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"I cannot climb uphill by thinking downhill thoughts."

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Oh the feeling - to love my body regardless of size!

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My original Sparkpeople journey: 105 lbs lost

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Hi y'all! I'm Amanda, a writer and SAHM from San Antonio, TX. I was previously on Spark under the name POOKASLUAGH, where I lost 105 lbs and maintained that loss for two years. From 2014 to 2017, my family became nomadic. Through four cross-country moves over three years coupled with some severe trauma, my health suffered. I regained about 80 lbs, and have been maintaining that new weight since mid-2016.

Starting in 2020, I'm back on the health and fitness train and pushing forward with slow, steady loss. I look forward to reaching my goal and being the active, fit, healthy person I once was and wish to be again.

Member Since: 12/9/2015

My Goals:
I've chosen 150 lbs as a general goal at a healthy BMI, slightly lower than I ever got on my previous journey. However, more important than the number is the vision: I want to be strong, flexible, healthy, kind, and confident, both externally and internally. Other goals include:

- To get up from cross-legged to standing without using my hands or knees
- To do 30+ full push-ups without stopping
- To be able to hang from the pull-up bar for 30+ seconds
- To do 5+ pull-ups
- To be able to run a 5K again
- To fit into non-plus-size clothes
- Complete a full downward dog pose (heels down) - DONE!
- To be able to do jumping jacks for a full minute again
- To be able to do skater/pistol squats on each leg
- To be able to hold a crow pose
- To fit into my wedding ring again
- To fit into my wedding dress again
- To improve my insulin level (insulin resistance, PCOS) enough to be off Metformin - DONE!
- Try out cross-fit
- To weigh less than my h

My Program:
I'm a big advocate of You Do You, and think this journey is unique to each of us.

Things that work for me: yoga, walking, running, moderate diet without severe restrictions, talk therapy, touch therapy, social support (especially in-person), higher carb/lower fat nutrition, and body positivity. I don't lose weight when I'm depressed regardless of the calories in vs calories out equations, and 80% of my weight loss depends on fitness. I won't lose weight without exercise, and I cannot out-diet a sedentary lifestyle.

Things that DON'T work for me: prayer, detoxification diets, heavy strength training, HIIT, low-carb programs, calorie-restriction alone, and meatless diets.

Personal Information:
Mom of three, writer, working my way toward a library degree. I'm 5'6 and was previously known on Spark as POOKASLUAGH, where I lost 105 lbs and maintained that weight for two years.

Other Information:
Blog: http://thezenleaf.com

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  • v GHK1962
    Are you reaching out to all the oldie Sparkers? Heh .... nice to hear from you. I got on Spark about 4 or 5 months ago....but really have not been back. Glad to see your note!
    686 days ago
    Wow, Blast From The Past! I took a long break from SP, but am also back. Good to hear from you, my only SP friend I've met in person!
    A lot of life happened, which had the side effect of depression, which had the side effect of weight gain. Pretty much what most of us experience, right? But I am doing well these days, and have enough peace and joy and happy things to outweigh the hard stuff. Doing Low Carb with my hubby, to get his blood sugar down, and it's working, plus we're both losing weight, which is great.
    Hope you are doing well! Thanks for checking in with me!
    686 days ago
  • v GHK1962
    Just how long has it been since we emailed?!?!? Heh ... I have not been on here in a bazillion years. Just stopped by to say hi.
    814 days ago
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  • v no profile image C8TSON
    Thank you for stopping by my blog! It's so good to see you back on spark! And congrats on the weight loss! emoticon
    1359 days ago
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