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April 2011- Closing in on 150lbs

Lexi and I camping (and eating badly) this summer



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My story seems to be the opposite of most of my Sparkpeople idols and friends. I have been thin all of my life . . . until about age 27 when I had my first baby (now my beautiful 9 year old daughter). Before that, I was always called the "skinny one" amongst my friends and family. My Aunt's nickname for me was Skinny Minny. Whenever I shopped for clothes I immediately grabbed whatever the smallest size was to try it on (you know those disgusting size 0 people) and often that was still too big. I ran Cross Country and Track, long distance) all through middle school, high school, and my first year of college. Due to my high amount of exercise and apparently extremely high metabolism, I could and did eat anything I wanted. I could eat half of a large pizza and not gain an ounce. I could eat ice cream every day for an entire summer and not gain an ounce. I hovered between 110 and 115 pounds (I'm 5'2"), depending on how much weight lifting conditioning we were doing as part of our training. Looking back, it was ridiculous how easy I had it. Yes, I worked my butt off running (literally), but even after I stopped regular exercise, I really didn't gain any weight, just got less muscular. In fact, when I was 22, I got down to 98 pounds at one point, without even trying!

Then I got pregnant, gained weight, and did not try to get it off for about a year. Even then, I did Weight Watchers for about 4 months and lost what I needed to get back to my 115 lb. pre-pregnancy weight. Easy peasy.

After that, I slowly gained a few pounds over the next 3 years and was just starting to think I really needed to start exercising again when I got pregnant with my son (now 4 years old). I gained a lot of weight with him, and then continued to gain for the past 4 years. I kept thinking, when I am done working and going to school, I will focus on losing weight and getting healthier. That never happened.

In April, I hit the weight I was at when I was 9 months pregnant with my son (150). I realized that I was no longer "the skinny one" amongst my friends and family. I was looking more and more like my mom and aunts (short, fat, Welsch women- hopeless genes!) who I swore I would never look like. Gone were the days of size 0's, then 3's, then 6's then 10's, 12's . . . Ahhh! I was officially overweight and eating for pleasure. Looking for a simple calorie counter online, I found Sparkpeople and was amazed at what it had to offer. I have been committed ever since!

I have lost 8 pounds so far, and already feel a million times better about myself- and so much healthier. I used to run. I used to hike. I used to bike. I used to feel healthy. I used to be skinny. Tired of "used to!" Here's to a healthier, happier life!

Member Since: 4/26/2011

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I am hoping to lose 35 to 40 pounds.

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I am eating better and smaller portions, using the SparkPeople trackers to monitor my food and exercise. Mostly I jog, with some Just Dance video game dancing thrown in.

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I am from Walterville, Oregon, near Springfield, near Eugene, about two hours south of Portland. Next month is my 16th wedding anniversary. My son is four and my daughter is eight. I am a substitute teacher trying desperately to find a full-time teaching position, but anyone from Oregon knows that is not likely!

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