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Kris and me after he finished the full marathon, and I had rested up a bit after the half

My dad, sister and I (my mom was taking the picture)

Me with my darling Krisha in Hawaii.



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Several years ago (3/07, amazing how time flies!), I realized I was getting a little chunky. After an incident involving 4 lbs of jellybeans, I knew I had a SERIOUS problem with sugar. I cut out nearly all carbohydrates from my diet for 7 months, lost ~25 lbs and felt great.

After a year of eating little but wheat bran and kale, I was down to the lowest I have ever weighed in my adult life (114 lbs), and to be honest looked pretty sickly. Admitting that I would never be able to 'lose' my diet resistant belly fat, I decided that I looked 10x better at 118-120, so I let myself relax some. I have since discovered that the secret to having a toned tummy is consistency in diet and exercise, not starving myself.

Complicating matters slightly, food is a major part of my life, even when I'm not eating it. I work in flavor development, exposing me to all sorts of amazingly unhealthy 'foods' an a daily basis. Making your calories work out when you've consumed hundreds of calories of oil in taste trials or fighting cravings after a tablespoon of HFCS just makes things a bit more interesting. I completed my M.S. in food science in January '09, something I am quite proud of.

Back on the wagon, and I love the SparkPeople nutrition and exercise trackers!

Member Since: 8/21/2007

Fitness Minutes: 32,764

My Goals:
Now that I'm planning my wedding, I have a nicely concrete goal and target date to aim for!

I'm hoping to work off the 5-10 lbs of fluff I've put on over the summer, and get toned and fit to look and feel great for my wedding day!

My Program:
Back on the stick!

I eat a low carb/high fat diet of green vegetables, meats, eggs, yogurt, cheese, and of course plenty of olive oil and butter!

Trying to start running again, after a summer off. No races planned besides a Thanksgiving 5k, but I hope to be comfortable running 5 miles at a stretch by the end of the year.

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Just a girl from Jersey, making the world a little tastier. Yes, I work around food. Yes I have to taste it. Yes it can be horribly tempting. Upside is I have ZERO desire to eat at chain restaurants anymore.

Something of a loner by nature, I make every effort possible to do things by myself if possible, even if that makes it 10x more difficult.

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I am the least photogenic person on earth, so the pictures really don't do me justice.

I have a wicked sweet tooth, and will devour any quantity of jellybeans left unattended in my presence. When I'm being good, blueberries fill the void :-)

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