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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: 25,102

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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  • v JOANNE-1964
    Hello! I would definitely be interested in joining your FB challenge in Octber. :D
    1183 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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    1185 days ago
    Working nights isn't easy, but it's worth it for me right now. If I had my way, I would stay home with my son and get a paycheck for it ;)

    I stay pretty consistent on Spark. I've been struggling with weight loss though ever since I started on meds for my Hyperthyroidism. I could use all the help I can get, so I would love to join your group! I ate pretty clean yesterday, but I did not do 30 minutes of exercise... so I guess it would have to start today for me if that's ok.

    I downloaded a c25k training app when I started running a couple years ago. But I haven't been running since before my son was born. So, it's been a long time and I'm totally out of shape. Good luck on your 10k and have fun!!

    Let me know about your group!
    1196 days ago
    I saw your profile pic with that cute baby in the santa hat and I just had to stop by and say Hi! My name is Jessica, I'm turning 28 this month and I have an 8 1/2 month old baby boy. I also aspire to be a runner someday. It looks like you've done an amazing job with your goals and working toward becoming the healthy, active mom that your little boy deserves. I've gone up and down with my weight and struggle with being consistent especially since my son was born and I still work full time night shifts. I was wondering if you would like to be friends? I'm trying to find more people who are still active on this site because a lot of my old friends seem to have bailed, lol. Good luck and keep on sparking!
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    1198 days ago
  • v MCK0582
    I've tried chocolate (not vegan), vanilla, and strawberry Shakeology and they are growing on me. I am down to my last two packets, but am not sure I can continue to justify the price tag it carries each month. How are you liking it?
    1223 days ago
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