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Me (140 lbs) with Peyton (4.5 lbs), Labor Day 2011 -

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Summer 2010 at about 170 lbs.and mid-section fat. All gone now.

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I am passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle...SO much depends on it! Eating "clean" and exercise are daily routines. I have finally learned the difference between losing weight and maintaining weight loss. I celebrate my anniversary of reaching my goal weight on June 15. The year was 2011.

A big element of this success is being "authentic". Acknowledging my weight on a scale on a (somewhat) daily basis is a step toward accepting who I am and what all those mental health professionals tell us we must learn to do first: Love yourself. I know that struggle, the love-hate relationship with the scale, and have FINALLY come to realize and accept in my soul that "it's only a tool, it's only a number; it's not who I am; it's only one facet of the person I am." This definitely takes a re-wiring of the brain circuitry. Learning the skills to improve my emotional intelligence has been life-changing and the key to that genuine smile on my face! I hope to pass on these skills and encourage others in any way I am able. Thanks for visiting my page!

Member Since: 3/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 270,093

My Goals:
My primary goal is to be healthy. I've reached my goal weight, so now my challenge is to maintain it.

My Program:
2018 update: I've discovered the key for me! Since Oct 1, I practice Time Restricted Eating. I fast from 6 pm until noon, eat lunch and then fast until dinner. Gave up sweetner and creamer in coffee, and rarely eat grains, dairy, processed goods because they do not produce satiety. "Hormonal model" rather than "calories in/calories out" or "energy balance" model is THE secret the food industry, big Pharma, Sugar lobbyists, diet industry has kept from us, because there's no money to be made from fasting. Dr. Jason Fung exposes and explains this. I've lost 5% body fat and gained lean muscle mass in two months. I feel WONDERFUL!!

My eating plan follows the Dukan diet - high protein and low carbs.
My typical exercise week:
Every day warm up with 30 min of treadmill or eliptical.
Monday: 60 min Dynamic (Art of Strength) strength training
Tuesday: 60 min Intensity (Crossfit) class
Wed: 60 min Dynamic (AOS) ST class
Thurs: Walk with friend and puppy dogs, hilly t

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I am loving Crossfit, the challenge -- to my weight lifting abilities, to my stamina, and the camaraderie -- working out with my DH, my friends who are on similar level with me and those experienced crossfitters who inspire me!

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    Check that the settings for your e-mail notifications have not been reset. Sometime that happens. Also check your spam sometime Spark mail ends up in spam. Hope you solve your problem
    3170 days ago
    Thanks for the note on my page, Maree! I just joined the Maintenance team, though I've been on the 50+ Maintainers for a long time. It's nice to be making new friends on this larger team and trading new ideas about maintenance. I really appreciate the scientific approach this team takes.

    Some friends of ours are on the Dukan diet, stage 2, and they swear by it. I don't think I could be that restrictive with myself any more, though. I like my freedom!

    Love the fact that you live on a houseboat on the Mississippi! How great is that (but how about the hurricane insurance?)!
    3198 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/19/2012 9:35:47 PM
    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out."
    3504 days ago
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    Thanks for the goodie! I really needed some sunshine today as the weather is far from pleasant here.
    Love the picture of you and your sweet grand-daughter.
    You both look great!
    Hope you are having a great weekend.
    3510 days ago
    Thanks for the sparkgoodie! That sunshine made my day today! The picture of you and Peyton is so precious...nothing beats being a Grandmom!
    3510 days ago
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