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Me (140 lbs) with Peyton (4.5 lbs), Labor Day 2011 -

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Summer 2010 at about 170 lbs.and mid-section fat. All gone now.

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I am passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle...SO much depends on it! Eating "clean" and exercise are daily routines. I have finally learned the difference between losing weight and maintaining weight loss. I celebrate my anniversary of reaching my goal weight on June 15. The year was 2011.

A big element of this success is being "authentic". Acknowledging my weight on a scale on a (somewhat) daily basis is a step toward accepting who I am and what all those mental health professionals tell us we must learn to do first: Love yourself. I know that struggle, the love-hate relationship with the scale, and have FINALLY come to realize and accept in my soul that "it's only a tool, it's only a number; it's not who I am; it's only one facet of the person I am." This definitely takes a re-wiring of the brain circuitry. Learning the skills to improve my emotional intelligence has been life-changing and the key to that genuine smile on my face! I hope to pass on these skills and encourage others in any way I am able. Thanks for visiting my page!

Member Since: 3/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 272,868

My Goals:
My primary goal is to be healthy. I've reached my goal weight, so now my challenge is to maintain it.

My Program:
2018 update: I've discovered the key for me! Since Oct 1, I practice Time Restricted Eating. I fast from 6 pm until noon, eat lunch and then fast until dinner. Gave up sweetner and creamer in coffee, and rarely eat grains, dairy, processed goods because they do not produce satiety. "Hormonal model" rather than "calories in/calories out" or "energy balance" model is THE secret the food industry, big Pharma, Sugar lobbyists, diet industry has kept from us, because there's no money to be made from fasting. Dr. Jason Fung exposes and explains this. I've lost 5% body fat and gained lean muscle mass in two months. I feel WONDERFUL!!

My eating plan follows the Dukan diet - high protein and low carbs.
My typical exercise week:
Every day warm up with 30 min of treadmill or eliptical.
Monday: 60 min Dynamic (Art of Strength) strength training
Tuesday: 60 min Intensity (Crossfit) class
Wed: 60 min Dynamic (AOS) ST class
Thurs: Walk with friend and puppy dogs, hilly t

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I am loving Crossfit, the challenge -- to my weight lifting abilities, to my stamina, and the camaraderie -- working out with my DH, my friends who are on similar level with me and those experienced crossfitters who inspire me!

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  • v HAPPYNOW26
    Thank you for the Friend-add! You are doing so well on the program and I always check in to see what you are up to. I am terrified to gain the weight back and jump on the scale in the mornings, ready for bad news but here we are, weeks into Consolation and are doing great!
    We can do-it. Looking forward to following and sharing this weight-maintenance-adventure with you!
    Have a great Tuesday!
    3666 days ago
    Way to go on your weight loss journey! It's amazing what menopause can do to our systems! But it so nice to see that you're at your true/goal weight! I'm enjoying the Dukan Diet - and actually losing weight rather easily. I'll be doing the cruise phase for a while yet, and am so pleased with the results. Hopefully in a few months, I'll be at my true/goal weight!


    3667 days ago
    Isn't it fun being middle-aged and trying to lose weight? NOT! LOL

    Like you, I'm near what I weighed 10 years ago too. Back then, I was also low-carbing but stupid me thought that I could go back to the white bread, rice and pasta as if nothing would happen. Obviously, that was the wrong way to think. I love Dukan because it does limit those no-nos that are no good for my body.

    Congrats on almost meeting your goal weight! :)
    3704 days ago
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