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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.

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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 ...
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.

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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.
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Member Since: 4/6/2007

SparkPoints: 30,588

Fitness Minutes: 56,111

My Goals:
---WEIGHT LOSS GOALS---
- 5lbs - LOST! (06/01/10)
-10lbs - LOST! (6/10/10)
-15lbs - LOST! (7/16/10)
-10% of Body Weight (17 lbs) - LOST! (8/2/2010)
-20lbs - LOST! (8/24/2010)
-25lbs - LOST! (9/8/2010)
--- HALFWAY THERE! ---
-30lbs - LOST! (10/26/2010)
-35lbs - LOST! (12/2010)
-40lbs - LOST! (2/2011)
- 25% of Body Weight (42.5) - LOST! (12/2011)
-45lbs
-50lbs
- 55lbs

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

My Program:
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

Other Information:
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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BOOKLOVINGGIRL
12/12/2013 1:26:24 PM

emoticon Your introduction is inspiring! I've never run in a marathon, but who knows? Maybe one day.

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MYSTRIUS
4/10/2013 8:30:31 PM

YAY!!! AWESOMEST SPARK FRIENDS FOREVER!!!!! ;)



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SHERICAN
1/27/2013 11:58:22 PM

Nice to see you on here again. Hope all is well with you!!! What's new?



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SINGAWOLFSONG
6/12/2012 12:07:03 AM

Thank you for your helpful comment on my blog! I've already started getting back on track. I guess that's the best we can do, right?



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BLACKANDI
1/3/2012 2:20:12 PM

emoticon You have made a great choice!!!

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