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See this image largerWhat a difference some effort, dedication, and motivation can make. I remember the hike I took in the first photo- a touch over 1/4 mile uphill, huffing and puffing all the while. Stopping constantly, having to sit and catch my breath. Now I can conquer mountains with ease. I'm not yet where I want to be with my fitness level, but looking back at the progress I've made... it feels pretty amazing.(1 comments)See this image largerMy arms are no longer hams! I definitely still have some arm chub, but I'm getting some definition! Strength training is paying off! I'm also down to a size 1XL (XL in a few cases!) See this image largerFor me, mountains seem to make everything better. The natural beauty, the hours spent on the trails, the views from the top. Being without cell signal, internet, or stress. It's like a "reset" button for me. Hopefully I'll be back on the trails soon. I could definitely use it right now.See this image largerMy period bloat has gone down... leaving this chickadee at 250lbs on the dot! Watch out 240's! I'm coming for you!!! See this image larger17 lbs are GONE and I'm down two and a half sizes. I'm feeling pretty good!See this image largerIt's been a long journey on so many levels, but at long last I feel like I'm making some significant progress. 7% of my body weight is gone! See this image largerToday I'm doing The First Great Purge of 2017. I'm emptying my closet and my dressers. Everything is to be tried on. If it's too big or it doesn't bring me joy... it's outta here! Goodbye sizes 2XL and above!!!See this image largerI FIT INTO SIZE 16 PANTS TODAY!!! Sure it's a squeeze... but I haven't been able to even THINK about a size 16 since 2013.See this image largerI kept my favorite dress from high school. Today I tried it on for the heck if it. IT FITS. I love it just as much as I did at age 15! I'm getting my Morticia Addams vibes on today... it makes my little goth heart soar!!!See this image largerSimple, healthy, low-cal dinner tonight. Vegan "scrambled eggs" with stir-fry veggies. Seasoned with garlic, black pepper, soy sauce, and hot chili oil.See this image largerHopefully this will help me remember to take my medicines and vitamins.See this image largerI treated myself yesterday! I bought some new nail polish, went out for a scoop of vegan ice cream, and went to a massive dance party (I had to pay $20 for admission. Being low-income, that was a HUGE splurge, but totally worth it!) I spent the night dancing like crazy. I burned a ton of calories and had such a blast with my fiance and our friend! See this image largerIt's been a long road, and some days it feels like I haven't made any progress. But looking back... I've come so far on so many levels. I am stronger and fitter than ever, and I went from a size 22 to a size 16 in a little over a year! See this image largerWow! My closet feels so empty without all my 2XL+ clothing! It's such a relief to be rid of it all...See this image largerDown 19.6lbs now! Hoping to hit the 20lb mark very soon!See this image largerIt's shaping up to be a good morning! I'm down 20.4lbs! Also, my only pair of shorts is too big for me now. Looks like I'll be wearing skirts and dresses until I can get to the thrift store...See this image largerSame shirt, different day! So proud of my progress. #ssddSee this image largerI'm celebrating my SWEET 16 with a trip to the thrift store and some (much-needed) dresses for work! I'm phasing out all of my size 18's and 1XL's. I'm not fully out of plus sizes yet, but I'm getting there! #losingitSee this image largerHealthy homemade vegan ice cream! Just coconut milk and pureed fruit (mango, pineapple, banana.) Sweet and refreshing! See this image largerHealthy homemade vegan ice cream! Just coconut milk and pureed fruit (mango, pineapple, banana.) Sweet and refreshing! See this image largerBeach day! I'm proud of how far I've come in the past year. For me, it's been a journey of healing. Reclaiming my body and regaining my confidence after years of mental and emotional abuse by my now-ex. Realizing my strength and resilience.See this image largerWild low bush blueberries. Sweet, flavorful, and the perfect summertime treat. #forager #deliciousdailymomentSee this image largerSinless banana bread cookies! Just fruit, oats, a little vanilla, and a dash of cinnamon.See this image largerI took my first backpacking trip! Hauling a heavy pack up and down mountains is no easy feat, but this chica proved she could do it! My thigh muscles are killing me, but aside from that I'm in fine shape and fine spirits today!See this image largerBreakfast! Red lentil stew with barley and vegetables, plus a big glass of water!See this image largerWhipping up a batch of homemade vegan yogurt. 