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Hi! My name is Leah. I'm 53, married for 31 years, and mom to two great kids, a 27-year-old son (James) and 24-year-old daughter (Juliana). James is married to Haileigh and Juliana is married to Jeremy.

Two years ago I left my 27-year job as director of our local library to pastor a Lutheran church in Blue Hill, Nebraska. I'm currently taking classes toward my Master's of Divinity. My husband, Rick, and I have moved to the farmhouse where I grew up and where four previous generations of my family have lived. We're busy renovating the house and trying to bring the gardens back to life. Each week, my Bernese Mountain Dog, Nellie, and I travel back and forth between the parsonage and the farm. My background pic is of some of the roses in my garden. I love all flowers, but especially roses.

Update, September 2019

Looking at last year's September update, I am forced to admit I haven't met my goal. Not only am I not back to my goal weight range, but I have been hovering a little higher still, around 155 pounds, for several months. Next September will be my 10-year anniversary of reaching my weight-loss goal on Spark, and I really do intend to celebrate that milestone by being back in my goal range.

Update, September, 2018

I have had a year of upheaval and change, along with hip problems that have sidelined my running. I miss it terribly and haven't found a way to burn the significant calories that running does. I've also let my tracking slide and gotten lax in my eating, all of which has led to some weight gain. I've been hovering around 152 pounds for a while. When I celebrate next year's September maintenance anniversary, I intend to be back where I belong!

Update, September, 2015

I'm still maintaining at 145 (5 years now!) and working (though not very hard) at getting down to 137. I'm not sure if I'm willing to eat as carefully as I would need to do for that, but we'll see. I still track everything I eat, every single day. It works! Still running, biking and circuit training too, 6 days a week.

Update, September, 2014

I've been maintaining around 145, which is not easy, but doable. I will always need to be careful about how much I eat, and I see tracking as a permanent part of my life. But it's worth it! I'm still running at least 12 miles a week, and doing circuit training and biking as well.

Update, September, 2013:

Since reaching my goal weight one year ago, I've struggled a bit to stay there. It's fairly easy for me to hang out around 150 pounds, but 142 is a challenge. Part of the trouble is that my clothes still fit and it's not that obvious whether I'm at the higher or lower end of the range. I would like to maintain around 145 if possible, and I'm working to get back there.

Update, September, 2012

I've been on Spark People for 2 1/2 years now and have reached my goal weight of 142 pounds, but truthfully this journey to health, confidence and acceptance of my body has taken 30 years. Along the way, I've become a runner, achieved a streak of 1000+ monthly fitness minutes for 26 months in a row, changed my family's eating habits, and made some of the best friends ever here on Spark.

What I wrote at the the beginning of this life-changing experience is still true today:

"I have so many great things going on in my life, and I want the outer me to match the inner me. I want to be the person I'm supposed to be, and be healthy and strong to make the most of this one life God has given me. Thank you for being part of this journey!"

If you'd like to read more about my 30-year struggle with my weight, here's the blog that tells the story:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042576

Goals for 2020:

~Get down to 137 pounds and see if that's a reasonable new maintenance weight for me.

~See a doctor to work on my hip problems.

~Complete Slim in Six's Tear It Up workout.

~Daily Bible study/devotion time.

~Daily prayer time with my husband.

~Play the piano at least twice a month.

~Organize family photos and memorabilia.

~Do something social with friends once a month.

~Do something social as a couple once a month.

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Reminder to me (a giver and a perfectionist):

~Set reasonable limits on your time and energy;
~Identify your frustrated yearnings and find new ways to take care of yourself besides eating,
~Vent unpleasant emotions - in a journal or in the mirror - to diffuse them faster than food,
~Progress, not perfection!

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I'm striving hard to practice moderation and mindfulness in my eating. One of the tools I'm using is the Hunger Scale. For anyone who's interested, here's the Hunger Scale from www.hungerscale.com:

Hunger Scale Explained

0: Starving. Ignoring body messages, eating disorder.

1: Weak and light-headed. My stomach acid is churning.

2: Very uncomfortable. I am irritable and unable to concentrate.

3: Uncomfortably hungry. Your stomach is rumbling.

4: Slightly uncomfortable. I am beginning to feel signs of hunger.

5: Comfortable. I am more or less satisfied, but could eat a little more.

6: Perfectly comfortable. You feel satisfied.

