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I'm Amanda, 27 years old, a lifelong East Coast girl now living in California! I've struggled with my weight as long as I can remember, but I never managed to lose more than the same 5-10 pounds. I joined SparkPeople a couple years ago, but I didn't get serious about changing my life until January 23, 2010. I originally set out to lose the weight for my wedding in August 2010, but it has become so much more than that! I want to be fit and healthy for the rest of my life.

Here are some things that I've discovered so far that have enabled me to lose weight and get healthier:

1.) There is no mystery to weight loss. It's not something that only some magical people can do. I can do it, and so can you!

2.) DENIAL IS UNACCEPTABLE! My body does NOT "like" being 160, 150, or 140 pounds. I DID just eat that cookie, and now I am going to track it, even if it means I went over my calorie range for the day. You get the idea!

3.) If you do what's best for YOU, you will stick with it and succeed. Do you prefer Zumba to running? Then go to Zumba! Does low-carb make you want to eat everything in sight? Then don't put yourself through that!

4.) Planning and researching what you will eat is always worth the time. Knowledge is power! Failing to plan is planning to fail.

5.) "Clean" food is better than processed food, even if the calories are the same.

6.) You don't have to be athletic or coordinated to be fit. I've never been either of those things, but I can run, I can lift weights, and I can handle a Jillian Michaels beating. And so can you!!

Feel free to friend me! I'd LOVE the encouragement and will be happy to support you in return! On a personal note, I'm originally from CT, did my undergrad in MI, went to grad school in MD, moved out to CA with my husband, lived in Seattle for a couple years, currently live in southeast Virginia... I'm a bit of a nomad these days.

Member Since: 5/31/2008

Fitness Minutes: 65,382

My Goals:
Starting Weight: 159 (28.2 BMI)

Goal Weight: 130 (22.7 BMI)

I'm 5'3". My original goal was 135, but I moved it down to 130. That would mean 35 pounds gone from my all-time high of 165! I'd like to maintain between 128-133.

My Program:
I'm doing at least 45 minutes of cardio/ST, 5-6 days a week.. I love Zumba and Jillian Michaels DVDs (Body Revolution, NMTZ, BFBM, 30 Day Shred, Last Chance Workout, etc.) I've also dabbled in running, though I wouldn't say I love it.

I'm tracking my calories, aiming for 1200-1500 per day with a significant part of that from protein.

Personal Information:
I'm a professional singer, so getting fit and healthy will help me in many aspects of my life! :)

Other Information:
I married my best friend on August 28, 2010!

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    I hate that our bodies have a mind of their own! ;)

    When I was in La Jolla on Saturday I drove by your wedding venue and thought of you!
    2735 days ago
    Happy Friday!! emoticon
    2780 days ago
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    Hey hey! I don't know how it's possible that I hadn't been through your photos before, or maybe just not in a really long time (how long have we been sparkbuddies anyway?) but I just did. You've got your weight listed in each photo, and I was pretty surprised because the way you talk, I know you're working really hard to lose a few pounds still, to get back into the low-mid-130's... but you look AWESOME in your 140-ish photos! At 165, yeah, you were carrying some extra heft, but I have a hard time spotting the difference between the 130's and 140-lb pics, because you look fantastic in all of them. No wonder you're struggling chica... you are probably in a really good spot for your body right now. I don't want to be one of those "aww, you don't need to lose weight" commenters because MAN they're annoying when you really want to lose some weight, but... yeah. You look fab at 140, assuming you look roughly the same as a few years ago (and I can't imagine you've LOST muscle since then, with all you do!) Just wanted to say that! Bow-chicka hottie, and have an awesome rest-of-Thursday-night!
    2788 days ago
    Hey chickie! Love reading all your latest blogs; mostly bc i can relate to them sooooo much! (the secret binges when no one is around) I'm glad things are starting to work out better for you. Old demons are hard to conquer but i know you can do it! xoxo
    2808 days ago
  • v MONICA_W
    Hey! Thanks so much for your caring comment on my last blog. It meant a lot to me at the time when I read it - very reassuring to be reminded that treading water is just fine. Apologies also for the SUPER long comment on your blog tonight! But I meant it all.

    Hugs! emoticon
    2811 days ago
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