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2012 update:

I wrote the intro below in early spring 2009, when I first found SparkPeople. I did great on the site, and in less than a year lost almost 40 pounds....20 of which I've regained in the 2 years since I stopped counting calories. I still want to lose another 40-50 pounds, and have a deadline of potential graduate school interviews next spring as my new motivation. I'm in a great relationship, which I was not when I first found SP, and while one might think that would give me greater motivation, it's hard to count calories when my girlfriend is a big foodie (and doesn't have to worry about her weight)! While I don't think counting calories is sustainable forever (at least for me), I think I need to do it for a while again to remind myself of what a proper serving is, and why it's okay to not finish every bite on my plate. As I wrote below, I completed the C25K running plan, and have actually managed to maintain my love of exercise and even running over the past few years (I've completed over 10 road races!). I successfully battled a knee injury that kept me from running from Nov 2011 to July 2012, and am back on the roads and have even run another race since. However, I am in retrospect grateful for the knee injury, because it forced me to join a gym, where I discovered a love for swimming laps, strength training, and mindless zoning out on the stairmaster watching Netflix! I've made some more progress, but I've got a ways to go! Thanks for stopping by!


Just a girl hangin' out in the city...

Hey everyone! My name's Sophie. I'm a college student, and I've been overweight as long as I can remember (longer, if my childhood pictures are any indication!). I've always tried diets, but nothing's been effective at helping me lose weight. I've been an active yoga-practicer since the middle of high school (about 5 years now), but that wasn't enough to really do a lot for my weight since I was still eating badly. In February 2009 I decided that I needed a serious overhaul and started using SP (heard about it through my roommate). I'm now exercising 5 days a week (too busy on the other 2!) and have started the C25K running plan, with the hope of registering for a 5K in Summer 2009 (right now I'm looking at a few in early June) and completing a sprint triathalon by the end of 2010.

In terms of food, I'm a pesci-vegetarian (I eat fish sporadically), and am working on eating more unprocessed foods. I do eat some "diet" foods (Splenda...I'm trying to get rid of it!), but I would like to cut out as much of the fake and processed stuff as I can. I really enjoy cooking and baking when I have time for it, and love trying new recipes.

Member Since: 1/29/2009

Fitness Minutes: 26,387

My Goals:
SW: 208 (Jan 2009)

SW: 190 (May 2012)

CW: 171

First GW: 180
-reward: spa pedicure
MET 6/16/12

Second GW: 171
-reward: new bathing suit
MET 9/23/12 - a little late in the season for a new suit, but I kind of cheated and bought a new one (a 2-piece!) when I went on vaca in July anyway :) and I love it! I want to schedule a massage for Thanksgiving week when I'm home with family, so that's incentive to lose the next 9 by then!

Third GW: 162
-reward: massage

Fourth GW: 155
-reward: new boots

Fifth GW: 148
-reward: weekend away

Final GW: 140
-reward: lots of new clothes (if I maintain for at least 3 months!)

My Program:
Formal cardio workout five or six days per week (swim, bike, stairmaster, run, hill walking) with three days of specific strength training (weights or yoga). Someday I would like to have a personal trainer to help me develop a great weight-lifting program (I think it is one of the most important parts of looking good and being healthy).

Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Really, Michael Pollen said it best. I try my best to eat food straight from the source, with as little added to it as possible. I follow an veg-heavy omnivorous eating plan with little soy. Now, just to control portions of that real food!

Personal Information:
Originally from just outside of Boston, now living in Brooklyn. I work in psychiatry research at a local medical center and love it!

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Good things come to those who work.

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