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"I make sure I eat well without depriving myself of the things that I love. Everything in moderation." --Kate Hudson

I have been losing a little and gaining a little for a few months, but pretty much staying around 175 and that's the weight that for me always causes a plateau. So I'm back in the plateau-busting program and ready to lose this last 25 pounds this year! I have a problem where every time I get active, I start having trouble with my back, so that's my biggest challenge and now that I've gotten my steps up around 15K, this morning my back was really hurting! But I still want to earn the 35K step badge some day and being active again is important to me. I'm focusing right now on all the things that helped me lose over 90 pounds in the first place: good nutrition, more activity, and lots of water--and staying motivated! Keeping things balanced. As my therapist says, sustainable habits!

I started my journey at 251 pounds and proceeded to lose 91 pounds by tracking my food and leading a more active lifestyle--making small changes that I could live with. I enlisted the aid of a Fitbit, journaled, and checked in with Sparkcoach regularly. This kept me on the right track and I had just 9 pounds left to go to reach my goal of 100 Pounds Lost. But I struggle with bipolar I disorder and fell into a depression over this past Christmas that led me to binge eat my way to gaining back 21 pounds. Right before I fell into the depression I remember saying that I "didn't feel any different" having lost the weight and it was after gaining back twenty pounds that I realized that what I really needed to do was gain self-acceptance or no amount of weight loss could ever be satisfying. So I committed to therapy and my psychiatrist has been adjusting my meds, and I've been working on restoring myself as I also work on losing the last of the weight while also accepting myself for who I am *right now* and that is enough! I am coming back to appreciating the journey again and as I lose the last of this weight, I am having a whole new kind of experience because I'm seeing myself really instead of being consumed in expectations.


Member Since: 4/28/2013

Fitness Minutes: 49,314

My Goals:
To have fun! Staying motivated and doing what I can when I can. Practicing mindfulness and good nutritional habits while staying active. Drinking more water, try to get more than 4 cups a day! NO negative self talk! Lose 1/2 to 1 pound a week and exercise 5 days a week. Eat more fruits and vegetables, at least 3 servings/day.

Step Goal: 10K
Calorie Burn Goal: 2,000
Distance Goal: 5 miles
Activity Minutes Goal: 30
Floors Climbed Goal: 5
Mindful Movement Goal: 10 Minutes

Reward System:
$1 for walking 10K a day
$1 for each workout completed
$1 for each healthy meal


My Program:
I use my Fitbit and Sparkcoach together to help me achieve the best results. I track my food, fitness, and sleep, and I also have a MyHydrate bottle that tracks my water. My program is pretty simple, I basically count calories and eat in moderation, endeavour to be more active, stay hydrated, make healthy choices, and stay positive.



Personal Information:
I'm from Wisconsin. I'm a Buddhist. I have a wonderful son and fluffy Pomeranian and in my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, cooking, trying crafty things, makeup, and every so often a British comedy.


Other Information:
I'm trying to get more involved with Spark again so I'm going to try to sign in every day and start doing more social stuff so feel free to add me as a friend or check out my blog as I'm making a goal to blog more regularly, whatever that means right now, but at least once a week.




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