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At the Natural History Museum in Albuquerque, NM Fall of 2009

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With my stepmother, July 2009. 106# - lean and strong.

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I have been struggling with eating off-and-on since I started Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in 2007. I had been at the same weight for 4 1/2 years and felt really good about myself and then I started HRT because of premature menopause and everything fell apart. I had such horrible sugar cravings and I seemed unable to control myself. I would eat an entire package of Oreos (that is 52 cookies) in one sitting or 3 bowls of oats with tons of brown sugar and chocolate chips. I was totally out of control. I was also having trouble with normal food and would eat 5 bowls of whole grain cereal at a time. On top of this I had terrible mood swings that left me exhausted emotionally. I felt completely hopeless. I gained 20 pounds and began to feel as though I would never be able to lose it and be normal again.

February 2008 I began a new treatment in HRT and gave up sweets on the same day. Since then I have lost 16 pounds and have never felt better! All of my cravings are gone and I have a new, healthy relationship with food. I have finally figured out how to eat clean most of the time and control myself on the rare occasions when I do have cravings of some sort.

One of the main reasons that I have lost the weight is that I began doing heavy strength training. I have never liked strength training and I could honestly say that I HATED it! My motto was "All cardio, all the time" and I was doing up to 3 hours of it every day but I still wasn't seeing good results. I actually made myself sick because I stressed my body out so much with the overexercise. This month's TJ challenge was to focus on strength training and I made a pledge to myself to do it. I have done Jari Love's "Ripped 1,000" M,W,F and "Total Body Blast" T, Th, S. I took Su off from strength training and walked daily for 1 1/2-2 hours. I have recently decreased my daily cardio to no more than 75 minutes (5 miles) and I am thinking of cutting that back, too. For a cardio junkie like me that is a BIG accomplishment.

The main changes have been that I now LOVE strength training and look forward to doing it. My body is firmer and more toned than ever before and the weight is melting away because of my increased metabolism due to all of the muscle that I have developed. I am now a firm believer in a strong strength program with cardio accents. I feel so good and strong now and have never looked better!

*Update* September 18, 2008
Things are going pretty well and I am feeling good but still struggling with my eating. I have begun counting calories after discovering Jillian Michaels's podcasts. It has really helped me to become much more accountable. I am doing the 30 Day Shred this month and this has replaced my other strength workouts. My body looks and feels great. I am toned and firm and working on decreasing my body fat. I am also working on acceptance of my body and all of its perceived imperfections. I am happy with what I have achieved and I will no longer berate myself because I am not perfect. Who wants to be perfect? Perfect is boring!!!!!

*Update December 2008*
Well, I have reached and surpassed my weight loss goal and am pretty close to my body fat goal of 16%. I am currently at about 17%. I don't really know what other goals to set for myself because my body is now pretty much where I want it to be - strong and lean. I looked at my blog from last year and I can't believe how far I have come. What a difference a year makes, right? Life is good and I couldn't ask for more. I love Sparkpeople - it has changed my life for the better! I can't wait to see what 2009 brings.

*Update February 2009*
OK, this year has been really hard. I made the unwise decision to switch birth control pills - BIG MISTAKE! What ensued was 5 weeks of insane eating that led to 7 extra pounds. Now I have the fun of trying to get it back off. Oh well, I learned a valuable lesson - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I will no longer try to switch my hormone pills because the ones I was on came with absolutely NO eating troubles. I haven't learned how to deal with the insane eating compulsions when they hit so I am going to avoid them completely. My new plan is to do what worked for me in October 2008= 1,800-2,100 cals consumed per day and 600-700 cals burned per day. This resulted in a nice, steady weight loss and the leanest body that I have ever known. I would like to get back down to 105 by my 34th birthday on March18th which is a little over 4 weeks away. I am also aiming for that 16% BF that I had reached. I think this is doable and I am willing to work hard.

