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July 2nd, 2014

WOW it is almost my 24th birthday. I can't believe how quickly the past 2 years flew by. I'm not going to lie -- I kind of forgot about Spark People... Unfortunately, I also forgot about how much work I put into getting healthy and being fit. I need to remind myself how much I actually enjoy an active lifestyle and get fit again!

May 4th, 2012

Back again! Wow my last year of University was really intense and flew by quickly! I managed to get down to 157 during first semester and hovered around that weight until the end of second semester when I found myself back up at around 163. The LSAT (twice!), law school application process, school, work, and tons of going out were not my body's friend! But I guess I can't complain too much because I got into law school and will be starting this September yayy :)

However, I do not feel my fittest right now and I know that I need to get rededicated to working out and eating healthy. I really want to be in the 130s by the time I start law school! I NEED to get back to feeling healthy and athletic again.

I am going to England for a family trip for 2 weeks at the end of May and am still looking for a summer job right now. I am looking forward to this summer and getting back into my fit ways especially turbo fire!

SW: 163.6 (May 2nd)
GW: 135

Weight Goals

May 9: 161
May 16: 159
May 23: 157
May 30: 156
June 6: 154
June 13: 152
June 20: 150
June 27: 148
July 4: 146
July 11: 144
July 18: 142
July 25: 140
Aug 1: 139
Aug 8: 138
Aug 15: 137
Aug 22: 136
Aug 29: 135

August 9th, 2011

I am back home now and I have had my day of reckoning with the scale! It was not pretty. Worse than I expected but I guess it could have been even worse considering I basically ATE Europe for 7 months. But you know what, I kind of don't regret it! Obviously I wish I had toned it down a bit and kept up with working out more but when will I ever be in Europe for 7 months at age 20 again??? I have been looking back to the past too much lately and thinking about what could have been but today I am stopping that and just accepting what is. It is time to move forward. Here I go.

My name is Kristen and I gained back 20 lbs. THERE, I said it.

Now it's time to get on track and lose back those 20 lbs. I don't feel comfortable at this weight now after being so much smaller. I don't feel massive but I don't feel as good. I want to be the best me I can be in all areas of my life, including this one! However, I also don't want to become obsessed with my scale again so I am going to try to just weigh in once a week and not be hard on myself when I make a mistake.

I am resetting my weight tracker to reflect my new, most recent weight loss journey. Let's do this!!!!!!!!!!

May 29th, 2011

After an 8 month Spark hiatus, I am back! I haven't really been trying to lose weight since August 2010. From May 2009-August 2010 I lost around 50-53 lbs and have been maintaining in that area. At the end of August I started my third year of University and also took on the role of a Residence Assistant. This took up ALL of my time and forced me to eat in dining halls for almost all of my meals. Exercise became more sporadic (around 1-4 times a week instead of 6) and I stopped keeping track of calories. Somehow while doing this I dropped from 149 to 145 and managed to maintain! I found that I obsessed less about food because I wasn't journalling but I countered that by weighing myself about 2-8 times a day! I felt really trapped by my weight and challenged myself to go weeks without weighing myself.

On January 4th, 2011 I moved to Paris, France for a semester abroad program. This meant leaving behind my scale, my ability to go to the gym, and my resistance to fancy foreign foods! I didn't really exercise much, just the occasional Turbo Fire or zumba, but I did walk A LOT. I tried to not overeat but I didn't track and I definitely didn't deprive myself of experiencing the local foods! I had a great semester but I noticed that by the end I felt puffy and kind of gross. I started to workout more and be more vigilant about eating and then I spent 2 weeks doing tons of walking in London and around Greece.

I am now living in a small town in England for the summer. I feel like it's about time to finally finish my weight loss journey. I think it would be amazing to finally not feel the dread of the last 10 lbs hanging over my head. I feel less puffy now than I did at the end of Paris and from the way my clothes fit / how I look in the mirror I would guess that I am around 145-150. I think that not tracking calories and not weighing myself has been amazing for my mental health. I think about my weight less and don't judge myself about it constantly or measure my self-worth by it. I want to start working out more again and eat healthy, correct portions but not necessarily track calories. I return to Canada at the end of July and I do not want to weigh more than the 145 I came to Europe at! My ultimate goal weight has always been between 125-135 and I would love to FINALLY get there! I have had an almost year-long hiatus from weight loss and I really want to get back on track! :)

My Original Sparktext:
I am from Ontario and have just finished my second year of university. I have been trying to lose weight ever since I saw a picture of myself in fifth grade and couldn't believe I had love handles! I was not actually overweight then but through trying extreme diets and losing weight but then gaining even more back, I am now at least 40 pounds overweight. I have decided that this time I don't want to just go on a "diet", I want to make actual lifestyle changes and stay healthy for the rest of my life. I hope that this website will help motivate me!

January 13th, 2010: Done Girl of the Day!! I can't believe it!! I congratulate the Done Girl everyday and have always hoped that one day I would get to be her! I was so very surprised and HAPPY when that day finally came! Thanks Donies!!

