescriptions were all to blame for the weight gain. Before I knew it, I was almost 30 pounds too heavy for my small, 5'4" frame. I did try to lose the weight by exercising with my girlfriends (sporadically, however) and even resorted to taking pills that promised to increase metabolism. At the time, I had no idea what a "healthy lifestyle" meant and had no guidance or fitness program to aid me in starting my weight loss journey. It didn't help that I had never been a high school athlete, either. I am a girly-girl and back then, couldn't stand to break a sweat!

I did gradually lose those not-so-hot 30 pounds once I adopted a healthy lifestyle ten years ago. I went vegetarian, limited junk food intake and eventually started practicing yoga regularly. I was at my fittest five years ago at 110 pounds. I felt great! However, the weight has started to creep back. I have gained ten pounds over the last few years because of stress and lack of motivation. I am not overweight by any means, but do wish to lose those pesky ten pounds this year and become my fittest self!

For 2010 and 2011, my goals are to become a true runner and participate in my first 5K and 10K. I also wish to obtain a yoga certification so that I may teach others! To do this, I will log in to SparkPeople daily to track my progress and to get more motivation from people like you! I have a program, I have a plan and if I can truly stick to this, I know my fittest self will be revealed and those ten hard-to-lose pounds will be gone for good.

Thankfully, I have SparkPeople and its members to keep me motivated on a daily basis.

Please join me in my journey to become my fittest self in 2011!

-SP_NATALIE

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Member Since: 10/17/2007

SparkPoints: 2,316

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My Goals:
My short-term goals change quite often. But 2011 will definitely be the year to become my fittest self!

My long-term goal is to live a fit, healthy, and happy life!

My Program:
I am a vegetarian who is now experimenting with vegan and raw food recipes! I am also a yoga enthusiast, practicing 2-3 times per week. I do 30 minutes of cardio 5 days per week and strength training 3 days per week. I like to change things up so I don't get bored with the gym! On the days I am bored with it, I do Coach Nicole's workouts and yoga DVD's at home.

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FREEDOMSTAR
11/18/2011 5:17:10 PM

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CIRANDELLA
9/2/2011 8:26:41 AM

Welcome, Natalie! You're a gorgeous addition to the SP team; you look a little like a much better-looking version of the girl in the Progressive Insurance commercials - my brother loves her :) All the best!



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O_DEANNA
5/15/2011 1:38:13 PM

I found you, Natalie!

Now, time to update my page...



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MCANTRELL83
5/12/2011 12:21:23 AM

my friend Laura Robeson suggested that i add you. i just started sparkpeople a few days ago but i like it. a lot. since i've started using it i have been tracking my meals and hitting 10,000+ steps everyday.



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HEIDINESS
1/20/2011 12:29:31 PM

Feb should be fine for coffee! :D



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