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Hi! My name is Leah. I'm 48, married for 26 years, and mom to two great kids, a 23-year-old son (James) and 20-year-old daughter (Juliana). I'm the director of our local library and a lay minister in the Lutheran church. I'm currently taking classes toward my Master's of Divinity. We live in the country in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse with lots of gardens and flowers, as well as Drifter (quarter horse), Nellie (Bernese Mountain Dog), Shiloh (Pomapoo), a flock of chickens, and a bunch of ...
Hi! My name is Leah. I'm 48, married for 26 years, and mom to two great kids, a 23-year-old son (James) and 20-year-old daughter (Juliana). I'm the director of our local library and a lay minister in the Lutheran church. I'm currently taking classes toward my Master's of Divinity. We live in the country in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse with lots of gardens and flowers, as well as Drifter (quarter horse), Nellie (Bernese Mountain Dog), Shiloh (Pomapoo), a flock of chickens, and a bunch of farm cats. My background pic is of some of the roses in my garden. I love all flowers, but especially roses.

Update, September, 2015

I'm still maintaining at 145 (5 years now!) and working (though not very hard) at getting down to 137. I'm not sure if I'm willing to eat as carefully as I would need to do for that, but we'll see. I still track everything I eat, every single day. It works! Still running, biking and circuit training too, 6 days a week.

Update, September, 2014

I've been maintaining around 145, which is not easy, but doable. I will always need to be careful about how much I eat, and I see tracking as a permanent part of my life. But it's worth it! I'm still running at least 12 miles a week, and doing circuit training and biking as well.

Update, September, 2013:

Since reaching my goal weight one year ago, I've struggled a bit to stay there. It's fairly easy for me to hang out around 150 pounds, but 142 is a challenge. Part of the trouble is that my clothes still fit and it's not that obvious whether I'm at the higher or lower end of the range. I would like to maintain around 145 if possible, and I'm working to get back there.

Update, September, 2012

I've been on Spark People for 2 1/2 years now and have reached my goal weight of 142 pounds, but truthfully this journey to health, confidence and acceptance of my body has taken 30 years. Along the way, I've become a runner, achieved a streak of 1000+ monthly fitness minutes for 26 months in a row, changed my family's eating habits, and made some of the best friends ever here on Spark.

What I wrote at the the beginning of this life-changing experience is still true today:

"I have so many great things going on in my life, and I want the outer me to match the inner me. I want to be the person I'm supposed to be, and be healthy and strong to make the most of this one life God has given me. Thank you for being part of this journey!"

If you'd like to read more about my 30-year struggle with my weight, here's the blog that tells the story:


Goals for 2015:

~Maintain within 3 pounds of my goal weight of 142 pounds.

~Run at least 600 miles.

~Complete Slim in Six's Tear It Up workout.

~Pursue more free-lance writing opportunities.

~Plan a date night each month with my husband.

~Maintain a 365 day streak for water and freggie consumption.

~Be on time to work each day.

~Read through the Bible this year.

Reminder to me (a giver and a perfectionist):

~Set reasonable limits on your time and energy;
~Identify your frustrated yearnings and find new ways to take care of yourself besides eating,
~Vent unpleasant emotions - in a journal or in the mirror - to diffuse them faster than food,
~Progress, not perfection!


I'm striving hard to practice moderation and mindfulness in my eating. One of the tools I'm using is the Hunger Scale. For anyone who's interested, here's the Hunger Scale from www.hungerscale.com:

Hunger Scale Explained

0: Starving. Ignoring body messages, eating disorder.

1: Weak and light-headed. My stomach acid is churning.

2: Very uncomfortable. I am irritable and unable to concentrate.

3: Uncomfortably hungry. Your stomach is rumbling.

4: Slightly uncomfortable. I am beginning to feel signs of hunger.

5: Comfortable. I am more or less satisfied, but could eat a little more.

6: Perfectly comfortable. You feel satisfied.

7: Full. A little bit uncomfortable.

8: Uncomfortably full. You feel bloated.

9: Very uncomfortably full. You need to loosen your clothes.

10: Stuffed. You are so full you feel nauseous.

STARTING WEIGHT: 182 pounds.


