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Until recently, I have never had to watch my weight. Growing up, we were encouraged to have a "healthy appetite" which often meant eating two to three times the appropriate portion size of pasta, potatoes, and other comfort foods. Luckily, due to genetics and an active lifestyle, it didn't have a big impact on my weight. I ate whatever I wanted and remained thin.

After graduating college I got married and began my first real job. The combination of bigger dinners with my new husband and sitting behind a desk 9 hours a day caused me to gain almost 15 pounds in two years. Although I wouldn't say I was overweight, I was definitely heavier than I needed to be.

For a while, I was in denial about how much weight I had gained. I had watched too many friends and family members make themselves miserable by chasing after a perfect body. I did not want to go down that road, so I avoided it completely.

Eventually, I realized that it was not just about looks. Sure I wanted to like what I saw in snapshots and look good in a bikini. But more importantly, I wanted to feel better overall. The weight gain had made me lethargic and down, tired and irritable. I wanted my energy and happiness back!

I also realized that just because I'd seen others take the wrong approach on weight loss didn't mean that I would do the same. Weight loss in itself isn't bad, it is the approach that matters.

For the first time in my life I began to consciously watch what I ate and make an effort to hit the gym more often. I thought it would take me two or three months at most to get back to my previous weight. Eight months later, I'm still chipping away at it!

Tracking my calories has been an eye-opening experience. Not only did I completely underestimate my caloric intake, but I didn't realize how little protein I was eating throughout the day. Other small changes like eating a bigger breakfast and adding more fruits and veggies to my day have helped tremendously.

I have lost 10 pounds so far and it feels great! I have been working out 4-5 times a week and watching my portion sizes.

As I get closer to my goal weight I am beginning to think about the transition to maintenance. I am somewhat anxious about this step in my journey because I am afraid of reverting back to my lifetime habits of oversized portions. I am trying to remind myself how much better I feel now that I have adopted healthier habits, and hopefully that will motivate me to maintain my weight.

Member Since: 4/16/2006

Fitness Minutes: 7,176

My Goals:
-Lose 20 pounds in 6 months
-Tone / build muscle
-Run another half marathon

My Program:
-Eat 3/4 fruits and veggies each day
-Drink 8 glasses of water every day
-Stay within my calorie limits
-Eat enough protein

-Strength Train 2-3 times per week
-Cardio 3 times per week (500 calories each session)

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