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I'm 25 years old, and for the first time in my life I feel in control of my body. I used to view myself as being at the mercy of my weight. It's taken a while but I've finally made an empowering shift in perspective to viewing my weight as being at the mercy of me! I never before realized that if I wanted to change my body, all I had to do was DO IT! It seems so simple and silly, but perhaps a lot of others can relate to what a drastic change of plane that is - to go from controlled to controller! It's not a simple hill to crest, especially for those of us who've grown up chubby and never knowing what it's like to enjoy trying on clothes.

Since high school I had a pattern of attempts: every May or June I'd decide that I'd start running and finally look good in a bathing suit that year. I'd go out a few times the first month, working myself up to a mile at a time, and by July I'd lose all interest and motivation. EVERY summer I'd do this. I would think of myself as "runner," and then realize that I probably went running all of five times that year - barely five miles total.

2011 was different. My husband and I happened to move within minutes of a gorgeous arboretum - and I found running heaven! I made a schedule, and guess what? I stuck to it! It was not only about running, but checking out what was in bloom at the arboretum that day. I worked myself up to 3 miles three times a week. For the first time in my entire life I woke up everyday willingly - and happily, HAPPILY! - at 7am, got up and got out. Mornings have been a chronic problem for me my entire life (ask my parents). I can't remember a time when I've woken up to do something for myself, not just to get to work or school.

I am petite - 5'3". At my heaviest in high school I was a little over 150. I went back and forth, slimming down senior year then gaining the freshman fifteen and then some once I started college. When I joined SparkPeople after running all spring in 2011, my start weight was about 128. I've made even more progress since, and I'm at that point of losing the last few pounds: 120 is my goal. Though I suspect that at this point, with muscle gain, it'll be more about losing inches than pounds.

After moving several times since the beginning of summer, we've finally settled in one place, about an hour outside of Boston. I've found a gym a few minutes from my house and am committing myself to getting my money's worth five times over!

I've never been concerned with calories before. In fact, when I was little, people who were so "self-concerned" enough to count calories were considered "Those People." I remember once criticizing my baby sitter as, with furrowed brow, she read the back of a box of Reese's peanut butter ice cream bars that I had just gleefully torn into. HA! Defense mechanisms are strong and stubborn, especially when you adopt them so young. Now, I'm having fun using the SparkPeople nutrition tracker. I think I eat pretty well to begin with - organic, local where I can find it, no packaged or processed foods, whole foods, simple foods. The tracking tool is helping me see where I need to balance things better.

I reached my first goal of 120 lbs by my anniversary at the beginning of January! Now, my goal is slightly less numerical - lose the belly fat and see some ab definition by July 1st. I think this means losing another inch off my waist (it's about 26" now), but I'm now more interested in what I see in the mirror and how I feel about it than what numbers I log in my Weight & Measurement Tracker.

I have another goal, that I just added in April: I'm going to run two 5ks in the fall. Both are fundraisers to benefit awareness and research for lung cancer through FreeToBreathe.org and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer association. I have a mighty little team assembled, and I can't wait to jump into this whole 5k thing!

Member Since: 10/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 5,241

My Goals:
Firm up and lose the last few inches!
Current waist: 26"
Goal waist: 25"

My Program:
Classes & machines at the gym as well as some at-home aerobics.

I try to do some sort of interval-based cardio 3x/week, 60 minutes a stretch. Strength training at least twice a week (often it's included in a cardio class, too).

Watching my caloric intake and using the Nutrition Tracker to learn how to balance things out. I always thought I ate healthy, but I never knew that I just ate a little too much!

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I'm from New England. I'm an actor, and a freelance web designer - getting in shape could make a difference in my career as well as my health.

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Book Recommendation:

"The War of Art" by Stephen Pressfield.

This book is geared towards artists, but it is spot-on for anyone who really just needs that push out the door towards what they know they truly are.

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    Thanks for the encouragement on the Tame the Sugar Challenge team regarding coffee w/o sugar. I'm finding I really do enjoy the taste of coffee for itself and am so happy with my progress so far! Keep up your great work, too!!
    2154 days ago
    Hi! Saw your post about simplifying your life, and just wanted to cheer you on that! I'm trying to do that too, it ain't easy emoticon
    2157 days ago
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    I saw your post about lentils on the "stocking a healthy fridge and kitchen" board and loved your post. I'm a lentil lover! :) Hope it is ok that I added you as a friend!
    2218 days ago
    Great bio. I wish you the best and I'm sure your husband will love your tiny waist in January! Keep your eye on the prize!
    2340 days ago