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33, professor, classical violinist, runner

Current stats: 135 lbs, BMI: 20.5, size 6.
Worst stats: 196 lbs, BMI: 29.8 (1 pound away from OBESE for my height of 5'8"), size 20.

My story:
Growing up I was always a chubby kid. From maybe 3rd grade on I was overweight. Not obese, but chubby at best, and definitely fat. I don't really know my weight from my teen years, but I was a size 14 or 16. I didn't really pay attention to my eating and didn't give exercise any thought.

In college I was definitely subject to the Freshman 15. That first year in dorm life with a meal plan can be detrimental to anyone's weight, but particularly for someone who didn't pay attention to healthy eating before. I remember weighing myself at my then-boyfriend's parents house for the first time I could remember: 196 lbs. I knew this was heavy, but I didn't even know what my weight was supposed to be, since I had never been a fit adult. I had definitely gained more weight, but didn't really notice until I went jean shopping and no longer fit into a size 18. The idea of size 20 terrified me.

So I started running, very short runs, very slowly. And soon I joined a gym. And I had the trainer make me a food plan. And I stuck with it all, going to the gym just 3 days a week for 20 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of weights each time. And I lost 2 pounds/week. Over time I had to work harder and longer of course and slowed to 1 pound/week, and then even less, but eventually all the weight came off. One glorious day about a year and a half later I stepped on the scale to see: 135 lbs.

This was all before I joined SparkPeople. Since then I've maintained it with pretty normal healthy eating, still with a daily sweet treat, and moderate exercise. I roughly count calories, but don't track details. I don't restrict what foods I can eat, I just work it into my day, and I mostly don't want to eat junk anymore anyway.

Learning to cook over the years has really helped too. Of course restaurant food seems amazing when all you can do at home is pour a bowl of cereal. But now I make my own food most days, and eat out as a treat I look forward to instead of a habit.

I usually stick to some kind of exercise for a while, like training for a race, P90X, a gym bootcamp program, and then move on to something else. Running is still my main fitness activity since it's free and so simple.

Member Since: 7/24/2006

Fitness Minutes: 35,224

My Goals:
I was keeping track of races here, but as of 2015 I've lost track because I do a race nearly every weekend now. I am currently on a mission to run a race in each of Connecticut's 169 towns!

Completed races:
+December 2014: Santas Run (5K)
+November 2014: Manchester Road Race (4.75 miles)
+June 2014: Mt Washington Auto Road Race (7.6 miles, 4500' elevation climb)
+June 2014: Solstice Trail Run (10K)
+December 2013: Santa Hustle 5K
+August 2013: The Color Run (5K)
+August 2013: Zooma 10K
+ June 2013: LivingSocial's Glow-in-the-Dark 5K
+ March 2012: Beaufort Twilight Run (8K)
+ October 2011: SparkPeople Virtual 5K
+ April 2011: SparkPeople Virtual 10K
+ May 2010: Memorial Day 4-mile run
+Jul 2009: Arts Fest 10K
+Jul 2009: Firecracker 4K
+Oct 2007: Steps to Safety 5K
+Sep 2007: Tussey Mountainback Ultra Marathon & Relay -- Leg 1 (3.2 miles) & Leg 9 (2.9 miles)

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  • v APIRLRAIN888

    Link to relay if u have greater than 600 miles, kindly just log in future miles hahaha unless we desperately need it bef 12/31/11

    But will do this again 1/1/12 ;) just save the link
    2332 days ago
    Welcome to the Half Marathon SparkTeam! I look forward to seeing your posts and getting to know you. There is a wealth of information and support on our team.

    STAY positive, STAY motivated, and STAY focused!!!

    2448 days ago
  • v FANGLE
    Welcome to the P90X Hybrid team.

    Keep working hard.
    2518 days ago
  • v TXHRT4U
    ......oooO................ I walked over here
    .....(....)................... to welcome you to
    ......)../....Oooo.......P90X "BRING IT" Team

    .....(....)................. WELCOME!
    .....(_/.....(....)....... Eric
    ................\..)........"BRING IT!"
    .................\_).......Team Leader

    2525 days ago
    I love your race pictures, they're so motivating! I'm also going to try to the Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon when it comes through Philly in September, it's supposed to be a fun one! your profile is so inspiring, thanks for finding me!
    2554 days ago
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