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New dress! June 2011, 127 pounds

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My baby! He wants this bike and, secretly, I do too.. ;) Ah, Triumph...*swoon*

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RIP, sweet baby boy. I still miss you!

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October 2019:

I'm back! Roughly 8 years ago, I lost 70 POUNDS with SparkPeople, and I kept it off for a long time! I did not gain a ton of extra weight with my first baby, and I was so shocked and proud when I found myself within 10 pounds of my prepregnancy weight by my 6-week postpartum checkup. Yeah!

But I found myself increasingly ravenous the longer I breastfed and burned the ol' candle from both ends. And then I failed to scale back my portions once my boy weaned at 14 months ... and BOOM! 10 pounds gained in no time.

Then I had baby number 2 -- rinse and repeat!

So here I am, my youngest is 2 now, and I am up 35 POUNDS. *gulp* I can't bike to work anymore, but I am finally reviving my friendship with Leslie Sansone -- we're walking together at 5 a.m. on days the kiddos allow -- and I'm back to tracking my food.

It feels so much harder now that my time is soooooo much less my own, but I'm feeling motivated! I CAN DO THIS!

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July 2010:

I'm so close to my goal weight! I've lost 65 pounds in the past 14 months, most of it with SparkPeople.

I never thought it could be done -- and certainly not so...sanely. Reasonable amounts of good food and moderate exercise? I'd struggled so long I never dreamed it could be so darn simple.

So I'm rocking a size 8 jeans and small to medium tops. I'm still weeding out clothes that are just pathetically baggy on me now. It feels good.

I still have a lot of mental work to do though. Many days my brain still sees FAT and I obsess a little more than I'd like over food. But it's still a work in progress and, overall, I am incredibly proud of myself and grateful for SparkPeople and all my SparkFriends!


May 2009:

I've been struggling with weight most of my life. This time I'm also focusing on eating less, not just "healthier" -- and it seems to be the key to success!

I lost my mom four years ago and drank more than I should have. Then I quit smoking. Then I turned 30. I suppose there's no wonder that I packed on the pounds pretty quickly.

I have a herniated disc that created some arthritis in my low back before I was even 30. (Actually, now they tell me I have TWO herniated discs!) I have always hated sports and NEVER liked being sweaty. And I am known for my baking skills.

Clearly, this whole fitness thing presents some pretty big hurdles for me. But I am finally feeling motivated, and I'm happy to ditch the excuses and embrace the challenge!


"Assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled." - Wayne Dyer

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become." - Buddha

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Ghandi

Member Since: 1/14/2008

Fitness Minutes: 59,370

My Goals:
I would like to finally be comfortable enough with my own body that I am not constantly comparing myself to anyone and everyone around me. I want to be healthy and feel great! I want to set good examples for my naturally rambunctious kiddos to continue to follow as they get older.

My Program:
I am focusing on around 1,600 calories a day of food that I ENJOY and working out in the morning with Leslie Sansone before work. Thankfully my kiddos keep me moving naturally a fair amount too!

Personal Information:
I was born and bred in Chicago, and so far it looks like I am here to stay. I'm a nerdy copy editor who loves to read and listen to public radio. I live with my amazing husband and our two amazing kiddos, ages 4 and 2.

Other Information:
I have fibromyalgia.I am working hard at leaving it at that -- a fact I just have to deal with and learn to work around as best I can rather than letting it run my life.

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