💕 #deliciousdailymomentSee this image largerBreakfast! 10 grain hot cereal, apple slices, chocolate peanut butter, and pomegranate tea. #deliciousdailymomentSee this image largerCrispy chickpeas! These are soooo good for snacking! #deliciousdailymomentSee this image largerDinner! Indian veggie patties and a side of red quinoa with veggies. #deliciousdailymomentSee this image largerI was craving potato chips, but opted for kale chips instead.See this image largerI was craving potato chips, but opted for kale chips instead.See this image largerFirst day at my new job! Hopefully having a more regular schedule will help me get into some sort of groove with eating, sleeping, and exercising.See this image largerFirst day at my new job! Hopefully having a more regular schedule will help me get into some sort of groove with eating, sleeping, and exercising.See this image largerI have my own desk at my new job! I bought myself a cute mug, and am keeping my desk stocked with tea. The tea seems to keep the munchies at bay during long school days. See this image largerTeatime!See this image largerTeatime!See this image largerOut of curiosity... how old do I look? I won't be offended by your answers!See this image largerI came out of my last relationship broken, mentally and emotionally beaten down, and over 90 pounds heavier than when I started dating him. He was a "chubby chaser" and sabotaged every attempt I made to live a healthier life. His mental and emotional abuse traumatized me. Healing has been a long, difficult journey... but my, how far I've come.See this image largerMy size XL shirt seems rather loose!See this image largerMy size XL shirt seems rather loose!See this image largerI can sometimes git into a size 14 now.See this image largerI took a walk in the woods today. 3.5-ish miles through the local wildlife sanctuary.See this image largerI took a walk in the woods today. 3.5-ish miles through the local wildlife sanctuary.See this image largerI took a walk in the woods today. 3.5-ish miles through the local wildlife sanctuary.See this image largerDinner! Japanese veggie and tofu stew, cucumber salad, tea, and fresh fruit. Yum!See this image largerVegan omelette made from okara (the leftover bean pulp from making tofu.) Stuffed with onion and vegan cheese. Served with cucumber salad, fresh fruit, and blueberry tea.See this image largerVegan tropical dreamsicle ice cream. Just coconut milk, longan, tangerine banana, apricot, vanilla, and a touch of booze (so it doesn't freeze into a solid block.) Super-yummy!See this image largerSecond attempt at making soy-free tofu. Not perfect, but it's getting there. Made from pinto beans and a little corn starch. Served agedashi style- fried and topped with scallions and vegan fish sauce.See this image largerI just restocked my car with healthy food for on the go snacking!See this image largerYesterday I went out foraging and began to make some homemade tea blends. They're such a lovely, guilt-free indulgence. Here's a personal favorite... juniper berries, peppercorns, and wild foraged pine. It's very high in vitamin C and antioxidants.See this image largerI did a mini beach cleanup yesterday. I walked ~5 miles through sand and rocks, carrying varying amounts of trash, all in below-freezing temperatures. An excellent workout and an excellent cause. Hopefully I spared some poor sea wildlife from getting tangled up in old fishing line or ingesting plastic.See this image largerSee this image largerTrying to get my macros right... I've been slacking on protein! I had a protein drink for breakfast, half a package of vegan jerky this afternoon, and am noshing on this for dinner. Veggie stir fry with tofu, edamame, and seitan. Served with quoina, lightly dressed greens, and tea.See this image largerProgress... slow but steady.See this image largerI picked up this little gem recently. I can't wait to get out and hit the trails!See this image largerNot the most flattering photo, but I'm getting stronger and regaining flexibility. I'm getting closer to doing a proper shoulder stand!See this image largerYoga is better with cat friends!See this image largerI'm enjoying my day off! I'm spending the afternoon exploring some of the trails near my new home. Rain just means the woods smell sweeter, and I have the trails to myself.See this image largerI definitely got my steps in today!See this image largerI spent more time out hiking today. It was miles of smiles, despite the wet weather!See this image largerLunchtime! Definitely eating my fruits and veggies today!See this image largerI went to the park with my fiancé! It was a such a nice evening for a stroll.See this image largerI came in second place in my Garmin steps challenge this