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Hello my name is Gracie. I have struggled most of my life with weight loss issues. My highest point was 250 lbs and at 5 ft. 4 in. That is not very good. I lost 85 lbs in 2010 and kept it off for 5 years. In 2015-2016 I was back up 25lbs and this past year I restarted my journey in being healthy with Spark People to help me. End of 2016 I am down 22 lbs of my 25 lbs I gained. I am feeling comfortable in my skin again and hope to get to a normal BMI (140-150 lbs) in 2017. The last leg of this journey will be the hardest by far. But I am determined to be healthy and love being more active and I am loving the results of being more toned with strength training.

Here I am in 2018....doing that yo-yo thing again, back up 30# now from what I had worked so hard to lose. So this time I really have to evaluate, learn and move on. (Menopause a huge factor this time). Along with poor eating habits and lack of exercise = NO WILL Power! So 2 months back into it and it is the beginning of July 2018 and have lost 10# mainly due to diet modifications...apparently my body does not like carbs or likes them to much! lol So I have cut the carbs to between 100-150 gms per day and increased the protein and fats. My percentages are Carbs 30%; Protein 40%; Fats 30%. This combo is working well. It took some different variations to hit the winning combo for me. I plan on building muscle this round and ST is my favorite and my body responds better to ST than cardio. I am still doing cardio, but not as much as the ST. Muscle growth will benefit me more as I age and help me maintain that healthy weight range better I feel.....So cutting calories is the phase I am in with a deficit of 300-500 calories per day to lose weight with some cardio a few days a week and some ST a few days per week with more rest days this time. My plan is to get into a range of 10# of goal weight and then increasing the ST with some added cardio. I would like to decrease body fat% and build lean muscle, not sure what my weight will be, but my fat/muscle ratio will be in the right range....so looking forward to a lean firmer body that burns calories more efficiently as I get older and the benefits of muscle as we age help prevent falls and help with overall functioning. I am looking forward to this next phase. I have at least 10-15# to lose before working on the ST seriously...so excited to find the new me!
June 2019-- Here we go yet again :) Almost hit the 200# mark again and that made me upset. So same approach as 2018 with a few modifications to help me stay on track. 35% carbs, 35% proteins and 30% fats. Week one down and all is working great. I gained 3.7# of muscle this week and lost 3.6# of fat. I went from 30% body fat down to 26.7% body fat even at a weight of 193.4 now. I know that my ideal weight to hit a body fat of 22% should be right around 165-170#. I am good with that as long as I stay toned and keep my body fat between 22-24% which is in the healthy BMI range, not looking at the weight so much as an indicator this time, I will be looking at body fat.

Member Since: 3/19/2016

Fitness Minutes: 34,593

My Goals:
March 2016: I would like to lose at least 25 lbs; 45 lbs would be better.
Be a better me, make healthy lifetime changes. G0AL MET of 25 lbs. January 2017.

January 2017: Lose another 15-20 lbs this year and continue my journey to healthy :)

January 2018: Lose all the weight I gained back the summer of 2017 (20#) and be happy with a weight of 155# just a bit over my previous goal, I need to be realistic!

Well now it is May 2018 and 10# more pounds magically appeared, time to re-evaluate what I am not doing well and move on.....

July 2018- evaluation was key. I lost 10# with a modified diet of Carbs 30%; Protien 40%; Fats 30%. A winning combo is born! Excited for what the rest of July holds, another 10-15# and then let the ST hard and heavy begin to build that muscle! :)

June 2019--Going for the gold this time. Hit a high weight of 199#, I almost hit the 200# mark, which I never want to see again. Goal is to hit 20-24% body fat, which should put me between

My Program:
One day at a time. Track food and Exercise. Stay motivated. Enjoy the journey!

Track food, cardio, yoga, meditation, staying organized (very helpful) and strength training.
I participate in a few smaller weekly/monthly challenges and active in the Biggest Loser Challenges since the Fall of 2016-2017.

July 2018--new goals set, re-evaluated my original program and setting out in a new direction. Building muscle after a 20-25# weight loss. I don't have a goal weight, just a leaner, more toned body with a good fat/muscle ratio. Main focus is diet currently Carbs 30%; Protien 40%; Fats 30% with a 300-500 calorie deficit per day along with 2-3 cardio workouts per week and 2-3 ST workouts per week, slowly building into the exercise phase.

Personal Information:
My name is Gracie and I live in Wisconsin. I currently work full-time plus, all 3 shifts. I have a dog named Soiux and my Son and wife have 2 cats and a hedgehog and 2 bunny rabbits, who also live with me. They also work full-time. Schedules can get crazy around here with me and my "Roomies" but we make it work! :)

Other Information:
I love outdoor activities, walking, biking, hiking, campfires, camping and fishing. Just enjoying nature it makes me feel grounded.

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    We miss you on Camping SP'ers ! Hope it's going well for you. Have a great losing week !
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