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My weight loss journey starts with my genetics. I have so many health issues that run in my family - high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, breast cancer, heart disease, you name it.

In boarding school, I gained a lot of weight (I went from 115lbs to 150lbs). There was a lot of activity but very BIG meals. When I graduated boarding school, I lost the weight quickly (down to 120lbs 6 months after graduation) but as I approached my twenties, I started packing on weight. I wasn't walking to work anymore - I had gotten a car. Instead of a bowl of cereal, a candy bar, and a salad for a day's worth of meals, I began to eat calorie-laden meals when I started dating the man who would be my husband. My weight gain continued and stabilized around 145lbs until I got married.

After a year of marriage, I got up to 160lbs and was wearing a size 12/13. I knew I wanted to lose weight so I tried adding more activity and counting my calories. I was actually entering in my food into an excel sheet and looking up the calories online (I didn't know SparkPeople existed). I did my best to educate myself and do things right. I got my weight down to about 147lbs again, but I still wasn't happy. My BMI still told me I was overweight and I was wearing a 9/10. I wanted to be further away from double-digit clothing.

While researching diet websites, I found SparkPeople. I just loved it! I loved earning SparkPoints, educating myself on nutrition and exercise, having the ability to easily track my food and fitness, and so much more. Through SparkPeople I learned healthy habits and began making a lifestyle change rather than dieting.

07/29/2009 was when I started Sparking. I've had my ups and downs. I peaked out in July 2011 with my lowest weight 123.4. Unfortunately, due to work, my little brother's cancer diagnosis in September/death in March, and fixing up the house, I let myself go. As of 1/1/12 , I am 143 pounds :( Now that the drama of life has settled a bit and I'm in a better mental/emotional state, I am ready to re-establish healthy habits for the New Year of 2013.

While overcoming my genetics and weight gain, I have worked on overcoming my perfectionism too. I've learned to be gentle with myself, set realistic goals, and have realistic expectations for myself. Sometimes I push myself too hard, but that's okay - I'm not perfect ;) I strive to be the best I can be without feeling like I'm still not good enough. I know failures, successes, ups, and downs are healthy and a natural part of life. I work everyday on applying this knowledge and making it a part of my beliefs.

Member Since: 7/29/2009

Fitness Minutes: 15,961

My Goals:
I want to keep my morning weight below 130 and my night weight below 132.

I hope to maintain a weight between 125 and 135 for the rest of my life.

I want to drink 8+ cups of water, track/journal my food at least 3x a week, and get 20+ minutes of exercise in at least 5x a week.

Since I am maintaining, I want to improve my fitness level. I want to be able to run faster for a longer period of time. I want to conquer Jillian Michael workouts. I want to stay challenged. I want to be toned.

My Program:
I do 30 Shred with my husband mostly. We have gotten up to mid-Level 3. I would actually like to complete the 30 Day Shred one day.

I also use Walk Away the Pounds. These workouts include low impact and high impact cardio in the form of walking and jogging.

I love going on walks/hikes. I'm even learning to love jogging and running. Every once in a while I'll put some time on the treadmill or do a 5K outside.

I am moving away from my bad habit of gorging on "off days". I have come to realize and believe that a healthy lifestyle means making healthy choices even if you are not tracking.

Nutrition is a hobby for me. I love learning how food effects the body. The more I learn, the better I get at changing my lifestyle.

Personal Information:
Resident of MD

Towson University Graduate

Other Information:
I'm a 4th grade teacher in Maryland for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

I have been married since 06/03/06 to my wonderful and supportive husband, TJ. He is such a blessing and literally an answer to prayer.

I have adult ADD, so I take Strattera. It's really working well. I wish I had taken it sooner!

I am a Christian. I love God because He loved me first. He has blessed me abundantly and I'm so thankful for everything He has done for me.

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    emoticon Have a healthy week-end
    1882 days ago
    emoticon I found you on active SparkPoints for the Team Inner Healing.
    Enjoyed reading your new entro on your page.
    You are a Survivor and determined to meet goals. But no river takes a straight path and neither do we!
    I recently changed my TICKER show fitness minutes...this moves much faster than pounds lost. Then it resets the first of each month.
    Come visit my page to see what I mean and leave a word of encouragement!
    1890 days ago
    Hi and welcome to the Survivors of Abuse Spark Team. This is a friendly team with lots of support and encouragement and I am glad you have chosen to join us.
    Best wishes on your journey to health.
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    2110 days ago
  • v JAZZYDJ1017
    Welcome to inner healing, may your journey be one of success. Don't forget to have a little - or alot of fun along the way- your worth it.
    2111 days ago
  • v CHRISSY121285
    Hey girl! How are you doing? Haven't spoken to you for ages! Tell me all your news xx
    2148 days ago
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