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Around 162, fluxauating around 160-164.

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I just saw this on facebook! OMG gross. This was October 2008, I was about 205.

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My story, I hope to inspire others. It truly is about what you are eating!
I had 4 kids with the last 2 being back to back and turned 31. All of a sudden the weight wasn't coming off. I tried trainers, working out all the time, every fad diet their was. I felt like a failure and couldn't lose any weight.
At that same time my obsession with food grew, it's like because I wanted to stay away I needed it more. When I went to the store at night I would swing by and pick up fast food for myself. I would want food ALL the time, I wanted bad foods, I wanted cheese, nachos, burgers, hot dogs. At the same time trying to lose weight.
I felt out of control on the inside and trying to pretend like I was trying on the outside. It was overwhelming and disappointing.
I picked up Joel Furhman's Eat to Live and skimmed it and sat it down thinking oh no way, do I REALLY have to go to that point to lose weight. A year after that I remember talking to a friend and saying, I guess my body just wants to be this weight because nothing I try makes it come off, a week later 5 more pounds on me "I guess my body wants to be this weight", a week later 5 more pounds on "I guess my body wants to be this weight".
All of sudden I got to 215+ and said STOP! I can't let this keep going up, I'm miserable, obsessed with my weight, obsessed with food, it was consuming me/ controlling me.
So I went back to the book and read it from beginning to end with a positive mind and learned so much. I felt so enlightened and not like a failure anymore. It wasn't me failing these diets, it was the diets failing me. How could I possibly eat right when the cravings from these foods were overwhelming!
I threw it all out and focused on the 6 week plan. LOTS of fruits and veggies with 2 heads of romaine a day. Don't go hungry, eat LARGE amounts but eat good foods! Not these crappy 100 calorie packs that are going to leave you wanting more!
After week 2-3 weeks the cravings were gone and I felt amazing. Their aren't even words to describe the feeling of having those cravings/ emotions hanging over me finally being gone!

I use to think I needed to exercise more/ longer/ harder. I wish more people knew it is 95% what we eat! I absolutely love running now and it helps me feel great but if I don't run for a week because I am busy I am still losing weight because of eating for health.

I use to think if I have to eat like that I don't want to do it, then after a few weeks of eating to live I felt alive/ craving free and thought if I have to eat like this to feel this great then bring it on! Because not only do I feel good but I was enjoying what I was eating. I wasn't restricted with calorie point counting, I wasn't hungry, I wasn't having cravings.
Now after 15 weeks I LOVE eating this way! I can eat SOOOO good and SOOOO yummy after learning many recipes/ tricks/ easy meal plans/ things to take with me on the run. It's absolutely about having a plan now.

My success so far:
Eat to Live- Joel Fuhrman
I'm 5 ft. 7 1/2 inches

2012. I will never give up on me. Ever. Almost my 3 year Eat to Live Anniversary and so thankful to have my life back. Thank you!

Holidays 2010/ 2011 I injured my knee the day before Thanksgiving and didn't run all through the holidays and ate too many carbs. I gained back and got up to 170 at one point and cried. I have spent a lot of the last year changing my family of 6's health and have them all doing SO good though! More of a challenge for me though since I am making healthy vegan meals and didn't realize how much of it I was eating and causing myself to gain.
It's now Spring and I am 4 weeks in of working on myself and down to almost 160 right now with back to running and working on T/ TH with a running boot camp trainer. I'm feeling stronger and almost back up to running 3 miles. I will never give up on myself.

6-13-10 152 Been Living Maintenance for awhile now and enjoying my new body inside and out. Ready to get back to losing more weight so stepping up my program and hoping to get into the 140's soon!

4-28-10 155 took off of running and have been eating too many nuts. Was down on myself and thought I would have gained. +1 pound OFF! My body needed a rest and some healthy fats I think. :)

4-17-10 156 ran a 10k with my sister, then we walked a 5k with my Mom after!

4-12-10 157.

3-28-10 158. Kind of bummed. It was my first week of trying that I didn't succeed. if I tried before I would usually see it. I ran a 10k on saturday in an hour and 10 minutes! I can tell my legs are shrinking! I think I'm going to bust out the tape measurer now because I could just be inflamed from the run.

3-21-10 158 still, did make it to 157 during the week and then went out to Vietnamese food and didn't realize there is nothing on the menu for me there. Boo. too many rice noodles and went up to 159. So did good yesterday and weighed in at 158. Not buying tortilla chips this week and the plan is to get closer to 155 by next sunday! Enjoying mangos!

3-14-10 158 and so thankful spring is here. I will NOT go back to the 160's. Goodbye!

2-27-10 160 Ran the cowtown half marathon in 3 hours!

2-16-10 162 I didn't take time off so much as just hanging on to 160-165. I've been training for the half marathon that is now in 2 weeks and I'm pretty scared because time wise with 4 kids I only have time to run 5 miles. I feel I can run longer, I feel strong, I just don't have the time in the day to run 2-3 hours. :( I am running it on thursday and then again next monday so that I know I can do it on the 27th. :) Wish me luck!

12-14-09 160.5 and just 2 days ago I was 165, I decided my face and body just look and feel better when I am eating good so why just maintain if I feel better losing! :) I can do this!

