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Hi! My name is Leah. I'm 52, married for 29 years, and mom to two great kids, a 26-year-old son (James) and 23-year-old daughter (Juliana). James is married to Haileigh and Juliana is married to Jeremy.

This year I left my 27-year job as director of our local library to pastor a Lutheran church in Blue Hill, Nebraska. I'm currently taking classes toward my Master's of Divinity. My husband, Rick, and I have just moved to the farmhouse where I grew up and where four previous generations of my family have lived. We're busy renovating the house and trying to bring the gardens back to life. Each week, my Bernese Mountain Dog, Nellie, and I travel back and forth between the parsonage and the farm. My background pic is of some of the roses in my garden. I love all flowers, but especially roses.

Update, September, 2018

I have had a year of upheaval and change, along with hip problems that have sidelined my running. I miss it terribly and haven't found a way to burn the significant calories that running does. I've also let my tracking slide and gotten lax in my eating, all of which has led to some weight gain. I've been hovering around 152 pounds for a while. When I celebrate next year's September maintenance anniversary, I intend to be back where I belong!

Update, September, 2015

I'm still maintaining at 145 (5 years now!) and working (though not very hard) at getting down to 137. I'm not sure if I'm willing to eat as carefully as I would need to do for that, but we'll see. I still track everything I eat, every single day. It works! Still running, biking and circuit training too, 6 days a week.

Update, September, 2014

I've been maintaining around 145, which is not easy, but doable. I will always need to be careful about how much I eat, and I see tracking as a permanent part of my life. But it's worth it! I'm still running at least 12 miles a week, and doing circuit training and biking as well.

Update, September, 2013:

Since reaching my goal weight one year ago, I've struggled a bit to stay there. It's fairly easy for me to hang out around 150 pounds, but 142 is a challenge. Part of the trouble is that my clothes still fit and it's not that obvious whether I'm at the higher or lower end of the range. I would like to maintain around 145 if possible, and I'm working to get back there.

Update, September, 2012

I've been on Spark People for 2 1/2 years now and have reached my goal weight of 142 pounds, but truthfully this journey to health, confidence and acceptance of my body has taken 30 years. Along the way, I've become a runner, achieved a streak of 1000+ monthly fitness minutes for 26 months in a row, changed my family's eating habits, and made some of the best friends ever here on Spark.

What I wrote at the the beginning of this life-changing experience is still true today:

"I have so many great things going on in my life, and I want the outer me to match the inner me. I want to be the person I'm supposed to be, and be healthy and strong to make the most of this one life God has given me. Thank you for being part of this journey!"

If you'd like to read more about my 30-year struggle with my weight, here's the blog that tells the story:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042576

Goals for 2019:

~Get down to 137 pounds and see if that's a reasonable new maintenance weight for me.

~Continue to seek new cardio activities to replace running.

~Complete Slim in Six's Tear It Up workout.

~Daily Bible study/devotion time.

~Daily prayer time with my husband.

~Play the piano at least twice a month.

~Organize family photos and memorabilia.

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Reminder to me (a giver and a perfectionist):

~Set reasonable limits on your time and energy;
~Identify your frustrated yearnings and find new ways to take care of yourself besides eating,
~Vent unpleasant emotions - in a journal or in the mirror - to diffuse them faster than food,
~Progress, not perfection!

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I'm striving hard to practice moderation and mindfulness in my eating. One of the tools I'm using is the Hunger Scale. For anyone who's interested, here's the Hunger Scale from www.hungerscale.com:

Hunger Scale Explained

0: Starving. Ignoring body messages, eating disorder.

1: Weak and light-headed. My stomach acid is churning.

2: Very uncomfortable. I am irritable and unable to concentrate.

3: Uncomfortably hungry. Your stomach is rumbling.

4: Slightly uncomfortable. I am beginning to feel signs of hunger.

5: Comfortable. I am more or less satisfied, but could eat a little more.

6: Perfectly comfortable. You feel satisfied.

7: Full. A little bit uncomfortable.

8: Uncomfortably full. You feel bloated.

9: Very uncomfortably full. You need to loosen your clothes.

10: Stuffed. You are so full you feel nauseous.

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STARTING WEIGHT: 182 pounds.
STARTING WEIGHT WITH SPARK PEOPLE: 167 pounds.

GOALS:

160 pounds (met 3/22/10)

155 pounds (met 4/17/10)

150 (met 6/14/10)

145 pounds (met 7/23/10)

Completing One Hour Runner (met 9/29/10)

Goals after getting new scale and resetting my weight:

Maintaining my running over the cold winter months: (met 3/1/11)

145 pounds: (met 3/11/11)

A perfect two week eating streak: (met 5/20/11)

Running at least 624 miles in 2011: (Met 12/31/11...I actually ran 700 miles.)

