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As someone who has struggled with body image issues, identity issues, and weight my whole life, I feel like I have finally found a sound balance to each component of who I am. Though we're all always works in progress, I feel like I understand who I am and who I want to be in this world!

Finding that has had a huge impact on attacking this never-ending battle of emotional eating, self-doubt, and dwindling motivation.

I started with Spark in 2010, but strayed after an initial bout of weight-loss. I can hear myself saying, "Oh, I've got this now.. I can keep it up." While I haven't gained back all my weight, I'm seeing the scale creep, and I never made it to my ultimate goals!

I'm back with a vengeance, and looking to others for that extra kick in the behind to keep me motivated in times when it's wavering and hold me accountable when I can find it within myself.

Member Since: 1/24/2010

Fitness Minutes: 9,626

My Goals:
Goal 1: Reach the 150-160lb range.

Goal 2: Run 1 mile without stopping.

Goal 3: Run a 5K.

Goal 4: Build the physique I have always wanted.

My Program:
- A pseudo-paleo diet--with complex carbs coming from whole wheats and grains.
- Home prepared meals for 60-75% of the week

- Micro-runs to get me to Goal 2.
- Once Goal 2 is achieved, transitioning to a 5k training program.

- Focusing on upper body and core strength.

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- Personal non-food rewards
- Private nutritionist

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- Private nutritionist

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  • v MELISSA_X0
    emoticon to the Proteachers team! It's great to have you. Sorry I’m a little behind on the welcoming. My name is Melissa, and I am a team leader. We are a small team and things are a little slow right now, but at our best we provide a TON of support. Please jump in and let me know if you need anything!
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    3598 days ago
    Hi! I added you as a SparkFriend because I saw you on the SouthSide Runners discussion. I live in Hyde Park and I ran an 8k this morning.
    3606 days ago
    Thank you SO much for your comment. I really needed that today. My whole morning has been a big ol pitty party for myself. You are right. One pound is great! Thanks for reminding me of that. I needed it. emoticon
    3616 days ago
  • v HEATHERL219
    Thank you so much for your comment, it's definitely alright you added me! :) I try to remind myself to stay positive, sometimes it's hard, but when it comes down to it, I have to do it. Thanks for reminding me to try to kill the stress w/activity, sometimes I forget that I can do that, I think I'm going to hop on the wii for a while since it's dark outside. I haven't used that thing in a while, it'll be a nice distraction. :)
    3626 days ago
    I saw on the DWD HUDDLE WALL that you were in need of support. Please know that you can bring whatever is troubling you to our message boards or you can SparkMail one of the leaders, and we will try to help you in any way that we can. We are very supportive, and we are here for you.
    3627 days ago
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