Self-portrait with my new digital camera, 4-7-2007

September 9, 2006 - Happiest day of my life so far. (Approx 183 lbs)

My *gorgeous* husband, Rob, 4-7-2007


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My 20's were a time of experimentation, yo-yo weight gain/loss, and learning. I had my first child at the age of 29 and I'm learning the lessons from that experience.

Now that I'm 30, I want to put my experience to good use and rehabilitate my body. I want to get to a healthy weight range (145-160 lbs) and solidify good diet and exercise habits, so that I can have the energy and flexibility to enjoy my growing family to the fullest.

Update 6/5/2012: I have two wild and sweet toddler girls, 15 months and 34 months (turning 3 in July). After my second daughter was born, I lost weight so effortlessly--especially because I had to cut dairy from my diet due to her allergies--that I got used to eating whatever I wanted. I'm back to regain healthy awareness and a better relationship with food and exercise.

Member Since: 1/8/2007

Fitness Minutes: 1,260

My Goals:
Get down to 145 lbs and stay there

Fit back into my skinny clothes

Learn to cook very tasty but healthy food

Live life to the fullest!

My Program:
Track all food/drinks

Eat at least 5 fruit/vegetable servings per day

Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, at least 4 days a week

Run, lift weights, bike, do aerobics, yoga and Pilates, and any other type of exercise that strikes my fancy

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I am 30, happily married, living in lovely Austin, TX. I quit smoking May 16, 2005. I have made several attempts to diet and establish the exercise habit over the years (starting with aerobics at age 8 with my dear mom), but have never sustained success.

I know I will eventually get there, building slowly but surely on good habits.

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    Your before and after pictures are amazing!!
    3845 days ago
  • v KPS31KMS2
    I saw your post on a message board regarding your co-workers bringing kolaches into the office --- I knew you had to be near central Texas!!! I was born and raised in West (tiny town north of Waco) where every 2 blocks is a bakery specializing in Kolaches! Great job on avoiding the temptation --- those yummy treats get me every time I am home to visit!
    3862 days ago
    I just wanted to tell you that you look great in your after photos! You should be so proud of yourself. I read the little thing that you wrote at the end of June and I am in the exact same situation. I noticed that I started to slack a little at the 4 month mark and I still work out and try to watch what I eat but I have been allowing myself to have a ton of "cheat days." I haven't gained any weight back but I haven't really lost any either.
    Have you been able to remotivate yourself? Maybe we can help to remotivate each other.
    3955 days ago
  • v ALDANA
    Hey Mary!

    Remember me? I'm Aldana from 43 things.com. I decided to check on everyone that signed up to SP trough my post and you're the only one that's still working her way to her goal: CONGRATS on that!! Consistency pays and you certainly are seeing this as you're so close to your goal weight. Congratulations again and let me know if you need any help.
    3990 days ago
    You are getting so close! I'm so impressed by how much you've transformed your lifestyle. You're such an inspiration! Hopefully I'll be joining you at 145 soon!
    4032 days ago
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