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It's now "Ahead"! Welcome, Val, to 2012, an amazing year-to-be, I'm sure. I want a lot this year, not limited to body stuff, but I definitely want to really hone this lifestyle change I started back in early 2010.

I am my biggest motivation. The few months between January and April 2010, I managed to successfully lose weight that has plagued me since childhood. And not only that, I did it wisely, by using the tools and support in Sparkpeople and by educating myself about fitness ...
It's now "Ahead"! Welcome, Val, to 2012, an amazing year-to-be, I'm sure. I want a lot this year, not limited to body stuff, but I definitely want to really hone this lifestyle change I started back in early 2010.

I am my biggest motivation. The few months between January and April 2010, I managed to successfully lose weight that has plagued me since childhood. And not only that, I did it wisely, by using the tools and support in Sparkpeople and by educating myself about fitness and nutrition. I lost weight but rekindled my love of sports and physical activity and developed a love for food that fueled many an awesome potluck or cafe special. Right now I am sans-plan, that is, I am not following anything remotely rigid aside from the now-ingrained "do what your body feels is right" that, for the most part, has served me well the last couple years. Did you know I almost never want grains or breads for lunch or dinner? That I want eggs for lunch and a huge, heaping plate of greens for dinner? I just follow my urges. Who would have known....

So now that I am on farm sabbatical until March, I need to do some major controlling of said urges and I need to consciously make time for physical activity in my day. So... hello again and I can't wait to write you some silly blogs soon!

(the above added 2 January, 2012)

I gained a wee bit (or a 15 pound bit) and am a few days away from a season working long, hard days on an organic farm. I'm excited to see how my body will transform and will keep you guys posted when I can. My sister and I are going to try and lose 50 pounds between the two of us before our family reunion at the end of June. Oh it's on!

I steadily lost a pound and a half per week between January and April, but have been dealing with many roadblocks since Spring. I have a lot against me these next couple months: moving, dropping my gym membership to pay for my higher rent, stress-eating, losing one of my big supporters, and on and on. I want to at least maintain, but in reality I want a whole lot more. I need to ensure that my lifestyle change doesn't get tossed now that big life changes are being made!

Right now my program is a modified version of Janet Warner's 'This is Why You're Fat' program, or as I call it, 'J-Dub's mini-meals plus more protein plan.' I eat 5 meals a day, all clean, comprising of 4 proteins, 3 cups of veg, 2 fruits, 2 grains, and 1 big fat. Right now I am working on balancing my calorie intake with my exercise output, since I became a crazy calorie burner and didn't fuel myself properly, throwing off my metabolism and stretching my body pretty thin (and not the good kind of thin, knowhatimean?)
I'm running, swimming, walking and biking everywhere, and procrastinate on weights, but so it goes. I need to develop a fail-proof exercise plan that doesn't involve the gym-- not an easy task in Chicago's winter months!
(the above added 5 September)

"If you always do what you have done, you will always get what you have gotten."

Hey sparkfolks!
Today I have been at this for four and a half months. I woke up this morning (at 5am, thinking how perfect it would be to go for a run-- what's happened to me?!) and weighed in at 176.4 lbs. That is 30 pounds lost since starting Sparkpeople and one pound lower than I have ever weighed in memory. Seriously. I probably haven't weighed this little since fifth grade. This is my first big, big goal met! Now I'm venturing into uncharted territory and am thrilled to see what my body will look like a week, month, two months from now! My Spark-designated number goal is 164 pounds and I'm aiming to get there by June 30th. This may not happen, I suspect I'll be a few pounds shy, but the number is not a stopping point for me. I want to be fit, thin, and toned, so we are in this together until that thigh fat is gone!

I live in the Chicago area these days, though I am a Seattlite at heart. I am, however, so excited that this midwest summer is nigh upon us, since I have big dreams of laying around on the beaches near me as much as possible. I manage an amazing independent coffee shop that once served as a temporary distraction/ paycheck until I started graduate school, but now seems like the perfect place for me to be. Coupled with the slight obsession with food that Sparkpeople brings on and the appreciation for fresh and natural foods inherit in the Seattleite and honed while living in Germany, I am now a hopeless foodie. I love to cook and in the past year it really has become a supreme passion of mine. I eat better than I could in any restaurant, certainly better than in any I could afford, and am seriously considering doing this for a living. Right now I work for an organic farm on Saturdays, selling their produce at the local farmers market. It brings me so much joy to banter with people about vegetables-- who would have known!
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Member Since: 11/29/2009

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My Goals:
*To count calories and exercise each day while in Washington
*To take advantage of the awesome outdoors rather than the restaurants while in Hawai'i! Running, hiking, swimming, surfing, and Water polo! My favorite things! ~ GOAL MET!

*To keep snacks, beers, and sweets to a minimum.
*Portion Control!
*To be a strong and svelt 165 by my return to Asia.

non-bod:
*To record every book I read and buy ~GOAL MET!
* To journal each day.
*To work on my short story project consistently and to seek advice, editing, and support
* Learn Spanish and Tagalog.

My Program:
Cook fresh, healthy, and delicious eats, do some sort of exercise everyday, right now it's trail running or zumba.

My Fitness for July to August:
*30 Day Shred each and every day.
*6 mile walk-run to/in the old growth forest 5 times/ week.
*Personal bootcamp Monday night
*Ripped and Zumba Wednesday night.

My Eating for July and August:
*Paleo for the first two weeks ~GOAL MET
*Stay close to 1300, aiming for tons of veggies and protein.
*Assess my habits and see where I can shave off some extra calories during the day so these new-fangled late night cravings can be sated.

Personal Information:
Currently Piled Around my Couch and nightstand:
"Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Gilbraith aka JK
"Unfamiliar Fishes" by Sarah Vowell
"The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations" by Zhu Xia-Mei

My Digs for July:
Darius Rucker "Wagon Wheel"
Doctor Who Audiobooks read by David Tennant(!!)

My Digs for January 2012:
Adele "19", Wye Oak "Civilian", my Kindle (and reading the New Yorker on it each Monday!), Seattle Deli Mart!

My Digs for (last) May:
~Splendid Table on PRI. 52 minutes of cooking talk that I can listen to while strength training. http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/

My Digs for April:

Whole Foods organic green tea with pomegranate and cranberry- $3.99 for a box of 80 bags!

My Digs for March:

ZENNIOPTICAL.COM
~complete pairs of glasses for super super cheap. Like, $10 ch

Other Information:
My non-Spark life can be found again at: http://goodmorningsussigkeit.blogspot.com/

and my reading life: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/119210-
val-loughney

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