week!See this image largerI'm improving with my shoulder stand attempts. Just a week of hard work seems to be paying off already! I still need work, but I'm getting there! #BeforeAndAfterSee this image largerI'm making progress with my life, embracing my confidence, and treating myself. I just bought my first crop top, and am feeling fab!See this image largerI'm almost done with my first daily exercise challenge. I'm pretty proud of myself!See this image largerI think I've been doing pretty well with this!See this image largerMy double chin is gone! Yay!See this image largerLunch time! Salad with pears, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and vinaigrette.See this image largerToday's walk: 7.25 miles around the Boston area, including an evening stroll through the gorgeous Mount Auburn Cemetery and Arboretum.See this image largerA well-deserved lunch break at the summit if Mount Cardigan. I didn't eat all the chili mac, but will probably polish it off for dinner.See this image largerSunday morning breakfast in bed! Salad time!See this image largerThis morning's arm workout: catching up on laundry using my hand-crank washer. Cheaper and more eco-friendly than the laundromat, and a good way to work on those biceps!See this image largerGetting back into the swing of this workout thing! I hiked Vermont's tallest peak, Mount Mansfield, this weekend.See this image largerMother nature treated me to a delicious trailside treat today!See this image largerThe wildflowers don't seem very bothered by all the heat waves that have been hitting New England lately. Thankfully the weather has cooled off some, and was comfortable enough for me to take a little walk in the woods today.See this image largerI'm finally getting some wonderful veggies from my garden! Kale and hierloom cherry tomatoes!See this image largerI went on a lovely sunrise hike today.See this image largerSee this image largerI tried carrot "bacon" for the first time iltoday, and I'm in love with it!See this image largerAnother fabulous day on the trails!See this image largerI'm thinking about switching up my diet. I'd like to focus on the types of food traditionally found in Japanese and Korean Buddhist temples. It's simple, healthful, and tasty, with a focus on fresh produce.See this image largerDinner! Brown rice topped with sauteed kale, vegan "chicken", and onion. Served with a salad of napa cabbage and carrot, and a cup of tea.See this image largerGardening is quite a workout! I harvested some kale and tomatoes, weeded, hand-tilled some more of the lawn, started building a trellis, and planted a few fall crops. I'm hoping to continue expanding my garden this week!See this image largerBreakfast doesn't get any fresher or more local than this!See this image largerBack to healthy eating! Today's breakfast: tofu, Japanese pumpkin, kelp, enoki mushroom, black mushroom, a dash of soy sauce, and a little sesame oil. Simple and tasty!See this image largerBreakfast! Tofu, four types of mushrooms, yam noodles, and kelp.See this image largerSunday morning breakfast. Stir fry with kale, beets, tofu, kelp, and three types of mushrooms. Served with millet.See this image largerTook an evening walk along the beach.See this image largerDinner! Tea, miso soup, and bamboo sauerkraut.See this image largerJust a little walk in the woods.See this image largerSnowy trails and cloudy skies. Could there be any better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?See this image largerA nice evening for a walk...See this image larger2019 GOAL: To hike the Long Trail in Vermont! It runs 272 miles from Canada to Massachusetts! I CAN DO THIS!See this image largerFirst hike of 2019! Just a quick trip up and down Mount Lincoln in Pelham, MA.See this image largerSome unexpected greenery in the dead of the New England winter. I hiked Mount Grace today, and had a great time on the trails!See this image largerA nighttime walk on the beach to clear my head and refresh my spirit.See this image largerI bought a new sticker for my water bottle. I'm looking forward to spending much of 2019 out on the trails!See this image largerSee this image largerI started the MITOC Winter School program last night. It teaches valuable skills for getting active outdoors in the winter.See this image largerI guess I'm not going to the gym today... or doing much of anything, really.See this image largerSometimes it's good to ignore that number on the scale. I'm heavier than I was back in '09, but my hiking has improved so much. My strength, speed, and endurance are all so much better these days. #BeforeAndAfterSee this image largerPacked up and ready to go! I'm off to hike the White Mountains in the morning!See this image largerIf ever there was a good day to calorie restrict, tomorrow