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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: 26,202

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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  • v no profile image WOMEN4CHANGE
    Sounds amazing. I love hiking! And a girl could always use friends who have stuff in common with her!

    What kind of exercises do you do when not able to hike and stuff?

    Stay in touch!
    4140 days ago
  • v KIMUSH23
    Hey There...

    I'm dropping by to say ~ we are a friendly supportive bunch so if you need something to not hesitate to reach out! We are here!

    2009 Is Our Time To SPARKLE!
    Kim emoticon
    4141 days ago
  • v no profile image WOMEN4CHANGE
    Thanks for dropping by my page! You look SO familiar somehow, I just can't place where.

    I am in Mt. Airy NC. Near Winston-Salem. Is that anywhere near you? I really hope so - it would be fun to have a hiking buddy! Even if it's not, I travel a lot to go hiking - I love camping too. So I could always make it to you for a couple of weekends!

    4141 days ago
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