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"I cannot climb uphill by thinking downhill thoughts."

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Oh the feeling - to love my body regardless of size!

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My original Sparkpeople journey: 105 lbs lost

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Hi y'all! I'm Amanda, a writer and SAHM from San Antonio, TX. I was previously on Spark under the name POOKASLUAGH, where I lost 105 lbs and maintained that loss for two years. From 2014 to 2017, my family became nomadic. Through four cross-country moves over three years coupled with some severe trauma, my health suffered. I regained about 80 lbs, and have been maintaining that new weight since mid-2016.

Starting in 2020, I'm back on the health and fitness train and pushing forward with slow, steady loss. I look forward to reaching my goal and being the active, fit, healthy person I once was and wish to be again.

Member Since: 12/9/2015

My Goals:
I've chosen 150 lbs as a general goal at a healthy BMI, slightly lower than I ever got on my previous journey. However, more important than the number is the vision: I want to be strong, flexible, healthy, kind, and confident, both externally and internally. Other goals include:

- To get up from cross-legged to standing without using my hands or knees
- To do 30+ full push-ups without stopping
- To be able to hang from the pull-up bar for 30+ seconds
- To do 5+ pull-ups
- To be able to run a 5K again
- To fit into non-plus-size clothes
- Complete a full downward dog pose (heels down) - DONE!
- To be able to do jumping jacks for a full minute again
- To be able to do skater/pistol squats on each leg
- To be able to hold a crow pose
- To fit into my wedding ring again
- To fit into my wedding dress again
- To improve my insulin level (insulin resistance, PCOS) enough to be off Metformin - DONE!
- Try out cross-fit
- To weigh less than my h

My Program:
I'm a big advocate of You Do You, and think this journey is unique to each of us.

Things that work for me: yoga, walking, running, moderate diet without severe restrictions, talk therapy, touch therapy, social support (especially in-person), higher carb/lower fat nutrition, and body positivity. I don't lose weight when I'm depressed regardless of the calories in vs calories out equations, and 80% of my weight loss depends on fitness. I won't lose weight without exercise, and I cannot out-diet a sedentary lifestyle.

Things that DON'T work for me: prayer, detoxification diets, heavy strength training, HIIT, low-carb programs, calorie-restriction alone, and meatless diets.

Personal Information:
Mom of three, writer, working my way toward a library degree. I'm 5'6 and was previously known on Spark as POOKASLUAGH, where I lost 105 lbs and maintained that weight for two years.

Other Information:
Blog: http://thezenleaf.com

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    Where are ya???

    I lost 100 pounds … but found most of it again. This time … I'm getting RID of it.

    I thought we would find our way back to healthy … together.
    651 days ago
    I love that thought too- what is the most nourishing thing I can eat right now? Nourishment is just as important for the body as the mind.
    814 days ago
  • v CHSHULER89
    So excited to see others hoping back on again ❤️ Looking forward to catching up with some others and meeting new people. Especially starting at a new part of this journey in life. Keep going forward and shining your energy!!💛
    837 days ago
  • v SBEAR5
    Hey Amanda!

    Thanks for the sweet note on my blog. AND sorry it's taken me so long to reply back! Things got crazy going into the Holiday's and looking for a job.

    Still looking for a job. Most places said they would have positions in the new year, so hoping to start hearing back from some places in the next week.

    Hope you're doing well!
    857 days ago
    Hi! I haven't been on in a while. Like you, life got the best of me and I regained half the weight I lost. Working to re-lose and get my life back!❤️
    881 days ago
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