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May 2014 (Approx. 166 lbs) Working it back down this summer...

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October 2008 (Hmm...baby weight seems to be increasing, although baby is 1 now...)

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Ugh. These are the kinds of pictures that remind me why I do this.

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I was pretty much a thin person up until I had my two kids. I REALLY didn't believe that I had to watch what I ate. I was 100% sure that if I exercised enough, I could eat whatever I wanted, and however much I wanted. But since I wasn't doing ANY exercise, it really started doing a number on my body.

Around Dec. of 2008, I decided to "get serious" and join the Body Fit Challenge at our gym (California Family Fitness). It's sort of like a much more relaxed version of Biggest Loser.

I committed to the exercise 100% and was the only person CRYING after the workouts. It was SOOOO hard. My legs felt like hot bubble gum that first day and I was so sore for the first week that other people had to get things for me because it hurt too much to bend my legs.

Nevertheless, I stuck with it because I was SOOO disgusted with my physique that I HAD to see a change. Two months and buckets of tears later, I had only GAINED weight. I definitely had more stamina and was stronger, but I really wanted to see the scale move, too.

Somewhere on Facebook, I ran across a link to Sparkpeople and checked it out. The first visit, I thought the info was really good, but there was sooo much that it was overwhelming and I didn't come back to it for at least a month or so.

When HARD exercise wouldn't work, I FINALLY decided that maybe I should check into this "calorie counting" thing. I could not STAND the way I looked.

I decided to "get serious" about tracking what I ate. I figured it certainly couldn't hurt, even if I was skeptical about whether or not it would work. Once I did, though, the pounds started melting off within two weeks. It felt like magic. I was SOOO relieved that SOMETHING was finally working.

So, that's how I found out that I really do have to track my calories...and that's actually working for me. Now I just have to stick with it for, oh, the next YEAR or so...but that's okay. I'd rather be at my goal next year instead of even farther from it.
***NOTE: It's about May 2014 now and I have been playing it fast and loose with the diet and exercise for the past year at least. Due to the previous few years of counting calories, I have truly changed some of the eating habits that got me up to my highest weight of 195, but without the structure of counting the calories, my weight has been creeping up again lately. When I realized that none of my pants or shorts fit anymore, and there were a bunch of shirts hanging in my closet that I couldn't wear "until my stomach got smaller", I couldn't dispute the fact that I needed to re-focus and rely on the structure of counting calories again. It's only been about a month, but my husband is doing it too this time and that has made this the longest streak of "staying on track" that I've had in at least a year. I am feeling positive about how my end of the summer photos will look this year!

I am also a big fan of motivational quotes. Here are some that seemed to particularly fit me at the time I found them (or some that I WANT to have fit me at some point):

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. " Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We ain't what we wanna be; we ain't what we gonna be, but thank God, we ain't what we were!"

"Those who really want something will find a way, those who don't will find an excuse."

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention."

Member Since: 12/30/2008

Fitness Minutes: 615

My Goals:
1. Get back to a size 14. ACCOMPLISHED 12/4/2009

2. Get back to a size 12.
I don't know the exact date, but it's March 2012 now, and I'm pretty much a size 11 in juniors.

3. Get back to a size 10.

4. Plant a vegetable garden again this year. Haven't had one in a couple years, but it's always nice to have fresh veggies from the garden.

5. Get more fit now.
5a. Ballet
5b. Hip Hop
5c. 5k run/walks
5c1. Breast Cancer Walk
May 2012 (now I want to do it annually)
5c2. Color Walk
5c3. Mud Run
5c4. Race for the Arts
5c5. Some Fall Run

6. Try to get down to about 125-135 pounds, which I THINK will be a size 8-10. I really don't want to get TOO skinny, but not in any danger of that at the moment...

My Program:
1. Be VERY aware that even if I mess up on SOME days, that's no reason to just GIVE up on the rest of the days. If I spend MOST of my days maintaining the correct amount of calories, I SHOULD see an overall loss.

2. Track calories EVERY day, EVERY meal, unless it's a PLANNED non-tracked meal/day.

3. Randomly do 40 sit ups every once in awhile.

Personal Information:
I am feeling old and wrinkly and soft in too many wrong places. However, my husband has started counting calories with me and it has been a dramatically different experience to be doing this WITH someone else. He is a great calorie counting teammate! He is pretty sexy already, so I can't wait to see how great he looks by our anniversary in August. I better step up my game to keep all the ladies away! (Seriously...not even joking. He's handsome and super nice and very friendly....and a great dad. Basically catnip for soccer moms...) Spark People has been CRUCIAL to me being able to recognize myself in the mirror after 5 years of trying to. Turns out saggy stomach skin doesn't go away even when you lose weight, though. I'm gonna have to see what I can do about that with fitness, but if I reach 125-135 pounds ever, and it's still there, I'm gonna consider a bathing suit with a higher waist...

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    I love your new profile p[icture, Jul! You look very good!! emoticon
    2424 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/29/2014 2:45:46 AM
  • v BEULAH45
    Glad to hear your hubby is on board! What a great example y'all are setting for your children! Best Wishes!
    2425 days ago
    Thanks for reading my blog and offerring some encourgement! You can make it through the cookie day! Bringing a chesse tray is a great idea!
    2951 days ago
  • v LILABE11
    Hello! I just input an unusual treat...a McDonald's happy meal...into my tracker. I get the cheeseburger with no meat and I found your entry for that item in the tracker. I figured I would look up your Sparkname and thank you for the info. Perhaps we share the same quirk of loving the McDonald's burger without the burger as an occasional treat! :)
    3001 days ago
    Thank you so much for your words on my page. I feel safe on Spark telling me story ~ it gives me a place to be me. No one seems to judge here = but everyone seems willing to lend an ear, a hand, a kind word. Keep up the good work = feel free to stop by my page anytime - or email me.

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    4148 days ago
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