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BEFORE 190 and AFTER 132

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Progress from 146 to 133

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Me at my heaviest (around 190) on my 21st birthday!

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I spent my whole life overweight but always promised myself I would never get to 200 pounds. When I got to the 190s I decided to take action and joined Weight Watchers. I lost 20 pounds but couldn't afford to go every week and had to quit. I gained most of it back.

In 2006 I heard an ad on the radio about training for a marathon while raising money for charity. So I figured if anyone could do it, I could! I originally joined Sparkpeople to track my nutrients while training, secretly hoping to lose weight. I didn't lose any weight while training and ran my marathon at 180 pounds. Afterward I kept running and started to use Sparkpeople more consistantly. And here I am today. I've lost about 60 pounds start to finish, lots of inches and gone from a size 14/16 to a 4/6. I have more confidence, love my body and finally treat it with the respect it deserves. I'm doing what I can to avoid my genetic monsters of high blood pressure, cholesterol and cancer. I want to help anyone I can to succeed, this is not an easy journey and I probably couldn't have done it without the support of my Sparkpeeps. Good luck and I love you all!

Tally Ho!
1/8: 180
2/5: 171
3/1: 168
4/1: 162
5/1: 156
6/1: 152
7/1: 146
8/1: 142
9/1: 139
10/1: 140
11/1: 136
12/1: 138

1/1: 138
2/1: 137
3/1: 136
4/1: 133
5/1: 132
6/1: 132
7/1: 132
8/1: 130
9/1: 136
10/1: 134

6/1: 144

Inches Away!
Waist: Started at 34, Now at 25!
Hips: Started at 45, Now at 33!

Start: 30.9 (obese)
Now: 22.8 (healthy!)

How I did it:
I'm a strict vegetarian (vegan). I try very hard to keep the food that I eat natural and as minimally processed as possible. I don't drink alcohol, I watch my sugar, salt and fiber intake, I'm wholeheartedly against fad diets: I don't believe in eating one way until you lose the weight and then eating how you want again. It doesn't work. I eat lots of carbs, but good ones (I don't eat white bread or pasta)- just whole grains and I make sure I get at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies every day since they help me feel full. I always make sure to eat 1200-1550 calories (sometimes more if I'm running 10+ miles), if I don't eat enough I feel yucky, don't lose weight and binge on garbage. And I exercise even when I don't want to and I'm always glad I did.

Running log
St. Paddy's Day 5k (March)- 36:28

Rockford Half-Marathon (May)- 2:42:52

Harvard Milk Run 10k (June)- 1:09

Detroit Free Press Half-Marathon (Oct)- 2:45:02

Member Since: 6/28/2006

Fitness Minutes: 10,495

My Goals:
*Remove unhealthy weight (about 50 pounds) - DONE!

*Maintain weight loss and improve cardiovascular health and tone.

*More active

*More veggies

*Less sodium and sugar


2010 GOALS:

- Lose 20 pounds
- Find a job
- Develop art portfolio
- Work on Etsy shop (

My Program:
I'm trying not to let my marathon training go to waste.

*Vegan diet
*Limited sweets
*Whole grains
*1200-1550 calorie range
*Eat a meal every four hours, snack every two.
* No more food 3 hours before bed: Brush teeth!


Mon-Fri: 60 min. cardio* and weights.
Sat-Sun: Off

*Cardio: usually running, biking, rollerblading or swimming.

** Off days: get in touch with myself, socialize, do things I enjoy, learn something new, read health stuff, etc.

Personal Information:
I've been vegetarian since 2001 and (mostly) vegan since 2008. I have an art degree and love to do all things artsy (paint, draw, knit, crochet, weave, make jewelry, you name it!). I like to learn, read and play accordion.

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Running log
St. Paddy's Day 5k (March)- 36:28

Rockford Half-Marathon (May)-

Harvard Milk Run 10k (June)- 1:09

Detroit Free Press Half-Marathon (Oct)- 2:45:02
Harvard Milk Run 10k (June) - 1:18

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