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Finding a good happy place between here and there.

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

SparkPoints: 77,424

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My Goals:
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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ONEDAYIWILL
1/20/2016 3:25:23 PM

Congrats on your awesome weight loss you look amazing! Glad to be back :)




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MORTICIAADDAMS
1/16/2016 3:07:36 PM

I hope it's nothing serious. You are way too young to have to put up with foot issues.



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MORTICIAADDAMS
1/15/2016 5:15:21 PM

Max is so cute He is getting around so well! His legs are very strong!

I didn't think the Dr. Scholls machine would be much help but MIL had some Dr. Scholls shoes and they were very comfortable. Some of them were not bad looking either. I did the machine on a whim and was surprised that it was so helpful. It does a thermal image of your foot and locates hot spots and pressure spots so it gives you a better idea of what to look for when you buy shoes. Ian actually sells a lot of shoes and inserts at his store but he assumed that I had a high arch like he does and it told me I'm flat footed.

I wore Birkenstocks years ago. Most good OTC inserts will cost that much. The ones that the podiatrists make are much better but they cost a fortune.



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PHEBESS
1/13/2016 9:06:09 AM

Each kid does things in their own time - and often in their own way!

My mom didn't have a girl's name picked out for me - apparently I was a very different pregnancy than my sister, so she was convinced I was a boy. So my parents only had a boy's name selected. Surprise!!!



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JPONCIN
1/7/2016 11:33:36 AM

I went to the Firm class at Gold's. It was too hard! I only lasted 15 minutes. There are a lot of squats and lunges. I cannot do lunges with my new foot. Also, my back was really bothering me. After I left the class, I just lifted on some machines and headed home. One of the classmates in there came out for water, and saw me, and told me to try the Body Pump, said it's way better for just starting back up again.

Thanks for adding me to the Instagram group! I'm finding my mojo again. Very nice ladies. :)



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