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This is me - kooky mom of 2, former SparkPeople success story from a decade ago. Back in action!

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My original SP journey.I actually found this low weight to be "too low" for me.

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This photo won me a prize on SP back in 2009. This will keep me going this time around again!

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I'm a 34-year-old working mom of two girls who was a SparkPeople success story a decade ago. In my eclectic on-again off-again relationship with SP, I had lost 38 pounds at one point and was in the best shape of my life. A lot has changed since then, resulting in weight-gain.

But, if there's one thing that SP has taught me, it's that not all things are lost. I'm back to show all my fellow Kings and Queens of Excuses that the only person in the way of your goal(s) is YOU. Have faith in you and take that first step (even if you have to take it again and again!).


Height: 5'6"

The WAY Beginning (May 2008):
Weight = 172.5
BMI = 27.8 (overweight)

SparkPeople Starting Point (March 2009):
Weight = 160 lb
BMI = 25.9 (overweight)
Waist = 30"
Gut = 37"
Hips = 42.5"
R Thigh = 25.5"
L Thigh = 25"

Lowest (January 2010):
Weight = 134.4 lb
BMI = 21.7 (healthy)
Waist = 26"
Hips = 37"
R Thigh = 21"
L Thigh = 20.75"

What Brought Me Back (February 2020):
Weight = 177.2
Measurements forthcoming!

Member Since: 3/24/2009

Fitness Minutes: 21,537

My Goals:
+ Start running again
+ Cook healthier for my family
+ Get back to a size 8

My Program:
+ Portion control
+ Using the food/fitness trackers
+ Cardio 3x/week
+ HIIT 1x/week
+ Additional strength training 1x/week

Personal Information:
I'm an engineer, a knitter, a baker, a comic book reader, and a movie buff. I've been on SP on-and-off since 2006, and it's been an incredible journey!

Other Information:
+ Married since 2015
+ Mom of two feisty girls
+ Manga, anime, comic book dork
+ Huge f*cking potty mouth
+ Engineer by day, hobbyist by night

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    Thanks for your comment on my blog! We all have to find what works for us and our body rhythms, and that's what's important, isn't it? Glad you have found a routine that works for you! I never thought I'd be a morning workout kinda gal, but once I got past the first few days i found it really helps me be more energized all day long. I'll work out in the evening when I need to, but my body responds much better to doing it in the morning. Have a great day!
    3444 days ago
    Caught your profile pic on a message thread and recognized The Bean! Hello from Chicago :)
    3447 days ago
    Thanks! I'm totes going home early to rest and hopefully get better.
    3447 days ago
    I was reading a blog where u gave great advice to a newbie runner & I looked at ur page and I saw all of the races that u have done! I've only ran one, but I did get bit by the racing bug and I signed up for another one. I'm crazy!! I signed up for a 1/2. Anyway, I hope u don't mind that I friend u! In the past 5 yrs, I've gone in spurts where I run for a few months and then I take a few months off. But, I've decided this is the year that I get back on track with running and changing my eating habits. I found your page so inspiring. You look great!! Keep up the good work!!!

    Take Care,
    Celi (Kelly)

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    3448 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/7/2011 4:35:51 AM
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    Woohoo! I will tell her you like it and share the recipe soon. :)
    3450 days ago
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