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Me and my boys! Yes, I'm hiding I always do! Feb. 8, 2009

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13.1 done! I completed my 3rd half marathon on November 10, 2018!

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I'm Sonya, wife to Israel, mom to 3 boys and I'm a 3rd grade math and science teacher!

I began my weight-loss journey on Jan. 1, 2009, almost 4 years after I had my last baby. My weight had gotten out of control and I weighed in at 190 lbs. I was tired all the time, never wanted to take pictures (I'd delete all family photos if I were in them), and my self-esteem was getting low. I need a weight-loss plan. I'd joined Spark people almost 2 years prior, but didn't do much with it. I needed a diet to help me make a life-style change, because everything I read told me "diets don't work". So I needed a plan to help me change my life. A friend told me about the South Beach Diet. It's a diet that in it's final phase, is the Lifestyle phase! It was perfect. All I did was read the book. I didn't join their site or pay for anything but the book that I bought on sale.

It was hard. I'm not going to lie. It was HARD. Then it got easier and before I knew it, I was in phase 2. I really liked this diet plan because it teaches me how to eat. I didn't know how to eat right. I hate it when people say...Oh don't do's a DIET, diets have to change your life....well DUH...but you have to start somewhere! If you don't know HOW to eat right you need to have a diet plan!

It's 70 lbs later....well 71 lbs later :) in phase 3, yes, I eat carbs...yes, I cheat...yes, I have bad days...yes, I have good days...yes, I hate to exercise...yes, I feel good right after I exercise. I changed my life. The South Beach Diet didn't do it. I DID IT...I CHANGED MY LIFE. I used the diet as a tool, nothing more. When my motivation started to wear thin, I remembered this site. I logged back in (trying for the life of me to remember my password) and just started "Sparking". Reading articles, using the motivational tips, reading the recipes...(that aren't much different then the South Beach recipes...eating right is, is eating right...a cookie is bad in everyone's book! LOL) and finally making SPARK friends...the best part of the site.

I want to mention..that I spent about $20 losing 70 lbs. I didn't join a gym (I hate gyms). I bought the SB diet book and then I bought Jillian's 30-day shred. That's it. You don't need any fancy stuff to lose weight. All you need is motivation. Sorry guys, you can't buy motivation, but it doesn't stop all those people from trying to sell it to you.

My lowest weight was 115, but I didn't look very healthy, I looked old. I look healthy at 120-125 :) I was happy at that weight. I've but some weight back on, as you can see from my ticker. In 2013 and beginning of 2014 I had some bad habits. It's funny, they say you don't gain it over night. It's true, it took me a year and 1/2 to put on about 15 pounds! So I need to stop the nonsense and work. I never stopped running, that's probably why it was such a long steady gain.

December 7, 2014 - I completed my first marathon! Rock and Roll Marathon in San Antonio, Texas

November 10, 2018 - I completed my 3rd half marathon! Ultra Expedition in Port Aransas, Texas

Member Since: 2/22/2007

Fitness Minutes: 39,768

My Goals:
*Complete my 1st marathon on Dec. 7, 2014

My Program:
The South Beach Diet! -I'm currently in Phase 3 -Lifestyle and Maintainence

I've heard great things about this diet and I bought and read the book!

Protiens, veggies, fruits, and good carbs.

My main source of exercise is running. I am currently following Hal Higdon's Novice 1 marathon training plan. I cross with bike riding, walking, or jogging hills.

Personal Information:
I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas.

I'm a wife, mother, and 5th grade math teacher.

I'm a baseball mom to my 3 sons. I enjoy BBQs and spending time with my family and friends.

Other Information:
"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love this Emerson has to be my all-time favorite.

"Get busy living, or get busy dying."

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