At ~165, and training wushu in Beijing! So exhausted, but so happy!

Taken in 2007, after maintaining at 175 for over a year!

The Over-200-Pounds Me, who wore shorts over the bathing suit to cover her butt and thighs!




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Several years ago, I weighed somewhere around 230 lbs., probably more. I was in denial, so I wasn't exactly weighing myself at the time. Sometime in September of 2003, something in me snapped, and I decided it was time to stop treating myself like crap. I cleaned up my diet, and I found wushu (kung fu) just a month or two later.

Since then, I've lost over 50 lbs. and I've kept it off for over 2 years! I'm in better shape than I've ever been before, and I've found what I hope will be a lifelong practice in the martial arts. I'll also be getting certified as a personal trainer, as soon as I can afford to do so! :D

I'm working with an LCSW on treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, and I feel this is the big wall between me and my goal weight. It's taken me a while, but I'm reaching a happier place where I don't obsess over or fear food, so I'm really looking to keep it that way.

Now, I'm basically here to lose that last bit of extra squishy. I've been parked in the 170s for a couple of years, but after a lot of emotional flailing, I finally feel ready to make that final run for 155. :) Wish me luck!

Member Since: 12/28/2005

Fitness Minutes: 12,325

My Goals:
My primary goal is to improve my martial arts skill. I've been doing martial arts for over 5 years, and I feel that my weight is limiting me.

I would also like to be "in shape," and fit-looking, because I've been overweight for my entire life.

My Program:
I'm *always* training wushu 3 days a week. I'm a little obsessed! ;)

I'm currently also doing 20-40 minutes of circuit training (thank you Jillian Michaels) 5 days a week.

I kind of hate steady-state cardio, but I've started running again, doing about 3 miles 2x/week. I may scale it up or back depending on how my joints take it. :)

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I have a day job, a photography venture on the side, and in the future, I'm looking to trade day job hours for work as a personal trainer!

Height: 5'7"

HW: 230+

CW: 172.2

GW: 155

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    I read once that artificial sweeteners trick your body into thinking it ate something it didn't and can actually work against losing weight. I have no idea if this is true or not, but besides the chemicals in some of the artificial sweeteners, I just decided to stick with sugar and then work it off later. :)

    Look at that awesome picture of you at your demonstration! UO, eh? As in University of Oregon? How cool, I'm up near Portland, OR! We're "neighbors"! My TKD school is starting a demonstration team which I'll be on, hopefully I'll have some cool pictures to post like yours. :)


    3260 days ago
    Thank you for your comment :D I'm really relieved that it gets better after training some time. I just realized that I'm not THAT exhausted after going through the workout than before. But it's really tough ^^

    Have a nice week - and I have to admit you're looking AWESOME! The before and after pictures are like night and day - great work! Keep it up!
    3260 days ago
    I'm addicted to TJ's hummus and pita bread! And the raw nuts selection. I found some Thai green beans that were so-oo good! Probably not totally healthy, but sometimes, you gotta just go for it.
    3261 days ago
    Thanks for the goodie. Life is just beating me up a little bit. Sometimes it's hard to believe that I can lose 90 pounds, but I still can't kick the emotional eating problem. I'm still running to food.

    I guess it just proves something that Jillian Michaels always stresses on've got to fix the underlying problems. You've got to figure out how and why you got that way to ensure you never get that way again.
    3266 days ago
    My gym offers body analysis for free, so I usually try and get it done once every four week or so when I'm going regularly. I'm sure it's not super accurate, but I think it's close enough to help me identify my strengths and weaknesses so I know what to be targeting.

    Oh, and I plan my meals out pretty well, too.. but most of my real planning is in the recipe calculator. I suppose I've been doing this long enough that I am sort of at the point where I just have to switch out meals from day to day and don't have to really worry about going over calories unless I'm not cooking for myself to consciously choose to. I really only have to pay super close attention when I want to work a full-on dessert or specific meal or something into my day.. then some rearranging and cutting might be necessary.

    What is amusing me about my current trend is that since I'm focusing mainly on specific nutrients (protein and carbs) rather than actual calorie count at the moment, I would expect my total for the day to bounce around the 1200-1550 range more.. but instead it's been sticking to the 1300s as though I was actually aiming for them on purpose. It's kinda nice, since the 1300s are where I usually feel best for my current level of activity. :D
    3280 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/28/2009 2:02:18 AM
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