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march 12th 2011 127 pounds





240 vs 140 the week before i hit the goal roughly at the end of December 2010





Me, in the middle, the heavy one. at my Brothers wedding in may 2009. THE picture as they say.



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Hi,
I just updated this in summer of 2014 :)
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I signed up for this ages ago. Months, and years have gone by. I have worked out for stints here and there since college (2001). But have never lost more than 25 pounds before my wedding, around 2004. I went from 220 to 195.

Somehow through work, marriage, moving far away from my family, playing warcraft (eep) and life in general I found myself at 240 pounds in the winter ...
Hi,
I just updated this in summer of 2014 :)
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I signed up for this ages ago. Months, and years have gone by. I have worked out for stints here and there since college (2001). But have never lost more than 25 pounds before my wedding, around 2004. I went from 220 to 195.

Somehow through work, marriage, moving far away from my family, playing warcraft (eep) and life in general I found myself at 240 pounds in the winter of 09. We started going to the gym three days a week and running and lifting. I never seemed to notice anything changing. (i wasn't decreasing my eating, just working harder) Finally after my brothers wedding in may (Green dress of doom) I just couldn't stand the way I'd become.

I have gotten The Firm in the past, and i enjoyed their work outs, however I could never (other than pre wedding) do them for more than three to four days a week. If that. I have broken both of my ankles and with all my weight it was hard on my knees to do all that stepping. I was unemployed after the Circuit City destruction and for so long just sat around getting worse.

Seeing the Slim in 6 commercials on a weekend shortly after getting another job in the end of June of 09, I decided to buy the program. I started eating slim fast and other healthier foods (more fruit etc) and cutting down on my portions at dinner time DRASTICALLY...this all began on the first of August of 09.
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I reached my goal of 125 on the 4th of April, 2011!
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I've been maintaining within ten pounds of that goal for a little over THREE YEARS, constantly going between chalean extreme, turbo fire with advanced classes, and the hybrid schedule of the two. I also got T25 for Christmas, and am just finishing my second round (including gamma).

Working out is my hobby and a passion, it keeps me going when things get difficult. Especially through the infertility that has been messing with my body, mind, soul, and relationships.

I never want to go back to the shell of myself that i emotionally used to be. I worked to hard to ever see it go to hell, and i love it too much to let it go. its just my life now!

More about me:

I got my ACE certification almost two years ago (September 2012). However I am still just a graphic designer who uses the knowledge for myself and my family and anyone who may ask! I also work as a receptionist at a vet clinic. This is still something I am very proud of, and someday, would still like to be someones personal trainer (besides myself!) I still feel very strongly and get very emotional about helping others reach their goals.

Around August 2012, after moving back to Minnesota, I was still eating 1650 a day and doing workouts, but for some reason felt like i was getting bigger. I even tried to go down to like 1350 again, and that blew up in my face too.

So I found eatmore2weighless.com, and started trying to feed myself for my workouts, because I was afraid I was damaging my metabolism as I had been eating so low (1350) to reach my goal weight of 125. I managed to stay between 124-128 for a year and a half, but I was tired, and really grumpy and got light headed easily. My fingernails never grew, I hardly ever (TMI!) had regular BMs, and my hair broke easily. So let that be a lesson to you ;p You might want to be a certain size, but it might not be realistic. That has been a hard lesson to learn.

I gained weight PURPOSEFULLY trying to eat at my TDEE and bulk for lifting to gain muscle before a cut. This was very very hard for me, as I felt like tighter pants/clothing even if done on purpose meant I was a failure...I knew inside it wasn't true, it was just a hard thing to face. I liked being super tiny :P who doesn't! But I also wanted to be strong! SO! I got my stuff together and sucked it up and did more research.

I did some math and decided 1850 was about right, with a week at my TDEE cals (2150) every six weeks. I've been doing this for almost two years now. I've stayed around 132-137 during this time consistently. I'm not pleased that I've gotten a little thicker, but I really only went up about half a size. I still get frustrated and want to just go back to hardly eating so I can be skin and bones sometimes...but I know that it was not healthy for as much as I work out. I have to remind myself that I'm STILL 105 pounds less than what I was when I started. I still track every day that the net is available to me, and I never skip my workout schedule. I still work hard and feel great afterwards and I just keep swimming.

I've been dealing with infertility for the last three years, and it has taken a little bit of a toll on my attitude, and my vision of myself..but I've gotten off the meds, and am taking a break and starting to remember how far I've come.

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I will never stop. I've come too far. there is no success without sacrifice. tada gan iarracht (nothing without effort).
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Be healthier, lose weight, feel good about myself, and be more comfortable with me. I want to prove to myself and to others that I can FINALLY stick to this. Also, I need to lower my cholesterol

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I am a free lance graphic designer. My wonderful husband of almost 10 years and I share our home with two cats and a dog. We both grew up on farms in SW Minnesota. I enjoy working on computers, painting, watching movies, reading, talking to my friend(s), working on the family farm, and singing.

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HAPPYGIRL1000
7/20/2014 5:08:58 PM

Just read your update, you have come on such a long journey and are an inspiration to your sparkfriends so thank you. :D emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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AMIRAEBRAHIM
4/5/2014 1:36:58 PM

OMG! You did an amazing job.
I really couldn't believe it.
You look so good.
Keep it up



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3/13/2014 3:52:54 PM

tHANK YOU SO MUJCH FOR SHARING... emoticon



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RKFRANKS
3/13/2014 2:38:58 PM

Thanks for sharing your story! What inspiration! I am right around your start weight and our goal weight is the same as well. :)



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2/19/2014 3:24:24 PM

I saw you in my friend feed and had to stop by and say welcome back! I haven't see you on here in a long time. I just came back last week after being gone for 6 weeks. I even wrote my first blog on here last night. I'm going to approach this a little differently this time around. Maybe the 3rd time is the charm?

Barbara

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