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I had grown up through my young years, "tween" years, teen years... through my 20s with never a problem with my weight. It wasn't until my late 20s when I landed an insanely stressful job and unhappy (x)marriage that I started packing on the pounds. I was drinking way too much to deal with the stress, and with the drinking came the late night fast food runs-- the rest is history. I vowed to reclaim my life before my 40th birthday... I am now 39.

My lowest point was in 2003 when I hit about 220 lbs. It hit me one day in 2006 that something had to change-- I just felt and looked awful. So I started doing research on nutrition and fitness. In 2006 we (2nd hubby and I) became vegan, 2007 we quit drinking, 2009 I quit smoking, and 2010 we completely cut out ALL processed foods. I have since lost over 80 lbs, after having been steadily losing 6 lbs a month after resetting my metabolism...

I am happy to say that I am now down to a "normal range" BMI though I tend not to put much stock in BMI other than a general guide, not set in stone... I have always been a muscularly dense person... even now I am on the very low side of body fat %- borderline "under-fat"-- I never knew there was such a thing~LOL~ but for someone who is not athletic I should ideally be sporting more body fat apparently haha. No wonder I'm always cold LOL...

So I have gone from a size 20/22? {{I have NO photos from me then!}} in 2003 to now (today) a size 6/8/10 depending on the designer (and if they use vanity sizing or run small)- I'll call it an 8, and I have no complaints. I am still trying to lose another 16 lbs but that is just icing at this point. Getting down to 135-130 would be alright with me, too.

I am also very glad that it has taken a LONG TIME to get where I am because believe me, I did not want to shrink faster than my skin could keep up... and I remarkably have very few stretchmarks as a result of the slow loss. Unfortunately I will, however, opt for a breast-lift sometime in the near future... that is something no time or exercise can take care of :( but at least it's hidden =)

Member Since: 6/12/2009

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Finally busted 140! I remember when I could not bust 180 no matter what I did. Ugh plateau. That's when I learned how to re-set metabolism... which takes about 3-6 months of hard work and patience... and NEVER looking at a weight scale... (but inches were coming off!) Then I couldn't bust 160... Eventually the work paid off and the scale started moving again :)

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I now eat about every 2 hours or about 6 small meals a day... just making sure I don't get hungry... and make sure I don't eat too much, nothing salty, nothing fattening- always vegan, organic when possible, fresh... so far, so good. I follow mostly McDougall's nutrition guidelines, but a bit less strict: I aim to eat about 10-15% calories from protein like (tofu, tempeh, or seitan,) 7-10% calories from fats (i use sesame oil, eat variety of nuts/seeds,) and at least 70% from complex carbohydrates (all kinds of fruits, veggies, beans, lentils, sprouted flourless breads, dark chocolats, vegan varieties of odwalla or bolthouse green or blue smoothies (NOT THE PROTEIN ONES!), and coconut milk when I have a sweet tooth :) and staples like potatoes, brown rice, etc .) I try to get at least 10- 20 mins cardio a day, if not, at least 20 mins of cardio 3x/week and try to be moderately active the rest of the time. I also supplement with a daily liquid multivitimin, liquid b-12, D, & cal-ma

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    You're doing so well - and I love that you're doing it slowly. I'm trying to do the same thing, going slow enough that I know I won't gain it back. I remember when you really started working at all this in 2007. I wish I'd known then about all my tooth infection stuff, grr. Still, I'm losing it all again now...
    2460 days ago
    I hope the momentum holds up! I'm struggling so much with the heat these days. I just need to keep pushing until cooler weather comes in!
    2471 days ago
    Good to see you here, Erika. :) You're doing fantastic!!
    2540 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/9/2011 7:52:01 PM
    Hey, sorry I missed your comment on my sister's page (LauraJG1) last month about carbs. You are absolutely right not to cut them out. My point was that if I am eating enough raw fruits and veggies, I don't need to be eating a ton of extraneous grains. :)
    2564 days ago
    thank you for the words of encouragement! I am really trying to do better things for my body as well as lose weight. I hope that the transition will be smooth....but we shall see!
    3185 days ago
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