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6/25/2013 - I've managed to maintain for ONE YEAR!!! I've bounced around, but never gone more than 4 pounds above my goal. I'm loving my fitbit, which helps me make sure I'm active enough, and I feel pretty great. Many thanks to sparkpeople and my sparkfriends - I've never stayed at a goal weight this long before!

3/19/2013 - I am not terribly awesome at maintaining it seems... The good news, is I'm NOT letting myself get too high, but I keep ditching the tracking and then gaining little bits. Then I track again, and lose it. I guess this is sort of maintaining, with a 5 pound bounce in there... :) I think the lesson I'm learning is that if I don't track, I don't stay at my fighting weight. So... I'm going to commit to tracking for a while again, and then see if I can maintain with tracking just a few times a week. I don't know why I hate to track! In happy news, I'm an exercise junkie now, so even when I'm 5 pounds up, I'm a tighter and leaner girl. :)

7/25/2012 - After almost exactly 7 months on SP, I reached my goal weight of 125. I'm feeling great, but now I'm waiting to see if I keep losing weight or if I stick here. I'm not upping my calories to a maintenance level because I want to make sure I don't bounce back up!

My original intro (12/27/2011) - I'm a college professor, mom of two and wife to one. I gained a lot of weight after my first kiddo, I was pretty unhealthy, and I worked hard with exercise and diet to get back to health.

I got all the way down to 115, and I felt great! However, that weight is perhaps a bit too low for me, as it was hard to maintain. I watched as the weight slowly crept back. I got here to SP before I was anywhere near my heaviest, but I do have a good bit of work to do. I'm aiming to get to 125, and stay there this time! I want to get back to feeling my best, by returning to a healthier weight.

Member Since: 12/28/2011

Fitness Minutes: 69,060

My Goals:
Goal Weight: 125 - reached 7/25/12

Goal for August:
960 fitness minutes

Other past goals:
*Get to healthy BMI level by 1/28 - COMPLETED - 2/4 (just a smidge late)
*Heal my back and return to workouts by 2/27 - COMPLETED
*Get to 131 by 3/23 (my birthday!) - COMPLETED

My Program:
I am a Chalene Johnson addict. I enjoy her workouts more than any fitness program I've ever tried. I'm doing turbo fire right now, and mixing it up with the strength training from sparkpeople.

Personal Information:
I live in Austin, TX, and I love it here! I'm a professor of psychology at Austin Community College.

Other Information:
I don't know what color my eyes are baby, but my hair is long and brown... :)

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    Hey! I see you are still earning Spark Trophies so I guess you are still active. I just wanted to say hi since it's been so long. Hope you are enjoying your summer.
    1792 days ago
    As I adore you!!! I haven't checked for several weeks, we are like minds, lol. Cra Cra busy!! Hope your semester is going well. Trying to stay on top of piles, doing pretty well so far :)
    2079 days ago
    Hello, I am one of Julie's (Mandelovich) Sparkfriends. Another one of her Spark friends just told me that Julie's husband was taken to the hospital, and she could certainly use some love and support right now. Thank you!
    2079 days ago
    P.S. I'm so so sorry about your mom. Yes, I'm really glad we are doing home hospice and that we get the additional support. I'm also just glad that my husband can be at home through this journey; I love that he has comfort, dignity, and the ease of being at home.
    2089 days ago
    Thank you for your lovely comments and support. Your words are very wise and true and I'm eager to get back to the easier path of self care. And thank you for your encouragement.

    I love your distractor idea - imagine doing 10 jumping jacks instead of binging. What a positive switch! I just read a book suggesting waiting 10 minutes before indulging an urge. I hope to employ both strategies. Thank you.

    I have a home health aid for 3 hours/day during which time I go to the gym and run errands. And I have a massage therapist for my husband coming each day so I take a walk in the park at that time. All good stuff.

    Please tell me why you know about hospice? I'm so sorry I don't know why...

    I'm so glad I reached out for support this morning from the wonderful Spark community. You are all lights in the darkness for me.

    "People are like stained glass windows...they sparkle and shine when the sun is out; but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
    2090 days ago
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