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My mom and I at my older brother's wedding reception. I'm about 185lbs (6/23/12).



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Growing up, I didn't have the best role models for exercise or healthy eating. My mom put a stick of butter in everything she cooked, I mean EVERYTHING! Veggies, pasta, bread, etc. It wasn't until I got out on my own that I realized just how bad all of that food was for me.

Growing up, I was teased every day at school for being overweight. I rode horses, which I consider a sport, but I wasn't doing it enough to make a difference.

In 2007, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Disease (Hypothyroidism). Instead of feeling relieved--Yes, I finally know why I could never lose weight!--I felt defeated. I thought, "what's teh point of even trying if it's not going to come off?" I let my weight balloon and by the summer of 2009 I weighed 240lbs.

The pictures I saw from that summer prompted me to take action. I tried teaching myself how to eat right and workout, but I was never able to stay consistent and my weight yo-yo'ed as a result.

But then I found SP in 2011 and that all changed! Since joining sparkpeople I've stayed committed to getting healthy for the first time in my life! Yes, I've had ups and downs but the difference this time is that when I fall I know how to get back up and each time I make it up quicker.

As of January 28, 2014 (my 29th birthday) I am 170lbs! The last time I was in the 170s was 8 years ago. I'm stronger, faster, braver, and healthier than I have ever been in my life!

Member Since: 2/24/2011

Fitness Minutes: 19,200

My Goals:
I want to run a 10k by October 2014.

I want to be in the 150s by my 30th birthday (Jan 2015)

My Program:
C210K training 3xweek

Strength Training classes 3xweek

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    Read your great blog this morning. So I stopped by your page and found more inspirtation. Thank you!
    849 days ago
    Thanks for your comments! We have talked about moving on to the 10K training with a goal of another run in April. We have even talked abt trying to run.walk a half for that run, bu t at the moment, that seems a little ambitious. Love running outside on trails - treadmill far less, so Winter is not great. Thanks for the encouragement. Love soccer too so kuddos to your husband also. Stay warm!
    849 days ago
    thank you for the comment on my blog! I am subclinical tsh is just at the cusp, but my t3 and t4 are normal. I just want to feel better at this point. I have been on and off with diet and excercise and hope if I can stick to it, things will improve.
    915 days ago
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    Hello! I would definitely be interested in joining your FB challenge in Octber. :D
    919 days ago
    Let me begin by saying that your son is soooooo cute and absolutely adorable and thank you so much for your kind words. I wish you all the best for your goals .
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    921 days ago
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