*Update March 2009*
OK, I have reset my goal date to April 4th. My hormones are finally settling down with just a few flutters that spur some overeating. The major compulsions are gone and are largely controllable - I just need to realize that I CAN control them. I have used my hormones as an excuse for my actions in the past and now that the hormone problems are gone I am STILL using them as an excuse to eat all the junk that I want. That is going to stop now. I have a new exercise plan to accompany my renewed eating plan. I am focusing on cardio this month and foregoing strength for a little while. I enjoy walking and it keeps me out of the house and away from the kitchen so I am currently walking between 10 and 12 miles a day. I will be adding Ripped 1,000 3x/week next week because it is circuit training and not just weights and has helped me drop weight and lean out in the past. I am going to succeed with this and am planning on dropping 8 or so pounds in the next 4 weeks. I will do this and I will regain the body I had. I will. I WILL!!!!!!! because I am strong, powerful, and determined.

*Update April 2010*
I began another NEW HRT plan this last February because I was having a lot of troubles with the bio-identical creams. I didn't absorb them very well so I wasn't getting the correct dose. The pharmacist that I work with changed me over to troches which are concentrated hormones in lozenge-form that dissolve under the tongue. What a difference! I am feeling so much better and have gotten off of the horrible roller coaster of emotions that I have been riding for the last 3 years. I believe that this is the answer for me and everything is looking up. I am finally getting the eating under control for good and I am working on losing the all-or-nothing mentality and instead applying an everything in moderation motto. I am learning about my body's relationship to food and what kind of deficits it will tolerate. I have recently begun wearing a BodyBugg and have experiences wonderful results with that. It makes it so much easier when I have the numbers to guide me (Bugg reading - calories eaten = deficit). I seem to do very well with the numbers laid out for me this way. Most of the struggles I have now are in my head and I am working on changing old habits and establishing new ones. I am definitely on the right road and my future is looking so bright!

Member Since: 8/23/2006

Fitness Minutes: 37,741

My Goals:
I have a few pounds to lose again due to some hormonally spurred eating. I am aiming to get back down to 105# and 16% body fat - I was really happy there.

My Program:
1- continuing to focus
on portion size,
eating clean, and not
eating just because
I want to


3- keeping sweets in
moderation not
eliminating them

4- ST 3-4 days/ week,
cardio videos 3-4

5- Walking 75 min/day.

6- continue drinking 10-
12 glasses of water a

Personal Information:
My name is Kelly and I am from New Mexico having lived most of my life here. I am 37-years-old and happily married for 11 years. I have one daughter who is 10. I have stayed home since she was born. My husband works as an RN. We live in a tiny town called Glenwood which has about 400-500 people if you include all of the surrounding areas. The nearest store is 65 miles away but there is so much wonderful hiking and many outdoor activities that we don't miss being near a city.
Our property is bordered by National Forest on 3 sides and it truly feels like paradise.

Other Information:
I love to read and take long walks outside. Hiking, Turbo Jam, and Jari Love videos are my passions!!!

My favorite possession is my Sirius radio which keeps me connected to the outside world. I have also become quite fond of my iPod which helps on my long walks and I am addicted to pod casts especially Dr. Laura and Jillian Michaels.

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    This year is going very well! I'm getting my motivation to work out back (the antidepressant took that away.). I'm losing weight, have a wonderful guy in my life, my daughter is back in school and enjoying it... I have a job I enjoy in town (first time in 20 years that I've worked close to home!) How's your new year going?
    2696 days ago
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    Thx for your comment on my blog! I posted a reply to you there. :)
    2856 days ago
    Thanks for your support on my blog. I admit there was an enjoyment to watching the cookies getting chopped up in the disposal!

    3087 days ago
    Hi Kelly! I am doing ok... my divorce is nearly final. I'm just waiting on my ex to sign the final docs and then we can get on with dividing property and I can get my name changed. I've got a great guy in my life. I need to drop 10-15 lbs... and regain my fitness. I am running right now.. so that is definitely an improvement over nothing.

    How are you??? :)
    3157 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/22/2012 11:04:07 PM
    Hi, Kelly.

    Thanks for checking in with me. I have been really, really busy, so I haven't been on SP at all. I am heavier than I'd like to be right now, but I can't worry about that at the moment. I'm just trying to achieve enough of a work/life balance so I can spend time with my kids.

    Hope things are going okay with you. What have you been up to lately?

    3157 days ago
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