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5/9/16 UPDATE: I haven't been on SparkPeople for about 2 years and my weight has crept back up on me. I am probably back up to 160 lbs or so. This past month I have been binge eating and can't seem to stop. I am back on SparkPeople to blog/journal my emotions and to get back down to a healthy weight. I love the support on this website.

My name is Helen and I am 42 years old. I set out on this journey to lose weight September 1st of 2009. I began at 209 lbs and I am 5'2" tall.

I have always battled my weight. In high school I hung out around 150 lbs which always had people referring to me as "chubby". I joined the Air Force after school and for 4 years maintained my weight from 135-140 lbs- the maximum for my height. I got married, had kids, and for about 13 years stayed pretty much between 175-209.

At the age of 36, I was at a point where I was living a life in constant pain from my feet, knees, and especially my back. I could only sleep 1-2 hours at a time. Every morning I was waking up barely able to move because my back was stiff and very tight. And just as soon as my feet hit the floor, I was in severe pain from plantar fasciitis. I could not climb stairs or squat down because of my knees. I had reached my breaking point as I could not fathom living like this any longer. I thought: "What will life be like for me at 46? 56?"

Beginning September 1st, 2009, I stayed consistant with eating healthy and exercising and quickly lost 67 lbs in about 9 months.

For the next 3 years I battled binge eatng with a vengence. I would get down to 135 lbs, then start binging for days and weeks and sometimes months at a time until I am back up to 155 or so. I could not seem to find a balance.

In June of 2012 my husband had the bright idea of signing us up for a family CrossFit gym membership. I was SO mad at him. We have access to two very nice FREE gyms on the military base and I could not fathom spending the money on a gym membership.

Wow.... Something happened after about 8 weeks of begrudgingly attending CrossFit off and on. I started to LIKE it.... Here I was giving a half hearted effort and I could see myself getting stronger. What would happen if I gave it 100%??? I started to absolutely LOVE it! It has become a passion.... an addicition.... an obsession.

I still battle binge eating and can't seem to get myself down to my goal weight of 125 with a maintenance range of 125-130. Since starting CrossFit, I initially got down to 127 at my lowest, but have mostly been maintaining between 135 and 140. "Those last 10 lbs".... Grrrr......

Would love to add as many SparkFriends as I can! I get so much support from this website and I would love to give some out. SparkPeople has been life changing for me. Feel free to add me as a friend and I will reciprocate and we can support each other.

Member Since: 9/7/2009

Fitness Minutes: 7,170

My Goals:
I am currently trying to lose "those last 10 lbs".

My Program:
I try to do some sort of workout in the morning. 2-3 days a week I run 4 miles and if I am feeling up to it I will use the elliptical or bicycle at the gym the other weekday mornings.

I go to CrossFit Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights. Saturday mornings I attend CrossFit and will do a long run if the morning CrossFit workout wasn't too intense.

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    Brought to you by the CML team
    These lyrics sung by Hope's Call are powerful. I hope they encourage you this week.

    You Are Loved

    Have you ever felt the Father's love
    As He holds you in His arms
    When you start to say I'm sorry
    He says you've done nothing wrong
    Have you failed to meet the standards
    That you thought you should attain
    Only to hear Him call your name, saying

    You are loved beyond your failures
    You are loved beyond your past
    The hope that you've imagined
    Is now reality at last
    You are loved with no conditions
    You are loved with no remorse
    The scars of your forgiveness
    Are engraved upon the Lord
    You are loved

    Verse 2:
    Have you seen your life be torn apart
    By things you could not help
    Until you finally reached the point
    Where you could only blame yourself
    Have you laid your head to sleep
    And think you'll always be alone
    Then awaken to His voice calling you home, He says
    (repeat chorus)

    Remember to stop by the team page and say hello.

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    2662 days ago
    Brought to y ou my CML team
    These lyrics sung by Crossway have ministered to me time and time again. I hope you can draw strength and inspiration from them also :
    When I Hear the Thunder

    Sometimes at night I cry myself to sleep
    After everybody else has gone to bed
    Knowing once again I've gotten in too deep
    And the waters will soon be above my head
    And I beg of you to change the world around me
    So tomorrow won't be looking quite so dim
    And I awake to the waters deep enough to drown me
    But through it all you taught me how to swim
    And when I hear the thunder and I think I'm going under
    I remember you're the lifter of my head
    You've had a thousand chances to change my circumstances
    But thank you, Lord, for changing me instead.

    There are times I can't help feeling lost
    Like a ship drifting on the open sea
    And the wind and waves leave me pitched and tossed
    And a storm begins to build inside of me
    And I beg of you to change the world around me
    As fear and faith are fighting for control
    Amid the raging waters swirling all around me
    You've become the anchor for my soul
    And when I hear the thunder and I think I'm going under
    I remember you're the lifter of my head
    You've had a thousand chances to change my circumstances
    But thank you, Lord, for changing me instead.
    2667 days ago
    Thanks so much for your support on my blog. You are always so kind and compassionate. I am blessed to have you as a friend.
    Love and hugs!!
    2669 days ago
    Thanks for the Goodie and for checking up on me. I think my tear wasn't very bad because it healed in about a week and so far I can run, row and do squats and lunges without pain. I'm very grateful!

    Good luck with the rest of your competition!. You rock...I am so impressed!


    2682 days ago
    Thank you for the goodie. Have a wonderful weekend!
    2698 days ago
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