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I have been a member here on Spark since December 2007. It all started as a new years resolution and 6 yrs later I am still here doing the best I can. When I joined my weight was at 282. I have always struggled with weight, even as a little kid I was always the biggest kid in all of my classes all through school. Lost 80lbs when I was 19 and then gained it back and some. So at 23 I started this journey for myself, not anyone else. At my lowest so far I got down to 151 and then been bouncing ...
I have been a member here on Spark since December 2007. It all started as a new years resolution and 6 yrs later I am still here doing the best I can. When I joined my weight was at 282. I have always struggled with weight, even as a little kid I was always the biggest kid in all of my classes all through school. Lost 80lbs when I was 19 and then gained it back and some. So at 23 I started this journey for myself, not anyone else. At my lowest so far I got down to 151 and then been bouncing around for awhile. Losing the weight was the fun part. Reaching maintenance is what is hard. There will always be stresses in our lives and it's hard not to turn to food to make us feel better, gotta just do the best you can with what you got, each and every day.

I try to stay motivating with the lifestyle by signing up for races and always having something to work toward. I used to hate running, I was the kid who hid her shoes in gym class or faked cramps on running day. Now I have run 1 full marathon and 3 halves. I try to always change up my exercise and not get bored. I WERQ, water aerobics, bike commute and run. I also have a job at a health food store and that helps to talk to ppl and stay motivated with healthy eating. Always finding new veggies and fruits to try and keeping up a love for cooking. Which I never had before I gained this lifestyle. Now it's like therapy to me along with my fitness.

Just gotta do your best each and every day!
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Member Since: 12/30/2007

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I am not really looking at weight as a goal anymore. Right now I am trying to experiment with dropping some weight to see if my running improves by being lighter. My weight goal has always been 140 but I have a muscular build so I donno if that's even feasible for me. My weight training is more important then a number on the scale. My goal is to become a brick lol

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I workout at least 5- 6 days a week. I enjoy doing a lot of cross training. I run 2-days a week, Take dance classes 2-3 days a week, water aerobics and do some weight lifting

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My name is Julia, Julie or Jules, whatever you wanna call me. I am 28 yrs old. I am 5'3 which I think I should add here. I always see ppls pics and wonder how tall they are so I can compare myself lol I am a shorty so I hope that helps someone lol

I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors in Photography. I am currently working for two business. I work at a health food/Organic Grocery store. Also work for an online book business. Which keeps me pretty active packing and shipping books. Lots of lifting which I enjoy actually. I also have a love for animals, I might even like them more then humans haha I have 3 dogs, 2 cats, 4 turtles, 2 blue tongue skinks, 1 bearded dragon and 1 cockatiels.

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I live in Bloomington Illinois. I have a membership to the goldsgym here (the big one). Member of the Bloomington Nomal group. If you go and see me on here, can always use a buddy!

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MORTICIAADDAMS
4/18/2014 11:06:16 PM

I put some cantalope out in the compost pile the other day and later went out to see if anyone came to get it. It's too early, I guess. At this time of year when they first come out they often like things like cooked eggs.

We have a huge slider on the pond sitting on the logs every day.

I love this guys turtle site!! This guy might have been my soul mate. LOL.

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MORTICIAADDAMS
4/17/2014 9:39:26 PM

I had no idea something like this could happen. I'm glad they can recover though. Never knew they could shed their shells. This guy certainly sounds like he knows what he is doing.

Benny saw a box turtle on the other side of the county the other day. I can't wait!!!!



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LEIGHWOMAN
4/17/2014 8:51:41 AM

That is something he DEFINITELY does not need to worry about!



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PHEBESS
4/15/2014 9:17:42 AM

I have a sketchbook, pens, markers - I just never carry them around with me. The camera fits so much better in a pocket or my purse.

But yeah, I need to draw more!



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MORTICIAADDAMS
4/10/2014 2:55:51 PM

I'm totally with you on the marriage business. I'm not a huge marriage fan. I actually never wanted to get married. LOL. When I was young my friends had their entire weddings planned and didn't even have a boyfriend. LOL! My first husband talked me into getting married - big mistake - and my second husband did as well. After the failure of my first marriage I was not eager to recommit. I told Benny I would marry him 10 years from the day my divorce was final if we were still together. ROFLMBO. My dad thought I was crazy to wait that long but we got married that very day. The minister's wife said she has never seen a bride more nervous. I almost croaked. Too many women are too desperate. It's an unattractive quality. Intelligent men appreciate an independent woman like us. They are not wanting a clingy leech.



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