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I lost 30 lbs on Sparkpeople two years ago and was feeling really great about my lifestyle change. I wasn't starving or on any kind of fad diet. Just recording my calories, watching my nutrition, and getting more exercise in. Unfortunately, the weight slowly crept back up and especially in the past year, I have really just let go of all of the healthy habits I worked so hard to pick up. I moved to DC last year and in the flurry of excitement and stress over starting a demanding new job and making new friends, I pushed my health to the side.

So I'm back! I will lose the 30 lbs again and figure out how to better maintain the weight loss so I don't end up having to lose 30 again. I'm 5 weeks in and am feeling great. The holidays are coming up which will be a challenge, but I'm trying to again be realistic about how long it will take to lose the weight the right way and keep it off.

I know that I love to cook and to eat large quantities of food, so I make a lot of vegetable-high dishes that allow me to satisfy my quantity cravings without going over my daily goals. I'm trying to add more power walking and jogging to my days - taking breaks from work to get 3 miles in, etc. because otherwise I spend a lot of time very sedentary at work. I used to at least walk to work but I've since moved and I'm just a little too far for that to work so I take an electric scooter. Great for efficiency, not so great for weight loss. So I keep an extra pair of running shoes, a sweatshirt, and gloves at my office to take those breaks and get some fresh air and exercise in. Then I weekends, I commit to at least one distance walk (6-8 miles).

I know that I can keep my balance of a healthy social life and busy work life without sacrificing my health and I'm re-committed to making that a priority!

Member Since: 1/20/2014

Fitness Minutes: 53,111

My Goals:
I just want to get back to a healthy body and do it the right way. When I was in my early twenties, I would starve myself thin any time I felt like I gained weight. I looked good, but it wasn't the right way to get there. This time, I'm going for the whole healthy lifestyle thing, and I notice it in every aspect of my life. I'm organized, my house is clean, I'm doing well at work, etc. Things feel like they are coming together.

I'm always looking to better myself, to achieve more. Being in the right, healthy mindset is a great place to start.

My Program:
I'm trying to cut down on unnecessary carbs - keeping carbs to fruits and veggies, whole grains, etc. In that same vein, I'm eating a lot of protein - chicken sausage, turkey, pork.

I make a ton of veggies with whatever I cook because I like to eat large quantities and that helps me to not feel like I'm going to run out of food. What a fatty - I'm afraid to run out of food.

Personal Information:
I love singing, writing, music, cooking, baking (trying to keep away from that one) and making sarcastic comments.

I work in STEM education - getting industry leaders involved in how we prepare the future workforce. It's demanding and exciting work.

Other Information:
I really don't like carrots. Seriously. They are gross.

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    I know I already said this, but your meals look fantastic. You should open a restaurant! The way you present them, looks professional ♥️🙂
    282 days ago
    If you want/need a little push...consider joining us for an 9 week challenge.

    Why not join the X-WEIGHTED CHALLENGE? We're all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. There is always something to learn from each other. These teams are also a great source of motivation! We can become healthier by working together and making new friends as we go. We compete in weekly nutrition and fitness challenges. It is similar to the Biggest Loser team. There are 3 teams that compete within the X-Weighted team. We do ATC (All Teams Challenge) various challenges (nutrition, fitness etc.) The main requirement is to post your weight weekly. The ATC challenges and/if individual teams have challenges are optional (however, very beneficial). If you have any questions, please let me know.
    516 days ago

    The flowers and blossoms are filling the air with the smells of Spring. This is the time to start preparing for the Summer. Are you ready to join a Challenge? The Biggest Loser Challenge is looking for members for it’s next Challenge starting the first week of June. The challenge consists of 11 Teams, that participate in 10 weeks of Nutritional and Fitness Challenges. These challenges can be modified to fit individual needs, allowing members of all abilities and dietary needs to participate.

    Here are some of the members comments written on a Survey Monkey poll:

    “It helps me stay focused on my goals. It also keeps things interesting and not boring.”

    “I find that the challenges make me be more cognizant of my food intake, better choices etc. The fitness ones encourage me to try new exercises and to keep doing exercises. I think there is a good possibility I wouldnt do as much if I didnt track it for challenges or tried to do better on challenges”

    “My leaders are all wonderful...they stay in touch with team members and do their best to keep us involved and feeling a part of the team.”

    “They motivate me to eat healthier and to be more active. “

    If you would like to be a member of this challenge you can copy and paste the the link below, or click on my username and leave me a message or click on the BLUE BIGGEST LOSER Icon on my page. Join the team and sign up for the next challenge on the Spring Waitlist thread.

    Note when using the link above you may have to drop the // or even the //www.

    emoticon We are still looking for a few more members!

    554 days ago
    Hi, thank you for the commenting on my picture! I love your photo gallery, all your food pics look so amazing and gourmet! Have a great Thursday! 💕🌷
    601 days ago
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    Hey girl just stop by to wish you a good evening!! Hope you get some rest!! Good night and pleasant dreams!!😊❤
    638 days ago
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