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Before SP: 253 1/21/12 243 4/22/13 170 5/12/14 190 11/3/15 223 *UPDATE 2015* I gained 20 pounds after getting married in 2014. This was probably due to the fact that we were eating out all the time and I got very comfy and inactive. Fast forward to 2015: I had a baby. I gained a lot more weight then I expected. I dropped 20 pounds within a few days of having him, but it''''s been 7 months now and I''''m still stuck with 50 unwanted pounds. Time for a reboot. (New goals posted in blog.) *UPDATE 9/11/13* I have not reached normal BMI. I''''m sure I will in time, but I have decided to slow my progress and enjoy where I am at. I am healthy and comfortable and have a fair amount of energy. So...I HEREBY DECLARE MAINTENANCE! *UPDATE 6/13/13* 90+ pounds lost! I took some time away from Spark after I got my wisdom teeth removed, and I went on vacation to Seattle. I have not been exercising as much (still distance running) and I am continually under eating, which is bad. I will get back into the swing of things. I am so close! *UPDATE 3/21/13* 70+ pounds lost! It never gets old, this accomplished feeling. I can''''t believe it''''s actually working! I can''''t believe that I''''m actually losing the weight that I couldn''''t even lose when I was in high school and I had a youthful metabolism still.I''''m so incredibly proud of myself. *UPDATE 1/24/13* Today I celebrate 1 year since taking my life back. I hit a rough patch this past month and gained back 10 pounds (blame the holiday over-eating), but I put myself back together in January and I am back to my original 60 pound loss! Woohoo! *UPDATE 12/13/12* 60+ pounds lost. I am FINALLY in the 180s! It feels like it took FOREVER but I did it :) A couple things to note: I am no longer obese. I am running on the treadmill 3x a week and working on increasing my speed. Everyday is faster than the last. Yesterday I ran 5 kilometers in under 35 minutes. I am getting better all the time! *UPDATE 9/28/12* 50+ pounds lost. I am in ONEderland!!!!!!! I stood on that scale and stared in disbelief this morning. I did it, ME, I made it to this point! Anything is possible folks. Anything. *UPDATE 8/17/12* 45+ pounds lost. I am currently fitting in clothes from my high school closet. These are all my clothes that I just CAN''''T part with. July was touch and go, but August is another story. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.... *Update 6/8/12* 30 some pounds are down and I am beginning to finally see ME. Thank you to my spark friends for letting me get to know you and cheer you on in your journey. I feel honored to be in your lives. Thank you for also for being here for me and keeping me accountable. HUGS. 1/24/12 This year I came to the realization that I was out of control. I gained another 25 pounds, I was constantly overeating, and horribly depressed. I hate every picture I am in and my nieces and nephews are noticing that auntie is lumpy and boring, because I can''''t keep up with them. Time for a change. I am so grateful that Sparkpeople exists.

Member Since: 1/24/2012

Fitness Minutes: 29,667

My Goals:
Before Spark SW 253#
(Obese Class 2) DONE
Spark SW: 243# DONE
20 pounds DONE
Obese Class 1 223# DONE
40 pounds DONE
50 pounds DONE
ONEderland DONE
60 pounds DONE
Overweight 191# DONE
70 pounds DONE
80 pounds DONE
90 pounds DONE
Normal 159#
100 pounds

2013 Fitness Goals
Run 600 miles
66,795 push ups
133,590 crunches

2013 Running Races:
May Run or Dye 5k
June Summer Festival 8k
September Boots & Boas 5k
October Tonka Trot 10k

2014 Running Races
May Lake Minnetonka Half

My Program:
Elliptical Machine 2x week
Run 3x week
Eat to live!
I eat within range for my daily consumption.
Each month I complete a new challenge!
Jan-January Jumpstart DONE
Feb-Better Sleep DONE
Mar-Stress Buster DONE
Apr-Spring into Shape
May-Eat Better, Feel Better
Tame Your Sweet Tooth
10 Min Daily Exercise
Healthy Cooking
28 Day Bootcamp
Healthy Family Makeover
8 Week Diabetes Weightloss

Personal Information:
I am 29, 5'7", and as of 6/13/13 my measurements are:
Rt Bicep: 12 (Starting 16.5)
Chest: 33 (Starting 46)
Waist: 28.5 (Starting 39.5)
Hip: 40 (Starting 51)
Rt Thigh: 24 (Starting 33.5)
Rt Calf: 15 (Starting 17.5)

I've not always measured my progress, but since January 2012 I've lost about 51.5 inches. I'd like to lose 16 more.

Other Information:
7625 9/12
7649 9/13
7672 9/15

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    Heya Lady! Long time no chat! How are things with you?
    2590 days ago
    Hi! Thanks for your comments about my post - I'm glad you found it useful. I know what it feels like to be stuck in a place you don't want to be, and I empathize with anyone in that situation. But it's definitely possible to move forward. It takes some work to learn how to "kick the hamsters off the wheel," but it gets easier!

    You have done an awesome job at reaching your weight-loss goals! I know you can do anything you put your mind to!

    Thanks for adding me as a friend!
    2594 days ago
    Girl I have so missed you! It is so awsome to see you! Still running I hope! I have my first HM on the books for November, it seems like yesterday that you and I started running! Spark mail me catch me up! You are looking GREAT! Luv ya!
    2594 days ago
    Hey. I've been gone a while, but I need to get back here and lose some of the weight that I've put back on since my son was born. I've gained back around 15 pounds in the last 10 months. Back above 200. :(

    Anyway, I was just stopping by to see if you were still around, and it looks like maybe you've been away for a couple months.

    I hope you're doing well. I'm very happy for you and what you accomplished. It can be so hard to maintain. I hope you're doing well keeping it off. If you're ever around, stop by my page and leave me a note, I'd love to hear how you're doing!

    Take care.
    2611 days ago
    How are you doing? You have had amazing progress...so much more dedicated than I have been!

    Are you up for a 5k with me? There is a great women's-only one in September at Minnehaha Falls. I did it last year and loved it, all fitness levels participate and the shirt was cute (if you are more dedicated, there is a 10 mile option...I opted for the 5k). Here is the link I'd you are interested:

    No worries if it doesn't sound good! I thought it would be fun to meet up with a couple of local sparkfriends sometime. Another race another time! Or, maybe we could meet for lunch or a walk around a lake.

    Hope life is good! Have a lovely weekend!
    2642 days ago
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