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1/2011 - I changed my profile name from KAH5000 to BABYBEFIT. I thought it was appropriate since I am trying to be fit and have a baby!

Welcome to my Spark page! I've been a member of SP since January 2008 but I'm just now getting back into it. I am 24 years old and I've struggled with my weight for years now. It has contributed in the past to bouts with depression and eating disorders. I constantly yo-yo dieted and then fell right back into emotionally eating because I just wasn't seeing results. At times I was weighing myself 8-10 times a day and then just crawled back into bed because I hated what the scale told me. I've always been a fairly active person, who loves the outdoors and sports. However, I also love food.

I currently live in PA with my husband and our cat, Bubba. I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Psychology and I recently received my Masters degree in School Counseling.

When I look at other people's Spark pages, I always wonder how tall they are. Weight varies with height and I like to compare notes with people who are around the same build as I am. I am 5'4" and currently weight around 140 lbs. I have incredibly short legs and a long torso, and most of my weight is in my hips, thighs and butt.

A couple things I've learned (but I still have a long way to go!)

1. Keep people in your court who are going to MOTIVATE YOU. Rid yourself of negative comments from others and find support from friends and family who love you and are behind you 100% of the way. This journey isn't easy. It has been a blessing to have my husband be as supportive as he is. Even when I engage in negative thoughts and talk, he constantly stands by me.

2. The number on the scale should matter less than how you feel. I'm guilty of not following this standard almost every day, but I realize more and more that if I'm exercising simply to shed pounds, it is a lot harder to motivate myself. I'm exercising to BE HEALTHY! Having a long and fulfilling life is what is most important. Although the scale may not budge, I feel better inside and out and can tell a difference in my energy level.

3. Stop undereating! Sounds backwards, doesn't it? For sooo long, I tried to count, count, count calories to keep them close to 1,200 a day. Guess what? The scale only stayed stagnant and even went up at times. If you are exercising, you need to eat more! Eating less and exercising more is sabotaging your metabolism. Figure out your BMR (basically how many calories you need just to LIVE) and go from there. To lose weight, it is recommended to only lose a pound a week to be healthy. That's only a 500 calorie deficit per day. So if you are exercising, make adjustments to your calorie range!

4. It is INCREDIBLY hard to consistently work out and stick to a plan for a length of time. Mix it up a bit. Instead of droning on at the gym on the treadmill or the elliptical, get outside. Go for a walk, a bike ride, or my favorite-a hike. Invest in a small day pack and put some weights into it. This has become one of my favorite cardio activites. I have a pack that I load with 16 lbs and hike up very difficult, steep trails. It burns an incredible amount of calories but its also fun! There is an great sense of accomplishment when I reach the top of a mountain.

5. The scale is NOT your friend. But it is also not your enemy. Relying too much on what the scale says will make you go insane. That's what it did to me. I was weighing myself 8-10 times a day and I was driving myself nuts! As a woman, my weight fluctuates daily, even hourly. I would be a stable weight one day and then the next day be two pounds heavier! Now, although it drove me insane, when I thought about it-I could not have gained 2 pounds in one day. I would have needed to eaten 7,000 calories and I could guarantee myself I wasn't doing that. So just take a deep breath, use the scale as a measurement of progress, be rational about it, and leave it at that.

My Workout Activities of Choice:

Hiking with pack and weights; Running; Walking (about 3-4 miles); Elliptical; 30 Day Shred (Jillian kicks butt!); Anything else outdoors.

Member Since: 1/25/2008

My Goals:
Continue to battle my negative thinking and 'fat talk' during the process of trying to get pregnant!

My Program:
Since I've had to revamp my exercise routine (see blog), I exercise a lot less than I used to. I can only work out every other day for an hour a day, so I usually spend that time running and lifting weights. I was in the process of training for a 1/2 marathon but now I keep my runs between 4-5 miles each.

Personal Information:
SW: 148-150

Other Information:
I love anything outdoors...but my favorite would definately be hiking. :)

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