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My weight loss journey got Sparked by a "Biggest Loser" competition at work. I came in second in the competition, losing a total of 24 pounds in 8 weeks, and, more importantly, I did it by making healthy changes to my diet and exercise.
I've continued these changes past the end of the competition, striving to make permanent lifestyle changes that I can maintain for the long haul. My sights are set on meeting my weight loss goal by my 40th birthday. I want to start the next decade of my life looking and feeling better than I have in years!

Member Since: 2/16/2013

Fitness Minutes: 10,098

My Goals:
√ 174 50 lbs lost!
√ 173.5 BMI = 28
√ 173.1 AT: VT state line
√ 171.5 75% complete!
√ 169 55 lbs lost!
√ 168.3 AT: NH state line
√ 168 25% of bodyweight lost, 80% complete!
√ 167.3 BMI = 27
166.2 AT: South Kinsman Mt, NH
165.2 AT: Zealand Falls Hut, NH
164.8 AT: Mt. Washington, NH
164 60 lbs lost!
163.1 AT: Maine state line AT: Mahoosuc Notch, ME
161.9 AT: Old Blue Mt, ME
161.1 BMI = 26, AT: Piazza Rock, ME
161 90% complete!
159.9 AT: Bigelow Mtn, ME
159 65 lbs lost! AT: Kennebec River
158.5 95% complete!
158 AT: Piscataquis River
156.8 30% of bodyweight lost! 96% complete!
156.1 97% complete!
156 AT: Crawford Pond, ME
155.4 98% complete!
154.8 BMI = 24.98 = HEALTHY
154.7 99% Complete
154 GOAL! 70 lbs Lost, AT: KATAHDIN

My Program:
I am counting calories daily, and also doing yoga, running and cycling, and strength training at home. Tracking is a major part of my success. I'm also using a virtual through hike of the Appalachian Trail as a motivator- every pound I lose is roughly 31 miles of progress along the AT. Getting to the top of Mount Katahdin at the end of my journey will feel like a huge accomplishment!

Personal Information:
I live in Maine and am a special education teacher in a school for kids with behavioral, developmental and mental disabilities. I am currently working primarily with kids with autism.

I love to cook and consider myself a "foodie" - I definitely hate the DIET word. I am making healthy choices that still satisfy my love of great food. I've been getting active again and it feels great to be biking and running again after years of being sedentary.

Other Information:
We are what we repeatedly do. -Aristotle

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  • v LESLEE33
    Just stopping by to say emoticon I hope things are well with you.
    Have a great weekend! emoticon
    2668 days ago
  • v KJACOBS1111
    More on getting your FIRE back..he, he my other comment was too long for the box!!

    Last year when I was moving and had all kinds of stuff going on I took on a crazy job with a client that would call me at all hours of the night and it was high I wanted to just focus on the contract and maintain what I'd lost so far vs. the "extra" effort of losing...this was a mistake...I learned that weight maintenance takes the exact same amount of effort and hard work and continuing with a weight loss goal. I'm not kidding, the same amount of time just to keep it off as to keep losing. The difference is, of course where we are focused and when we don't ever see the scale go down (as in ever) it is that much harder to stay motivated to do even the work to maintain and be vigilant that the pounds don't creep back on.

    I judge whether I've really been losing by looking at where I was a month ago vs. day-to-day or last week. For some reason this helps me be patient and stay the course when the scale hops up two pounds or stays the same for days even as I'm pushing harder and still eating well.

    I still say, since you are busy that you need to keep exploring new things that are healthy for the "fun" element, but find one or two to really fall in love with. When I was in Minnesota, for me, that was hiking parks with waterfalls with my kids on the Florida I'm still looking, but so far it's been night beach walking.

    2720 days ago
  • v LESLEE33
    You are looking AMAZING emoticon emoticon
    2729 days ago
    Hey, Thanks for the friend add!
    2741 days ago
  • v HERA22VA
    Congrats on your spark points!
    2751 days ago
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