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2012 update:

I wrote the intro below in early spring 2009, when I first found SparkPeople. I did great on the site, and in less than a year lost almost 40 pounds....20 of which I've regained in the 2 years since I stopped counting calories. I still want to lose another 40-50 pounds, and have a deadline of potential graduate school interviews next spring as my new motivation. I'm in a great relationship, which I was not when I first found SP, and while one might think that would give me greater motivation, it's hard to count calories when my girlfriend is a big foodie (and doesn't have to worry about her weight)! While I don't think counting calories is sustainable forever (at least for me), I think I need to do it for a while again to remind myself of what a proper serving is, and why it's okay to not finish every bite on my plate. As I wrote below, I completed the C25K running plan, and have actually managed to maintain my love of exercise and even running over the past few years (I've completed over 10 road races!). I successfully battled a knee injury that kept me from running from Nov 2011 to July 2012, and am back on the roads and have even run another race since. However, I am in retrospect grateful for the knee injury, because it forced me to join a gym, where I discovered a love for swimming laps, strength training, and mindless zoning out on the stairmaster watching Netflix! I've made some more progress, but I've got a ways to go! Thanks for stopping by!

2009:

Just a girl hangin' out in the city...

Hey everyone! My name's Sophie. I'm a college student, and I've been overweight as long as I can remember (longer, if my childhood pictures are any indication!). I've always tried diets, but nothing's been effective at helping me lose weight. I've been an active yoga-practicer since the middle of high school (about 5 years now), but that wasn't enough to really do a lot for my weight since I was still eating badly. In February 2009 I decided that I needed a serious overhaul and started using SP (heard about it through my roommate). I'm now exercising 5 days a week (too busy on the other 2!) and have started the C25K running plan, with the hope of registering for a 5K in Summer 2009 (right now I'm looking at a few in early June) and completing a sprint triathalon by the end of 2010.

In terms of food, I'm a pesci-vegetarian (I eat fish sporadically), and am working on eating more unprocessed foods. I do eat some "diet" foods (Splenda...I'm trying to get rid of it!), but I would like to cut out as much of the fake and processed stuff as I can. I really enjoy cooking and baking when I have time for it, and love trying new recipes.


Member Since: 1/29/2009

Fitness Minutes: 26,387

My Goals:
SW: 208 (Jan 2009)

SW: 190 (May 2012)

CW: 171

First GW: 180
-reward: spa pedicure
MET 6/16/12

Second GW: 171
-reward: new bathing suit
MET 9/23/12 - a little late in the season for a new suit, but I kind of cheated and bought a new one (a 2-piece!) when I went on vaca in July anyway :) and I love it! I want to schedule a massage for Thanksgiving week when I'm home with family, so that's incentive to lose the next 9 by then!

Third GW: 162
-reward: massage

Fourth GW: 155
-reward: new boots

Fifth GW: 148
-reward: weekend away

Final GW: 140
-reward: lots of new clothes (if I maintain for at least 3 months!)


My Program:
Fitness:
Formal cardio workout five or six days per week (swim, bike, stairmaster, run, hill walking) with three days of specific strength training (weights or yoga). Someday I would like to have a personal trainer to help me develop a great weight-lifting program (I think it is one of the most important parts of looking good and being healthy).

Food:
Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Really, Michael Pollen said it best. I try my best to eat food straight from the source, with as little added to it as possible. I follow an veg-heavy omnivorous eating plan with little soy. Now, just to control portions of that real food!



Personal Information:
Originally from just outside of Boston, now living in Brooklyn. I work in psychiatry research at a local medical center and love it!


Other Information:
Good things come to those who work.




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