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New dress! June 2011, 127 pounds

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My baby! He wants this bike and, secretly, I do too.. ;) Ah, Triumph...*swoon*

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RIP, sweet baby boy. I still miss you!

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October 2019:

I'm back! Roughly 8 years ago, I lost 70 POUNDS with SparkPeople, and I kept it off for a long time! I did not gain a ton of extra weight with my first baby, and I was so shocked and proud when I found myself within 10 pounds of my prepregnancy weight by my 6-week postpartum checkup. Yeah!

But I found myself increasingly ravenous the longer I breastfed and burned the ol' candle from both ends. And then I failed to scale back my portions once my boy weaned at 14 months ... and BOOM! 10 pounds gained in no time.

Then I had baby number 2 -- rinse and repeat!

So here I am, my youngest is 2 now, and I am up 35 POUNDS. *gulp* I can't bike to work anymore, but I am finally reviving my friendship with Leslie Sansone -- we're walking together at 5 a.m. on days the kiddos allow -- and I'm back to tracking my food.

It feels so much harder now that my time is soooooo much less my own, but I'm feeling motivated! I CAN DO THIS!

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July 2010:

I'm so close to my goal weight! I've lost 65 pounds in the past 14 months, most of it with SparkPeople.

I never thought it could be done -- and certainly not so...sanely. Reasonable amounts of good food and moderate exercise? I'd struggled so long I never dreamed it could be so darn simple.

So I'm rocking a size 8 jeans and small to medium tops. I'm still weeding out clothes that are just pathetically baggy on me now. It feels good.

I still have a lot of mental work to do though. Many days my brain still sees FAT and I obsess a little more than I'd like over food. But it's still a work in progress and, overall, I am incredibly proud of myself and grateful for SparkPeople and all my SparkFriends!


May 2009:

I've been struggling with weight most of my life. This time I'm also focusing on eating less, not just "healthier" -- and it seems to be the key to success!

I lost my mom four years ago and drank more than I should have. Then I quit smoking. Then I turned 30. I suppose there's no wonder that I packed on the pounds pretty quickly.

I have a herniated disc that created some arthritis in my low back before I was even 30. (Actually, now they tell me I have TWO herniated discs!) I have always hated sports and NEVER liked being sweaty. And I am known for my baking skills.

Clearly, this whole fitness thing presents some pretty big hurdles for me. But I am finally feeling motivated, and I'm happy to ditch the excuses and embrace the challenge!


"Assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled." - Wayne Dyer

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become." - Buddha

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Ghandi

Member Since: 1/14/2008

Fitness Minutes: 59,370

My Goals:
I would like to finally be comfortable enough with my own body that I am not constantly comparing myself to anyone and everyone around me. I want to be healthy and feel great! I want to set good examples for my naturally rambunctious kiddos to continue to follow as they get older.

My Program:
I am focusing on around 1,600 calories a day of food that I ENJOY and working out in the morning with Leslie Sansone before work. Thankfully my kiddos keep me moving naturally a fair amount too!

Personal Information:
I was born and bred in Chicago, and so far it looks like I am here to stay. I'm a nerdy copy editor who loves to read and listen to public radio. I live with my amazing husband and our two amazing kiddos, ages 4 and 2.

Other Information:
I have fibromyalgia.I am working hard at leaving it at that -- a fact I just have to deal with and learn to work around as best I can rather than letting it run my life.

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    emoticon to Walk Away The Pounds team!
    Just keep at it and you will reach your weight loss goals!

    Peter A. Cohen
    There is no one giant step that does it. It's a lot of little steps.

    John Wanamaker
    One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.

    John Pierpont Morgan
    The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.

    emoticon CHEERS! Here's to climbing mountains together, one day & one step at a time!!
    3798 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/16/2009 10:44:33 AM
    Thanks for the gold star, doll! (Although, I had a minor setback and gained .8 of a pound last week!) I'm glad to hear that we are getting together on July 3rd! YAY!!! Have a fabulous week!
    3822 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog when I lost my cat. It's great to have so much support here emoticon
    3828 days ago
    So exciting to see you came on here. Unfortunately your pride in me is undeserving; I've gained 20 of the 30 pounds back already. How quickly they come back after taking so long to lose it. I'm not feeling motivated whatsoever to do the right thing. I may not be talking to you about healthy living for a while, but I'm still praying and wishing you reach the weight loss success you are working so hard for. Love you!
    3830 days ago
    Hi and welcome to the Spiritual Awakening & Psychic Awareness team. You will find lots of support, help, and camaraderie with SP and the teams. The best on your life's journey to a better and healthier you. Warm hugs and brightest blessings from California. ~ Lin

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