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I had a beautiful baby girl on August 21, 2010. When she vacated, she left 40 pounds behind! :) Then, as I tried to figure out how to be a mommy, teacher, wife, athlete... I packed on 30 more pounds??? After losing over 100 pounds and keeping it off for several years, I'm exasperated with myself. Now I'm trying to figure out where mommy meets marathon runner.

I have always been heavy. I wore a women’s size 14 in the 6th grade. Going through school as a chubby girl was not fun, luckily stretch pants were in style! By the end of a stressful graduate program and my first year working in the schools, I was in a size 24. I groaned when I stood up, and my body ached. I felt like an old lady, but I was only 27!

One day in June, I was getting ready for a wedding. I got out a pair of khakis I hadn’t worn since school got out in May. The ice cream had finally taken its toll, they wouldn’t zip. I was frustrated, and disgusted with myself. I had gained a size in less than a month! I looked into my future, and saw myself getting bigger and bigger. It was unacceptable. My weight was getting in the way of my life.

My best friend lost weight with Weight Watchers, so I decided to give it a try. I hoped that the meetings would help me stay on track. Walking through the door was very hard, but I liked what I heard. It sounded like just what I needed, sensible lifestyle changes.

I must have been ready for a change, because the first few months were easy. Four weeks after joining, my husband and I went on a cruise. I watched my portions, did plenty of walking, and took the stairs instead of the elevator. I enjoyed dessert every night, but was down 6.8 pounds when I got home. We did a lot of walking, and it had never been so easy to keep up with my marathon-running husband!

At certain times in my life, I had flirted with exercise, but never established a long term relationship. As the weight fell off, I became much more active. One day, my husband and I were hiking, when I felt like breaking into a run. I could only run for about 30 seconds, but it was a start. Five months later, I ran my first 5K. I have finished a marathon, 3 triathlons, a few 20K and several half marathons since then. In high school, I couldn’t even run a mile!

This journey hasn’t always been easy. There have been times I wanted to give up. I’ve come to realize that the secret, for me and maybe for a lot of people, isn’t staying on the wagon or the horse or whatever metaphor you like. Everyone falls off. The secret is being able to climb back up.

Member Since: 1/21/2009

Fitness Minutes: 34,433

My Goals:
I am trying to conquer emotional eating, and increase my physical fitness. I'm having fun competing in races and testing my limits.

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I track my food, try to eat plenty of fruits and veggies and cut down on the junk. I try to think about what I want my daughter to learn about food and fitness.

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  • v JENN26POINT2
    Oh, and I log my workouts there b/c I use a Body Media Fit Bit that logs my "exercise calories" here, and adding my strengthening workouts and cardio workouts here would interfere with that functionality, so I use ftcy b/c it's fun to see what a workout is worth.
    2391 days ago
  • v JENN26POINT2
    I track my workouts at Fitocracy and they give a point value to everything you do based on difficulty. It's kind of like a video game - the more you do, the more points you earn and after you earn a certain number of points you "level up". Spark has something similar with its workout minutes and trophy system, but Ftcy considers difficulty when assigning its points, so it's more motivating - you'll work harder to get more points, etc. Here's a link if you wanna check it out, sign up and try it. It's free and fun. http://ftcy.me/zW6D5V
    2391 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/5/2013 4:38:49 PM
    "Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be."
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    Have a great week!!! emoticon
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    CONGRATULATIONS on your 4-pound weight loss success! Keep up with your wonderful progress! You are an INSPIRATION to us all! Have a wonderful October weekend!

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
    2942 days ago
    emoticon on your emoticon 20,123 Fitness Minutes! emoticon for your continuing success! emoticon You are the emoticon in all that you do! emoticon Have a emoticon evening! emoticon

    ~ Monika ~ emoticon
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