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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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    I have been much better lately too and only lost a little but we are in this for the long haul. We will get there!
    6 days ago
    well, 9 next February. Time flies!!

    6 days ago
    So glad to see you back! 2 kids!! I have missed alot! Max will be 9 in Feb. Can you believe THAT? WATP is still my go to. I feel like Lealie is my bestie. One day at a time. 😁
    7 days ago
    Weight is definitely not something to be smug about. Most people just hide when they gain weight but I don't seem to be smart enough to do that. I just admit I'm an unmotivated piece of crap and people seem to get it. LOL.

    I think the professional dental guard might be best but the dentist is wanting to repair some teeth and then it wouldn't fit and I don't want to pay that much money constantly. I want one that stays put. I have heard horror stories about them getting down peoples throats and them chocking on them. Ugh.
    9 days ago
    I keep a low profile too as I tend to be a serial cheater. LOL. I watch people here bragging about losing 50 pounds and then they gain 60 back and it keeps ME humble. LOL.

    Your kids are growing up fast. It doesn't seem like it was that long ago.

    Right now I'm trying to figure out what kind of dental guard to get - some say dentist one, some say soft amazon one, some say OTC. Ugh. Too many choices.

    So far I am doing better this week. Would like to start by losing 5 pounds.
    10 days ago
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