160 pounds (met 3/22/10)

155 pounds (met 4/17/10)

150 (met 6/14/10)

145 pounds (met 7/23/10)

Completing One Hour Runner (met 9/29/10)

Goals after getting new scale and resetting my weight:

Maintaining my running over the cold winter months: (met 3/1/11)

145 pounds: (met 3/11/11)

A perfect two week eating streak: (met 5/20/11)

Running at least 624 miles in 2011: (Met 12/31/11...I actually ran 700 miles.)

Getting back to 145 pounds: (met 5/23/12)

142 pounds: (met 9/1/12)

Maintaining for 3 months: (met 12/1/12)

Getting back to 145 pounds: (met 5/20/14)

Getting back to 142 pounds:

Getting down to 139 pounds:

Getting down to 137 pounds:
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 current weight: 145.0 

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Member Since: 1/27/2010

SparkPoints: 72,235

Fitness Minutes: 97,688

My Goals:
~Less joint and muscle pain. DONE!

~Fit into smaller jeans. DONE!

~Feel good in my clothes. DONE!

~Be full of energy and life. DONE!

~Be my best self!

My Program:
~Eat at least 5 fruit and vegetable servings daily

~Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily

~Track everything I eat and stay within ranges

~Burn 2700-3000 calories each week through exercise

~Run 3 days a week, 12-15 miles per week

~Circuit train 2-3 days a week

~Cross-train 2-3 days a week

~Get 8 hours of sleep nightly

"Hunger is not an emergency: it's a signal that I'm really going to enjoy my next meal."

"If the problem isn't hunger, then the solution isn't going to be found in the refrigerator." ~SUSIEMILO

"Don't do anything to lose weight that you wouldn't do to maintain that weight loss. It won't be sustainable if you can't do it forever." ~TEACHINMOM

Don't ask, "What will taste the best?" Ask, "What is the healthiest thing I can eat?"

Personal Information:
I am 5'6" tall.

I love:

~My family!

~Gardening, especially growing roses, lots of flowers, and our own delicious fruits and vegetables.


~Being outdoors enjoying God's awesome creation.



~Running and hiking.

Other Information:
New Running Shoe at: 650 miles in 2015.

Miles Run:

2011: 700
2012: 791
2013: 653
2014: 523


Run For Tomorrow 5K-- 9/25/10--32:18.

SparkPeople Virtual 5K--

Deshler Daze 5K--6/18/11--32:44.

Buffalo Run 5 Mile--9/11/11--52:56.

Monster Dash 5K--10/15/11--34:17.

Spark Trick-or-Treat Trot Virtual 5K--11/3/11--31:51.

Monster Dash 5K--10/20/12--33:00.

Spark Trick-or-Treat Trot 10K--10/27/12--67:00.

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Member Comments:
9/29/2015 11:07:21 AM

Thanks for the encouragement. Mountains are awesome, but so are grassy plains ;)

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9/24/2015 1:29:33 PM

I'm going to have to find A Walk in the Woods. I cannot imagine hiking the Appalachian Trail. It seems like such an awesome thing to do.

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9/2/2015 7:53:05 PM

hugs to you my dear friend. Let's just plan on a reunion with those mamas of ours in the great library in the sky.

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8/26/2015 11:55:31 PM

Years ago, I was part of one of AOL's communities. I organized a cyberbook club, and we opened a private room and discussed "Tuesdays With Morrie" via instant messenger. Nineteen people showed up. I guess that was successful.

SP is not equipped to do IMs, but one of our leaders created a "sticky" and with all the time zones, we are hoping to meet in about three weeks' time. Majority ruled and we're tackling a very controversial book that was recently "found", as you must know if you already read the book. It is such a sad story in that Harper Lee is now 89 years old, almost totally blind and almost totally deaf, and living in an assisted living home. Her number one advocate, her sister, passed away a few years ago, and she had noted that Harper Lee would sign anything if it were put in front of her by someone she trusted. Do you know there may even be a "third book"? What's next? Her grocery list?

You may know LisaLGB. She's not a member of our team, but got so excited that our first selection was a Southern author, she jumped on the bandwagon quickly. I think she will have a lot to say since a lot of this is springing from her roots.

If you like, I can fill you in more privately, in SP mail. It should prove to be an interesting evening, and if all goes well and according to plan (ha!), this just may be the first of many cyberbook discussions to come.

Please feel free to join us! I don't think we can discuss it online for more than an hour or so, but if it works, we hope it's the first of many.

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8/26/2015 8:42:03 PM

Did not see that you got "Motivator of the Day". Congrats!! Outstanding!! Well deserved!!

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