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Motivation! I want to wear those clothes again. About 150-155, September 08

This is where I want to be again- athletic and strong!!


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I started on Spark in Feb 2007 and at the end of summer 2007, I'd lost 30 pounds and reached a low weight of 144, and did my first triathlon on August 26 2007. I looked and felt awesome.

Over the next two years, I would gain 10-15lbs in the winter, and then lose again in the summer.

The same pattern has held true each year, but now I'm bouncing between a higher start and end weight -- the lowest I've been since summer 2008 is probably 160.

Lots of little fits and starts to try to do better, but nothing has stuck. 8 years and I don't seem to have learned anything except how to yo-yo. I know HOW to lose weight, but I don't know how to motivate myself, or to maintain losses. For me it seems to be all or nothing, which is not a long term solution...

After gaining 45 pounds during my first pregnancy, I'm back down to my pre-pregnancy weight, but still a good 25 lbs above a healthy long-term weight, and things have shifted and I've lost a lot of fitness.

I'm reading a lot about WHAT foods to eat, and I'm more and more convinced that watching carbs (not counting veggies!!) is the way to go. I'm also trying for good gut health.

Member Since: 1/26/2007

Fitness Minutes: 68,438

My Goals:
I want to avoid my nemesis (sugar), be consistently active, and keep my body in a state in which I feel athletic and not slobby.
I want to lose between 30 and 40 pounds total and find and maintain a healthy adult weight. I want to continue improving my running and biking strength and speed and continue to compete in races.

My Program:
Eat lots of veggies! No sugar or processed food. Keep grains to a minimum except on high cardio days. Drink lots of water and get lots of good fat and protein.

10k steps per day at least 6 days a week. Add activity into daily life wherever possible.

Personal Information:
I'm Martha, I'm 36, from Virginia, but living in Connecticut with my husband, my son, and our cat. I work a desk job with some travel.

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Music is central to my life and keeps me going. A good song will make me move, or help conquer my fear if I'm trying to ski a hard trail.
I also like to read, and like re-reading favorite books (I think I must have the record for number of times reading Pride and Prejudice.)

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    Hey Martha! Just checking in. Been EONS! So many changes for us all! Hope you're well & happy. emoticon
    895 days ago
  • v MONICA_W
    Ha - it's hilarious that all I seem to post on your page are "hey, how's it going?" messages in the comments down here... but here I am, doing it again.

    I hope all's well with you and that you're still going strong! emoticon
    1857 days ago
  • v MONICA_W
    Hey! As much as I can barely read this black-on-blue page, here I am, checking in on you. emoticon Are you Sparking again? Are you still CrossFitting? Paleo-ing? How's everything? It's been such a long time! I'd love an update.
    emoticon and happy new year, Martha!
    1995 days ago
  • v MONICA_W
    Hey Mar!

    How's the rest of your summer gone? I was ridiculously busy but really missed Spark these past few weeks! I see you've been as active on here as I have... what's new with you? There are some beautiful recent photos on your Facebook!

    Hugs and hope to see you on here again soon!
    2122 days ago
    Hey Martha! I haven't been on here in forever...as in probably early 2009. I'm thinking about being more active on SP again, but it's changed so much! A little overwhelming! I now have 2 (!!) little girls, still working and trying to get back on the fitness wagon.

    Looks like you are still active around here, so I thought I'd say "hi"!

    Hope all is well.
    2152 days ago
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