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July 2008, Col D'Izzard (the top of the mountain stage of the Tour de France).

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Excuse the clothing, we were camping in the rain. Fall 2008.

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My name is Alie. I'm an American living in the UK. I live an active, healthy lifestyle, though I'm still lugging around an extra 40 pounds.

I live with my boyfriend, who has never in his life had any weight issues before this year. He gained 20 pounds (probably 5 of which he needed to gain) and is now trying to get fit with me, which is good fun.

My goal is simply to get myself into the optimal category for my BMI. That's a place I haven't been since freshman year of high school, so fingers crossed!

I was running a lot last year and got down to 145, but, as I so frequently do, I got sidelined by my joints, then we moved and got a car, which never helps. I then got in a very bad kayaking accident, which ruled out another of my major exercise methods! All of those things together caused a 20 pound weight gain. The final insult to injury was switching to a new birth control to help with my PCOS and gaining another 10 pounds.

In June, I got to my highest weight ever, 175 lbs, which was awful. I came off the birth control and lost 5 pounds pretty quickly. I joined an exercise and diet study and did a bunch of circuit training classes and got two DEXA scans. I didn't lose any weight over those two months, and I threw off the results of the study, being the one working the hardest in class and tracking all my food, something I'm used to doing from Spark. Over the course of the rest of the summer, I did lose a couple pounds and tried to get back into running, but my shinsplints and knee issues came back with vengeance. I did lose a couple more pounds, settling out around 165-168.

Anyway, since I couldn't run with my stupid shins/knees still being complete and utter babies about life, and with my boyfriend deciding he wasn't happy where he was with his weight or fitness, we joined a gym in mid-October. I decided to eat a diet high in protein, moderate in fat and moderately low in carbohydrates. I swim about 5 days a week and try to mix something else cardio-wise once a week. I strength train 4 days a week.

My focus for the moment is staying injury free and getting down to where I was before we moved(about 145), then hopefully managing to get past there and to my actual goal! As we both get a bit fitter, I'd like to get my confidence back on the water and get back to boating.

Member Since: 2/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 13,378

My Goals:
I would like to be at a healthier weight.

I would like to actually lose some weight! It seems no matter how much I exercise it does no difference. I hope this time it's different!

I want to get back into running and avoid injury. I want to be confident in my level of fitness.

My Program:
Eating right, exercising.

Eat 3 meals, 1-2 snacks, try to stay towards the bottom of the calorie range (so I can get a glass of wine with dinner!).

Exercise at least 5 days a week.
Swim, walk, spin, yoga
Burn at least 3000 calories a week.

Personal Information:
I'm originally from New York, currently living in North Wales, UK.

I'm 5'3.5" (yes, that half inch is very important to me), and I have a very small frame. I would eventually like to get down to 120, giving me a BMI of 21. I am first aiming for 130, and will reevaluate when I get there.

Other Information:
One thing about me: I have PCOS. As far as things to have goes, it's not that serious and fairly common. Many women who have it don't even know they do, or only find out when they're trying to get pregnant.

One major side effect? It's HARD to lose weight. I'm active, I eat (mostly) healthily.

I haven't weighed less than 140 pounds since I was 14, so I'm hoping to get there some day.

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    I saw your post on the boards and just wanted to send you a note and tell you I know how you feel. I was eating low-cal and working out 1-2 hours a day and the scale was just not moving! Its so frustrating! This spring I found a program that is finally working for me. My mom and 2 sisters are losing too! I've lost 25lbs in 9 weeks. If you're interested let me know I can tell you more about it!
    4135 days ago
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    “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” ~ George Sheehan

    Hope you have a fabulous day!

    ♥«´¨`•* Patricia *•´¨`»♥

    4137 days ago
  • v KRAKATOA21
    Hey, thanks for stopping by! One thing that has really helped me 'see' what goes on with the food we eat and how our bodies manage it, is Jillian Michaels book Master Your Metabolism. I wasn't losing anything until I applied many of her concepts to my eating....and quickly dropped 8 pounds before hitting this plateau for the past week. By all indicators, and as of this morning, it looks like I'm ready to take another plunge. There's a Master Your Metabloism team here on SP, so maybe check it out. The book is getting raves from a lot of people.

    Keep Plugging Away!!
    4149 days ago
  • v LIBGIRL22
    I wish I was on a soup kick. I have a hard time finding a soup that I like. I hate traditional veggie, tomato, and chicken noodle. Thanks for the encouragement though, it really helped. emoticon
    4159 days ago
    Unlucky about the run =( better luck next time xx
    4160 days ago
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