April 2016 - Durham Bulls game with the loves of my life!
Ha! I love this picture! That was my first beer after many weeks of deprevation...aww Blue Moon!!
Angel's Rest Hike - 10.6 miles 5.3.09
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April 13, 2016 - Just trying to find balance in things. I know I can't be perfect 100% of the time and that seems to be the only way I can get down to my ideal shape. So I am just trying to be the best I can be at this current size and enjoy life and eat mindfully. I have to be realistic now and can't hate myself for where I am or else that leads me down a dark road of binge eating, emotional eating and feelings of worthlessness. Life is passing by because I am focused on a stupid number. Does my husband think I'm beautiful? Check. Does my son love me? Check. Then who freaking cares about the other crap -- life is now.
***August 20, 2013 - Right now my goal is to just walk my dogs for cardio exercise and start strength training again. I need to get my muscle definition back. I am also breastfeeding which burns around 500 calories a day so that should **hopefully** assist in my weight loss. To date I have already lost 31 pounds since giving birth four weeks ago. Now that I am limited on time with my little son, my goal is just two days a week of ST workouts. We'll see how we do. Eventually I would like to do another round of Jamie Eason's LiveFit. But I am essentially following her plan (she just had her first baby, too!) for postpartum fitness.
***June 19, 2013 - I am pretty happy to say that today in my 9th month of pregnancy I have done right by myself and my baby. The plan was to keep on exercising like normal and try to eat healthy a majority of the time and I stayed true to myself. Did I eat things I didn't expect and with a lot of joy? Yep, but I at least stayed honest with myself and maintained my exercise goals. I believe this will lead to a healthy and natural birth. Can't wait to see my baby in a couple weeks!!
***May 24, 2012 - SOO much has happened since my last post. But I will suffice it to say that life is good. I have everything I have ever wanted and in a couple months my husband and I will start trying to start our family. I am almost to a place of loving my body fully and not holding small setbacks against it or entertain negative thoughts. I wish these same happy feelings towards everyone else. I just turned 30 and I am more than ready to have a great decade!!
***October 11, 2011 - Yay, made my goal for my wedding. Now it is time to hit the new goal now that I am a new wife! The question right now though? Which approach do I want to take this time?
***May 10, 2011 - This weight is not moving and I am trying not to let it get me down and I suspect a lot of it has to do with stress. Building a house, getting married, taking on a promotion with more responsibility - I think it is kind of hitting me. But I made a promise to myself that I would lose 20lbs by our wedding and that I would wear a bikini on my honeymoon and I have to make that happen. I have 4 months and one week to make that happen.
***February 22, 2011 - I got engaged on Sunday and am now in the full throes of wedding planning. Outside of that I am also way determined to lose this last bit of weight so I can feel good for my wedding day! So this has ceased being about just living a healthy lifestyle and more about a specific goal!
***October 1, 2010 - I love sparkpeople! Even thought I have fallen far from where I was over a year ago, I still love everyone here and the site and I know the only reason I am struggling is because of me. I acknowledge that and am trying to change it!
June 1, 2010 - I am resetting my goals to reflect the final part of this journey. I think doing this will help me see this as a fresh start. I started this journey almost 2 years ago and I am ready to pick it back up and hit that final goal.
***March 11, 2010***Watch out goal weight - I'm coming for you.
***October 29, 2009: I am determined to hit my goal - I want it so bad. Today is fresh with no mistakes in it and I am determined to keep it that way. I am holding myself accountable in my food tracking and I am sticking to the healthy foods I know and that my body really loves. Crap in equals crap out and that has certainly been the case for the me these last months. So no more...my foot is down. The line in the sand has been drawn. I am too important and I have worked too hard to throw this all away. I can and WILL do this.
***Sept 1, 2009: Holy Cow! It's been a long time since I have updated this - no wonder I have fallen off course, I am not paying as much diligence to my spark page! So...August was a bad month for me. I gained 5 pounds and pretty much ate whatever I wanted. I am determined to get back on track and back to a healthy lifestyle because I have gotten out of hand! The ultimate goal is to get down to 130 so I have 29 pounds before that happens. Time to buckle down and be positive and healthy!
