2007 Family Portrait (taken in February) - 170ish pounds here

August 2002 - 155ish pounds


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My name is Kris. I am married to my high school sweetheart Justin, and we have two great kids (Gabrielle, born 2/12/03; Spencer, born 2/12/04). I work in business development for a non-profit association in DC, and most of the time I absolutely love my job.

From the age of 6 until high school graduation, I was a competitive (roller) figure skater. I practiced on average 3-4 hours a day after school, generally 6-7 days a week. Needless to say, I always was in decent shape! I was never thin; I had a lot of muscle and I ate a LOT (but could get away with it, since I was so active). After high school, I quit skating and my weight slowly ballooned over the years. I went from 130 to 140 to 150, etc. On my wedding day (in 2002), I was 155ish and was a size 10/12.

Then I got pregnant. The day my daughter was born, I was 180. On the day my son was born (exactly a year later), I was 235. Seriously.

On April 19, 2004, I went back to work after maternity leave and I also started at the gym. I "ate right" but didn't consider it a true diet, because I never restricted myself from the occasional treat. I went to the gym for 30-60 minutes every single day that I went to the office (generally 5 days a week) and did not work out on the weekends. By November 1, 2004, I was 168.

And then, for some reason I cannot articulate even now, I quit. Just like that, I was done exercising. I fit my pre-pregnancy clothes, the holidays were coming, the exercise was getting boring... I had a lot of excuses, but everyone was so complimentary about how I looked, I figured... OK, I'm good.

For the past few years, my weight would shoot up about 10 pounds then I would be "careful" for a month or two, and it would go back down the same 10 pounds. I kept saying, "Oh, soon I will get serious about going back to the gym." Or I would say, "I'd like to lose some weight next year."

I have always dressed carefully, avoiding things that are not appropriate for my body type, so most people are in disblief when I tell them my actual weight.

On Christmas Day 2007, I was 178. I joined SparkPeople, and for a while I was a fiend about tracking food and exercising. But I quickly lost the motivation. During 2008, I went through phases of being healthy and active (dropping into the low 170's) and then went through phases where I ate with reckless abandon (getting as high as 180). On Christmas Day 2008, I was 178 pounds.

Finally, in 2009, I found the motivation I needed to make permanent changes. Today I'm anywhere between 149-154 -- again depending on how much indulging I've done lately. If my weight starts creeping up to the high end of that threshold, I immediately "get serious" and avoid the treats until I stabilize.

A close girlfriend of mine is getting married in a few months and I'm excited to be pretty average looking instead of being "the big bridesmaid."

I've come back to SparkPeople to help me get from my current weight down to my final goal weight. I still have food issues that need to be managed, and that's going to be a lifelong struggle.

Member Since: 12/30/2007

Fitness Minutes: 360

My Goals:
I will journal my food intake daily.

I will learn to balance treats and everyday foods, to live a healthier life without dieting.

I will get down to 140 by Christmas Day 2009.

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Workout plan: 30-60 minutes of cardio activity 4 days per week

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    Just dropping by to see how things are going in your busy life! Hope you had a good week. I have been holding steady and that's not where I want to be lol. Stay motivated. You can do it!
    3774 days ago
  • v MELGIRL1120
    Hi Kris!!
    I think you look great!! I know you'll be able to reach your goal
    You can do it!!! How are the kids?? They must be getting so big!!!
    Good Luck with everything!!
    3776 days ago
    You are looking so good Kris! I can't believe you have 45 pounds to lose! I also have about 40 to 45 pounds to lose so I think we need to motivate each other.
    3784 days ago
  • v JMARCY
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. It looks like we have a lot in common. Good luck with your goals!
    3792 days ago
  • v LEIGH9876
    Hi Kris.......thanks for the comment on my blog. Like you, I also used to be involved in sports, but my passion was running long distance. At one point I was running close to 10 miles a day. Life happened... I had a daughter, and well, you already read about my love affair with cookies. (HA!) It's hard to start over, but I am so excited about it.

    I think 2008 is going to be a wonderful and exciting year for you. From one working mom to another....good luck, and you can do it girl!
    3792 days ago
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