12-7-09 officially 165 and having a hard week. I think it's all that holiday stuff you hear about. It is harder in the winter than the summer that's for sure. I keep trying to maintain under 165 and will be happy with that goal.

11-30-09 fluctuating between 162-164 ok ok ok, who am I kidding to lose weight over the holidays, BUT I will not gain over 165 through all of this! My plan is to stay eating good and run when I can. Work outs are all over the place right now because of life this time of year.
I did eat great on Thanksgiving, so I'm not going to beat myself up. I will stay below 165 through the holidays and then get back in the game for another 20 pound loss! Buying a new sports bra today!

11-23-09 162 gaining, it was pretty hard to be at 160 in the first place with no work outs and only food.

11-16-09 160 still - happy to be here still but I'm ready to get into the 150s. Didn't run all week, did maintain eating good.

11-10-09 160 - down 50 pounds! Yesterday was my son's 8th birthday so I was busy all day so when I stepped on the scale this morning I was thrilled!

11-2-09 163 1 pound down and running 4 miles. hurt my knee a little yesterday. Going to use the nordic track this week and take it easier and watch the eating more.

10-26-09 164 I teeter through the week from 162-164 and after the weekend always end up at 164. Shows me I need to work on my weekend better.

10-19-09 164 Uh oh, going up! Made my calendar for another 6 weeks and started back yesterday. I joined the Eat to Live Thanksgiving Challenge and excited that this 6 week commitment will get me through until after Thankgiving and hoping for a good amount of weightloss getting me closer to my goal weight.

10-12-09 163 Weeks are flying by and I never did start back on my 6 week plan again. Still eating to live but have been doing the life plan. Need to to get back to the 6 weeks though. Haze's surgery is this friday, life is stressful.

10-05-09 163 Starting back on the 6 week plan for ETL, still training for the half marathon!

9-28-09 165, I have been watching too many episodes of true blood at night and getting very little sleep. Still eating good but it really shows what no sleep will do!

9-21-09 165 and haven't been running but have been eating well. Making out my calendar tonight for my goals for the half marathon!

9-14-09 168 (teetering around 166/167 but at it's high is 168, going to run this week and keep my eating good and have a good weigh in next week)

9-3-09 Bought Joel Fuhrman's Disease proof your child and have been learning how to feed my kids for health. We are on 3 days now of them eating great and all 4 are on board and even my pickiest son has been doing good!

9-6-9 170! 40 pounds down!!!!!

Was on vacation for 2 weeks and maintained eating to live and started some changes with the kids, they have been slowly eating what I have for a couple weeks now anyways and the 2 little guys pretty much eat everything I do so why not!

8-16-09 176 left for vacation on the 19th

8-09-09 179!!! I'm in the 170's! I

8-3-09 Still 183 (actually yesterday I was at 184 yikes!) I know what I did and I'm paying for it, but my determination is only stronger seeing how weak I can be.

7-26-09 - 183 I am going forward with another 6 weeks (I plan to eat like this forever but I do plan on eating fish later). Got my calendar back on the fridge and signed up for the February 2010 Half Marathon! Goal here I come!

7-19-09 - 185 Feeling a little lost but not wanting to give up I decide my plan of attack.

7-12-09 In only 6 weeks I am down 24 pounds weighing in at 186

7-5-09 I have to plan to eat well everywhere I go. I bring my food with me or I know what I am going to order.

6-28-09 192 - Started to walk/ run with new found energy.

6-21-09 - 195

6-14-09 - 198 cravings were pretty much gone and I was on the right road. Pounds coming off and energy coming back

6-7-09 - 201 feeling good but still would eat after the kids when making food for them.

5-31-09 - 210 (I would fluctuate 5-6 pounds a day so at night I would weigh 215 and in the morning 210)

Member Since: 1/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 3,134

My Goals:
Total Health inside and out.

�Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.�
-Marianne Williamson

My Program:
Eat to Live- Joel Fuhrman
Diets failed me, Eating to Live has given me my life back.

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Kristina Provinsal
Fort Worth, TX

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I love my husband, kids, and photography and want to always feel good inside and out with the body I was given.

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    Thank you for all the encouraging recipes for my surgery! definitely appreciate it!
    3231 days ago
    Good morning! I am glad that you can stay sane and keep up the great eating! My husband inadvertantly sabatoges me! :P He eats all this junk food around me... and it's so hard to walk away, it was almost easieer when he wasn't here :P

    Anyway. This morning totally died during our work PT-60min of cardio! 20min each on elliptical, treadmill and bike. Totally worth it though, hope I can still survive my Ripped in 30 workout tonight...

    Keep up the clean eating! :D
    3232 days ago
    Hey glad you're still in the groove of things! WoOw! Lots of children's activities for you! I thought I had it rough with one... but I take it back now. Great job on your run time, I actually need to cut mine down... but my shins have started to act up... so I'm trying to do it slowly... Thanks for checking in on me!
    3236 days ago
    Hey girl, just checking in to see how your weekend went! Yesterday was a doozie for me, but today went much better :)
    3241 days ago
    Hope you get to work out today! Do you have a weigh-in day? or how are you tracking your progress?
    3244 days ago
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