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Me and Lydia at 2 months old.





11.14.09 My first half marathon. I finished in 2 hours and 1 minute. It was awesome.





June 2011, I'm definitely heavier than I used to be... here with my mom and nana



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Time to Get My Self Back

The Readerís Digest version of my weight loss story:

In 2007 I started watching my weight and a few years later got on Spark People. By 2009 I had lost 70 pounds, getting myself within 3 pounds of my weight loss goal. Then the holidays hit and I lost momentum, putting myself around 15 pounds away from my goal of weighing 150 pounds in the summer of 2010. Then I got pregnant, put on 40 pounds, and here I am. Iím up at all hours with my new little girl (born 4/21/11), and I work a ...
The Readerís Digest version of my weight loss story:

In 2007 I started watching my weight and a few years later got on Spark People. By 2009 I had lost 70 pounds, getting myself within 3 pounds of my weight loss goal. Then the holidays hit and I lost momentum, putting myself around 15 pounds away from my goal of weighing 150 pounds in the summer of 2010. Then I got pregnant, put on 40 pounds, and here I am. Iím up at all hours with my new little girl (born 4/21/11), and I work a demanding job. Iím struggling to find time to exercise and Iím also having a hard time keeping my eating on track. Iíve lost myself over the past year, and itís time to get myself back.

My goal is to run the St. Jude's 2012 marathon. First I have to get my base back and core strength back before I can start a 16+ week training plan. To start my training plan I need to be able to run 3-4 miles a day, 4 times a week. Iím nowhere near that, and Iím pretty disheartened at how far Iíve strayed from my marathon body that I had last year. SO I've decided to take on a major challenge. I'm running EVERY DAY in 2012 and blogging about it. http://2012runningchallenge.blogspot.com/ When running isn't an option, I do it. I've developed a little following and they keep me going. I have to keep this up for them!

Iím here calling on my Spark friends again to help me push toward my goal and stay focused so I can drop these 40+ pounds and finally reach my 2012 marathon goal and my weight loss goal of weighing 149 pounds.

Any encouragement you can offer is appreciated. The past 5 years have been an incredible journey to finding who I really am, and I'm still not at the finish line. Over the past year Iíve lost myself a bit. Itís time to get myself back. So here I go! I can do this. I will do this.

JANUARY 2012 UPDATE-
I'm 29 pounds from my goal. I can do this!




The EXTENDED version of my weight loss story:

"This is your life. Are you who you want to be?" This phrase is my motto. It means this is your life and no one elseís. So if you aren't happy with who you are or the circumstances you're in, the only person who can change that is YOU! There's so much more to life than just getting by.

But I didnít always feel this way...

My high school years:
I was always a binge eater, meaning Iíve spent most of my life severely overweight. In my last two years of high school (2000-2001) I managed to lose around 50-55 pounds rather effortlessly, putting me at a reasonable weight (150 lbs. at 5í10Ē) as I entered my freshman year of college.

College:
Like many others out there, this is where the trouble started. I ate tons of food at all hours of the day. I was relatively active so the pounds just kind of *snuck* on, instead of an instant weight gain that first semester. About midway through my college career, I realized I was very heavy and decided to go on Atkins. I lost about 30 pounds and looked great, but as we all know Atkins is a diet and not a lifestyle. So I gained the pounds back and felt even worse than before.

After graduation:
By the time I graduated college in 2005, I was definitely overweight but not obese. I got married and got my first desk job in marketing, which is when the pounds really started to pile on. I tried ineffectively to lose weight in all different unhealthy ways, none of which ever included regular exercise. I remember the day in 2006 where I had to buy a size 20 pair of jeans. I was obese. I remember stepping on the scale and seeing it say 230-235 pounds. I was getting ready to move to Virginia with my husband for his job, and decided that was the perfect time to start over. To make a life altering change. To get healthy. So I did.

A new life in Virginia:
I started slowly by making healthier eating decisions. I joined the gym near my office and would do 30 minute light work outs with co-workers on my lunch break 2-3 times each week. I then found Calorie Count which helped me keep track of my food and taught me how many calories were in the things I ate. However, Calorie Count focused on the calorie deficit, which really seemed to trigger my binge eating problems. I constantly battled my intense urge to binge, but stuck with tracking my calories for the most part and regular exercise.

My new love affair with running:
I started running back in 2006, but began taking it seriously in 2008 when I heard about the Ukrops 10k, a 35,000 participant race in Richmond that was a year away. I decided that would be my goal, to run that 10k in 2009 and finish. I joined the Ukropís 10K training team to help me train for the race. I got faster and stronger running with a group, and I was even moved to the intermediate/advanced running team. On March 28, 2009 I finished my first 10k, and not only did I finish, but I did it in 54 minutes. It was an incredible accomplishment, and spurred me on to try for the McDonaldís Half Marathon on November 14, 2009.

