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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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EDDYMEESE
11/13/2014 12:58:10 PM

Congrats to you guys! What a precious little guy he is :)



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MORTICIAADDAMS
11/12/2014 1:50:20 PM

The first couple of months can be so hectic. So many changes and so much to do. Things will get easier soon though once you get into a routine. Don't hesitate to call on your mom for help it you need it. emoticon



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PHEBESS
11/12/2014 9:40:58 AM

I was a strawberry blond infant, then my hair went very light until I was about 2, and by the time I was 4 it was a rich brown. I always wished it had stayed red, and I spent years having it made red - but it's a difficult color to keep up.

Anyway, enjoy being a new mommy!



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MORTICIAADDAMS
10/12/2014 8:39:09 PM

The vet is a really nice and compassionate caring vet when he is there but getting in contact with him is way too hard. They tell you to email them and then they don't respond. They tell you to call them and they don't respond. It's hard to get an appointment even.

We have a few over the counter chinchillas books but they are not detailed enough to be of diagnostic help. Without an x-ray it's hard to know what you are dealing with.

The bad part is Squeaker and Baxter loved each other. They played all night long. They were wild and funny and kept the others entertained. Now it is quiet at night. I went to check on them last night and Bun was sitting by Squeaker and she doesn't usually do that at night. Bun usually sits on the top shelf and watches Baxter and Squeaker with thei zany antics. Bun and Squeaker have both lost the ones they love. This morning Squeaker searched Benny's robe for Baxter. It was so sad. Squeaker has a bad heart and we were always worried what Baxter would do without her and it's the other way around.

I will have to see what I can find out about recommendations for Chinchillas books. Thanks for helping.





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JPONCIN
10/12/2014 6:44:20 PM

Thanks for telling me your info about Aleve. I'm afraid of taking it too! I just don't think enough research has been done on it. I usually take ibuprofen, but it is not helping me anymore. When I take it for migraines, it doesn't even take the edge off. And it does nothing for my leg pain. I really need to feel well enough to get some work done at the gym.




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