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My baby! He wants this bike and, secretly, I do too.. ;) Ah, Triumph...*swoon*

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July 2010:

I'm so close to my goal weight! I've lost 65 pounds in the past 14 months, most of it with SparkPeople.

I never thought it could be done -- and certainly not so...sanely. Reasonable amounts of good food and moderate exercise? I'd struggled so long I never dreamed it could be so darn simple.

So I'm rocking a size 8 jeans and small to medium tops. I'm still weeding out clothes that are just pathetically baggy on me now. It feels good.

I still have a lot of mental work to do though. Many days my brain still sees FAT and I obsess a little more than I'd like over food. But it's still a work in progress and, overall, I am incredibly proud of myself and grateful for SparkPeople and all my SparkFriends!


May 2009:

I've been struggling with weight most of my life. This time I'm also focusing on eating less, not just "healthier" -- and it seems to be the key to success!

I lost my mom four years ago and drank more than I should have. Then I quit smoking. Then I turned 30. I suppose there's no wonder that I packed on the pounds pretty quickly.

I have a herniated disc that created some arthritis in my low back before I was even 30. (Actually, now they tell me I have TWO herniated discs!) I have always hated sports and NEVER liked being sweaty. And I am known for my baking skills.

Clearly, this whole fitness thing presents some pretty big hurdles for me. But I am finally feeling motivated, and I'm happy to ditch the excuses and embrace the challenge!


"Assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled." - Wayne Dyer

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become." - Buddha

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Ghandi

Member Since: 1/14/2008

Fitness Minutes: 59,034

My Goals:
I would like to finally be comfortable enough with my own body that I am not constantly comparing myself to anyone and everyone around me. I want to be healthy and feel great!

My Program:
I am focusing on around 1,400-1,500 calories a day of food that I ENJOY and working out in the morning with Leslie Sansone before biking to work and back every day the weather allows it. I've also added some Leslie interval workouts for strength training. I am constantly trying to fit in the likes of yoga, tai chi and chi gong on a regular basis. (The best intentions do not always seem to yield the best results!) LOL

Personal Information:
I was born and bred in Chicago, and so far it looks like I am here to stay. I'm a nerdy copy editor who loves to read and listen to public radio. I live with my amazing husband and his 6-foot-long red-tailed boa constrictor, Eve. :)

Other Information:
I have fibromyalgia. I am working hard at leaving it at that -- a fact I just have to deal with and learn to work around as best I can rather than letting it run my life.

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    I think having a baby rewires our brain some how. I used to sleep tons before I got pregnant. Now I am lucky if I can sleep 8 hours - seldom happens. I want to sleep and try to sleep but it's not easy any more. I'm a light sleeper now.

    I just got over having bronchitis and laryngitis. I hope that is it for illness for me for a few years now. I'm fat as a tick and have to get this weight back off!!
    829 days ago
    good evening
    hope you had a wonderful weekend and that this new week finds you healthy and happy!
    852 days ago
    OMG!! You're back! It's so weird! I got lost on my laptop and came across the video you sent me of your sweet baby. (This literally happened at about 3:10 EST today and it is now 3:23 and I saw your comment on my feed at 3:20!) At first I was like, "Huh? Whose baby is that?" and then he looked up and I recognized him (!!) and I thought of you and that made ME your baby is so cute that he made me smile too. I'll bet he's grown.
    Love you and miss you!
    877 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/28/2016 3:22:03 PM
    Wishing you a New Year filled with good health and much happiness!

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    908 days ago
    hey mama! Just checking in to see how you are!
    976 days ago
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