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My small Size 3 Butt...I MISS IT - I have SO many cute clothes I can't wear!

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Me in Italy, 2005

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Maxine, my baby, on the left, and her mother Diamond (R.I.P.).

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Okay, so although it is NYE, this is NOT a New Year's resolution. I am back on Spark! I was gone for a while but I didn't stop working out and TRYING to eat right. I had some great success losing weight, but after my vacation, I put it all back on. :-( I am going to start keeping track of my food intake to hold myself accountable until I can get in the habit of not eating junk. If I see how much I'm putting in my body, I KNOW I will be good. Wish me luck. I am getting married in July and want to look like my former self.


I did it! I did P90X today!! YIPEEEEEE

Update: 4/3/11

Today I made a decision to start P90X. I did it back in 2005 for 30 days before I left for Italy, and if you look at the pics from Italy I didn't have great results. This time, with all the running I have been doing and eating healthier, I've seemed to lose only maybe 1 or 2 pounds. NOT enough. So, now I'm going to try it again. Wish me luck!!

Update: 3/6/11

Well, a few things happened and a few things didn't. Bad news first - what DIDN'T happen: I didn't get to "sexier than ever" by my 40th birthday (sigh). I didn't weigh myself consistently like I said I was going to do in January.

BAD NEWS - what DID happen: My dog was diagnosed with a spinal problem. Her thoracic vertebrate are growing closer together (old age). As a result, she is having a lot of problems getting around. She is also unable to "hold it" like she used to and especially on her medication. My place (my boyfriend's place really) is mostly all carpeted! I hate to put her in a crate. She's 10 and has never been in a crate except for a few months when I moved into my new condo, but it was for her own safety.

I just celebrated my 40th birthday - that sucks but what can ya do?

Finally, being so busy I haven't had time to get on SP and miss it!

On to the Good news - what DID happen: Since Dec., I have been working out (running mostly) like a fool. I signed up for a half marathon so that it would force me to work out. It worked. I worked out consistently for Dec., Jan., and half of Feb. I took two weeks off (lots going on), but I'm back on schedule.

Another piece of GREAT NEWS: I got a NEW JOB! After 7 months of being unemployed, I finally got a job. It's a good one too! I'm super excited about that!

Finally, another bit of good news is that I finally completed my first half marathon! It took me a LOT longer than it should have, but that's what happens when you take 2 weeks off before the race. It doesn't matter. I completed it. That's the farthest distance I have ever run, and I am proud of myself!

I have signed up for a half marathon and will be racing my first half on March 6th in Ft. Myers! I'm so excited!!!

As of 1/25, I will be weighing myself weekly. The scale tells ALL!

Hi! I'm Lisa, I live in Naperville about 30 or so miles west of Chicago. I am a teacher by trade...substituting at the moment.

Last time I was on SP consistently (2.5 yrs ago), I not only reached my goal, but I surpassed it. I was working out consistently until work got crazy. After a while, I got lazy and gained a bunch of weight back and lost a lot of muscle. :-(

I don't weigh myself anymore. I used to until I started weight training heavily. I knew that no matter how my clothes fit, if I saw a high number on the scale I would be upset. I didn't want to do that to myself psychologically. I just go by how my clothes fit and how I look in the mirror. :o)

The picture to the left is me two and a half years ago. I was in California visiting some friends. Skinny butt ... I LOVE it. Now I look more like the picture of me in Italy right below it. It makes me sad.

My 40th birthday is coming up in February, and I want to be sexier than EVER by then.

I am eating so much lately and am having a very difficult time controlling my diet. On the upside, I have been working out consistently, but as a result of slacking off so much, my conditioning has suffered greatly.

I have been both lifting and running, and I love doing both. Living in Illinois, it's kind of hard to get good runs in outside during the cold weather. I'm hoping to be able to start running 5, 8, and 10 Ks in the spring/summer and am considering even a half marathon. Since flights on SWA are so cheap these days, I am also considering flying out to Florida or some other warm place to participate in organized runs. I need to keep myself out of the house and away from food too.

Member Since: 1/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 20,924

My Goals:
I would like to reduce my body fat %, drink 64 oz. water/day, exercise at least 4 times per week, reduce and keep consistent track of my caloric intake, complete my half marathon in March, and most of all - be able to wear a bikini this summer and look GREAT in it.

My Program:
Diet & Exercise: Training for my half - exercising 6 days per week, and heavy weight training.

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Lisa, Naperville, IL., Dog owner, teacher.

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Love my dog (and just about any animal). I have had cats, ferrets, and prairie dogs in the past. Favorite Movie: Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Favorite Book: The Lovely Bones, Devil in the White City, or Angela's Ashes.

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    Hi, I too saw your post about tracking and I believe learning portion sizes and finding out what foods are high in calories is important. I also believe food quality matters much more than we give it credit for, making the simple eat more and exercise less slightly more complicated.

    If you want to gain muscle and lose fat it's really important to do the right kind of workouts and eat the right kind of foods. Especially at your weight, which is not overweight IMO. At some point the scale becomes really ineffective at telling you if you're making progress because when you put on muscle your going to look smaller but weigh the same. At some point how you look, how your clothes fit and if the measurements on the tape measure are going down have to become more important than a number on the scale. I can guarantee you the women in the pictures of what you'd like to look like weigh a lot more than you'd think. Muscle is looks amazing and makes you strong but it's heavy.

    There is a free podcast I enjoy listening to called The Calorie Myth/The Smarter Science of Slim (Unfortunately I can't post a link here, you'll have to google him), that you might like as well. While I don't always agree with everything he says 100%, he is a really smart guy and makes a lot of sense when he talks about nutrition and exercise.

    All the best to you,

    2664 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/30/2014 10:41:07 AM
    I saw your post re: recording everything you eat.

    You are technically not overweight and you say you are "muscle-bound" and we all know muscles weigh more than fat.

    That said, I wish you all the luck in the world with your chosen program. I logged all my foods until I lost my home internet for 2 years. I have no trouble logging but I pretty much eat the same things daily so I can just copy my meals from day to day.

    2667 days ago
  • v SCTF75
    Ha ha- saw your comment about the DD cup of coffee on the coffee poll- clicked on your page and thought I'd leave a comment- i'm about to turn 38 but look you (as do you, in your pics), and am from the Chicago area (living in Hawaii for now)... I am doing swimming, spinning, zumba, and am about to add some yoga and strength training... I also saw the comment on your page about not weighing yourself when you lift- I know what you mean- I add muscle quickly and it doesn't look like I've lost anything! Good luck!!1
    3122 days ago
    Saw you joined the 2-5 lb weight loss challenge thread - Good luck this month!!

    The last -5 to 10 lbs are the hardest to lose and some how they always find me again.

    Have a skinny weekend!!
    3132 days ago
  • v ICANDOIT2!
    proud of you..that is awesome. keep it up! :) lets be friends?
    3398 days ago
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