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November 2012, half my hair newly cut (130 lb)

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Fitness really helped me through my pregnancy. Baby is about to be a year, and I am ready to push myself back into more focused fitness. 👻 ****** Adding a new chapter to this intro: We''re pregnant! Baby is due 9/1/2014, and I''m ecstatic. I''ll be hanging out on SparkPeople and BabyFit to keep healthy and fit throughout this new phase of my life. ****** I''ve been on Sparkpeople since April 2007 (yikes!). I remember those early days so well: I hated the me I saw in the mirror. Only in my mid-twenties, and all I could see was, ''you''re only going to get fatter from here.'' It was a horrible focus in the wrong direction. It was also not a huge success. My focus was on weight-loss, not on health. It wasn''t until after my wedding in 2009 that I really decided to change. My husband liked to run, and I was feeling so depressed and anxious I thought I''d give it a shot. We started Couch to 5k, and I hated it. I cursed at my poor husband, I''m ashamed to say, almost every running interval). The ''magic'' didn''t happen until after 3 weeks in. The ''magic'' wasn''t weight loss. It was restfulness. I felt better, even though I didn''t look much better. Running was getting easier, and I---for the first time in a long time---wanted to be better. So I kept going until I finished the program, and kept running from there. It''s been a whirlwind UP ever since. Healthy habits make you want more healthy habits: running is a staple, I started circuit and weight training, we started learning about nutrition and began to adjust our diets a little bit at a time. Somewhere along the line I decided I didn''t need to lose as much weight as I thought, and I just sort of starting to happily maintain. I am the leanest, strongest, and happiest I have ever been. Eating green, fresh food has become a pleasure. Drinking soda (something I once thought I could not live without) never even appeals to me anymore. When I do decide to indulge in a treat, I don''t berate myself for it or even worry about what it will do to my hips, because I know it''s not going to become a habit. I''m happy. I want everyone to feel this good, so I am telling you the secret (though I suspect you already know it, and just haven''t lived it yet): there is no secret. We will have rough days, but when you are kind to yourself and focus on what *good* choice you can make instead of worrying over some bad thing you might have done, you''ll make progress. Love yourself enough to add a little healthy food, to take a slightly longer walk today than you did yesterday; you''ll be a happier person for it.

Member Since: 4/6/2007

Fitness Minutes: 78,136

My Goals:
- Run a 5k - DONE! 10/23/10
- Run a 10 miler - DONE! - OCT 2013
- Perform 10 Chin Ups
- Perform 100 Push Ups

My Program:
Diet: Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian diet. I watch my calories, but not fretfully. Mostly we try to eat recognizable/whole foods and add more greens.

Exercise: HIIT training, cardio (mostly running), some stretching and yoga

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I like rainy days, good books, Edgar Allan Poe's poetry, crocheting, and writing. I'm a nerd for language-study.

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  • v STEINR6
    Intervals?!? You go girl!!!!
    3868 days ago
    Welcome to the Mighty Hundreds team! emoticon
    3870 days ago
    Thanks for joining the Mighty Hundreds! Always great to meet another push up lover! I love on your page where you say it is great to be wrong about your limitations. That is one of the best revelations I ever had-that it was only my BELIEF that I had limitations that held me back. I had been soooo wrong about my limitations for sooo long! Also, it seems by some of the comments on your page that I have met another biggest loser workout DVD lover (or at least JM DVD workout videos)...they are some of the best workouts around!

    3871 days ago

    She can deal with stress and carry heavy burdens. She smiles when she feels like screaming and she sings when she feels like crying. She cries when she's happy and laughs when she's afraid. Her love is unconditional. There's only one thing wrong with her,. She forgets what she's worth!. Pass this to every beautiful woman you know. Remind her that she's unique and loved :) 
    3873 days ago
    So I went to the Dr. and it's like I thought... he told me it just needs some rest and blah blah blah. They did take an xray to make sure it wasn't broken and it's not, it's just a really bad sprain. But he said that healing time could take 4-6 weeks just like a broken bone would! So looks like I'm a sitting duck for a while :( But thank you for the positive healing energy!
    3888 days ago
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