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me surfing feb 2009 - 205ish

Cousins in Minn 2004 - me at about 250?

1999 - approximately 175 pounds. size 12. i thought i was so fat. i am probably 17 years old here


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Updated 12/4/2011

Recently diagnosed with celiac disease, so now I am trying to follow a gluten-free, vegan diet. I'm currently working FT, attending graduate school, and completing an internship so I have very little free time - it is making it hard for me to cook/eat the way I need to and get exercise in. But those are really just excuses. If I made it a priority, I could do it. I have a lot of support from family and friends.

Am I going to be doing this my entire life? Talking about getting healthy, losing weight, doing it for awhile and then falling back to where I was? It is sad and frustrating. I am back up to 250. I have gained 20 pounds the past year while I have been in grad school - but basically my weight has been increasing since I stopped eating vegan. In the year & a half since my last update I have gained 40 pounds. Ugh. And now I have less time.

Updated 12/9/09
Well, my journey continues. I’m not where I had hoped I would be right now, but I am content and comfortable. I’ve maintained 211-218 for almost the past year, with very little effort. So my body is comfortable at this weight, and I’m not having the physical problems I was having (trouble walking, pain in my ankles, etc). However, I have a long way to go am still focused on getting fit and healthy. I would be ecstatic if this time next year I was under 175. I am pretty disappointed that I haven’t made any progress towards my fitness goals (running a mile) and that I am no longer eating vegan. I eat vegan most of the time, but I have gotten pretty lax especially when it comes to dairy. So my plan is to get back to eating vegan, and getting to the gym for some cardio 2 times per week. It’s definitely doable.

Looking back at how it all started…

I started struggling with my weight during my senior year of high school when I was no longer participating in swimming as actively as I had in the past. I was approximately 150 pounds when I was 16 and very in shape from swimming. By the time I was 18 and had started college I was 175. By the time I was 21 and graduated college, I was 240. I moved to Boston and was running and eating really healthy and brought my weight down to 210. Then when I was 24, I moved in with my boyfriend and watched my weight creep up to 250. I started Sparkpeople but then lost my job in April 2007 and my weight peaked at 269. For the first year on Sparkpeople, I participated on & off in tracking my food and being on a team and lost about 20 pounds, but my weight was pretty steady around 245. In June 2008, I began eating almost completely vegan (mostly for health reasons) and the effect was dramatic. I lost 40 pounds & felt great! My excema was gone, I had more energy, slept better – my body definitely took to it. In December 2008, I was at 205 and happy. I got through the holidays without a problem, but then went on a cruise early in 2009 and have been 211-218 since.

Member Since: 8/18/2006

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My Goals:
Run a mile.

Wear a size 12.

Achieve and maintain a healthy BMI (141 lbs).

Eat vegan, eat gluten-free.

Live my life with behaviors that align with my values.

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Eating vegan and "close to the source". Now adding gluten-free to that.

Water aerobics 2x week.

10 minutes of cardio every day.

Morning wii yoga 2x week.

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    Okay, you caught me! I haven't been on here in awhile =) I keep going down 3 pounds and then right back up - I blame my mom! How did you do on your cruise? I'm sure that has to be really really hard there! I love your picture though - what fun!
    3389 days ago
  • v MYSIDE
    Welcome to Webwalkers again- Hope to see you on the board soon. Stay warm.
    3396 days ago
    Hello I'm Esther. I want to welcome you to Webwalking. I'm pleased to meet you.
    3399 days ago
  • v HONEYBEE56
    emoticon Hi!

    I was just checking out a molasses cookie recipe you have here at sparkpeople and thought I'd drop by your page to see what else you might have up your sleaves...and what spark teams you may belong to... none?
    Just Illinois?

    Anyways, I'm going to give that cookie recipe a whirl. I've only been total vegan for about a week! LOL but vegetarian for 2 months before that...and 100% carnivor before that.

    You have lost an amazing amount of weight! Keep up the good work!

    emoticon Oh...
    if you have other yummy vegan recipes lying around that you wnat to share...drop by my page! Thanks so much!

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    3417 days ago
    emoticon on your weigh in this week! Another pound gone forever! Keep up all your great work!
    3474 days ago
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