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August 6th, 2010-I might not be happy with my weight right now but boy have I changed shape!

The kids with Molly sporting her long doodle hair

My husband and I in Austria on our biking tour



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I have a family history that includes heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, so when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my last pregnancy, I knew that it was time to take charge of my life. I started my weight loss journey in January of 2007 weighing in at 190 and lost 20+ pounds that year and have kept most of it off. My goal right now is to get to 160. Once I hit 160 I would love to lose even more and eventually get to 135 or so, but I'm trying to take it one step at a time. I'm currently at 166 and only 11 pounds from being at a healthy weight for my body type. I'm thrilled to be wearing size 8 pants for the first time in my life...I love being in the single digits! Size I come!

I've also become a runner and completed 6 half marathons. I love the amazing feeling of knowing that I've run over 13 miles in a race! Pretty cool for someone who used to only run if chased!

Update 7/29
Make that 8 half marathons completed! I still can't believe how much I love running!

I was diagnosed with Grave's disease, a thyroid disorder, in February and I am really struggling with my weight right now. The medication that I'm taking has caused me to gain 20 pounds in the past 4 months! I'm exercising 60+ minutes at least 6 days per week, logging all of my food, and continue to gain weight. It is SOOOOOO frustrating! My doctor says that it will get better and I'll be able to start losing weight when my body gets adjusted to having a normal amount of thyroid hormones in my body, but I'm tired of waiting!

One really cool thing that happened recently was that my husband and I were awarded summer renewal grants (we are both music teachers) and we were able to travel to Austria for a 14 day self-guided biking tour this past June all expenses paid! It was amazing! You can read about our adventure at

Member Since: 1/4/2008

Fitness Minutes: 119,170

My Goals:
1. Exercise 6 times per week for 60+ minutes
2. Get to a healthy BMI for the first time in my life...only 11 pounds to go!

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I am tracking all of my eating on Sparkpeople.
Exercising 5-6 times per week for 60 minutes
Strength training 2 times per week

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I'm a band director married to another band director. We have 3 wonderful children ages 13.11 and 7 and 4 babies who we never got to hold on this side of heaven. I am inspired to be healthier so that I can spend more quality time with my wonderful family and not be worn out or grumpy due to a poor self image. I struggle with Grave's disease, a thyroid disorder, but am thankful that it is manageable with medication even if it has caused me to gain 20 pounds since starting treatment 4 months ago!

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    Thanks for the awesome comments! I wish I could be tired of the 160s. I am tired of the 220s! :) emoticon

    Happy Valentine's Day!
    2681 days ago
    The Nike+ is such a great motivator. I love that you can say, ok...just a little bit more. Well, heck if I did a half mile I can do another...hehe. It's great!! I like the challenges on there too. I'm waiting for my run tomorrow to add my newest ones!
    2719 days ago
  • v LESLIES537
    Thanks so much for your advice on my blog! I feel much more confident about learning how to cook now and can't wait to try all of my new recipes! Thanks again! emoticon
    2721 days ago
    My holiday eating was thrawted by a stomach bug on Christmas eve/day that left me feeling yucky for 5 days and then New year's eve I came down with another resp. virus/fever. Made for an easy no eating too much.
    2722 days ago
  • v MJASR5
    Congrats on another lb gone! My last half was 10/2 & it was a blast! It was a Disney night race. No P.R. but great fun. Things are going well, I am set to run the Women's Half Marathon on 11/21 so I'm looking forward to that. Great job on your half! emoticon
    2776 days ago
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