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My name is Helen and I am 40 years old. I set out on this journey to lose weight September 1st of 2009. I began at 209 lbs and I am 5'2" tall.

I have always battled my weight. In high school I hung out around 150 lbs which always had people referring to me as "chubby". I joined the Air Force after school and for 4 years maintained my weight from 135-140 lbs- the maximum for my height. I got married, had kids, and for about 13 years stayed pretty much between 175-209.

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My name is Helen and I am 40 years old. I set out on this journey to lose weight September 1st of 2009. I began at 209 lbs and I am 5'2" tall.

I have always battled my weight. In high school I hung out around 150 lbs which always had people referring to me as "chubby". I joined the Air Force after school and for 4 years maintained my weight from 135-140 lbs- the maximum for my height. I got married, had kids, and for about 13 years stayed pretty much between 175-209.

At the age of 36, I was at a point where I was living a life in constant pain from my feet, knees, and especially my back. I could only sleep 1-2 hours at a time. Every morning I was waking up barely able to move because my back was stiff and very tight. And just as soon as my feet hit the floor, I was in severe pain from plantar fasciitis. I could not climb stairs or squat down because of my knees. I had reached my breaking point as I could not fathom living like this any longer. I thought: "What will life be like for me at 46? 56?"

Beginning September 1st, 2009, I stayed consistant with eating healthy and exercising and quickly lost 67 lbs in about 9 months.

For the next 3 years I battled binge eatng with a vengence. I would get down to 135 lbs, then start binging for days and weeks and sometimes months at a time until I am back up to 155 or so. I could not seem to find a balance.

In June of 2012 my husband had the bright idea of signing us up for a family CrossFit gym membership. I was SO mad at him. We have access to two very nice FREE gyms on the military base and I could not fathom spending the money on a gym membership.

Wow.... Something happened after about 8 weeks of begrudgingly attending CrossFit off and on. I started to LIKE it.... Here I was giving a half hearted effort and I could see myself getting stronger. What would happen if I gave it 100%??? I started to absolutely LOVE it! It has become a passion.... an addicition.... an obsession.

I still battle binge eating and can't seem to get myself down to my goal weight of 125 with a maintenance range of 125-130. Since starting CrossFit, I initially got down to 127 at my lowest, but have mostly been maintaining between 135 and 140. "Those last 10 lbs".... Grrrr......

Would love to add as many SparkFriends as I can! I get so much support from this website and I would love to give some out. SparkPeople has been life changing for me. Feel free to add me as a friend and I will reciprocate and we can support each other.
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Member Since: 9/7/2009

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My Goals:
I am currently trying to lose "those last 10 lbs".

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I try to do some sort of workout in the morning. 2-3 days a week I run 4 miles and if I am feeling up to it I will use the elliptical or bicycle at the gym the other weekday mornings.

I go to CrossFit Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Saturday mornings I attend CrossFit and will do a long run if the morning CrossFit workout wasn't too intense.

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EFKLUTZ
8/28/2014 11:42:06 PM

Hi there, Haven't heard a peep from you in while. Hope you are doing well.



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SKINNYINMYHEAD
6/15/2014 2:18:33 PM

Hey there! I added you as a friend cuz I love CrossFit too!!! I lost 123# last year doing CrossFit and eating Paleo... absolutely amazing to be this STRONG! Love it.. and CONGRATS on your transformation!!



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6/14/2014 11:16:50 AM

From CML team for your inspiration this week
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Whatever your need, we have a HEALER who will touch us and make us new.

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6/7/2014 9:02:20 AM

FROM CML team to brighten your weekend
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5/27/2014 3:47:53 PM

Thank you so much for commenting on my blog! It's good to know that I'm not alone and it makes life easier. I absolutely love your page and the title, "Strong is beautiful'! Thanks again for your support...

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