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Me at my skinniest (170) making faces on clash day at camp (I was a counselor and swim instructor)

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Ruslan, his roommate, and me in Indiana, PA

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Me with a henna tatoo and dyed dark hair at a fun, comfy weight in Brazil

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Self-discipline is a muscle and must be used to be strengthened. I’ve been “trying to lose weight“ for most of my adult life. I found new motivation in pain and sadness. Hello from the Kennywood area! I’m looking to relieve knee pain that’s preventing me from being “the most active fat girl” I knew. I’m used to being the biggest person everywhere I go, but until this pain arrived I understood that to mean I was still in the game! I really don’t want to count myself out, so this is me starting for real. 4.4 pounds down, 171.8 to go. Those numbers make me sick, and sad. I skydived for a friend’s 18th birthday years ago, at my skinniest, and would LOVE to do it again! There is a weight limit for safety, and I definitely don't qualify at the moment. I'm working towards meeting the safety guidelines so I can feel the freedom of open air again! Seeing a video of skydivers playing Quidditch just upped that desire! I met my husband on a rock climbing trip, and would like to get back into it. I want to lose weight so I can get back on the wall and enjoy it. I was a strong climber before he ever touched a wall, but it's a lot harder to lug this body up a mountain. He's now a mountaineering school director, and I'm his occasional belay slave. I'd like it to be a partnership! I want to be able to enjoy all aspects of the outdoors. I adore camping, and want to be more comfortable taking advantage of all the outdoors has to offer. My favorite fitness accomplishment was completing the Sea Gull Century (100 kilometers in one day! ~about 65 miles) in October 2009. I'm hoping to add more accomplishments in the near future.

Member Since: 8/12/2006

Fitness Minutes: 86,389

My Goals:
When I stop drinking, I immediately drop weight quickly. I will not have liquor or wine in the house except for parties, and will send half-empty bottles home with friends.

I will go to the gym or workout outside at least 4 times a week.

I will keep in mind my goal of eliminating the medical problems that have cropped up or returned that are linked to my weight.

I will eat until I feel satisfied, and then STOP no matter how much is left on my plate.

My Program:
*Get lots of sleep! I can't snack while sleeping, and the energy I get from sleep will help prevent overeating the next day.

*Eat a good, healthy, filling breakfast and lunch .

*Exercise: Elliptical, walking with friends, or heading to the gym

*Minimum effort calorie boost: Make my house look nice! Instead of sitting around watching TV or playing online, I've been doing active chores that really REALLY need to get done, and make my house more of a home.

Personal Information:
I teach Spanish, Math, and Biology at a school district near Pittsburgh, PA. I have been a homeowner since June 2007 and am proud of being able to own at what I consider a fairly young age. My family is my wonderful man, 2 kitties, and a lovely chihuahua.

Other Information:
"From my house I see the moon. From the moon, could I see my house?"

This reminds me to always remember who and where I've been, and to have empathy for others.

"Desde mi casa veo la luna. Desde la luna, podria ver mi casa?"

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    Hi there & welcome to bookworms!
    3949 days ago
  • v WWUD4H2
    yeah sorry forgot about that with dropshots. it's autumn

    dropped out of weight watchers again...just can't afford it. not sure how much i weigh right now honestly.

    school is great! glad it's friday though.

    working without a contract???? what does your teacher's union say about that? that's terrible. but of course you know the contract only really protects the school it doesn't protect the teacher. my school only does 1 year contracts so what good does that really do me???? there is always a way out if they really wanted to fire someone- teachers make mistakes weekly.
    3980 days ago
  • v WWUD4H2
    exciting... i hope you do well in the ride. sounds like hard work. i think that is a good plan though... i need to start walking again so that eventually i can start running again.

    go to to see the floors
    and to see my work.

    school is starting back up in a few weeks..... sad to loose the freedom but excited about all the new things a new year brings. emoticon
    4008 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/31/2008 4:56:11 PM
  • v WWUD4H2
    hey there! thanks for the comment. I am enjoying my summer...traveling a lot. and i got a new classroom-it's amazing!!! so they are letting the art teachers paint the floors to personalize them. i have been working on that nonstop.

    i went back to weight watchers tonight actually. i am the biggest i have ever been- boo! 251.6 very sad. was bouncing around the beach in my bathing suit this past weekend and saw some of the pictures and said "oh snikees" i need to leave denial land. so today is a new day on another very long journey...sigh. why did i have to get brains and talent in exchange for a good emoticon
    4032 days ago
    Hi there! Just wanted to take a moment to welcome you to the Pittsburgh Sparkers team. Everyone is fun and supportive and they have been a great source of motivation to keep going, and I am sure they will be the same for you. Feel free to jump in the daily chat threads and say hello! Take care, and continued success and good luck in acheiving your goals!

    Courtney emoticon
    4040 days ago
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