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6/15/11 - White summer dress, Approx 135

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January, 2009. Who knows what I weighed? 155?

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September, 2014, Journey REDUX!
I had lost ~20 lbs, with the great help of Spark people and being really dedicated in my life, I was in the best shape of my life. I got down to 131 at one point but, also, I was super strong, healthy, happy, capable.

Well. I guess its hard to really understand what happened, but, the main conclusion is that doing "maintenance" mode is a different skill set and I didn't succeed there, this time. I gained all the weight back...

I'm back here again to look for help from SP and also the great SP community is supporting me getting back to achieving my goals and those great feelings of pride about being the healthy me I had found.

2009 intro:
I was in a couple of car accidents (ala person v. car) when I was young, and subsequently have a spinal condition. Since then I have felt very limited in what physical activities I am capable of or allowed to do. The fear of vertebral progression has hovered over me.

It has now been a full ten years since my diagnosis and my condition has remained stable. I feel empowered to explore ways of being active and fully believe that becoming more fit will only benefit my life in many ways.

My goal is to eat better, be more active, stronger, and lower my body fat percentage. Weight loss would be a delightful bonus but not my main goal.

Member Since: 9/17/2010

My Goals:
Summer 2011:
I feel like I'm doing it on my own for the first time, now that my 2 day a week class has ended. The test is on to see if I can maintain my momentum for myself. I am very close to my goal weight, what's left is basically vanity pounds. I do however have some room to improve on my inches, so I want to keep at it to lower my body fat percentage to the "fitness" level.

Objective goals:
-Be able to run the 4 miles without having to stop
-Get in good swim work outs regularly
-Do more effective ST sessions more regularly
-Swim 650 meters in 12 minutes ( I can do 550 now)
-Waste less calories on alcohol

- Wear a bikini for the first time (hey, I can dream, right? :P )

My Program:
-Get back into making big, healthy meals at home for left overs. Getting home late after working out has left me with less chances that I eat well these days...
-drink less booze! Those calories are fun but this plateau between me and abs is killin' me

-Monday 3 or 4 miles community jog downtown
-Tues and Thurdsay do legit GYM workout with Strength training the main focus!
Wednesday-awesome swimming
There! That's four! Get in at least one on the weekend and we're GOLDEN

OVERALL: Try to get at least 30 minutes of movement in 6 days a week.

Personal Information:
From sunny Tucson, Arizona!! AWESOME place to be outdoor all those NON-summer months. I LOVE summers here, though! Bring it on! :D

Other Information:
I love
-nerdy sci fi shows (seriously, everything with Star in the title: Star Trek, Stargate SG 1, Battlestar Gallactica...) Buffy, Firefly, Big Bang Theory, oh god too many to admit...
-50's pin up beauty that I'm not girly enough to really do
-Good beer
-Looking at my fledgling muscles as I walk
- Surprising myself
- The feeling I have on the walk home after a kick ass swim
- Being silly with my friends
- Telling the WHOLE STORY (otherwise, what's the point?)
-Getting that bonus spin on the SP wheel, haha

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