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New dress! June 2011, 127 pounds





My baby! He wants this bike and, secretly, I do too.. ;) Ah, Triumph...*swoon*





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July 2010:

I'm so close to my goal weight! I've lost 65 pounds in the past 14 months, most of it with SparkPeople.

I never thought it could be done -- and certainly not so...sanely. Reasonable amounts of good food and moderate exercise? I'd struggled so long I never dreamed it could be so darn simple.

So I'm rocking a size 8 jeans and small to medium tops. I'm still weeding out clothes that are just pathetically baggy on me now. It feels good.
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July 2010:

I'm so close to my goal weight! I've lost 65 pounds in the past 14 months, most of it with SparkPeople.

I never thought it could be done -- and certainly not so...sanely. Reasonable amounts of good food and moderate exercise? I'd struggled so long I never dreamed it could be so darn simple.

So I'm rocking a size 8 jeans and small to medium tops. I'm still weeding out clothes that are just pathetically baggy on me now. It feels good.

I still have a lot of mental work to do though. Many days my brain still sees FAT and I obsess a little more than I'd like over food. But it's still a work in progress and, overall, I am incredibly proud of myself and grateful for SparkPeople and all my SparkFriends!

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May 2009:

I've been struggling with weight most of my life. This time I'm also focusing on eating less, not just "healthier" -- and it seems to be the key to success!

I lost my mom four years ago and drank more than I should have. Then I quit smoking. Then I turned 30. I suppose there's no wonder that I packed on the pounds pretty quickly.

I have a herniated disc that created some arthritis in my low back before I was even 30. (Actually, now they tell me I have TWO herniated discs!) I have always hated sports and NEVER liked being sweaty. And I am known for my baking skills.

Clearly, this whole fitness thing presents some pretty big hurdles for me. But I am finally feeling motivated, and I'm happy to ditch the excuses and embrace the challenge!

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"Assume the feeling of the wish fulfilled." - Wayne Dyer

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become." - Buddha

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Ghandi
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Member Since: 1/14/2008

SparkPoints: 33,667

Fitness Minutes: 54,309

My Goals:
I would like to finally be comfortable enough with my own body that I am not constantly comparing myself to anyone and everyone around me. I want to be healthy and feel great!


My Program:
I am focusing on around 1,400-1,500 calories a day of food that I ENJOY and working out in the morning with Leslie Sansone before biking to work and back every day the weather allows it. I've also added some Leslie interval workouts for strength training. I am constantly trying to fit in the likes of yoga, tai chi and chi gong on a regular basis. (The best intentions do not always seem to yield the best results!) LOL

Personal Information:
I was born and bred in Chicago, and so far it looks like I am here to stay. I'm a nerdy copy editor who loves to read and listen to public radio. I live with my amazing husband and his 6-foot-long red-tailed boa constrictor, Eve. :)

Other Information:
I have fibromyalgia. I am working hard at leaving it at that -- a fact I just have to deal with and learn to work around as best I can rather than letting it run my life.

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PANFRIEDTROUT
4/24/2014 10:46:20 PM


Thanks Angie, for your comments on my blogs, especially the one about Nutrition. I value as many perspectives as I can get in order to not overlook something important.

How was your Easter?

Marie





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SLFRISBEY
4/22/2014 9:36:17 AM

Hi! Hope you had a good Easter weekend. I just got back from Ohio and I have to say it's the first time in a really long time that I was sad to leave. :( Who knows, maybe if I ever finish my master's degree we will move that way it's just sad leaving my grandparents. Anyhow, things are buys here too, but that's just part of life I suppose. Good times. Hope you're doing well and not too busy at work. shoot me a message if you're free and want to catch up!



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MORTICIAADDAMS
4/22/2014 9:28:48 AM

I'm starting over again but I'm not going to let it bum me out and I don't want you to feel bad either. I messed up due to too much stress. It's my achilles tendon but I'm not going to use it as an excuse. It's in the past and as long as long as I'm alive there is the opportunity to get fitter. So that's what I'm going to do. I'm not going to expect perfection, I'm far from that. I'm going to work on small changes and add to them. I'm not going to mourn every time I don't measure up. I won't be running marathons but I can walk and build up my strength to walk more. I can slowly make better food choices without going crazy and depriving myself as deprivation is often derails me. I don't have to be thin but I want to be healty. I'm going to love myself the way I am and I want you to do the same.



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_AIYANNA_
4/21/2014 12:17:56 PM

Alithos Anesti! Hope you had a great Easter day. Love you lots and no need to apologise-ever! xxx



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ANNEMARGAR
4/16/2014 7:21:20 AM

Thanks for the bike commuting advice. You are right - there are many options for my getting ready at the office. I guess I just have to put my mind to it and make it happen. Thanks again!



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