is not it. Sugary, protein-packed peanut butter black bean brownies for tomorrow's winter hiking adventures.See this image largerI partook in a proud MIT Outing Club tradition today... the obligatory shirtless summit pic!See this image larger1am on a Monday, and I'm at the gym. Trying to kick depression in the butt BEFORE it kicks ME in the butt! Gotta love the endorphins released by a good workout!See this image largerDinner: stir-fry with pumpkin, mushrooms, beans, tofu, and kelp.See this image largerDinner time! Salad with chickpeas, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, cucumber, artichoke hearts, and baby greens.See this image largerI took a little hike today!See this image largerI was craving something sugary, so I made a sweet little salad. Baby greens, pepitas, pears, dried cranberries, and light raspberry dressing.See this image largerA little photo from today's walk.See this image largerI don't normally eat eggs, but these were a special treat from a friend who raises chickens! No butter on my toast today... I just dipped it in the yolk!See this image largerI've finally kicked my sugary coffee habit! Booboo doesn't seem impressed by this. 😂See this image largerTime for a little hike!See this image largerA post-workout pick-me-up!See this image largerI got to work early, so I'm enjoying some reading and a cup of green tea.See this image largerI hand-tilled some of the lawn this evening! It was quite the workout! I'm expanding my veggie patch this year.See this image largerFabulous pho for dinner!!!See this image largerLovely day for a walk. ❤️See this image largerLunch in the park. Vegan "tuna" salad on whole wheat, seltzer, and an apple.See this image largerTilled up more of the lawn, planted some seeds, and watered my little veggie patch!See this image largerDining al fresco tonight. Salad and celery sticks with a creamy homemade vegan ranch dressing and unsweetened berry iced tea. The dressing is only 110 calories per cup!See this image largerAfter a long day (and a LOT of yard work!) I treated myself to the massage chair at the gym.See this image largerGreat day for a hike!See this image largerToday's food/drink intake is pretty much just saltines, Gatorade, and water. I'm trying to kick this whole Norovirus thing.See this image largerI just got diagnosed with mono. It looks like I'll be continuing my saltine and pedialyte diet for a while longer... 😷See this image largerMid-afternoon snack. Cottage cheese (I added a handful of pomegranate seeds!) and a seltzer water.See this image largerToday is the first time in at least 6 years that I've been below 240 lbs. 🎉See this image largerSlow, steady progress. I've gone from a size 22 to a size 16! #BeforeAndAfterSee this image largerThai seafood & veggie chowder!See this image largerAnother great day for a walk!See this image largerWOOHOO! This chickadee is down to a size 14! I started at a size 22, so this is huge progress! 🎉See this image largerMy garden is coming along. In a few weeks, I'll have more lettuce than I'll know what to do with!See this image largerDue to weight loss, my old period panties had gotten far too big! I invested in some new, smaller ones and bought myself a little treat.See this image largerBaked salmon with quinoa and veggies.See this image largerPan seared salmon and a beautiful salad.See this image largerSee this image largerI was going through my Instagram today, and wow... I look happier and healthier than I have in ages. I still struggle a lot in life, but I also have a lot to feel good about and a lot to be grateful for.See this image largerAn unexpected side effect of Truvada: it regulates my appetite and blood sugar. Since I started on Truvada, weight loss has been slow, but steady and practically effortless.See this image largerI don't have a car right now, so I had to do my errands on foot today. The weather was gorgeous!See this image largerNot letting a little rain get me down. A quick 1 mile walk to the market & back, with a backpack full of groceries on the way home.See this image largerRoasted zucchini and summer squash! I'm having this and pan seared tilapia for dinner!See this image largerSalmon, miso soup, seaweed salad, and fruit.See this image largerGOALS! Someday I want to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail!See this image largerNEW motivation! I want to hike the Pemi Loop next summer!See this image largerA painting I did of Mt. Lafayette.See this image largerI climbed Mt. Washington! September 2016.(1 comments)See this image largerViews from near the summit of Mt. Washington.See this image largerMount Lafayette.See this image largerTomorrow's healthy bento lunch!See this image largerHealthy dinner.

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