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June 6th I committed to changing my life. Took the dreaded before photos. Program of choice? Body For Life. Started June 7th, 2010, finished August 29th, 2010. If you want to change your life, look into this program! Minimal gym time, lots of food, and relax/cheat day once a week? How much better could it get?! Plus results to boot.

A little background on me: I started weight lifting in 2001 after I picked up my first issue of Oxygen magazine. I immediately saw changes & in 6-8 weeks I went from a very soft 128lbs to a hard 118lbs & 16%bf. It didn't take much slaving in the gym after that to maintain that physique for a couple years. Then at the end of 2003, I went traveling in Europe for 10 months. I studied for 3 of the 10 months while overseas (massage therapy)...and came home at 175lbs! I was enjoying the different country's foods a little too much, and not working out, indulging in too much wine, etc. I didn't really realize I had gained that much because I was wearing stretchy knits & a bikini for the second half of the time overseas(yuck!)...then I got off the plane at home and my best friend said, "Damn, for once in your life your @$$ is bigger than mine!" That was a wake-up call; sort of. I managed to try every diet. South beach, cookie diet, grapefruit, cabbage soup, lemonade, fasting, I even went vegan! I managed to only settle around 150lbs from then on(2004) until I got married in 2007. Then of course I put on a few and got pregnant at 160lbs. I pigged out and delivered DS at 210lbs (sickening since I didn't gain any weight until I was 5 months along and he was born 3 weeks early! So 50lbs in 16 weeks). After he was born I was dead set on breastfeeding to lose the baby weight. It helped some I'm sure. I also went vegan for a month, and then finally when he was one turned to weight watchers. I managed to get down to 139 with their help, but my eating habits were so off and unhealthy still! I hit a wall, a plateau, naturally. So I decided to try low-carb in Nov 2009. In 12 weeks of dedication and no cheating AT ALL, I got down to 127. I hadn't seen this number or even close since 2003. Thrilled, but on my way overseas again to teach massage, I gained back the weight really quick even though I was still eating LC. Too much cheese I think. I look at my short-lived pics of 127lbs, and I was still really soft. Maybe what they consider "skinny-fat". I got home at the end of April this yr and saw Jami's transformation (my online friend from a low-carb community) on BFL & I was sold. I knew it worked not only because of her transformation, but because I read the book in 2002 & trained my Dad through a 12-wk challenge. He lost 35+lbs and looked completely different. So, here I am! Determined to get my "old" NEW self back, feel good in my clothes & skin...to be a better Mom because of it by being a healthy role model and confident and happy with who I am. I ended up inheriting low self-esteem from my Mother who was always (and still is) on a diet. Have a history of binge/emotional eating. I had thyroid cancer 10 yrs ago...so get to deal with the ups and downs of meds for life. So that's been a struggle with my weight over the yrs too. But, that's me!
I work PT mornings at the local gym to get free membership, pay & playtime for DS..work evenings massaging at a chiropractor's office, and all my other time is spent being a mommy (and wife, lol), studying for my PT cert, & getting into group kick instructing!

Old info I like to keep around to read about how far I've come:
Been away for a while...had a baby on 5/7/08 and gained lots of weight (60lbs!) on top of what I already needed to lose. Needing to get back on track and be a fit mama to keep up with my son!

Starting up 3/18/09:


1st goal- 159 by April 15th (DONE! 4/1/09)

2nd goal- 154 By son's 1st Birthday!!! May 7th, 2009 (DONE! 5/3/09)

3rd goal- 149 by June 3rd---didn't meet, at 151 dang it...so changing goals. This by July 13th (DONE! 7/11/09 Thanks WW!)

4th goal- 145.25 by August 8th (DONE! 8/5/09...144.2 overnight)
Reward: Tanning package

goal- 141.25 by September 5th (DONE! 8/21/09)--gained weight.
Reward: Clarisonic skincare system--loving this!

START UP AGAIN 11/4 @ 145.8
goal: 139 by Nov 23 (DONE!!!!! 11/14)
reward: $100 Shopping on black friday!

goal: 136 by December 21th
Reward: feeling good for hitting my short-term original goal!

goal: 134 by Jan 1st
reward: massage

goal: 129 by Jan 21st
reward: Chaz Dean 32 oz fig conditioner

My Program:
Week 1 (Started Wed 3/18/09)
Wednesday - Learn & Burn (DONE!)
Thursday - Learn & Burn & 20 min (DONE!)
Friday - Learn & Burn & 20 min (DONE!)
Saturday - Learn & Burn & 20 min (DONE!)
Sunday - rest
Monday - Ab Jam & 20 min (DONE!)
Tuesday - CP2 (DONE!)

Week 2
Wednesday - Burn & 20 Minute (DONE!)
Thursday - 20 Minute & Ab Jam (DONE!)
Friday - Cardio Party (Did CP3, DONE!)
Saturday - 20 Minute (DONE!)
Sunday - rest
Monday - Ab Jam & 20 min (DONE!)
Tuesday - CP3 (Done!)

