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I'm a new me~older, wiser, and thinner.

I used to say, "I miss her," when referring to my wedding photo. I will never be that girl again, but I am leaner, healthier, and more energetic again! I cherish the wisdom I've acquired through marriage, kids, friendships, and the scriptures and would not trade it for youth.

I have valued health for years, but struggled with my weight since childhood. I overindulged on sweets a few days per week, but did not drink soda or eat fried foods, and I exercised 5 times per week. It wasn't enough though.

So far, I have lost 35 POUNDS so far with Spark. It took about a year and I used the strategy below to help me succeed. Since going eliminating wheat and dairy in October 2010, I've lost another 6 pounds and 2 inches (1 in my neck). Muscle building and calorie cycling were essential for me because I have a sluggish thyroid. Muscle mass is the biggest factor in metabolic function. I have since learned that my thyroid issue may be related to long-standing food allergies that caused my immune system to attack itself. I am curious to see how eating gluten and dairy free will impact my thyroid function in the future.

I knew while dieting on Spark that if I ate too many carbs, I could not lose weight (even if I was within my calorie range). I think this was because I am highly sensitive to wheat and it caused inflammation in my body...since most carbs have wheat, this was the reason I couldn't lose while eating it.

This was what I did on Spark:

My formula for success was seven-fold.
1. I ate 6 small and healthy meals a day with protein at each meal
2. I ate about 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day to encourage lean muscle mass
3. I incorporated HIT cardio sessions into my 5 weekly workouts and constantly change things up.
4. I worked my muscles to fatigue in every weight session (2-3 sessions per week), and I increased my weight monthly.
5. I calorie cycled to keep my body guessing. I ate 1550-1600 on low cal days, 1750-1800 on weight training days, and 2000 on cardio days.
6. I logged my calories and workouts everyday on foodtracker and fitnesstracker. I would not have succeeded without these sparktools.
7. I reached out for support from fellow sparkers when was down. I have faced many plateaus, but I have gotten ideas and encouragement to keep me motivated in the low times.

These are the things I have accomplished since joining SP in November 2007.

1. 41 lbs lost
2. 22 inches lost
3. I can run a half marathon. I have revolutionized my diet. I eat more natural foods, more fruits and veggies, eat more protein, and eat 6 small meals per day.
5. I have loads more energy and do not need a nap every afternoon.
6. I have established healthy habits for my family!!!
7. I have substituted binge eating in the afternoons with fruits/veggies/supplements and minimal snacking.

This is what I do to maintain my weight and feel better:
1. Avoid wheat, dairy, corn, and sugar (wheat and dairy 95% and other two as much as possible)
-I discovered I was having skin problems, fatigue, digestive issues, and inflammation related to wheat and dairy consumption.
2. As a result of avoiding these allergenic foods, I am far less hungry and am able to keep my calories to 1200-1400/day easily.
3. I still allow myself more calories on days I workout heavily.
4. I workout four times per week. I run once a week, teach a weight/cardio class twice a week, and fit in another cardio/weight workout at home or at the gym on the other day.
5. Drink enough water!!!

I am confident that I can keep this weight off because exercise and eating right is a way of life for me. I’m going to set my weight tracker to an acceptable maintenance range. I also teach two weight/cardio classes per week at the gym and this helps me to make exercise a priority! This journey has instilled healthier habits in my kids.

Starting Weights and Measurements
Weight: 203; CW: 162
Neck: 15 inches; Now 13 inches
Waist: 39 inches; 33.5 inches
Low Hip: 44.5 inches; 39.5 inches
Thigh: 26 inches; 23.5 inches
Calf: 15.25 inches; 14.5 inches
Upper Arm: 15.5; 13 inches
Bustline: 42 inches; 38 inches

Member Since: 11/19/2007

Fitness Minutes: 17,488

My Goals:
To maintain a this range and continue to build muscle through strength training. If I start to gain, I will begin logging food to get back on track.

Eat minimal processed food and avoid wheat, dairy, corn, and sugar as much as possible. I also only eat non-GMO soy.

My Program:
To continue to exercise 4 times per week.
Strength Training -total fatigue

Calorie Cycling
-More Cals on workout days
-Less on rest days

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Other Information:
I love to sing, cycle, run, and weight train. Exercise helps me maintain time for myself and relax.

1 gram protein per pound body weight
Get enough fiber and vitamins every day!

I am taking E7 whole food supplements and loving them!!!

1 fat gram=9 cals
1 carb gram=4 cals
1 protein gram= 4 cals

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  • v A-NEW-DAWN
    THANK YOU!! I love your encouragement! I also will only be on every once in a while. Trying to do a quick blogging each night, but then getting off. I hate wasting my night away on the computer. So I don't want this to turn into that! So counterproductive! ;)
    Blessings to you Deb!
    3812 days ago
  • v A-NEW-DAWN
    Hey Deb! We got a new computer screen and now it lets me come to Sparkpeople! LOL. So I thought I would jump back in here and see if I can build up some encouragement and buddies again to help each other out. I'm glad to see you are still on here! You are a number one encourager to anyone who crosses your path. Can't really do this type of stuff on FB, so will be nice to have it back in my life! See ya around ;)
    3813 days ago
  • v DEB135
    Hi Debbie, I have been off SP for quite some time, I had a baby a year ago, and am now wanting to get back into shape. Just checking in on some old friends, and see that you look amazing!!!!

    4064 days ago
    Hey girlie!! Missin' ya & hope you are doing well!!!
    4180 days ago
    WOW!!! You have done so well! Good job!
    4345 days ago
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