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Me with my Halloweenathon medal Oct 2016

2013 Jingle Bell Run - It was 16 deg F, but I ran the WHOLE WAY in 36 min!!

This is me unable to hold the 85 pounds representing the weight I lost! June 3, 2013


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As many of my fellow sparkers can relate to, I’ve had a long history of weight gain and weight loss. I've pretty much always been a "big girl" aka overweight or obese. There are a lot of factors to why I am this way. My favorite hobby, reading, is rather sedentary. I wasn't a fan of exercise and didn't really realize its importance until much later in my life. I, like most people on the planet, love to eat unhealthy foods - the ones with lots of things like salt, sugar, and fat in them. My family lines is "big-boned". I learned unhealthy habits, such as how it's OK to have a big slice of cake, as long as you have some carrots to go with them. I’m an emotional eater. And I probably drank more diet soda than was healthy.

I’ve lost weight several times before – once via good old fashioned “watching what I ate”, the other via Weight Watchers and most recently dropping 113lbs using MediFast. I’m particularly grumbling about the most recent time in that using MediFast really helped me lose the weight – and I wasn’t even doing a bad job of keeping it off until I got injured and then stopped being as diligent in my food choices.

But throughout the years of weight gain and weight loss, my biggest problem has been consistency. It’s hard for me to start up a program, but when I do, I can keep at it quite well – until I get that one OOPSIE, like birthday cake or the holidays, and suddenly, 20 pounds are back on. It also doesn’t help that I am an emotional eater and tend to think of foods as rewards or comfort in times of happiness or trouble.

But I can’t keep losing my way. My uncle followed my other uncle and my grandfather and passed away from a sudden heart attack at the end of September 2016. My mom has high blood pressure, and she ended up changing her lifestyle dramatically to lower her blood pressure (and she still is on meds for it). Now more than ever, it is large in my mind that I have got to establish healthy habits and not let food control me, keep me from living the life I want.

Of course, being within my BMI, wearing size 10 dresses and making better and better 5K running times are of importance to me. But at the core of this is just to get heart healthy.

Changes I am currently making:

+ Drinking sufficient water daily
+ Limiting the amount of caffeine I intake
+ Logging my foods into MyFitnessPal
+ Getting a minimum of 7000 steps a day
+ Working out 5X a week, 30min per session
+ Making healthier food choices

These are changes I can make; they are just challenging whenever you’ve become lazy and haven’t been doing them.

My Motivation:

+ To get back into my Calvin Klein Size 10 “Little Black Dress”
+ To get back to my 34 min 5K running time
+ To lower my blood pressure

Thank you also to all my SparkFriends, who have encouraged me when I was down and shared in my successes! You guys are awesome - together WE CAN DO IT!!

Member Since: 3/12/2009

Fitness Minutes: 14,237

My Goals:
+To make healthy food choices on a day-to-day basis

+To make organic foods a priority and try out a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle

+To have the energy and stamina for my job (which often involves hours-long standing, walking, and stair-climbing)

+To be confident in myself and my body and

+To love my body no matter what

+To feel sexy in my body no matter what shape it ends up

+To experiment with other forms of exercise, such as biking and hiking

My Program:
+ Drink AT LEAST 64oz of water a day

+ Eat small, nutritious meals every 2 - 3 hours

+ Cook one meal a day that combines meat and veggies

+ Take time 3 days a week to exercise, whether it is yoga, the fitness center, or just walking during lunch

+ Learn that one OOPSIE is not the end-all, be-all. Mistakes happen; it's what you do after your mistake that determines your reality. You can realize you flubbed and move on, or you can choose to return to the lifestyle that gave you nothing.

Personal Information:
I've had a variety of (embarrassing) nicknames over the years, but you can call me "Carolyn".

Other Information:
Things I like:

+ Reading (I'm an avid reader and read about 90 books a year)

+ Writing (I love to tell stories and write essays about my thoughts and feelings)

+ Movies (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings)

+ TV (House, Battlestar Galactica, Red Dwarf)

+ Music (Madonna, P!nk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)

+ Burning Candles (Yankee Candle is my favorite brand)

+ Knitting & Crocheting (My specialty being typically flat items - afghans and scarves - and hats, such as the one in the photograph to the right

+ My cat (An adorable black cat owns me and has been with me for 3 years)

+ Collecting (Star Wars, female action figures, Monster High, and Bratz)

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