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In college, I became one of the guys – almost. I ate and drank like them. However, I didn’t make time for the gym like them, nor did I have their metabolism. The end result was that my 155-pound high school self was replaced with a 220-pound stranger on graduation day (May 2004). In the months after graduation, stuck in an awful job, I packed on an additional 15 pounds.

In December of 2004, I had a turning point. Upon being stood up for a date, some guy yelled “hey big sexy” to me on the street. That was it. The next day, I logged (back) into Sparkpeople and began my journey.
Over the last 10 years, I slowly lost weight. I made a commitment to physical activity. I started with low-impact cardio before transitioning to running, and then CrossFit in 2011. (Along the way, I also completed the Breast Cancer 3-Day.)
I also changed my eating habits. Now, I follow a mostly Paleo diet. My emphasis is on eating whole foods.

My proudest accomplishment is that I did not undo all of my hard work during grad school. My weight did fluctuate, but nothing like what happened as an undergrad.

In the summer of 2014, in preparation for my fall wedding, I hit my lowest weight as an adult – 159 pounds.

Unfortunately, due to a myriad of things, I have gained 25 pounds back. This is the most I have ever gained back during my journey. Suffice to say, it has freaked me out and I am now completely focused on getting back on track during the summer of 2015.

My husband and I hope to start a family within the next year, but I refuse to get pregnant at my current weight. So, you’ll see a lot more of me as I recommit to reaching my long-term health and fitness goals.

Member Since: 7/29/2004

Fitness Minutes: 171,793

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I'm going back to the basics -- eating well and exercising. It cracks me up when I think of all the insane things I've done to lose weight in the past, including hypnosis. What was I thinking? I was probably thinking, like many Americans do, that there was a simple solution to my weight loss problem. Well, that just 'ain't so -- losing weight and taking care of yourself takes work.

So, my plan is to follow SP's guidelines. I attempt to stay within my calorie range each day. And, I work out 7 hours a week. My workouts are a combination of cardio and strength training.

*2012 Update*
I started Crossfit last summer and love it. So, I mostly stick to those workouts, but add a bit of extra cardio in during the week, too.

Personal Information:
I live in the Washington, DC Metro Area and am in healthcare marketing.

I became a Crossfitter in 2011.

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    You look TERRIFIC. I haven't worn sleeves that short since I was in fifth grade! WAY TO GO on telling the two-hundreds which cliff they could jump off. AWESOME stuff!
    5477 days ago
  • v AMSXU04
    Julie - You look great! I'm glad I have been able to keep the challenge going - I'm sure you will achieve your goal! I see that you are below 200 lbs - I hope you never see that number on the scale again! Hope you are having a good week!

    5479 days ago
  • v no profile image KINKYBOOTSNO1
    Oh my Gosh, if you look this good now, imagine how good you're gonna look when you get to your goal. I understand that you want to lose weight & be comfortable in your body but you have a really good figure for a Girl with extra pounds. When you get off what you want to get off (weight wise) you're gonna knock em dead!!!!
    Good luck in all your achievements. Be patient with yourself, be positive & most of all BE HAPPY.
    You're gorgeous.
    ((HUGS)) Kinky. :-)
    5482 days ago
  • v KDH8749
    I can't believe how great you look! I would never have guessed you were at 210. I certainly didn't look that good at 210. You must be really tall? Keep up the great work. I can't wait to see how good you'll look at your goal weight. You'll be there in no time. Mine is coming along slowly now after a quick steady start. Let me know if you ever need any help.

    5489 days ago
    Hi! Congratulations on your weight loss so far! Your picture looks great, and what a difference from your C'mas pic. Keep up the good work!
    5492 days ago
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