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November 2012, half my hair newly cut (130 lb)






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Fitness really helped me through my pregnancy. Baby is about to be a year, and I am ready to push myself back into more focused fitness. 👻 ****** Adding a new chapter to this intro: We''re pregnant! Baby is due 9/1/2014, and I''m ecstatic. I''ll be hanging out on SparkPeople and BabyFit to keep healthy and fit throughout this new phase of my life. ****** I''ve been on Sparkpeople since April 2007 (yikes!). I remember those early days so well: I hated the me I saw in the mirror. Only in my mid-twenties, and all I could see was, ''you''re only going to get fatter from here.'' It was a horrible focus in the wrong direction. It was also not a huge success. My focus was on weight-loss, not on health. It wasn''t until after my wedding in 2009 that I really decided to change. My husband liked to run, and I was feeling so depressed and anxious I thought I''d give it a shot. We started Couch to 5k, and I hated it. I cursed at my poor husband, I''m ashamed to say, almost every running interval). The ''magic'' didn''t happen until after 3 weeks in. The ''magic'' wasn''t weight loss. It was restfulness. I felt better, even though I didn''t look much better. Running was getting easier, and I---for the first time in a long time---wanted to be better. So I kept going until I finished the program, and kept running from there. It''s been a whirlwind UP ever since. Healthy habits make you want more healthy habits: running is a staple, I started circuit and weight training, we started learning about nutrition and began to adjust our diets a little bit at a time. Somewhere along the line I decided I didn''t need to lose as much weight as I thought, and I just sort of starting to happily maintain. I am the leanest, strongest, and happiest I have ever been. Eating green, fresh food has become a pleasure. Drinking soda (something I once thought I could not live without) never even appeals to me anymore. When I do decide to indulge in a treat, I don''t berate myself for it or even worry about what it will do to my hips, because I know it''s not going to become a habit. I''m happy. I want everyone to feel this good, so I am telling you the secret (though I suspect you already know it, and just haven''t lived it yet): there is no secret. We will have rough days, but when you are kind to yourself and focus on what *good* choice you can make instead of worrying over some bad thing you might have done, you''ll make progress. Love yourself enough to add a little healthy food, to take a slightly longer walk today than you did yesterday; you''ll be a happier person for it.

Member Since: 4/6/2007

Fitness Minutes: 77,042

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- Run a 5k - DONE! 10/23/10
- Run a 10 miler - DONE! - OCT 2013
- Perform 10 Chin Ups
- Perform 100 Push Ups


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Diet: Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian diet. I watch my calories, but not fretfully. Mostly we try to eat recognizable/whole foods and add more greens.

Exercise: HIIT training, cardio (mostly running), some stretching and yoga



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I like rainy days, good books, Edgar Allan Poe's poetry, crocheting, and writing. I'm a nerd for language-study.




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