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I first found SparkPeople in Sept 2009. I was 167 lbs and wanted to get to 125 lbs. I felt that with my height and build 125 lbs would be a reasonable goal for me to attain. I was doing well and had lost some weight when I decided to quit smoking... during the holiday season no less. I gained about 15 lbs and realized I needed to get back on track. I was watching my food intake and exercising daily when one morning in Feb 2010 I awoke in excruciating pain. 4 months later, 3 visits to various doctors and 10 weeks of PT I was diagnosed with a herniated disc in my cervical spine. Unfortunately, I was unable to exercise, lost strength and sadly they weight kept coming. Over the summer I had several steroid injections to help the pain and with that came more weight. I finally had surgery on 11/11/10 and was on restrictions, all I could do was walk. Even though the bone graft hasn't started to fuse I've been OK'd for PT. Along with that I have decided to return to SparkPeople, set new goals and reclaim my life. I am currently at 208 lbs and my goal is 150 lbs. It's more than my goal weight a year and a half ago but I feel it is attainable and will re-evaluate when the time comes.

Note: My profile pic is from when I weighed 193 lbs. Apparently, I'm the one who is taking the pics most of the time and I have no newer pics.

Member Since: 9/27/2009

Fitness Minutes: 11,321

My Goals:
My 1st and foremost goal is to start liking myself for who I am.

My 2nd is to lose weight but more importantly be HEALTHY.

My 3rd is to be able to eventually run a 5k.

My Program:
I am eating healthy; however, I allow myself to have one meal during the weekend where I can be not as strict.

I move my body everyday. Whether that be walking, dancing, hula hooping etc.

I do modified strength training 2-3x a week.

I cut back to 1 c of coffee a day and switched to unsweetened green tea (decaf) and lots of water.

I'm also giving myself one compliment a day to make me realize I am important and deserve to feel good about who I am.

Personal Information:
My name is Mariah (Minah is what my niece called me when she was little) and I'm 40 yrs old, I answer to either name. I've been married for almost 4 yrs to my best friend but we've been together for 10 years. We don't have any children but do have one very spoiled furbaby. A 14 you cat named Baby 'Tooth.

Other Information:
I enjoy photography, web design, hiking in the woods, walking my niece's Rottie, and volunteer work. I also enjoy making people laugh :)

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    Hey there, just checking in. Haven't seen you online in a couple of weeks. Guess you've been Sparking, I just haven't seen you post on the local team or whatever.. summer camps are almost over. Abby only has a week left. Hard to believe I'm going to have a 1st grader in a few weeks!
    2080 days ago
    Ran into Cooper and his parents today in Keene. Even though it was the weekend he was wearing a camp shirt. He has grown since I have seen him. My hubby sees him once or twice a week but I only see him every couple of months or so etc.. He is going to be taller than his parents in a few years I think. He is catching up to them fast.
    2100 days ago
    My daughter is going to day camp through Amherst Leisure services. Are you working at the camp in Greenfield this summer?
    2120 days ago
    thanks for commenting on my blog.
    2147 days ago
    There is a new user on Spark from your town. I gave her your username as another local Spark person. She might look you up and say "HI".
    2168 days ago
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