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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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    Yes, it was me! Haha. Boxing day was the first day I started the first time. Therefore, if I could do it then and the last time, I can rebound from my knee injury and get back into it! 3 weeks back for me. I'm in a good place.
    1427 days ago
    I'm doing CrossFit. It's different every single time, and it's always challenging, but I can see improvement in my performance as well as in my body. It's so well-rounded. I don't think I'll ever get bored, or outgrow it. It may depend on the specific location/coaches, but I love it. It's very hard work, but it's making me mentally tough, too. And there are very few days when I don't look forward to going. I could go on and on, and I will, if you want more, but I'll stop for now. :)
    1504 days ago
  • v SHIRE33
    So good to hear from you! I got busy with SP about a month ago, to track stuff. Feels good to be on the road again back to my goal. Good luck on your move. I lived in Texas a long time, and though I still have some good friends there, I was glad to get back home to Ohio. You are on all kinds of journeys!
    1516 days ago
  • v GHK1962
    I'm glad to see you again friend! (I have been gone from Spark as well ... mostly due to a grueling work schedule ... but also I was on travel for the past few weeks.)

    I was more than pleasantly surprised when I saw an email from you.

    Actually I was more ... "Who the heck is Soulselfie?!?!?!" Then saw it was you and was like, "Yeahhhhh!"
    1739 days ago
    Hey you! I'm also back trying to lose some of the weight I gained since my first weight loss journey. I AGREE: "I will no longer let my size dictate how I feel about myself, and I won't use shame as a motivator."
    1771 days ago
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