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march 12th 2011 127 pounds

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240 vs 140 the week before i hit the goal roughly at the end of December 2010

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Me, in the middle, the heavy one. at my Brothers wedding in may 2009. THE picture as they say.

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Hi, I just updated this in September 2017 at the way bottom :) _______________________________________
I signed up for this ages ago. Months, and years have gone by. I have worked out for stints here and there since college (2001). But have never lost more than 25 pounds before my wedding, around 2004. I went from 220 to 195. Somehow through work, marriage, moving far away from my family, playing warcraft (eep) and life in general I found myself at 240 pounds in the winter of 09. We started going to the gym three days a week and running and lifting. I never seemed to notice anything changing. (i wasn't decreasing my eating, just working harder) Finally after my brothers wedding in may (Green dress of doom) I just couldn't stand the way I'd become. I have gotten The Firm in the past, and i enjoyed their work outs, however I could never (other than pre wedding) do them for more than three to four days a week. If that. I have broken both of my ankles and with all my weight it was hard on my knees to do all that stepping. I was unemployed after the Circuit City destruction and for so long just sat around getting worse. Seeing the Slim in 6 commercials on a weekend shortly after getting another job in the end of June of 09, I decided to buy the program. I started eating slim fast and other healthier foods (more fruit etc) and cutting down on my portions at dinner time DRASTICALLY...this all began on the first of August of 09. ---------- I reached my goal of 125 on the 4th of April, 2011! ---------- I've been maintaining within ten pounds of that goal for a little over THREE YEARS, constantly going between chalean extreme, turbo fire with advanced classes, and the hybrid schedule of the two. I also got T25 for Christmas, and am just finishing my second round (including gamma). Working out is my hobby and a passion, it keeps me going when things get difficult. Especially through the infertility that has been messing with my body, mind, soul, and relationships. I never want to go back to the shell of myself that i emotionally used to be. I worked to hard to ever see it go to hell, and i love it too much to let it go. its just my life now! More about me: I got my ACE certification almost two years ago (September 2012). However I am still just a graphic designer who uses the knowledge for myself and my family and anyone who may ask! I also work as a receptionist at a vet clinic. This is still something I am very proud of, and someday, would still like to be someones personal trainer (besides myself!) I still feel very strongly and get very emotional about helping others reach their goals. Around August 2012, after moving back to Minnesota, I was still eating 1650 a day and doing workouts, but for some reason felt like i was getting bigger. I even tried to go down to like 1350 again, and that blew up in my face too. So I found, and started trying to feed myself for my workouts, because I was afraid I was damaging my metabolism as I had been eating so low (1350) to reach my goal weight of 125. I managed to stay between 124-128 for a year and a half, but I was tired, and really grumpy and got light headed easily. My fingernails never grew, I hardly ever (TMI!) had regular BMs, and my hair broke easily. So let that be a lesson to you ;p You might want to be a certain size, but it might not be realistic. That has been a hard lesson to learn. I gained weight PURPOSEFULLY trying to eat at my TDEE and bulk for lifting to gain muscle before a cut. This was very very hard for me, as I felt like tighter pants/clothing even if done on purpose meant I was a failure...I knew inside it wasn't true, it was just a hard thing to face. I liked being super tiny :P who doesn't! But I also wanted to be strong! SO! I got my stuff together and sucked it up and did more research. I did some math and decided 1850 was about right, with a week at my TDEE cals (2150) every six weeks. I've been doing this for almost two years now. I've stayed around 132-137 during this time consistently. I'm not pleased that I've gotten a little thicker, but I really only went up about half a size. I still get frustrated and want to just go back to hardly eating so I can be skin and bones sometimes...but I know that it was not healthy for as much as I work out. I have to remind myself that I'm STILL 105 pounds less than what I was when I started. I still track every day that the net is available to me, and I never skip my workout schedule. I still work hard and feel great afterwards and I just keep swimming. --------------//---------------
- 2017 Update: I've dealt with infertility since 2011, and it has taken a little bit of a toll on my attitude, and my vision of myself. We did several rounds of clomid and letrizole and an IUI which all failed. I stopped and regrouped I'm 2014 and lost the 8 or so pounds old gained. The in march 2015 we started IVF. One fresh cycle, a polyp removal, one frozen cycle, a miscarriage, and one more frozen cycle with a successful pregnancy had resulted in 10 to 15 pounds of weight gain which I could not shake...which I've since discovered probably had to do with all the hormone issues that come with treatment. I did my best to gain a modest amount during pregnancy going from 148 to 173. It's taken me 9 months to lose it to be back down to 135 in sept. 2017. My goal is again 130/125. I have a healthy boy named Booker who had made all these challenges worth while! I'm currently doing PiYo and walking 2 miles a day that I can with my dogs and son. I've been trying to eat 1250-1300, but it's been a hard summer with baby, a family death, and many family parties that have thrown so many food issues into my life, but I track all days I can. Some trips or weekends I realize that I can't get on the net, or I just don't want to ruin a family gathering by freaking about food so I eat tiny bits of what I want to try and focus on consistency and making the healthiest choices I can. Even with cake and state fair food and baking for parties (I make cakes, my fave thing ever I know self torture), I've still lost 6 pounds in seven weeks of Piyo. If I can do it with all my unexpected AND self imposed obstacles, anyone can :) --------------------------------------
----------------- I will never stop. I've come too far. there is no success without sacrifice. tada gan iarracht (nothing without effort).

Member Since: 1/17/2006

Fitness Minutes: 247,428

My Goals:
Be healthier, lose weight, feel good about myself, and be more comfortable with me. I want to prove to myself and to others that I can FINALLY stick to this. Also, I need to lower my cholesterol

My Program:
being aware of my calories, eating more fruits and veggies.

Slim in Six
Chalean Extreme
Turbo Fire

walking the dog 2x a day

Personal Information:
I am a free lance graphic designer. My wonderful husband of almost 10 years and I share our home with two cats and a dog. We both grew up on farms in SW Minnesota. I enjoy working on computers, painting, watching movies, reading, talking to my friend(s), working on the family farm, and singing.

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