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Update, August 2015: Hello, everyone! Thank you for all of your kind comments. Almost 10 years since I began my quest to become healthy and I'm still maintaining a nearly 100-pound weight loss. At this point, I don't track regularly and I typically run 2-5 times a week, but I''m going to try and make the push for 170, so I'll need to get back into game mode. :)


I joined a gym in late November 2006, and started SparkPeople in the beginning of January 2007. I lost the first 50 pounds very quickly and 30 more after going vegan. I''ve avoided all meat and dairy products for about five years now, and I feel great! I''ve been maintaining 190 pounds for over two years. I''d like to burn another 20-30 pounds and build some muscle.

I wrote an essay that is now featured in SparkPeople''s motivational articles section! I have it listed under my favorites if you want to check it out. :)

Member Since: 1/6/2007

Fitness Minutes: 20,660

My Goals:
- Drink more water.

- Focus on building muscle and endurance

My Program:
What I'm currently doing:

- Kettlebells class 3-4 times a week (60 minutes) each.

- Running 2-3 times a week, usually 2-3 miles at a time.

- Not counting calories at the moment, but I'm being mindful of what I eat and paying close attention to my body's signals for fullness/hunger.

Personal Information:

Other Information:
January - 11 lbs
February - 6 lbs
March - 11 lbs
April - 5 lbs
May - 7 lbs
June - 8 lbs
July - 6 lbs
Aug & Sept - 6 lbs
October - 3 lbs
November - 5 lbs
December - 7 lbs

Jan, Feb, Mar - 2 lbs
April - 7 lbs
May - 7 lbs (189)

November - 4 lbs
December - 4 lbs (181)

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    emoticon on your weight loss, and on being today's Motivator of the Day!!
    1459 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    The Motivator of the Day. What an honor. emoticon
    1459 days ago

    Thank you for sharing your story on how you found your spark. I must admit that I have read it more than 5 times, each time I do so, I get reinvigorated when I am in a slump. It has inspired me more times than I can recall.

    I am now 15lbs from my ideal weight, and the journey can be lonely, but as you mentioned, you had to make sure you were doing it for you, for life, as a lifestyle. That too has been my focus, and I am glad it is working.

    From the comments page I see that I am not the only one inspired by your story. I hope many others discover that it is not dieting that helps in the long run. Once again, my profound appreciation for your sharing.
    1492 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story on how you got started on the journey to health.
    1499 days ago
  • v KIRSTI2016
    Thank you for your article on finding your inner spark. It really helps to know that change is possible!
    1500 days ago
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