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Dec 2012 Most recent pic. Hubby down 85 lbs, me back in my maintenance range!!

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I am 37 years old, living in southern Utah. February 26, 2015 will be my 8 year anniversary with SP. Where has the time gone??

I started this journey at 214 lbs. I've always struggled to maintain a healthy weight, and a couple of stressful years had led me to stop paying attention to my health. Then I found my way here...

About 2 years after that, I had lost about 65 lbs. 65! That number still blows me away. I felt amazing and thought I'd finally made the changes in my life that would lead to a "forever" change.

Ha. That's what I get for thinking I have control. Things got stressful again. Being 3 lbs. up turned into 5, turned into 7 or 8... At that point, I started to worry, maybe even panic a little. Was this going to be where it all fell apart and I went back to re-gaining it all?? I was almost frozen with fear. I ended up, summer of 2011, four years after this journey began, having gained about 25 lbs. back of what I had originally lost.

I was pretty disgusted with how far I'd let things go, but something in me finally woke up again and I started back on track. I got back within my maintenance range near the beginning of 2013 and have more or less stayed with in it since.

2014 has been a really tough year between stress at work and the sudden death of my best friend in February. It's been tough to take care of myself through all of it, but I'm happy that I'm still hanging just above my maintenance range. The holidays will be tough, but I full expect that I'll be able to drop back into it once I survive the holidays.

Lessons learned? This is a lifelong journey--I don't get to ever fall asleep on taking care of myself. Always at the front of my mind. I feel better when I'm moving and when I'm eating right. I can be a positive influence on the heath of those around me. And there is ALWAYS more to learn. That's the joy of life.

Member Since: 2/19/2007

Fitness Minutes: 107,505

My Goals:
1. Hold steady between 150-155 lbs. No excuses.

2. Get back to consistently tracking my food. Every day, for every meal. Stay within calorie range.

3. More strength training (specifics are a long story).

4. Reduce alcohol consumption. One day per week at most. I will not drink to fix my problems.

My Program:
Changed this up recently, as I received a TRX for Christmas (yay!) It'll be great as soon as I learn to use it more easily (boo)

Regardless, 4 days per week, combination of cardio and strength. Usually a combo of bike and elliptical for cardio. Intervals to keep it interesting. Considering new options to fend off boredom.

Personal Information:
In April 2011, I, who has spent her entire life convinced she couldn't run, completed a half marathon (with the help of a friend I met here!)

I grew up in NE Ohio and moved west in search of sunshine after I got done with school. I work with college students. This has been a journey of holistic wellness, as I've spent the last few years working on being emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually healthy, too. I was diagnosed with ADHD about a year and a half ago, and the follow-up to that diagnosis has changed my life. I love to travel and love to be outside. I like to read and learn new things (especially about learning, ironically enough).

Other Information:
Welcome to SP! If you haven't joined any teams or joined in on conversations yet, do it!! The support I've found here is a big part of my success so far.

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