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Kayaking is easy in this body. Not sure I would have tried it in my old one or enjoyed it as much.

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This was me May 2011. Happy for the bride, unhappy in my body. My weight was around 205-210 here.

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I have little frustrations, but seriously, I can't be upset when I remember where I started.

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I am a very busy full-time+ music teacher and athlete who ran her first marathon at 205 lbs. I spent my whole life "husky," "big-boned," and obese, until I got up to 219 in August 2011 when my body was aching and telling me that I had to try something new. I had been dreading counting calories because I thought it would make me obsess (which it did at the beginning, but now I understand much more about my nutrition). Between Jan. 2012 and March 2013, I had lost 75-80 lbs (my original goal was 50 lbs, which I achieved Oct. 2012.)
In 2014, I went through an emotional divorce and regained 20 lbs. by spending the summer outdoors and social eating with my supportive friends. My weight went up and down in that 20-lb range throughout the year as I fought to keep mentally healthy with food and my emotions. I got frustrated around 165 lbs., my original 50-lb goal in 2012, but since I'd been around 145 for 8 months, I was frustrated and still emotionally eating.
In May 2015, I let go of tracking and obsession in an effort to solve my binge and emotional eating habits. I gained another 20 lbs, around 180-185 lbs.
Currently, I'm back to tracking to see if I can take a small deficit and lose without feeling obsessive, deprived, or like bingeing. Maybe 165 is my new maintenance weight, and I need to let go of where I was in 2013.
I need to figure out where my body would like to rest and maintain while finding a balance between exercise, food, social time, and relaxing. I love intense exercise, and would like to get back to long-distance running for stress relief rather than calorie burn. The journey has been exciting, and I can't thank SparkPeople enough! I also spend a lot of time on Half Size Me community. I'm so grateful to have places to get support from others that are just trying to be better than they were yesterday!

Member Since: 7/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 120,451

My Goals:
My goal is to find where my body is happiest between exercise, two 'off' meals a week, sleep, and leisure time.

My Program:
I track my food daily, but I go over if I truly am hungry and have checked my water/fiber/protein/fruit/
sleep/veggie/stress/emotion levels for the day. I have one "off" meal a week to keep the monster away. I lift weights three/four times a week, one or two bootcamps, and two-three days of HIIT or steady state cardio. I currently am shooting for 1900-2100 calories with a mix of 40%protein, 30%carbs, and 30%fat.

Personal Information:
I'm a Montana girl who lives in Oregon. Go, GRIZ!!

Other Information:
My "best friends" in my journey are: 1. Sparkpeople teaching me how to budget my food 2. My heart rate monitor to track calories-burn estimates 3. My family and friends helping me make my journey public 5. Did I mention Sparkpeople?!? 6. My food scale and other measuring tools. 7. Since January 2015, the Half-Size Me Community.

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  • v ASCHU2
    Congratulations! Baby steps, right? That's one of the reasons I'm in love with sparkpeople. It seems like the right mental and physical support is out there to keep things in perspective. It's been invaluable to me. I'm glad my journey can help someone else! It keeps me on track, too.
    2890 days ago
    Your story is just the one I needed to bump into today. Congratulations on your success! I have about 50 pounds to lose and hope to have it accomplished by November/December of this year. I'm down about 3 since 2 weeks ago. It seems slow going at least it's in the right direction. Thanks for your hard work and motivating me! emoticon
    2890 days ago
  • v TINAJANE76
    Just read and responded to your post on the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team and wanted to stop by to say hi and introduce myself. My name's Tina and I'm one of the leaders on the team. I'd be happy to help you with any questions you might have with navigating our team page or with maintenance in general, so please don't hesitate to ask if you ever need anything. Congratulations on everything you've achieved and good luck in making all of your wonderful changes permanent!
    2900 days ago
    2904 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

    1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

    2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

    The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
    *~ Paula *~
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    2905 days ago
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