Week 3
Wednesday - 20 Minute & Ab Jam (loaned DVD to a friend, did heavy house work for a couple hours and broke a great sweat!)
Thursday - Cardio Party 2 (DONE!)
Friday - 3T (Done!)
Saturday - Cardio Party 2 (DONE!)
Sunday - rest
Monday - 20 Minute & Ab Jam - slacked... =(
Tuesday - 30 min trampoline + 3Ts (DONE!)

Week 4
Wednesday - 45min trampoline (DONE!)
Thursday 30 min trampoline (DONE!)
Friday - 30 min trampoline (DONE!)
Saturday - CP2 - only got in 15 min trampoline---
Sunday - active rest (stroller walk if snow is gone)
Monday - 20MWO & trampoline + 2 mile walk (DONE!)
Tuesday - 3T & 30 min trampoline (Did 3T only, K got clingy!)

*Started low-carb living on Nov 4th. 2009 Started Chalean again...here is my plan laid out*

Nov 16: Burn 2, Ab burner(done!)
Nov 17: Burn it off (Done!)
Nov 18: Burn 3, TJ abs, + treadmill intervals (Done!)
Nov 19: Burn Intervals (did TJ 20MWO, pressed for time)
Nov 20: Burn 1 + elliptical (done!)
Nov 21: off (done! Went for a nice walk)
Nov 22: 30 min incline walk + abs (done!)
Nov 23: Burn 2, treadmill intervals (done!)
Nov 24: (traveling) Burn it off/ Did TJ 20MWO 2 hrs b4 plane! (done!)
Nov 25: Burn 3, TJ abs, TJ 20MWO (Did Burn 3 & TJ abs)
Nov 26: *Thanksgiving* Burn Intervals (Got too caught up cooking)
Nov 27: Push 1, shopping cardio =) (9 hours done!)
Nov 28: (traveling) off
Nov 29: (traveling) off
Nov 30: Push 2, ab burner (done)

Pounds lost: 7.7
Inches lost: 5.25"

Dec 1: Burn it off, Ab burner (done!)
Dec 2: Push 3, elliptical (done!)
Dec 3: had terrible day....TOM coming. Cravings, fight w/ DH.
Dec 4: Push 1, elliptical (done!)
Dec 5: TJ Cardio Party 2 (done, phew!)
Dec 6: off (did light walk on treadmill 45 min)
Dec 7: Push 2 (done!)
Dec 8: Burn it off, TJ skipped =(
Dec 10: Burn intervals, Ab burner skipped =(
Dec 11: 30 min elliptical & legs (done)
Dec 12: off (walked 30mins)
Dec 13: Treadmill intervals (done)
Dec 14: Push 2, treadmill (done)
Dec 15: Cardio Party 2, ab burner (bailed)
Dec 16: Push 3, spinning (bailed)
Dec 17: spinning (done)
Dec 18: Spinning (done)
Dec 19: off
Dec 20: Spinning + chalean circuit catch-ups (done)
Dec 21: treadmill (done)
Dec 22: spinning + Lean 3, abs
Dec 23: Treadmill intervals
Dec 24: spinning + Lean 1, abs
Dec 25: 20MWO
Dec 26: Lean 2, extreme abs
Dec 27: spinning
Dec 28: Elliptical, Lean 3
Dec 29: *birthday* Spinning, extreme abs
Dec 30: Lean 1, CP2
Dec 31: spinning

Jan 1: Lean 2, TJ 20MWO
Jan 2: off
Jan 3: spinning, extreme abs
Jan 4: Cardio party 2
Jan 5: Lean 3, spinning
Jan 6: treadmill intervals, abs
Jan 7: Lean 1, spinning
Jan 8: elliptical, Ab burner
Jan 9: off
Jan 10: Lean 2, spinning
Jan 11: CP2, abs
Jan 12: Spinning
Jan 13: Lean 3, extreme abs, elliptical
Jan 14: spinning
Jan 15: Treadmill intervals
Jan 16: off
Jan 17: spinning, abs
Jan 18: upper body weights, spinning
Jan 19: lower body weights, abs, spinning
Jan 20: spinning
Jan 21: Leave for Portugal!

My passion, you call an obsession. My commitment, you think unwarranted. My drive you can not comprehend. So to you, it must be flawed. You tell me to relax. You tell me to live. I tell you to quit dying. Do I make you feel uncomfortable? Good. Now stand up and find your own passion.


Member Since: 11/16/2006

Fitness Minutes: 744

My Goals:
I'm tired of settling for being this weight the past 7 years!!! My goal is to drop to 154 by my son's first birthday May 7th, 2009. (accomplished!) Now, it's just to keep losing until I get to a happy weight. If I can get past 127, I will be thrilled, but reaching it will made me thrilled! (accomplished w/ BFL in Aug 2010). Now building some sexy muscles!!!

My Program:
Done about everything! Finally made strides and got the body of my dreams with Body For Life June-august 2010...then hired FlexChef as my coach for competing lifestyle. =)

Personal Information:
Born and raised Alaskan! I'm breastfeeding and staying at home with my son. I work in the evenings as a masseuse. Became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer Dec 15, 2010, and getting started in teaching group kick!

Other Information:
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I'm 5' 4.5"

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