My training for the half marathon began in August 2009, and I trained every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. with a group, not to mention all the other runs and workouts I had to do during the week. It was a sacrifice to get up early every Saturday for 14 weeks, but it was an incredible experience. I finished the race in 2:01, with an average pace of 9:12 per mile. You can read about this experience in my blog entitled "I'm a Runner". But I was still not at my goal weight. In fact, I was still 12 pounds away from it. From there, I decided to try for a full marathon. My training began June 2010 and I was running upwards of 16 miles every Saturday with a training group, plus lots of miles during the week. Then, something amazing happenedÖ

The biggest change in my life:
On August 19th 2010 I was smack in the middle of my marathon training. At 5:45 a.m. I had gotten up to do a marathon training run and before I went out, I decided to take a pregnancy test. I had been feeling funny after I ate and I always keep tests at the house because my husband and I had recently decided to start trying in July. Sure enough, the test came back positive within seconds!!! From there I tried to continue with my marathon training but it was no use. I was exhausted and worried about the baby. I stopped running long distances and eventually started packing on the pounds. Before I got pregnant I had lost around 70 pounds since 2007. While that is an incredible accomplishment, I never got down to my ultimate goal of 150 pounds. I tried for over two years to lose the last 12 pounds. I got within 3 pounds of my goal, then the holidays hit, I lost momentum and I havenít been that close to my weight goal since the summer of 2010.

My post pregnancy journey:
I had my beautiful baby girl on April 21, 2011 with an awesome labor and delivery thanks to me being in such great shape. But I put on 40 pounds with the pregnancy, more than I wanted. Then after I had the baby, I packed on even more weight over the past few months. Iíve just had it with myself. My baby is getting older and Iím still in maternity clothes! And those are getting tight! I feel terrible about myself, but with a new little one I canít seem to find time to exercise. Plus, being on a budget, junk food is much cheaper and I seem to have lost the willpower I had from years before when I lost my 70 pounds. I HAVE to get back on track and Iím hoping Spark People will be there for me again as I try to lose the pregnancy weight AND FINALLY get to my goal!!

My new goal:
I still want to run a full 26.2 mile marathon. The Virginia Beach Shamrock Marathon is in March 2012 and I want to be in shape to run it. Before I can start a real 16+ week training program, I have to get my base back since I havenít been exercising at ALL for a long time. I have a treadmill, but I canít seem to get the energy to wake up early to get on it after being up all night with a baby and working during the day. But I must. I need to be proud of myself and my body again. I need to feel confident when with my husband again because this is really affecting our sex life. I want to FINALLY reach my 150 pound goal! I want to be a good example to my little daughter. I want her to see her mother is a healthy, active, fit person who pushes her to be her very best.

The past 5 years have been an incredible journey to finding who I really am, and I'm still not at the finish line. Over the past year Iíve lost myself a bit. Itís time to get myself back. I can do this. I will do this.
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Member Since: 7/2/2009

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My Goals:
Weigh 150 pounds and be maintaining by my daughter's 1st birthday (April 21, 2012).

Run the Virginia Beach Shamrock Marathon in March 2012.


My Program:
Right now I'm building my base so I can begin training for the marathon. I eat around 1,300 calories per day, run on the treadmill 30 min 5 days a week. I try and get 2 strength training an/or core classes per week.

Personal Information:
I'm married to the man God made for me, my best friend. We had a beautiful baby girl on April 21, 2011. We live in a 1918 row house in a small, historic town outside Richmond, VA.

Professionally, I work in advertising full time. TV commercials, magazine ads, radio commercials. Those are my life. It sounds much more glamorous than it is. I also own my own wedding and event planning company, Uptown Events. So nights and weekends are spent working on those, and it's busy but I love it!

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lauren@anuptownevent.com

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JSAWYER7145
11/23/2011 9:43:58 PM

I know what you mean about the holidays and stress catching up with you! I have finals in two weeks (but several major projects due around then too). I have already gained back 5 pounds. It makes me sad. I am supposed to be using P90X right now, but was in a car accident and have an ankle and neck injury that need to heal and be cleared from a doctor before I can resume. I am hoping to start back up again once school is over. If all us young moms stick together, we can acheive our goals! I too will be entering a race in 2012! Mine is just an 8K though, which i think is about 5 miles. It's in February. Good luck on all your goals! Message me if you ever want advice, to vent, or just to talk. (Btw, it took me 13 months to lose all my baby weight of 38 pounds, so don't feel bad if it takes more time than you want. Perserverance is key!)



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TRYINGTOLOSE64
11/8/2011 6:46:06 PM

Thanks for your comment on my spark page. I wish you luck on your journey. I know what it's like to be battling those last pounds.



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NIKIZ628
8/16/2011 2:34:38 AM

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WELCOME! WELCOME! WELCOME! TO YOUNG MOMS BATTLING THE POST BABY WEIGHT! We are super excited to have you on the team! Please, feel free to join in on team goals and the message boards! This team is a great place to find information and support while losing those unwanted post baby pounds!

Wishing you the best!
- Niki



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MOMMIETUTU
8/9/2011 8:51:37 AM

Welcome to the working mom's team.
I look forward to seeing you on the mesage boards.
Good luck with your goals.
Anne



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ACTIVE_AT_60
5/30/2011 3:26:30 PM

Are you still sparking?



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