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Hi! My name is Leah. I'm 48, married for 25 years, and mom to two great kids, a 22-year-old son (James) and 19-year-old daughter (Juliana). I'm the director of our local library and a lay minister in the Lutheran church. 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 puppy), a flock of chickens, and a bunch of farm cats. My background pic is of some of the roses ...
Hi! My name is Leah. I'm 48, married for 25 years, and mom to two great kids, a 22-year-old son (James) and 19-year-old daughter (Juliana). I'm the director of our local library and a lay minister in the Lutheran church. 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 puppy), 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, 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 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.

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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: 177 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:
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Member Since: 1/27/2010

SparkPoints: 66,401

Fitness Minutes: 89,480

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: 125 miles in 2015.

Miles Run:

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

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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Member Comments:
BESSHAILE
3/29/2015 8:47:18 AM

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You're welcome. And thank you for the blog love on my Got The Low Down Blues post. It amazes me how one can slip into self pity when a solution is so easy. I like to make it work because I like to be happy! So this works for both of us.

btw - we have new staff and now I have the kind of work team I always wished we had. Work is a joy now.



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BROOKLYN_BORN
3/24/2015 6:56:06 AM

Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog. Being realistic made this one of my happiest races



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DOVESEYES
3/23/2015 7:56:54 PM

Thanks for the encouragement Leah, have a great week.



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TORTISE110
3/22/2015 9:06:42 AM

THANK YOU for reading and commenting on my blog on paddling. Meanwhile, let me say once more: lovely profile pic!!!



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SMILINGTREE
3/16/2015 2:35:05 PM

I have really been enjoying this program: http://darebee.com/programs/hero-journey.h
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It uses kind of silly gaming language, but it's all bodyweight stuff so you don't need equipment, and it could easily fit in with running. There are levels so if you want to make it harder you can.

It's fun to change things now and then :)



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