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2009 vs 2016 (down 130 pounds)

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A "before" picture with Dr. Oz! I would *love* to one day get an "after" picture with him too.

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FINALLY-- My "after" photo with Dr. Oz!

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In 2009, I got fed up with being fat. I changed my diet and eventually started exercising, and lost 125 pounds in 16 months. I've been maintaining 100+ pounds lost since August 2010.

You can see the whole story in my blog, in which I write daily:

My best advice: Don't make ANY changes that you don't plan on sticking with forever! That is the reason I don't spend 7 days a week working out in the gym... I am only willing to work out 3 days a week for the rest of my life, so that's all I do now. I don't give up foods I love, because I'm not willing to give them up FOREVER. Sure, I might lose faster if I eat 1200 calories per day, but I'm not willing to do that for the rest of my life, so I don't do it now.

I get asked a lot of questions about my weight loss, so I've typed F.A.Q.'s here:

Finally, I'm terrible about responding to SparkMail, so I turned off the SparkMail option. If you'd like to get in touch with me, however, you can find my contact info here:

Member Since: 1/5/2007

Fitness Minutes: 37,185

My Goals:

Maintain a weight under 135.

Continue to run a minimum of 3x/week.

Maintain a binge-free streak.

PAST GOALS (that I've accomplished):

*Run a 5K.
*Run a 10K.
*Run a half-marathon.
*Run a marathon.
*Reach a "normal" BMI.

My Program:
DIET: I count calories, eating about 1900 per day in maintenance. Details/FAQ's on my blog.

EXERCISE: Now, I run 3-5x/week. When I was losing weight, I didn't start exercising until after I'd lost 60 pounds. I started with walking, and eventually switched over to running. Running is my exercise of choice, and I like to run races to keep myself motivated.

Personal Information:
I'm 34 years old. I've been married for 12 years to my high school sweetheart. We live in Michigan with our two boys, ages 11 and 10 (Noah & Eli).

I like to knit and crochet and do anything crafty. My husband is my best friend, and I love spending time just hanging out with him. He has a Sparkpage too, although he doesn't keep up with it much--his spark name is JERRICKDAMON.

I also have a love of wine! My friend and I started a wine club that gets together once a month to taste different wines and have girl talk :)

Read more on my blog:

Other Information:
Since losing the weight, I became an RRCA-certified running coach and a NASM weight loss specialist.

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    Hello SlimKatie,
    I am 37 years old , have two children ,and am married. I wanted to reach out to you through Email because I don't have a facebook account. I don't always like being accessible to everyone all the time and others being in all parts of my life (like a fish in a fish bowl) Well this statement has become my life and I am embarrassed by who I have become physically. I already know I am strong. I didn't learn to read until I was a teen, I overcame that and even went to college. Something I couldn't have done without the support of my family , however now that it's over I find myself out of work and always playing catch up. Weather it be bills,kids,intellect,relationship or physically. I have run five marathons in my life but then a few years ago I started getting migraines like never before,it use to be only when that time of the month came and then it turned into all the time some of them lasting for days.Then a few years ago I started having seizures. I went to see a neurologist who informed me that I had seizures due to epilepsy which was triggered by my migraines and by stress. I have always been the piece maker and the glue and don't see this changing anytime soon,nor due I wish for it to because feeling of use is something very important to me. I however have lost my get up and go attitude. I no longer run due to fear, what if I am ten miles from home and have a seizure what if I am a mile, I hate that dizzy falling feeling but am now starting to feel like I am seizing in my life. I am always falling down and am finding it harder and harder to get back up. I usually dust myself off for my kids but what after there gone were am I of use then? I feel scared for what my financial, physical, relationship,and mental future hold. I am now taking keppra and things have been controlled but I am 195lbs at 5ft 1in. In a size 16 now were I was a size 4 and were being thin I know makes me no better than anyone else since I also know I need the help of others and would be arrogant to think I didn't, it makes me better and my life better. People don't take me seriously fat. They don't believe me when I say I've run five marathons, or that I've graduated college. I want to be respected, to be thought of as a great person, I think I am kind,brave,strong,smart and sexy. I want others to see me as such mostly I want my family to see me as such, I am still the same girl in need of a little help at 37. I don't want the pity,the eyes facing downward,the view of the backsides when I let others down. I want perfection in myself,I want to feel like the champion I felt I was after my first marathon,I want to feel apart of something bigger than myself. This is why I volunteer and due the kind of work that puts me in the poor house.I get as much as I give. I am crumbling like that cookie you speak of , I saw you on netflix and wanted to know if I might join your team for the next race. I am going to ask my besty's if they will help me train so I am not alone if something bad happens.
    1665 days ago
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