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Hey all, I'm Judy, I live in Jerusalem, Israel. I'm 26 and taking control of my health in the "prime" of my life. Each day is a gift. Let's make the most of it!

Update May 16, 2011:

I'm coming to terms with the fact that after years, this is not just a temporary "fat" phase after being very skinny in h.s. and college. I'm taking control of the disordered eating that has plagued me for years.

I readjusted my goal weight from 130 to 135. I think that it is more realistic and sustainable, but in more than a year on SparkPeople I haven't gotten any closer to this goal :(

I walk to work about 25 min each way and sometimes I bike commute when I have a meeting out of the office. I do almost all my errands on foot.

I am working on eating cleanly and avoiding packaged goods and foods with additives.

I say "I know I can succeed" because I do anything I set my mind to do, and somehow I just haven't totally committed to this healthy lifestyle thing, for all sorts of reasons I have greater clarity on each and every day. This all has been not just physical work, but a lot of emotional and psychological work on self-acceptance and self-confidence.

Many friends think I am super healthy because I exercise in a formal way and eat healthy, but they don't know that I have in the past turned to food to stuff away emotions and binge eat, or exercise in order to burn off calories from a binge. In other words, I'm not so healthy overall.

I've been on Spark for more than a year and my weight has just flittered up and down. It's hard to stick with a plan that's tough enough to work but not so tough that I fall off the saddle after a week!

Member Since: 3/27/2010

Fitness Minutes: 27,876

My Goals:
I would like to reach my goal weight of 135 lbs. I have never been there long - either under (anorexic) or over (from binge eating). A more important goal is to end these forms of disordered eating and self-destruction!

I want to go back to feeling good and full of energy and for my clothes to fit better.

I would like to run the next Jerusalem half marathon.

*20 regular pushups!*

My Program:
I am trying to stick to about 1800-2000 cal / day.

I walk at least 10,000 steps a day 6 days/wk

Personal Information:
I'm a newly wed. I was unable to lose weight before the wedding, but at least I didn't gain from stress. My weight seems to stubbornly creep up a tiny bit each year, no matter what happens. This frustrates me.

I find it most productive to focus instead on goals like running farther or faster, or doing more pushups.

Other Information:
I welcome feedback on my nutrition / fitness tracker. I find it difficult to log both each and every day, but I do my best to log at least my fitness.

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  • v APPLESKI25
    Thanks! I think I am or was a member of that team. There are so many similar teams on here I try to cut it down otherwise I get overwhelmed.
    As far as compulsive overeating goes, I feel like at this point I've read it all before. I just need to keep hearing encouragement, combined with a healthy dose of @ss kicking :)
    3644 days ago
  • v TWINTS
    You should look into the "Compulsive Overeaters" team. I'm on it and it's really helpful and I don't feel so alone when the Binge Monster attack me!
    3645 days ago
  • v TWINTS
    Sorry about your crappy day. emoticon I had one of those four days running last week. Just try again tomorrow and don't beat yourself up over it.
    3645 days ago
  • v APPLESKI25
    I hear ya on gyms... I belonged to Swan on Emek Refaim last year. It was decent, but NYC prices for a pretty small facility with bad hours. I go the DVD route and take a yoga class once a week.
    About running shoe stores, the customer service and variety just doesn't exist here at the level it does in the States (at least not in Jerusalem). I would try Tel Aviv maybe? I stock up on sneakers and other workout gear when I go to the U.S.
    3650 days ago
    hey, thanks for the comment! i technically didn't make aliyah, i just married an israeli. im in the process of citizenship, so thats a whole different story. about the gyms here, i checked out giraffe, but it just seemed too expensive for what it offers; or im just used to the price i paid in the U.S. So i've been working out outside this summer, and did videos at home during the colder months. maybe you know: is there a specialty store in jerusalem that can do a shoe fitting for running? where they watch how you run and determine which type of shoe is best for your running style? ... im in the market for a new pair of kicks...
    3651 days ago
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