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Michelangelo's masterpiece, "David"

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Michelangelo's masterpiece, "David," Before SP

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The front of my school and the sculptures my students made!

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It took Michelangelo FOUR YEARS to chip away at this gigantic block of marble, and turn it into this gorgeous piece of work known to us as "David." Michelangelo created it in the image of what was to be the worlds most perfect man. If he would have rushed it, it wouldn't have turned out to be the wonder that it is today. If he would have tried to take too much off at one time, the entire sculpture would have cracked.

Making his masterpiece took time.

Very similarly, if you take off too much of yourself, you too will crack. Sculpting yourself, both inside and out, takes time. Making yourself your own masterpiece cannot happen overnight. It's tedious, and its constant work. It's hard and wonderful all rolled up into one. But it's worth it.

You only get one you. Make it a masterpiece.
I went on the SP program before getting pregnant and lost 70 lbs. and got within 10 pounds of my goal. Getting pregnant was a shock to my system, and I pretty much ate everything in sight for 9 months. Now I'm back to where I started! So here we go again - this time armed with even more knowledge than before! Gotta lose this baby weight!

Member Since: 2/7/2006

Fitness Minutes: 132,431

My Goals:
SW: 205
Goal: 195
Reward: New piece of jewelry
Reached: 2/2/16

Goal: 185
Reward: New shoes

Goal: 175
Reward: New tattoo

Goal: 165
Reward: TBD

My Program:
I've done this all before, and got within 10 lbs. of my goal weight, and then my husband and
I decided to get pregnant.

2 beautiful boys (and about 7 years) later, I did the paleo thing and that worked well, but this time around I'm taking a much more relaxed approach. I am, first and foremost, working on loving myself. I'm feeding my body good fuel, I'm moving when I can, I'm enjoying my life with my husband and 2 sons. My theory is that if I love myself, if I treat myself with respect and acknowledge that what I weigh is only one small part of what I am, and if I appreciate my body for the machine it is rather than what I want it to be, the pounds will come off. So far, this is working for me.

I lift 3x per week with a trainer. rest days are for just thAt: resting and recuperating tired muscles. I get my 10k steps but dont stress out to get more than that.

Personal Information:
I'm living in Omaha, Nebraska, and teaching middle school art. I love my job, I love my home, I love my pets, and of course, I love my husband, Johnny, and my sons, Max and Milo. I enjoy being outside, and eating out with friends, biking, swimming, and relaxing with my family.

Other Information:
I ran my first triathlon in August 2012 and I'm seriously addicted! Then I got pregnant, had baby Milo, and now I'm ready for my body to be MINE again!

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  • v MRS.LAND
    Hi Leigh! Welcome to the shutterbugs team! Best of luck to you in reaching your goals. Together we can do it.

    4848 days ago
  • v MMWILLIAMS1984
    Hello! I wanted to welcome you to the Teachers Learning to Lose SparkTeam! We are so happy to have you here! I hope this team serves as an encouragement and a support for you as you continue on your journey. Please take a few minutes and check out our forums and introduce yourself to the team. Be sure to check out our January Newsletter, which will tell you what is currently happening in our team. Also, take the "getting to know you survey." It’s a great way for people to get to know you. There are wonderful people here. This group is a great place to be. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you!

    We have a program in the Teachers Learning to Lose team called "Accountability Partners." We pair people up with someone else in the team who they will have something in common with. This team and SparkPeople.com as a whole is very large, and can be rather overwhelming. Having an accountability partner really helps you connect. It's a great way to have constant support, motivation, and encouragement from another team member. If you're interested, just SparkMail me and let me know.

    I look forward to getting to know you! Have a fabulous day!

    4848 days ago

    I saw you at the Huddle. From one Leigh to another, Welcome. Remember to Reach Out before you Give In.

    4848 days ago
    Hi and welcome to the Teachers Learning to Lose team. I read in your intro that your school has a Wellness Committee, that is really great. Pilates will really help you develop those core muscles, I love it and try to do it at least 2 times a week, although I try to get in 3 times. Keep working, you can definitely retrain your palate and after awhile it is so cool to feel your muscles working and know how well developed they are. I feel so much more fit now and it is great. We're glad you are joining us, come and chat, ask for help if you need it. We are always there, someone will answer. If you have any questions feel free to send me a message.
    4848 days ago
  • v EMLIGHT60
    Welcome to SP! I am also a recent member (from Jan 12th) and have really enjoyed the support and encouragement very much. As I skimmed your page and your teams, I noticed we have a few things in common and I just wanted to stop by and offer you a buddy or just someone to vent to about anything. Stop by my page and let me know how you are doing. I know we can do this. Good Luck to us!!
    4848 days ago
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