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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:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042576

Goals for 2016:

~Get down to 137 pounds and see if that's a reasonable new maintenance weight for me.

~Run at least 600 miles.

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

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

~Be on time to work each day.

~Daily Bible study/devotion time.

~Get my music collection organized.

~Play the piano at least twice a month.

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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!

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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.

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STARTING WEIGHT: 182 pounds.
STARTING WEIGHT WITH SPARK PEOPLE: 167 pounds.

GOALS:

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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Member Since: 1/27/2010

SparkPoints: 75,470

Fitness Minutes: 102,047

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."
~WATERMELLON

"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?"
~CANOE10

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.

~Reading.

~Being outdoors enjoying God's awesome creation.

~Chocolate.

~Spring.

~Running and hiking.


Other Information:
New Running Shoe at: 75 miles in 2016.

Miles Run:

2011: 700
2012: 791
2013: 653
2014: 523
2015: 573

Races:

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

SparkPeople Virtual 5K--
4/11/11--30:11.

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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NUMD97
2/5/2016 6:47:18 PM

Thank you for your sweet words on my feed. They were much appreciated.



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NUMD97
1/28/2016 1:56:16 PM

Thanks, Leah, for the sweet goodie and evenmoreso for your kind words. They are much appreciated.



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NUMD97
1/28/2016 11:09:49 AM

Thanks, Leah, for the comment on my feed. Been a rough week for my BFF. It was her husband who passed away, and even after a two-year battle, I think even though she knew the inevitable as early as last August, the reality is quite another story. Way too young.

All I can do is provide the support she needs.

Wishing you a great week. Hope things are warm by you. The sun is shining brightly here in New York. Hope you have the same.



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NUMD97
1/26/2016 2:24:57 PM

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog, "Getting The Dreaded "D" Diagnosis".

When people are fighting to keep body parts alive and kicking, it becomes a no-brainer that a bag of garbage food is just not worth losing a limb over. Sobering, yes, but necessary.

Ask me in a few months if the labs reflect that, or I still need to double down even more.

Appreciate the support,

Nu



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BESSHAILE
1/21/2016 9:20:19 PM

my county administrator told me re closing the library:

"If the state police say stay off the highways - we can't in good conscience open the library up, tempting them out onto those highways."

So we'll probably never open up tomorrow - 3 hours after the snow is supposed to start. And probably stay closed Saturday. Looks like another 3 day weekend for me. bwa ha haaaa



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