***July 7, 2009: I've gotten lax with my diet lately and I think I've gained about 4 pounds back. I AM going to get back on track and so I am cutting out all alcohol until we leave for Hawaii on August 10th. I'm also going to stay within my calorie range (which I've reset as of today) and continue with my strict exercise regimen. I'm HOPING to lose 8 pounds by the time we get on that plane!!
***May 27, 2009: I'm so sick of being stuck at the same weight I could scream. I've tried eating more, then eating less, I've tried exercising less and then going full blown hardcore. I've tried all the little tricks everyone suggests on here and I haven't lost anything since January. It is so incredibly frustrating. I reset my goals (AGAIN) and I'm hoping that maybe this time it will work. This can NOT be the weight my body wants to be at since I'm still an overweight person and have a gut like jabba!! SOMETHING PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GIVE!!!!
****April 2, 2009: I have recently just gotten over the flu and during that time I had to take some time off from working out. It caused me to really re-evaluate what I wanted. I think I had gotten obsessed with what I *should* be and wasn't focusing on what I originally intended when I started this journey. My original goal was just to lose 50 pounds and get healthier. I have met that goal. Now the goal is to get to a healthy BMI, as I am still technically an "over-weight" person. Once I hit my new goal of 140 - then I will re-evaluate and see if I want to continue losing. Since I've been stuck in a plateau for basically 3 whole months the only thing I can think of us that I needed to do this re-evaluation and maybe it will help break through and make me less obsessed!
****March 18, 2009: Been a while since I've updated, I am still doing cardio 5-6 days a week for at least an hour and then doing strength 3 times a week. I've really amped up the strength, bought some heavier free weights and made sure to really get in a good circuit of strength exercises. The bane of my existence right now is this stomach. It's still so massive and unappealing and I'm ready for it to start firming up and losing the fat! Back in December I changed my goal from 155 to 135, but I did a fitness test two weeks ago and was told that 122 would be better for my height and frame (I'm so incredibly short!) so I've reset my goals to reflect that. It's killing me! I really want to get down to 122 by August (we're going to Hawaii) but the ticker is moving a lot slower now and I'm not sure if that's going to happen. But one day at a time, right?
****December 27 2008: I'm almost to my original goal of 155 which is a 50 pound loss from my all time heaviest, so I am pretty stoked about that. About two months ago I changed my goal from 155 to 135 so I still have a little over 20 pounds to go. I have to say I love each step of this journey though! Each new picture and each new (smaller) pair of pants makes me giddy with joy!! For Christmas my fiance bought me a Polar F6 HRM and I am already loving it. There's just something about knowing the exact calorie burn that makes it even more worth while. I highly recommend it! I'm just so thankful that I found spark and used it. It's transformed more than just my body - my whole thought process is different and I love every bit of it! Good luck to everyone on their goals - I hope reaching them makes you as happy and healthy as they have done for me!
***October 7 2008: So I have gotten myself into the habit of doing cardio 6 days a week for 30-50 minutes and then doing strength exercises 3 times a week. I have found that working out after work is pretty much the only way I can get my workouts in because trying to get up early is just not working. Except that on the weekends I workout in the mornings because it doesn't require less sleep! I think for the most part this lifestyle change has been pretty easy to adapt to and I'm thrilled with the progress I've made. Overall I've lost 35 pounds to date and 27 pounds since joining SP. Once I make my original goal of 155 I am resetting to 135 to lose those last 20. I originally thought it was a pipe dream to set such a high goal but now that I see that this is something I can actually do...I need to go for GOLD!
***June 10 2008 : Hi everyone - finally joined this site, though I have been hearing about it for over a year now. Tried going it alone and that has been a total bust so I am looking into other options/ideas and open to anything!
I just bought the gazelle elliptical trainer so I am excited to start getting into a fitness routine again. I have been slacking majorly lately - finding it hard to summon up any motivation whatsoever. My fiance doesn't have any weight problems and that can sometimes be hard as I want the freedom to eat like he can! =) We love going to new restaurants and trying new foods - it's one of our favorite weekend activities. We also like our alcohol, but I am getting really good at drinking either less quantities or making smarter choices with my drinks.
