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The first two shots are what I did look like in late 2007/early 2008. The third was taken a few weeks ago showing where my lack of exercise has left me. Please ignore the fashion faux paux and the horrible expression in the third shot. haha!

Background info:
After having almost hit 160lbs in early 2007, I finally started working on my fitness goals. From late 2007 to summer 2008 I had the body I had always wanted. Toned, flexible, and trim. I was working out at the gym 4-5 days a week, going out dancing, eating healthy. A happy 125lbs for my 5'7.5" stature was where I had plateaued (although at one point i had gotten down to 115lbs, that was just a bit too thin for my taste).
I had built decent arm strength, slightly visible oblique muscles, and the ability to do the splits again (something I had not been able to do since 1999 or so). I was right where i wanted to be and happy. But something happened. Winter came and I become obsessed with eating carbs and sweets for the winter, maybe I was getting ready to hibernate. I also get seasonal depression disorder which makes me snack more and go out less.

Whenever fruits go out of season I start to eat worse cause I am a VERY PICKY EATER. I live off cereal with soy milk (i have IBS so i stay away from reg milk), pizza, oranges, apples, bread, cookies, gummy bears, granola bars (the ones with chocolate), burgers (not fast food ones though), unsalted peanuts, and home made fruit/frozen yogurt-smoothies and watermelon (in the summer). This is what I buy at the grocery store EVERY WEEK! SO I am very limited as to what my taste buds enjoy. I only drink water and orange juice. Rarely drink alcohol (maybe once a month), quit smoking over two years ago, and not a fan of any drugs. In fact I'm even allergic to most over the counter medications now. I get hives.

My gym I belonged to closed down to "move" Dec. 31st 2008 and has not reopened so I just joined a new gym. But three months without a good workout and eating lots of junk food the past 6 months has been killing me. I lost any sign of ab muscles, my flexibility is minimized, I look like I've gained 30 lbs, but i only gained 15 (muscle weighs more than fat though, I know), and my migraines, OCD, and depression have worsened.
I just started a new gym membership last week so hopefully I will start to feel and look better soon.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
One last thing, I don't know how many people with IBS or other issues have this problem but I always seem to feel bloated, even after only eating something small like a cup of cereal or my 12oz smoothie. Not sure if it's the soy milk doing it now or if my body is just adjusting but since I started working out again, i feel/look larger and my pants feel tighter. Does that make any sense?

Member Since: 3/25/2009

Fitness Minutes: 4,160

My Goals:
To gain muscle tone, lose about 15 lbs (or just turn the fat to muscle, so i might not lose anything), increase flexibility, try new exercises, and do more fine art modeling.

My Program:
I work out generally 5 days a week, some weeks are busy but I try to at least get my cardio and stretching in on busy days. I'm keeping my nutrition diary up to date so I can watch what I'm eating. I am trying new exercises from the internet and in-person classes.

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My name is Cheryl and I'm a metro detroiter. 26 years old.

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