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Me on 23/04/2010. The bitter truth: belly, arms, back rolls and face fat even from a good angle...

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No make up and a greasy face just after a workout. :P Yet I like that pic in a way.

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At my lowest weight (67 kgs), November 2008. I don't have full body pics from then unfortunately.

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Hello and thanks for visiting my Sparkpage. I am Eleana, I was born and still live on the island of Crete in Greece and I'm trying to balance the hectic schedule of a graduate student with building the foundations of a healthy lifestyle.

My little weight story is this: I have been higher end normal or slightly overweight throughout childhood, adolescence and my early adult years eating mostly healthy food but way too much of it and thankfully being relatively active most of the time. Although it doesn't sound that bad I've had (and still have) serious self-confidence issues due to being heavier than most of the people around me at all stages of my life. I did some minor attempts to lose weight lasting no more than a month, but although I did it in a healthy way, I had a "dieting" mindset (i.e. "this is something temporary") which lead me to gain back weight I had lost.

In December of 2007 I decided to take weight loss more seriously for the first time. I lost some weight on my own and on January 2008 I joined SP which is an EXTREMELY helpful site in sooo many ways (tracking, community, information etc) and by July of the same year I had lost about 8 kgs (17-18 lbs). I never hit goal which was about 10 lbs lower than that, but I was at a healthy weight and had built some healthy habits. Plus, I felt pretty OK with the way I looked.

I almost maintained till the following summer when I was writing my undergraduate thesis and I gained about 6-7 lbs, then my MSc program started on September which lead me to gain another 15 lbs in just 6 months (it has been the most stressful period in my life). Unfortunately bad habits can be learned back, just like we learn good ones, and that was my health lesson of the year. As a matter of fact, during these months I have practiced the unhealthiest habits of my lifetime: crappy eating, no exercise at all, not even walking which I always practiced daily (I don't drive and I don't live in a really big city so my feet have usually been my preferred means of transport inside the city) and lots of drinking when I went out. All these led me to experience the fastest weight gain in my life, with me reaching my heaviest ever (78 kgs or 172 lbs). I also caught no less than 4 viruses last winter (colds and flu), which is VERY untypical of me. Watching my immune system go down the drain was the well needed wake up call for me. I was too busy to be sick. I felt horrible about both my energy levels and the way I looked and decided it was about time to come back to SP and do things about myself.

So here I am! It's still a struggle of course as I'm still under heavy stress, but I'm doing better with time. As of now (May 2010) I've lost a couple of kgs and getting some exercise almost daily (mostly stair stepper, walking and hopefully I'll be incorporating jogging sometime soon too). I have lots of room for improvement in the nutrition section, but I'm taking baby steps.

I really enjoy the community here, talking with other people and motivating each other, so feel free to comment and/or add me as a friend if you feel like doing so!

Member Since: 1/16/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,454

My Goals:
-73 kgs (161 lbs): my pre-grad school "oh my, I need to lose weight" point. Also it will be the milestone of 5 kgs lost!

-70 kgs (154 lbs): my summer 2009 highest weight. It's the point when my body starts looking decent and my healthy BMI borderline.

-66 kgs (145.5 lbs): just one pound lower that my lowest adult weight achieved with Sparkpeople in late summer 2008. I started feeling real confidence at this weight.

-63 kgs (139 lbs)

-60 kgs (132 lbs)

There is an optional goal of 58 kgs (128 lbs) but I'll see based on how I feel at 60 kgs. Mostly likely I won't have to go below 60 kgs to achieve the body I want.

Body fat (AccuMeasure body fat calipers): get it below 20%. Maybe set an ultimate goal of 16-18%? I'll tell you later.

Waist measurement: get it below 68 cm (27 inches). Current measurement (6/24/10): 78 cm (31 inches).

Goal size: 36-38 EU, I think that's a US 4-6.

My Program:
Mainly mediterranean diet, carb/fat/protein splitdown to 50/25/25 or 50/30/20

Exercise: Mostly cardio at the time, I hope I'll get some strength training in soon. I love ST!

Personal Information:
I'm Eleana, 25 years old and a graduate physics student from Greece.
Height: 1.68 m (5' 6")

I have a Facebook profile, a Windows Live account and I use gmail. So if any of my Sparkfriends want to chat, feel free to sparkmail me about it! :)

Other Information:
Physically, I just want to see no rolls on me! This is why I don't aim at very precise and low measurements and size. I don't care that much about circumferences as I do about not jiggling.
But my ultimate, mental goal is to get myself to walk with confidence into any situation! I think that improving my body image will boost my confidence not only for what I will look like, but for what I will know I can accomplish.

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    Hi Elma, I just looked through your sparkpage (not in detail though...I'm at work lol) and seeing that you managed to lose 6 kgs and you're at 72.4 now is really motivating for me! I'm struggling at 78 kgs (your starting weight btw) and in the past months (okay, years to be honest) I didn't lose weight, although I exercise regularly. So your page really motivates me because we have about the same goals, and you achieved part of that goal already.
    Btw your english is awesome (I saw that you're from Greece so I suppose english is not your native language, although it seems that way). And one more thing: congrats for being a graduate physics student! For most of us that's close to having superpowers (i think i read somewhere that 90% of people don't understand physics...)
    So thank for the early morning motivation and have a nice day! :)
    2640 days ago
    emoticon For commenting on my MINI cooper pic!
    Looks like your doing amazing remember.........
    3094 days ago
    Congratulations! You are a Fitness Minutes leader on the THIS is What a Feminist Looks Like team this week! Way to Go!
    3097 days ago
    Congratulations! You are a Fitness Minutes leader on the THIS is What a Feminist Looks Like team this week! Way to Go! emoticon

    Double Congratulations! You are a SparkPoints leader on the THIS is What a Feminist Looks Like team this week! Keep on Sparking! emoticon
    3104 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/22/2011 6:30:28 AM
    Congratulations! You are a Fitness Minutes leader on the THIS is What a Feminist Looks LIke team this week - Way to Go! emoticon

    Double Congratulations! You are a SparkPoints leader on the THIS is What a Feminist Looks Like team this week - Keep on Sparking! emoticon
    3111 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/15/2011 6:30:39 AM
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