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On top of Mooney Falls, Grand Canyon, NV (132-ish)

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Welcome to my page. My name is Lynn, but most people call me "LB". I live in a suburb north of Atlanta, GA. My journey:
Unlike a lot of folks, I didn't grow up 'chubby'. I've never been overweight until I hit a "certain age" and then KA-POW, seems the weight just packed on...and on and on. At my heaviest 2 years ago, I weighed 170 and I'm just not built to carry that much weight.

Losing is a constant struggle for me as I can't seem to understand that I just can't eat anything I want whenever I want, like I did growing up. Maintaining constant focus is hard and as you can see from reading my updates below, it has been an up & down affair. BUT, I have a vision in my head of the person I want to be and what I want to look like and that's my steady goal. :D

UPDATE: 12.12.12
I am now a licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor!!! Yay!

UPDATE: 2.28.11
Still rocking & rolling. I've been sick for quite a few weeks in a row and I've been on steroids & not able to work out. That has really bummed me out. I've gained a few pounds but I've got determination. I am still dancing, still hiking, still canoeing, still mountain climbing, still "adventuring". If I take my pulse right now, all in all: life is good. I have not YET done my last cartwheel!

UPDATE: 9.20.16: I have gained all my weight back and lost it again. That's the good news. I was been diagnosed with DCIS, Breast Cancer on 9.1.16. That's the bad news. A double mastectomy with reconstruction is scheduled for 10.5.16. I'm struggling but still eating healthy meals. I will be teaching my last Zumba class in a while tonight.

UPDATE: 9.14.10
Who-ooooo! I just finished my first ballroom competition on Saturday and what a total BLAST! We came in 1st place in the Smooth Multi-dance competition (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot) and 2nd in the Rhythm Multi-dance (East Coast Swing, Cha-Cha, Rumba). It was so much fun and really an exercise in getting up & over it. It's SO hard to put myself out there and be judged but I did it. I was nervous, but I did it! And came home with ribbons, too! Wow! I surprised myself again & I'm so proud of ME!!! :D

UPDATE: 1.11.10
Time for another update! I'm still o &n SP and I've had to recommit. Got up to 140 just being lazy. No excuses. I stopped going to work out consistently and though I was dancing quite a bit, it wasn't keeping it off as I had hoped. I'm back to working out, and following my own example! I had started to feel the negative self-talk coming back and I REALLY don't want that, so it's back to logging my food every single day and working out combined with the dance.
I have a new, little skimpy latin costume that I want to look good in, so that's my motivation!
Here I go....I know, it's hard to keep up! LOL
Loving life,

UPDATE: 3.20.09
Still Sparking! I gained a little over the holiday and am at 132 right now. I have been dancing my heart out and even contemplated completeing (YES! eeeeeeck!). Getting back to a workout schedule....and am planning on fulfilling my life long dream of visiting (read: backpacking down into) the Grand Canyon this year. I'm so excited! I'll get where I'm going....just give me time! :)

UPDATE 8.4.08
Wow! Can't believe it's been this long already. I've maintained my weight loss for over a year! I'm at 121 pounds at 5'6" and that is a comfortable weight for me. I'm dancing a LOT and doing any variety of outdoor activities to stay fit & healthy, working out 3x a week too. Spark People ROCKS! ;)

UPDATE 12.10.07:
Up a little to 133 pounds but I'm on it! Also, I've gained a bunch of muscle. In fact, 1/4" on each arm of pure muscle (yeah!), so I'm less concerned about the number only. I still feel and look great (if I do say so myself..hee hee). Though I haven't been hiking much at all in the last two months I have been dancing like a crazy women. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Still checking in with SP daily and still continuing my health and wellness journey...things are looking good all over! ;)

UPDATE 8.28.07:
Still maintaining my weight between 128-131 pounds. I feel great and guess what??? I joined a Dance Class! OH MY! I've been going for a couple of weeks now & I love it. Stayed tuned....what's next on the agenda is anyone's guess! (wink)

UPDATE: 6.25.07
Still maintaining. (Yeah!) I hike amost every single weekend, usually logging anywhere from 6-10 miles. I feel fantastic.
Still rollerblade some but the hiking seems to be more enjoyable for me since I love being outdoors. I even went tubing down the river. Next on the agenda:
-More caving in TN
-More hiking
-Rafting down the Oconee
-Join a Dance Class

Body goals:
-Lose some more belly fat.
-Tighten up the thighs & buttocks.
-Tone & sculpt my arms & back muscles.
Hugs ya'll!

UPDATE 4.25.07
LOOOOK at me! Since beginning this journey 6+ months ago, I have met my goal of losing 35 pounds. I've actually lost almost 36. Changes? Yeah baby!
*I'm in clothes that haven't fit in YEARS!
*I LOOK younger!
*I FEEL great.
*I workout, I've even run a little.
*Confidence UP, Self-esteem UP, Attitude UP!!
I AM that person I wanted to be!

Member Since: 3/15/2004

Fitness Minutes: 22,530

My Goals:
*To maintain my weight but continue to firm, sculpt & tone my muscles.

*To continue my water intake & work out schedule of 3x per week at the gym.

*To hike and/or do another activity as often as possible.

*Start my own Zumba Class!

Oh my, have my goals changed!

My Program:
*Do Zumba and/or strength training 3x or more a week.

*Drink at least 64 ozs. of water daily.

*Dance, Canoe, Walk, Rollerblade, Hike, Dance, Zumba, LIVE!

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-Guardian to 3 MinPins
-Trained & competed in dog agility for 10 years
-Hiking DIVA!!!
-Ballroom Dancer & Competitor

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  • v MINNIE
    it's great how the MC is thriving. you know i've always loved it. you are so creative and encouraging.
    610 days ago
  • v MINNIE
    it's great how the MC is thriving. you know i've always loved it. you are so creative and encouraging.
    610 days ago
    Thank you for the positive encouragement on the mini challenge yesterday. Yesterday was a bit rough bc my workout is somewhat limited by recent hip injury so I was excited by your Zumba workout... Living vicariously through others right now. lol
    873 days ago
  • v USTINYA2015
    Okay--so I made it through the week with "no sugar" aside from my coffee sugar in the morning (which I consider a "gimme").

    LB--this mini-challenge has actually made a big difference in my life (for this week!), and that's not something I'm taking lightly. The manageable goal gave me the kick in the pants I needed to get going again. I weighed in at 168 this morning--only .5 up from my tracker. That weigh-in--well, it's covering a lot of crappy variability over the past three weeks of stress that I'd/I've been going through.

    I hope you are feeling a difference from this week too!

    Looking forward to hearing from you--again--I know how busy we all are (myself included) and/but I really value the contact with SP friends who are running a parallel journey to my own--at least in regards to weight & metabolism issues!

    I'll be interested to see the next MC. Am hoping that it comes in at that right level of "evil yet doable" for me again!

    897 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/6/2015 7:57:04 PM
  • v USTINYA2015
    Hi LB--I was thinking of joining the mini-challenge group today, but it looks like it stopped being active in October. It seems like a great group--is it going to start getting going again, any time soon?

    I totally understand if your focus has moved on--just looking for some info.
    902 days ago
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