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Hi! My name is Leah. I'm 53, married for 31 years, and mom to two great kids, a 27-year-old son (James) and 24-year-old daughter (Juliana). James is married to Haileigh and Juliana is married to Jeremy.

Two years ago I left my 27-year job as director of our local library to pastor a Lutheran church in Blue Hill, Nebraska. I'm currently taking classes toward my Master's of Divinity. My husband, Rick, and I have moved to the farmhouse where I grew up and where four previous generations of my family have lived. We're busy renovating the house and trying to bring the gardens back to life. Each week, my Bernese Mountain Dog, Nellie, and I travel back and forth between the parsonage and the farm. My background pic is of some of the roses in my garden. I love all flowers, but especially roses.

Update, September 2019

Looking at last year's September update, I am forced to admit I haven't met my goal. Not only am I not back to my goal weight range, but I have been hovering a little higher still, around 155 pounds, for several months. Next September will be my 10-year anniversary of reaching my weight-loss goal on Spark, and I really do intend to celebrate that milestone by being back in my goal range.

Update, September, 2018

I have had a year of upheaval and change, along with hip problems that have sidelined my running. I miss it terribly and haven't found a way to burn the significant calories that running does. I've also let my tracking slide and gotten lax in my eating, all of which has led to some weight gain. I've been hovering around 152 pounds for a while. When I celebrate next year's September maintenance anniversary, I intend to be back where I belong!

Update, September, 2015

I'm still maintaining at 145 (5 years now!) and working (though not very hard) at getting down to 137. I'm not sure if I'm willing to eat as carefully as I would need to do for that, but we'll see. I still track everything I eat, every single day. It works! Still running, biking and circuit training too, 6 days a week.

Update, September, 2014

I've been maintaining around 145, which is not easy, but doable. I will always need to be careful about how much I eat, and I see tracking as a permanent part of my life. But it's worth it! I'm still running at least 12 miles a week, and doing circuit training and biking as well.

Update, September, 2013:

Since reaching my goal weight one year ago, I've struggled a bit to stay there. It's fairly easy for me to hang out around 150 pounds, but 142 is a challenge. Part of the trouble is that my clothes still fit and it's not that obvious whether I'm at the higher or lower end of the range. I would like to maintain around 145 if possible, and I'm working to get back there.

Update, September, 2012

I've been on Spark People for 2 1/2 years now and have reached my goal weight of 142 pounds, but truthfully this journey to health, confidence and acceptance of my body has taken 30 years. Along the way, I've become a runner, achieved a streak of 1000+ monthly fitness minutes for 26 months in a row, changed my family's eating habits, and made some of the best friends ever here on Spark.

What I wrote at the the beginning of this life-changing experience is still true today:

"I have so many great things going on in my life, and I want the outer me to match the inner me. I want to be the person I'm supposed to be, and be healthy and strong to make the most of this one life God has given me. Thank you for being part of this journey!"

If you'd like to read more about my 30-year struggle with my weight, here's the blog that tells the story:


Goals for 2020:

~Get down to 137 pounds and see if that's a reasonable new maintenance weight for me.

~See a doctor to work on my hip problems.

~Complete Slim in Six's Tear It Up workout.

~Daily Bible study/devotion time.

~Daily prayer time with my husband.

~Play the piano at least twice a month.

~Organize family photos and memorabilia.

~Do something social with friends once a month.

~Do something social as a couple once a month.

Reminder to me (a giver and a perfectionist):

~Set reasonable limits on your time and energy;
~Identify your frustrated yearnings and find new ways to take care of yourself besides eating,
~Vent unpleasant emotions - in a journal or in the mirror - to diffuse them faster than food,
~Progress, not perfection!


I'm striving hard to practice moderation and mindfulness in my eating. One of the tools I'm using is the Hunger Scale. For anyone who's interested, here's the Hunger Scale from www.hungerscale.com:

Hunger Scale Explained

0: Starving. Ignoring body messages, eating disorder.

1: Weak and light-headed. My stomach acid is churning.

2: Very uncomfortable. I am irritable and unable to concentrate.

3: Uncomfortably hungry. Your stomach is rumbling.

4: Slightly uncomfortable. I am beginning to feel signs of hunger.

5: Comfortable. I am more or less satisfied, but could eat a little more.

6: Perfectly comfortable. You feel satisfied.

7: Full. A little bit uncomfortable.

8: Uncomfortably full. You feel bloated.

9: Very uncomfortably full. You need to loosen your clothes.

10: Stuffed. You are so full you feel nauseous.

STARTING WEIGHT: 182 pounds.


160 pounds (met 3/22/10)

155 pounds (met 4/17/10)

150 (met 6/14/10)

145 pounds (met 7/23/10)

Completing One Hour Runner (met 9/29/10)

Goals after getting new scale and resetting my weight:

Maintaining my running over the cold winter months: (met 3/1/11)

145 pounds: (met 3/11/11)

A perfect two week eating streak: (met 5/20/11)

Running at least 624 miles in 2011: (Met 12/31/11...I actually ran 700 miles.)

