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For a long, long time I was kind of a chunky kid - not terribly overweight, just a little awkward (I'm sure the not-so-stylish glasses I started wearing in 2nd grade didn't help either!) There were many summers when I told myself I would lose weight before school started, convinced that I would become automatically popular when I was smaller. WRONG!

The hope I pinned on being thin unfortunately developed into some serious disordered eating in college. But because I got help early, this didn't last long. I ended up getting involved in several running clubs at school, and I realized pretty quickly that you can't starve yourself and run 8-11 miles per day. I got TINY and STRONG in college, and I felt spectacular.

After college, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism. I started taking meds and immediately lost another 10 pounds. But then the stress of being a teacher set in. I left teaching and went back to graduate school. Unfortunately, the stress of teaching never left me(!), and I ended up on an antidepressant for 1.5 years: Hello, 15 extra pounds of weight!!!!

So, at this point, I've finished graduate school. I'm working at a job I love. I'm no longer taking the antidepressant, and I'm ready to drop the weight I gained on that. I want to be long, lean, and sexy again!

Member Since: 1/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 26,788

My Goals:
My dream goal is to get back to where I was in summer of 2007. I was ripped and staying between 132 and 135. I have lots of clothing still left from this time, and I'd like to fit into it. If I don't get there, which is possible because my life has changed A LOT since then (less time, more sedentary job, etc.), I'd at least like to see less fat and more muscle than I have now. I don't want to settle, but I do want to be realistic.

My Program:
I am TRYING to follow a regular eating plan that includes at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. I am burning at least 500 calories in my daily cardio workouts. I recently (3/2/09) added 30 Day Shred to my daily routine. (You can read my blog entries to find out how I feel about that!!) Feelings aside, I'm hoping it helps me see those muscles I've been missing so much!!

Personal Information:
I was born and raised in Illinois, where I attended the U of I for college. Then, I taught high school English for three years in rural North Carolina before getting my MSW at UNC-Chapel Hill. My mom has since joined me in NC, so I think I'll stick around for a while. Glad to be here!

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    Just dropping in to say hi. I hope all is well, cannot wait to see you active on SP again.
    4362 days ago
    Hi! Just dropping in to say hi. Have a great holiday weekend! emoticon
    4414 days ago
    Hello _ love love your 30 day shred pics, I justed started, I'm on day two and I love it.!
    4432 days ago
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    Hey girly, haven't seen ya on here in a while, just wanted to check in and see how everything's going?
    4481 days ago
  • v no profile image WOMEN4CHANGE
    First I have to say OMG! That is A LOT of exercise you do! Geez! emoticon You are one STRONG woman, and that is very motivating!
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. You're right it is hard and it's not going to kill me if I miss a few days. Sometimes it does hurt my self-esteem though!

    I FINALLY got up this morning and went to the gym before work! It's amazing how much more alert and awake and energetic I feel! I can't wait to do it again, and I know that I can go home tonite and just not have to worry about it! YAY!

    As for your specific problem, all I can say, is being aware is the first step to correcting it. The second step is telling yourself that each food you eat is a CHOICE. And 3rd, you have to weigh the decision of - does the food taste good enough to justify the extra workout time? By the time you get done thinking about it, you might decide to make a different CHOICE. LOL!

    Keep up the good work girl, you are doing amazing!
    4488 days ago
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