May 2nd, 2010: Finished my first ever 5k (a road race) in 36 mins 55 secs! Ran for all but 2 minutes and some parts were even uphill. I am pleased as my goal was to be under 40 mins. I want to do another one now! :)

Dimensions as of May 6th/09:
Chest- 42.5
Waist- 37
Love handles/hips- 45.5
Upper arm- 12.5
Upper thigh- 27

Dimensions as of June 11th/09:
Chest- 40.5
Waist- 35
Love handles/hips- 43
Upper arm- 11.5
Upper thigh- 27

Dimensions as of July 13th/09:
Chest- 39
Waist- 33
Love handles/hips- 43
Upper arm- 12.25 ?? :(
Upper thigh- 23

Dimensions as of September 25th/09:
Chest- 37
Waist- 32
Love handles/hip- 41
Upper arm- 11.5
Upper thigh- 24

Dimensions as of November 15th/09:
Chest - 38
Waist - 31
Love handles/hip- 40
Upper arm - 11
Upper thigh - 21

Dimensions as of November 28th/09:
Chest - 36
Waist - 30
Love handles/hips - 39.5
Upper arm - 11
Upper thigh - 21

Dimensions as of February 16th/10:
Chest - 36.5
Waist - 29
Love handles/hips - 38
Upper arm - 11
Upper thigh - 22

* I have lost 29 inches in total since May!!!! :)

Ideal Dimensions:
Chest- 36
Waist- 25
Love handles/hip- 35

Old Timeline & Rewards:
*197.8-187.8= Food scales (May 31st) -DONE!
-weighed in June 1st and had gotten all the way down to 187! :)
*187.8-177.8=New MP3 player for running(June 30th)Done July 17
-at 185 I am no longer obese!
*177.8-167.8= Exercise ball(July 31st)-DONE!
*167.8-157.8= New workout DVD(August 31st) -DONE!
*157.8-147.8= Massage (September 30th) -DONE!
-at 154 I am no longer overweight
*147.8-140= New clothes! (October 31st)
*140-135= A tattoo :) (November 27th)

I need to set some more concrete goals so that I can keep working towards something. I was doing so well before Christmas break that I felt like nothing could stop me. Now I just feel lost. I feel like I have been doing this for so long, why isn't it just over yet!?! But I guess that is the kind of thinking that got me to 200 lbs. I think for me, if I am not moving forwards, I am drifting backwards. So forward it is!

140 lbs: June 1st
132 lbs: July 1st (re-evaluate final goal once at 135 and/or 130)
125 lbs: August 1st

Summer Update

Not much! I have been slacking a lot and not even setting goals to meet. I have lost fat but lately I have been bingeing and gaining weight. I need to decide if I want to keep going or just maintain. But I know I won't be happy until I see 135 on that scale so I guess my choice is made for me. I am starting Turbo Fire now so I am hoping it will propel me to my goal!

8 Week Turbo Fire Challenge
-Lose 2 lbs per week
-Be at 135 by the start of school (Sept 9)
-Weight train 2-3 times a week
-Get down to 22% BF or less
-Fit into a size 6 or 4 jeans from American Eagle

Week 1 (July 5): 154.8
Week 2 (July 13): 154 (not -2 but this is good due to bday bloat!!)
(July 14): 152 (special add on, only b/c it was my bday! )
Week 3 (July 20): 150.8 (down 2 each week! (= )
Week 4 (July 26): 148.8 :)
Week 5 (Aug 2): 148.8 :S :( need to go down 2 this week!!!!
Week 6:
Week 7:
Week 8:

Goal Weight: 135lbs
Ideal Weight: 125 lbs


The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
-Albert Ellis

A man is not old until regrets start taking place of dreams.

One should eat to live, not live to eat.

I'm changing my life.
- Tara, The Biggest Loser Season 7

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The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
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No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Being fat is hard. Being fit is hard. Choose your hard.

And days go by, I can feel 'em flyin'
Like a hand out the window in the wind
As the cars go by,
It's all we've been given
So you better start livin' right now.
- Keith Urban

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
-George Bernard Shaw

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
-Arabian Proverb

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It's never too late to be who you might have been.
– George Eliot

Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.
- Lance Armstrong

Member Since: 4/26/2009

Fitness Minutes: 24,174

My Goals:
-To get down to 125-135lbs and be able to maintain it
-To have more self-confidence
-To wear a bikini in public and be confident
-To comfortably fit into a size 6 jeans

My Program:
-Working out vigorously 4-6 times a week
-Limiting portion sizes
-Eating at least 4 times a day
-Choosing healthy, whole foods
-Limiting useless processed carbs and other unhealthy snack foods

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Other Information:
-Just finished third year of University
-Love to read, travel, play soccer, go to concerts, and watch movies
-I told myself that I would not drink any soda again until I lost weight, needless to say I have not drank one in over 5 years

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