Getting back to 145 pounds: (met 5/23/12)

142 pounds: (met 9/1/12)

Getting back to 145 pounds: (met 5/20/14)

Getting back to 142 pounds: (met 6/30/16)

Getting back to 145 pounds again:

Getting back to 142 pounds again:

Getting down to 139 pounds:

Getting down to 137 pounds:


Member Since: 1/27/2010

Fitness Minutes: 131,955

My Goals:
~Less joint and muscle pain. DONE!

~Fit into smaller jeans. DONE!

~Feel good in my clothes. DONE!

~Be full of energy and life. DONE!

~Be my best self!


My Program:
~Eat at least 5 fruit and vegetable servings daily

~Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily

~Track everything I eat and stay within ranges

~Burn 2700-3000 calories each week through exercise

~Run 3 days a week, 12-15 miles per week

~Circuit train 2-3 days a week

~Cross-train 2-3 days a week

~Get 8 hours of sleep nightly

"Hunger is not an emergency: it's a signal that I'm really going to enjoy my next meal."
~WATERMELLON

"If the problem isn't hunger, then the solution isn't going to be found in the refrigerator." ~SUSIEMILO

"Don't do anything to lose weight that you wouldn't do to maintain that weight loss. It won't be sustainable if you can't do it forever." ~TEACHINMOM

Don't ask, "What will taste the best?" Ask, "What is the healthiest thing I can eat?"
~CANOE10



Personal Information:
I am 5'5" tall.

I love:

~My family!

~Gardening, especially growing roses, lots of flowers, and our own delicious fruits and vegetables.

~Reading.

~Being outdoors enjoying God's awesome creation.

~Chocolate.

~Spring.

~Running and hiking.


Other Information:
Miles Run:

2011: 700
2012: 791
2013: 653
2014: 523
2015: 573

Races:

Run For Tomorrow 5K-- 9/25/10--32:18.

SparkPeople Virtual 5K-- 4/11/11--30:11.

Deshler Daze 5K--6/18/11--32:44.

Buffalo Run 5 Mile--9/11/11--52:56.

Monster Dash 5K--10/15/11--34:17.

Spark Trick-or-Treat Trot Virtual 5K--11/3/11--31:51.

Monster Dash 5K--10/20/12--33:00.

Spark Trick-or-Treat Trot 10K--10/27/12--67:00.




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  • v BESSHAILE
    Easter Blessings to you honey - may your heart soar with thoughts of the Resurrection. The best gift we've ever been given. I'm so glad you're my friend.
    31 days ago
  • v BESSHAILE
    Thanks for the bloglove, honey - on the divide and conquer topic. Been eating like there's no tomorrow for a few days - funeral food, anniversary food - time to scale it back today. Thank heavens for the glorious weather we're getting - it makes going outside so much fun.

    May you have a blessed Easter celebration. We are promised the appropriate rain for the sadness of Good Friday and the fitting sunshine for a resurrection Sunday.
    33 days ago
  • v BESSHAILE
    Thank you my friend. We are off in a short while, to be with the family and will be away a couple of days. I appreciate your bloglove and your condolences very much.
    35 days ago
  • v BESSHAILE
    Thanks for the bloglove hon. Interesting what you said about the Diet Pepsi - 2 weeks ago I just suddenly thought I drink way too many of them. I decided to try a month without them. LOL - I am aware of how easy they are to swig down. Twice now I've given them up for Lent - once with a bad spirit and the next year with the right attitude. But this time I just knew it was time to take a breather. Not that I'll never ever have one - but I was drinking the stuff every day. Just needed to take a break.

    Anyway - Isn't it good I am not resentful about having to sort of trick my DH into trying my idea. What is it about husbands that if the suggestion comes from their wives they immediately reject it? Is late marriage too much like being siblings? Whatever - drink your water, sweetie.
    37 days ago
  • v BESSHAILE
    Thanks, darlin', for the bloglove. The real discipline of the Little Good Idea List is to read it daily. Like daily prayer - it keeps me focused on things I could be doing - things I want to do, just forget. It also gives me credit for paying attention. Even adding something to the list is considered a Little Good Idea. Do something scary is another.

    anyway - I was really struck a week ago by how many more little good things I will think of and remember to do, if I give the original list a peek on a regular basis.

    Wishing you well on this April Sunday
    44 days ago
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