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Me today. 158 with a little more meat on my bones. 06/27/2014

148 lbs. June 2013

High school me. I'm at close to my highest weight (238 lbs, size 18/20).


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I lost 85 pounds in my 20's (1999) thanks to running (not the crazy competitive kind of running, just the have fun and get-it-done kind) and kept it off for 7 years. I was 150-155 during that time. Then "real" life happened. I married (2006), dropped my career, had 3 beautiful kids, etc. I put on the pregnancy pounds (got back up to 190, 6 weeks after baby) and battled both hubby's and kid's schedules to find time for myself, but I did. I lost the baby weight 3 times (it wasn't easy and it took patience each and every time!) I did it with Spark People!!!!!

Eventually, well after my 3rd and final child, I got down to 148 (something I had not been before) by swithcing to a plant-based diet. Recently I've had thyroid issues again (been on Synthroid since 2008 but I can still experience low thyroid from time to time).

I gained about 25 pounds back and you know what, I'm back to SP for support to get it off again. :)

Fitness Goals: I LOVE to run!!!

THINGS I LIKE TO KEEP IN MIND (when losing weight)

I like to remind myself of the following whenever I get stressed about losing the weight (from one of my favorite SP articles):
-Slower is Better. Sure it's less dramatic, but the goal is the same.
-Everyone is Different. Why compare? It's all about being the best YOU!
-Weight Loss is Rarely Constant from Week to Week (so when the scale gets stubborn, RELAX!)
-Setbacks Are Par for the Course. Pick yourself up and get back up again.
-Eating Less Isn't Always Better!! Don't be a fool!

Member Since: 4/20/2007

My Goals:
Maintenance and maybe a few more pounds at this point. I care more about my health then the number on the scale. I'm taking it one day at time, slowly. I'm on thyroid meds and weight loss tends to be slower than average for me but that hasn't stopped me from achieving my goals.

My Program:
I have been running for about 12 years now. I'm always training for something. My runs usually consist of 1 to 2 tempos, 1 day of easy mid range miles and one moderate long distance run every week.

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I'm into reading, hiking, running, biking, painting or hanging with my beautiful children. I love the outdoors. I also enjoy cooking and photography.

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    2052 days ago
    Thank you for commenting on my page. I have kind of strayed from SP for a few weeks. I need to be better about posting and being involved. I miss y'all. :)
    2061 days ago
    I don't really have a set recipe for my smoothies, but a key component for me is GNC 100% whey protein (the only one I've found so far that doesn't overpower everything I mix it with). The nice thing about buying the powder at GNC is that if you don't like something you can take it back (within 30 days). I bought an off-brand bullet type blender for around $20 at Target and I love it! It has lots of cups and a few blade attachments and I throw all the pieces in the dishwasher when I'm done. Just use your fav yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit, one scoop of the protein powder and 1 or 2 cups of fresh spinach. It won't look pretty, but it's tasty and substantial. This is the only way I ever get vegetables in a breakfast time.
    2130 days ago
    I forgot how easy tracking food was since I have all kinds of foods in my "favorites". My problem is how to get enough protein throughout the day. I really like protein smoothies (with fresh spinach, yogurt and fruit) in the summer, but I need to find something more substantial than cereal or oatmeal in the winter.
    2141 days ago
  • v CASSIE-O
    Thanks for the comment. I'm working really hard to get back into everything. I know that I can do. Just one step at a time.
    2147 days ago
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