SILLIJILLI
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Kris and me after he finished the full marathon, and I had rested up a bit after the half




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Me with my darling Krisha in Hawaii.


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Several years ago (3/07, amazing how time flies!), I realized I was getting a little chunky. After an incident involving 4 lbs of jellybeans, I knew I had a SERIOUS problem with sugar. I cut out nearly all carbohydrates from my diet for 7 months, lost ~25 lbs and felt great.

After a year of eating little but wheat bran and kale, I was down to the lowest I have ever weighed in my adult life (114 lbs), and to be honest looked pretty sickly. Admitting that I would never be able to 'lose' my diet resistant belly fat, I decided that I looked 10x better at 118-120, so I let myself relax some. I have since discovered that the secret to having a toned tummy is consistency in diet and exercise, not starving myself.

Complicating matters slightly, food is a major part of my life, even when I'm not eating it. I work in flavor development, exposing me to all sorts of amazingly unhealthy 'foods' an a daily basis. Making your calories work out when you've consumed hundreds of calories of oil in taste trials or fighting cravings after a tablespoon of HFCS just makes things a bit more interesting. I completed my M.S. in food science in January '09, something I am quite proud of.

Back on the wagon, and I love the SparkPeople nutrition and exercise trackers!


Member Since: 8/21/2007

Fitness Minutes: 32,764

My Goals:
Now that I'm planning my wedding, I have a nicely concrete goal and target date to aim for!

I'm hoping to work off the 5-10 lbs of fluff I've put on over the summer, and get toned and fit to look and feel great for my wedding day!


My Program:
Back on the stick!

I eat a low carb/high fat diet of green vegetables, meats, eggs, yogurt, cheese, and of course plenty of olive oil and butter!

Trying to start running again, after a summer off. No races planned besides a Thanksgiving 5k, but I hope to be comfortable running 5 miles at a stretch by the end of the year.



Personal Information:
Just a girl from Jersey, making the world a little tastier. Yes, I work around food. Yes I have to taste it. Yes it can be horribly tempting. Upside is I have ZERO desire to eat at chain restaurants anymore.

Something of a loner by nature, I make every effort possible to do things by myself if possible, even if that makes it 10x more difficult.



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I am the least photogenic person on earth, so the pictures really don't do me justice.

I have a wicked sweet tooth, and will devour any quantity of jellybeans left unattended in my presence. When I'm being good, blueberries fill the void :-)




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  • v COBO2000
    I can totally relate to your working around food all day. I develop and manage candy brands! Some days I have to taste lots of sugar-sanded licorice or 10 different flavors of lollipops, or just recently, many flavors of super-sour spray candy! I just try to only taste what is necessary and drink water afterwards to kick the sugar craving. When I get a sugar craving, I try to "change" the flavor in my mouth with cinnamon or spearmint gum. Looks like you've done great. Good work!
    3080 days ago
  • v TWINMUMPA
    Just wanted to stop by and tell you that you look terrific! Great job on getting to your GW. My goal is 115 also, and I just CANNOT seem to get those last 5 pounds gone! Your story inspired me to believe that it CAN be done. Hope you're having a good week -- take care!
    3135 days ago
  • v OPHELIADW
    Wow! your goals are so similar to my own. I am trying to go from 148 to 115. And so far so good. I am tracking everything that I am eating and all my activities. What was the biggest challenge for you?
    3145 days ago
  • v GETFITKIMMY
    Hi Jill,

    I notice you are from NJ. I am a southern Jersey girl who is also in the Nutrition field. I do have to say Food Science was my least favorite Nutrition related class but I had an instructor who couldn't pronounce 75% of the words and pretty much read us the book so I think that is why. What do you plan on doing with your field?
    3177 days ago
  • v CHICADEVERANO19
    Hey! Congratulations on your weight loss, you look amazing! I just wanted to thank you because I am really inspired by your progress since your starting and ending weight goal is similar to mine. Even though I know its possible, its nice to see proof that its possible sometimes!
    ~ Laura :)
    3184 days ago
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