See this image larger
Finally fit :)

See this image larger

See this image larger
me with dave matthews, halloween 2005, before any weightloss

go to goodies page
Gold Star
go to goodies page
Fruit Salad
go to goodies page

Interact with AMBYRLE
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment Recent Message
Board Posts

UPDATE 3: I've dropped to 135 after all. It's so weird. I'm actually having to put more effort now into preventing my weight from going too low than keeping the weight off. I don't think much about food anymore and only remember to weigh myself once every month or two. I'd say that's pretty indicative of permanent lifestyle changes ;) I finally achieved becoming a runner, too. I'm still very amateur, but I can run 3 miles with no trouble. It's incredible to remember that there was a day when running for five minutes without stopping seemed like an unrealistic goal and more than ten minutes was The Impossible Dream. Now I can run nonstop easily for over 30 minutes!

UPDATE 2: Reached my goal weight :) I thought I might need to go to 135, but I'm a size 6 and don't want to be any smaller. I fell off the exercise wagon, though, and I need to start with that again. Definitely need some serious toning. The best part was buying a new wardrobe :) I've actually been at my goal weight for a couple of months now, and it hasn't gotten old yet! It's everything I dreamed and more, ha ha ha. Oh...and even being small, trying on clothes is still frustrating, and the wrong clothes still make me look fat. Amazing how much styling has to do with it...

UPDATE: If you're looking for a workout plan starting from zero, go back in my blog entries to Day 1 Workout (titled December 14, 2009 but dated December 29, 2009). This was the workout I followed after not doing a thing for 7 months due to my back injury).

My biggest challenge: my times off the wagon involved an absent-minded tendency to skip meals, which has ruined my metabolism. I have to work hard to make sure I get enough calories every day (see my group on support for undereaters for more information).

12/29/09 - I spent 7 months off the wagon. I dislocated my sacroiliac joint (between my left pelvis and spine) and couldn't work out at all for 6 months. Then it finally, miraculously, popped back into place. I spent a month letting the incredibly weakened-from-disuse back muscles strengthen to normal and the cartilage to heal. As of 12/14/09, I'm back on a regular exercise routine! I'm back to my highest weight, but I'm bound and determined to get back in shape.

My method is 2 days of circuits, 1 day of yoga/cardio, repeat. I also use the body bugg. The circuits are based on Jillian Michaels, from her website, which I highly recommend to anyone starting out. Circuits are great for anyone who loves weight training and has major ADD issues with cardio ;) I also emphasize a healthy diet and stick to whole foods as much as possible.

Member Since: 9/11/2005

Fitness Minutes: 4,670

My Goals:
to be strong and fit

to successfully and completely do Downward Facing Dog (legs straight, heels on the mat)

My Program:
circuit training, body bugg, running, po' man's optifast

Personal Information:
Navy wife, mom of 3 boys, owner of Cherith Brook (, living in the PNW

Other Information:
use ambyrle at gmail dot com to find me on myspace or facebook! :)

Read More About AMBYRLE - Profile Information moved here. (Updated October 24)

Shown if member clicks "Read More"

(Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
My Ticker:
 current weight: 135.0 
Login to Leave Comment
    Hi there I haven't seen you around lately. I hope All is Well. emoticon
    3356 days ago
  • v BFB_IS_BACK!
    You always have the most logical perspectives and explanations. You should start posting on your blog daily!
    3554 days ago
    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog. You're right. I hadn't thought about it that way but it makes so much sense. Thank you!
    3726 days ago
  • v KIMMIE:-)
    I read your blurb for the Help for Under eaters Team. The explanation of under-eating, was great. It totally explains why my scale is going up and not down. I forget to eat all the time and people look at me like I am stupid. "what do you mean you forget to eat?" And then they look at me funny because I am not skinny. It is so hard to explain to the average Joe what is really going on with my body. I am actually starting a new diet that I came up with for myself and I was going to make the calorie intake for the day a lot lower than what I am at right now. Your post reminded me that I need to stay above1700. emoticon
    3912 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/16/2009 10:28:42 AM
    I'm a skier and here to tell you that you can ski NOW.

    Without a doubt you are ready and capable and a prime candidate.

    I'm assuming you mean downhill skiing... maybe that's not accurate.

    Let me know if there is anything that I can do to help you along on the journey! Good luck!
    4087 days ago
Member Comments (10):  12Next >