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I don't think I remember a time when I was happy with my weight. In sixth grade a friend of my mom's was taking me shopping for jeans and pointed out that I had quite the belly. I was not actually overweight at this point but this may just be the start of my body unhappiness. Though I never turned to crash diets or pills to try and lose weight I was always unhappy with my body and wishing it was something different.

Spuriously in high school and permanently in college I started incorporating exercise into my life and found just how integral it became. I became officially addicted in college and haven't stopped exercising since. I attempted time and again to lose the weight I wanted to lose without taking diet into consideration, with exercise alone. I would lose a little bit and then gain it all right back, and some as soon as my schedule became too busy to do all the exercise I wanted.

The last 4 years before starting Spark I was slowly spiraling higher and higher in weight. Every summer I would lose 5 pounds and then every winter I'd gain ten or 15. If you do the math you can see that my overall weight was going slowly but steadily up. As my weight went up my lethargy also increased along with my displeasure about my body. It was harder to do enough exercise and have the energy to cook healthful meals to combat the increasing weight!

After starting Spark something shifted in my mentality. I truly decided to make a lifestyle change, no more excuses! Exercise and healthful eating aren't just for the summer when I have "time" to incorporate them into my life. They finally became priorities! I think the most important component for my success was finally getting my eating under control. By charting my nutrition here on Spark I was able to understand just HOW MUCH I was normally eating. Not that I was necessarily eating unhealthful things, but I was eating way too much.

After making this realization and making changes to eat more healthfully while maintaining (and increasing my exercise as necessary) I was finally able to meet my weight loss goals! I currently weigh less than I ever have as an adult and I can officially say that this is the first time I've ever been happy with my body. It's not "perfect" by comparison to the models in the magazine but I'm really happy with my imperfect body.

Now my plan is all about maintaining the weight loss I've accomplished. It hasn't been easy but I've been maintaining for over a year and plan to continue maintaining for the rest of my life.

Member Since: 6/17/2009

Fitness Minutes: 216,353

My Goals:
Currently I am focused on maintaining my weight loss. I also attempt to try a new recipe every week to incorporate into the rotation. It's also a goal of mine to make all of our bread from scratch because fresh baked bread is so much more delicious than store bought.

My Program:
I do dedicated cardio 6 times a week for 60 minutes. I try to jog 3 days a week and then cross train (bike, elliptical machine, stair step machine) the other days of the week.

I do strength training 2-3 times a week.

My newest addition to my fitness regimen is yoga 2-5 times a week (depending on my ability to get to classes!).

During the summer I also do a lot of walking and biking to get around. This happens much less during the winter, WI gets cold and snowy and I'm a wuss.

I weigh in daily and have found this to be very important to my continued maintenance. It allows me to understand what is a normal fluctuation and what is a trend. It also keeps me accountable even after I have a "bad" day. I don't let myself off the hook for poor choices, I face them and make better choices the next time!

Personal Information:
I enjoy reading, baking (especially bread!), cooking, and spending time with my wonderful husband. I am a college science professor at a school that is primarily focused on teaching.

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  • v DEB2448
    Welcome to the Love To Bake team. Good luck with your goals.
    3968 days ago
    Hi. I am in Waco, not Wisconsin but I know there is a walking club in your area if you are interested in participating in local events on a regular basis. I do similar walks every weekend. We are not "fund raising" clubs, we are for fun, fitness and fellowship. Our clubs are family oriented and most events are baby stroller, and pet friendly. Our object is to keep a record book and collect a stamp for each event that we do. I've done over a 1000 of the 10K events in Texas and in 46 other states. Visit my blogs and see my recent adventures. Here is the information on our local club:

    Club Name: Madison Area Volkssport Assn.
    Address: 5824 Lachinvars Trail
    City: Marshall
    State: WI
    Zip: 53559-9720
    Contact: Tom Doyle
    Phone: (608) 655-3141
    Website: www.dairylandwalkers.com/
    Email: tjdoyle98@msn.com
    4058 days ago
    Welcome to the At Goal & Maintaining Spark Team!

    WTG on reaching your goal!!
    4197 days ago
    Welcome to the SPARKMADISON Team Lynn! Please stop by soon and introduce yourself to the team, join in the discussions and daily challenges! We look forward to getting to know you!


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    4314 days ago
    I wish you great success in getting through this hurdle. I am there myself, but have decided that I am going to stick with it...even if the pounds don't move for a while...Don't quit. You are at the right place. Here's to your success! emoticon
    4329 days ago