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I remember my very first diet. As a five foot seven inch, large framed 160 pound 7th grader, I decided that I needed to lose about 50 pounds so the boys at school would stop teasing me. So in my pre-adolescent wisdom, I set forth on the brave path of starving myself, drinking water and Kool-Aid, eating a few crackers one day and a cup of yogurt the next. And it worked! The weight fell off! The teachers commented on how much weight I was losing so quickly! For a year and a half I experienced the contentment the other girls in my grade enjoyed.
BUT! The summer before my high school freshman year, I began to eat normally again, and the weight crept back on. So I started the ninth grade about 20 pounds heavier and the boy who just a few months before gave me googly eyes acted like he didn’t even know me.
Did I learn anything from that experiment? Nope! And I have another 30 years of dieting and exercising, the excitement of watching the scale go down and the shame of watching it go up, and 150 extra pounds to prove it.
BUT! One year ago, I began working with a personal trainer who started me on the path to realizing that I had been going about this weight loss thing all wrong. I had been developing and focusing too much upon goals based upon the formula of "lose 'x' amount of weight by 'y' time so I could gain acceptance from 'z' person. By doing so, I set myself up for the constant failures that I endured. A few months ago it finally dawned on me. Having a goal is good and necessary, but it needs to be reasonable and for reasons that would help me grow towards being the woman God created me to be. But even then, a goal is but a target, a noble and definable something for which to aim. It’s THE JOURNEY that holds the rewards. And what rewards! The joy of discovering the strengths God provided me, learning to use them, embracing all of my dieting and weight loss mistakes as a means of soberly judging where I am so I can reasonably determine where I want to be…And my journey is still in its infancy.

Member Since: 8/22/2008

Fitness Minutes: 192

My Goals:
Within 12 months
• Walk the 61st Street Hill near Sheridan in 20 minutes.
• Fit comfortably into a size 20.
• Eliminate Wheat based foods from my diet.
• Walk a total of 1 hour each day.
• Achieve next level of core fitness training.
Long term
• Do the Tulsa Mud Run!
• Fit comfortably into a size 16
• Eat only natural and organic, non-processed, non-wheat based foods.

My Program:
• Eat six small meals each day.
• Consume a minimal wheat products and processed foods
• Consume mostly natural or organic meats and vegetables.
• Consume a small amount of natural or organic fruits
• Drink 1.5 gallons of water daily.

• Walk 15 – 20 minutes twice a day, six times a week
• Core training program 3 times a week.
• Stretch 10 minutes each day.
• Breathing exercises 5 minutes each day.

Personal Information:
I currently live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I am employed as a Project Manager for a large company.

Other Information:
For my hobbies I like to write and read. I am a Transformers and Star Trek geek. I like working on computers and coding. I adore Thai food and will never, ever give it up.

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