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Me--summer 2009 before I changed my life

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This is my Lulu as a puppy...she now is a 60 lb. lapdog.

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After losing 115 pounds in 2009-2011 and reaching my goal weight of 140, I have gained back 100 pounds. I am also pre-diabetic and have severe acid reflux. I am calling a STOP to this and am trying to get back on track. My exercise consists mostly of walking with my Lab mix dog Lulu. I need to figure out how to keep walking with Lulu, but also get to the gym at least 3-4 times a week. Strength training is calling me. I also need to be more consistent about tracking my food, and doing the things that helped me lose those 115 pounds. Things like not snacking at night, and measuring my food rather than guesstimating it. I have enlisted the help of my family doctor for better accountability (it helped last time), and will also be participating in a hospital/YMCA exercise program which includes a personal trainer for 4 months.

Member Since: 2/25/2010

Fitness Minutes: 30,590

My Goals:
1. Eat at least 6 fruits and veggies daily.

2. Weight Loss Goals:
221 lbs (35 lbs lost) 2/23/10
140 lbs GOAL! 6/15/11
...a lot of backsliding...
162 lbs 11/15/2011
188lbs 12/21/2012
190 lbs 5/17/2013
195 lbs 10/6/2013
200lbs 2/12/2014
205 lbs 3/8/2014 STOP
198 lbs 3/24/2014
208 lbs 5/1/14
205 lbs 7/1/14
(I'm going to start posting my weight every couple of months)

3.Exercise regularly, at least 5x per week for at least 30 minutes.

4. Track my food and exercise daily...and I mean the whole day's worth, not just breakfast and lunch!)

5. Have the nicest yard/garden on the block. (This will be tough...a botanist lives across the street!)

My Program:
Back to eating clean...only a little meat, organic when I can get it, whole grains, fresh food.
Oh, and Measure it!

Exercise right now is walking the dog. We do 4-5 miles every day.Love the cool summer we've been having!

Personal Information:
I'm from the middle of Illinois and work as a librarian and faculty member at a state university. I'm the education librarian and run a teachers center, so I buy children's books and educational materials to be used by students planning to become teachers.

Other Information:
I have a dog, Lulu, and a cat, Wasabi Wasabi is exactly like his name. He loves to eat everything, including grapefruit and kiwis! Lulu is an almost 2 year-old lab-cattle dog mix who likes to chase rabbits and squirrels.
I love to garden...actually like weeding, so that also gets me a little exercise.

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