I love to cook and experiment with new recipes. My favorite channel is food network, though I do really love Top Chef on Bravo. Basically anything that has to do with food interests me... makes sense why I am overweight right?!?
My reasons for wanting to lose weight are mostly personal, but they are influenced by family and friendships. I come from a family of good genes, with everyone being in really good shape. I'm used to being the "bigger one" in family portraits or the "fat friend" and I'm really frustrated and tired with it. I am hoping that with a support network like this, I can really get down to a healthy size and feel good about who I am and what I can do.
To be happy in life and with myself. To not let thoughts of inferiority control my actions and emotions.
Cardio 6-7 days a week for at least 30 minutes (usually 45-75) and weight training 3 times a week for about 15-20 minute sessions. Consisting of running, hiking, zumba, spinning, fitness DVD's, stair master and swimming.
Not taking the lazy way out of things - for instance, the stairs instead of elevators, parking the farthest away from stores, taking out the trash in multiple trips in order to have to go up and down the stairs double the amount. Little things like that, which I feel help out a lot!
Hiya! I'm Erin - a newlywed living in Georgia. Try to live each day making healthy decisions and not condemning myself if I should slip up!
When I joined in June of 08, my goal was to get to 155. I hit that goal in January of 09. Some horrible things happened and I put 20lbs back on, however for my wedding my goal was to lose that 20 and I am happy to say that I did. Now that I am married I am determined to stay in shape, and I even want to lose another 20lbs. So that's the new focus and the ultimate goal!!
I love reading and am always interested in hearing about good books. Right now I am into "chick lit" (feel free to laugh at me, it's ok) authors such as Jennifer Wiener, Marian Keyes and Janice Kaplan. I also really love crapy mystery/thrillers such as Dean Koontz novels. And my ultimate guilty pleasure are historical romances (NOT - I repeat; NOT shlocky dime store novels). I love Karen Marie Moning and her Darkfever and Highlander series.
I love watching old movies: Gilda, Cover Girl, High Society, Bringing up Baby, Casablanca - to name a few of my favorites.
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Those born on the Taurus-Gemini cusp are eternally young. They are energetic, prolific and once they find something that really appeals to them, they do it quite a bit.
They are also versatile. This versatility may cause them to wear themselves out because they try to do too much too frequently. They need to learn to limit themselves to create a balance.
Taurus-Gemini is a born communicator. They love active conversations on just about any topic you can imagine. They do have to be careful not to monopolize the conversation. It is all too easy for them to do.
They may be conflicted about certain things due to their nature. While they want to be earthy and stable, they are drawn to towards more unstable, frenetic behavior. They may not be sensitive to the feelings of others. While they can spend hours debating over their own emotional matters, they may appear rather unsympathetic or detached. They are prone to burning out, both physically and mentally. If they can learn self-discipline, they will be more successful.
Taurus-Gemini needs to keep track of their activity level with great care. They need to learn consistency when rejecting ideas or people. They need to learn how to gentle their approach. Confronting their own insecurities will help them grow. Resting is a good thing from time to time.
Taurus-Gemini can focus too much on money and possessions. They are usually gentle, dependable and tolerant of those around them. At the same time, they can be high strung and scattered. They are entertaining and make loyal friends who are fun to be around. They like to spend time eating good food and enjoying a rousing conversation.
Their strengths are their stability, intellectual and conversational skills and their perseverance. They are good at analyzing challenging ideas and have the ability to communicate those ideas to others. If they can learn to add the variety of Gemini to the dedication of Taurus, they can be very successful.
Broadminded and hardworking, Taurus-Gemini is also expressive, energetic, charming, intelligent, adaptable, shy, practical, mature, gentle, quiet, stable, restless, blunt, scattered, nervous, over-indulgent and changeable. They don't call this the Cusp of Energy for nothing.
Individuals born on the Taurus-Gemini cusp are independent and proud. They are very talented, especially when they learn how to get their inclinations to work together. If they get unhappy, they tend to get lethargic and apathetic. Learning to forgive is a blessing in their life.
They may have interests in art, music, travel or social activities. They attract many friends, though they should be cautious they don't over-commit themselves to too many relationships. They are generous people, who enjoy delving into many things.
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