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Almost at the finish line of my first 10K (July 2011, 157lbs)


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Hi, I'm Laura, a 25 year old working to lose 20 pounds. SparkPeople helped me get from 204 lbs to 165 lbs a few years ago and now I'm back hoping to finally reach my ultimate goal (145).


Growing up, I was always a little overweight, maybe about 10 lbs. I played basketball in junior high and high school, but quit my junior year which led to gaining a little weight. Then it was off to college and a full time meal plan at the dining hall. After sophomore year I was shocked to see I weighed 204 lbs. I had known I was gaining weight, but always thought "At least I'm under 200". Once I passed that line, I woke up and realized something needed to be done.

I started working out and watching what I ate sticking to 1200 calories. I got to 192 and then got stuck. I ended up meeting with a nutritionist who told me about SparkPeople. She also opened my eyes to the fact that calories aren't the only thing that matter. I was eating mostly processed crap and also not enough to fuel my new long workouts. I started tracking everything on SP and eating a little more and the weight started falling off again. That summer, I got down to 165 lbs.

Once I went back to school, I had trouble keeping up my momentum. I didn't gain, but the losing slowed down a lot. I moved to Australia for a semester and gained 7lbs back. Since then, I've gone back and forth a little, always staying between 170 and 175.

I got married in August 2010 (at about 168) and after a pretty indulgent honeymoon, I was determined to finally get down to my goal weight of 150. I started the Couch 2 5K program in December 2010 and ran my first race on June 26th, 2011. About a month later, I did my first 10K. In August 2011, I started doing CrossFit and am absolutely loving it!

Although I've never been 100% vegetarian, I used to eat pretty close to that. However, after having great success doing a Paleo challenge with my Crossfit box, I've started eating more meat and ditching the grains, dairy, and sugar. It works really well for me...when I can keep my sweet tooth in check, that is ;)

SP has been a great motivator for me and I'm always looking for more friends to keep me going!

Member Since: 12/17/2010

Fitness Minutes: 12,188

My Goals:
Short Term:
Reach my goal weight (145)
Stick to a Paleo Diet
Lose inches
Keep Crossfitting

Long Term:
Run a half marathon

My Program:
CrossFit- 3x a week
Running/Biking/Walking/Whatever else I feel like doing- As often as possible

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    Oh my stars!! She is amazing!! I will definitely be cheering y'all on!! WOOT WOOT! Thanks so much for sharing that link with me... I have bookmarked it so I can watch it again... very inspirational!

    1789 days ago
    My first CrossFit workout was 3/2/13.. so this is my 12th week... and I adore CrossFit.. I am still anxious every single time.. every. single. time... but I love seeing improvement.. I love the way I feel afterwards.. I love the way everyone roots for everyone... However, I'm not doing the classes (yet).. I'm working 1:1 with a trainer... everything has to be scaled.. but that's okay cuz I'm progressing...

    Thanks for answering my silly questions.. still trying to learn all the lingo and abbreviations...
    1795 days ago
    It was much harder than I expected! I thought just 15 of each? That doesn't sound so bad. I REALLY need to quit thinking "that doesn't sound so bad". LOL
    1802 days ago
    Everyone loves owls, right?! So cute!
    1804 days ago
    I like it! Some of my favorites in there too! The only thing is I would make the sit-ups wall ball situps! :) I also like that it's an AMRAP. AMRAPs and intervals are my favorite workouts. I like a set time limit.

    1804 days ago
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