Getting back to 145 pounds: (met 5/23/12)

142 pounds: (met 9/1/12)

Getting back to 145 pounds: (met 5/20/14)

Getting back to 142 pounds: (met 6/30/16)

Getting back to 145 pounds again:

Getting back to 142 pounds again:

Getting down to 139 pounds:

Getting down to 137 pounds:

Member Since: 1/27/2010

Fitness Minutes: 147,175

My Goals:
~Less joint and muscle pain. DONE!

~Fit into smaller jeans. DONE!

~Feel good in my clothes. DONE!

~Be full of energy and life. DONE!

~Be my best self!

My Program:
~Eat at least 5 fruit and vegetable servings daily

~Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily

~Track everything I eat and stay within ranges

~Burn 2700-3000 calories each week through exercise

~Run 3 days a week, 12-15 miles per week

~Circuit train 2-3 days a week

~Cross-train 2-3 days a week

~Get 8 hours of sleep nightly

"Hunger is not an emergency: it's a signal that I'm really going to enjoy my next meal."

"If the problem isn't hunger, then the solution isn't going to be found in the refrigerator." ~SUSIEMILO

"Don't do anything to lose weight that you wouldn't do to maintain that weight loss. It won't be sustainable if you can't do it forever." ~TEACHINMOM

Don't ask, "What will taste the best?" Ask, "What is the healthiest thing I can eat?"

Personal Information:
I am 5'5" tall.

I love:

~My family!

~Gardening, especially growing roses, lots of flowers, and our own delicious fruits and vegetables.


~Being outdoors enjoying God's awesome creation.



~Running and hiking.

Other Information:
Miles Run:

2011: 700
2012: 791
2013: 653
2014: 523
2015: 573


Run For Tomorrow 5K-- 9/25/10--32:18.

SparkPeople Virtual 5K-- 4/11/11--30:11.

Deshler Daze 5K--6/18/11--32:44.

Buffalo Run 5 Mile--9/11/11--52:56.

Monster Dash 5K--10/15/11--34:17.

Spark Trick-or-Treat Trot Virtual 5K--11/3/11--31:51.

Monster Dash 5K--10/20/12--33:00.

Spark Trick-or-Treat Trot 10K--10/27/12--67:00.

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    Thank you, honey, for stopping by with bloglove on my post about all those slides. What did you do with the ones you didn't convert? I'm inclined to throw away about 490 of the 500 snow landscape photos - but I'll make that decision when I get together with my sister sometime later this summer.

    It has been fun to find the old prom photos of me at age 17. wow! and of course, once I dig through the slides I have the old brownie camera negatives from the 40s and 50s. After that, the last thing I plan to do is type up all Mama's stories. There aren't too many of them and they're really quite good. She wrote and illustrated a few children's picture books and I think I'll convert them to shutterfly type photo books. There are some great-grands who might enjoy them - including mine!

    Thanks for the groupon tip - sis and I might look out for one of those just to save time.
    104 days ago
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    Leah, I wanted to thank you so much for your thoughtful response on my blog. I respect your opinion very much. I know you are a clergywoman (is that the right word) and that you have very deep convictions.
    I keep praying every day for an end to world trouble, the virus, the hate and racism, the violence and uprising. A change in November is imperative at this point.
    Hang in there. I am doing the same.
    Thank you again for your words. I found them comforting.
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    112 days ago
    Yes! It's the loud shout that blurts out when you first realize you've wrenched that ankle - I have finally trained myself to not swear when it happens - but I remember one year when I really took a bad fall and a string of profanity flooded from my lungs .... DH dashed up to me shouting "here here! You can't talk that way! William can hear you!" William was 9 or 10 at the time, but I remember wondering who was he to tell me how to react to this kind of pain.

    That's when I noticed that whenever I was hurt DH would rush up and tell me I wasn't hurt. It finally donned on me that what he was saying was "Please God, Don't let her be really hurt!"

    Anyway - I made a concerted effort to find Other Words to use when this happens - and also to do some behavior modification so that it wouldn't happen so often. I usually have to be really tired for me to get floppy enough to sprain an ankle now. So - another phase? Time to get younger professional help for some of these Big Jobs? Yup.

    I hope YOUR ankle is better now. And thanks for the bloglove hon
    118 days ago
    You are welcome, honey. And thank you for watching. I hadn't heard about Taps across America. The army came for my dad's funeral, though and played for it, folding a flag and giving it to the family. He had been a combat vet from the ETA of WWII. Daddy stayed in the reserves till he retired in his 60's. I always thought it was just so he could get away from a house full of women - but in fact, it also payed rather well - another boon for his big family girls.

    Besides - he was just one of those men who could never sit still - so it was good to keep him busy bossing someone besides us.

    Hugs to you. I think it's funny you hear an accent because we can never hear our own accents.
    120 days ago
    I'm looking forward to hearing about your perfect day - and I bet it will have a lunch in the garden in it - with a visit from both kids.
    121 days ago
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