POOKA-SLUAGH
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"I cannot climb uphill by thinking downhill thoughts."



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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 ADVENTURESEEKER
    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
  • v WORDLILY
    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
  • v LOVEUNDERLINED
    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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