7: Full. A little bit uncomfortable.

8: Uncomfortably full. You feel bloated.

9: Very uncomfortably full. You need to loosen your clothes.

10: Stuffed. You are so full you feel nauseous.

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STARTING WEIGHT: 182 pounds.
STARTING WEIGHT WITH SPARK PEOPLE: 167 pounds.

GOALS:

160 pounds (met 3/22/10)

155 pounds (met 4/17/10)

150 (met 6/14/10)

145 pounds (met 7/23/10)

Completing One Hour Runner (met 9/29/10)

Goals after getting new scale and resetting my weight:

Maintaining my running over the cold winter months: (met 3/1/11)

145 pounds: (met 3/11/11)

A perfect two week eating streak: (met 5/20/11)

Running at least 624 miles in 2011: (Met 12/31/11...I actually ran 700 miles.)

Getting back to 145 pounds: (met 5/23/12)

142 pounds: (met 9/1/12)

Getting back to 145 pounds: (met 5/20/14)

Getting back to 142 pounds: (met 6/30/16)

Getting back to 145 pounds again:

Getting back to 142 pounds again:

Getting down to 139 pounds:

Getting down to 137 pounds:


Member Since: 1/27/2010

Fitness Minutes: 147,270

My Goals:
~Less joint and muscle pain. DONE!

~Fit into smaller jeans. DONE!

~Feel good in my clothes. DONE!

~Be full of energy and life. DONE!

~Be my best self!


My Program:
~Eat at least 5 fruit and vegetable servings daily

~Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily

~Track everything I eat and stay within ranges

~Burn 2700-3000 calories each week through exercise

~Run 3 days a week, 12-15 miles per week

~Circuit train 2-3 days a week

~Cross-train 2-3 days a week

~Get 8 hours of sleep nightly

"Hunger is not an emergency: it's a signal that I'm really going to enjoy my next meal."
~WATERMELLON

"If the problem isn't hunger, then the solution isn't going to be found in the refrigerator." ~SUSIEMILO

"Don't do anything to lose weight that you wouldn't do to maintain that weight loss. It won't be sustainable if you can't do it forever." ~TEACHINMOM

Don't ask, "What will taste the best?" Ask, "What is the healthiest thing I can eat?"
~CANOE10



Personal Information:
I am 5'5" tall.

I love:

~My family!

~Gardening, especially growing roses, lots of flowers, and our own delicious fruits and vegetables.

~Reading.

~Being outdoors enjoying God's awesome creation.

~Chocolate.

~Spring.

~Running and hiking.


Other Information:
Miles Run:

2011: 700
2012: 791
2013: 653
2014: 523
2015: 573

Races:

Run For Tomorrow 5K-- 9/25/10--32:18.

SparkPeople Virtual 5K-- 4/11/11--30:11.

Deshler Daze 5K--6/18/11--32:44.

Buffalo Run 5 Mile--9/11/11--52:56.

Monster Dash 5K--10/15/11--34:17.

Spark Trick-or-Treat Trot Virtual 5K--11/3/11--31:51.

Monster Dash 5K--10/20/12--33:00.

Spark Trick-or-Treat Trot 10K--10/27/12--67:00.




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  • v BROOKLYN_BORN
    Glad to see you again.
    Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog.

    I "invented" a walk/run program for myself way back when DD joined her HS cross country team. (She is 48 now). I was always fit, but never had run. So I wanted to see how far I could go. FAR? NO, I only lasted 15 seconds. So my plan was to run 15 seconds and walk 4:30 and repeat until 30 minutes. Every week I would add 15 SECONDS to the run interval and decrease the walk according. Eventually I could increase by 30 seconds at a time. Still, it took 6 months for me to run a 5k (30:30, will never forget the time)

    Anyway, I no longer have to go back to the very beginning, but when I've been off the plan for awhile by only walking, I find a comfortable run interval (30 seconds to 1 minute) and walk the rest of a quarter mile route then repeat for 2 to 4 miles. I still work up gradually. I do not want to hurt or injure myself.

    Of course listen to your doctor, but you may want to get a second opinion.
    Some doctors advise against running for everyone.

    I should also add that I don't leap up in the air when running. It's more of a parallel to the ground shuffle. Good luck!
    11 days ago
  • v OKBACK2MEAGAIN
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    Wanting to refocus this Fall? The BL Challenge is there for you! We have ten teams that compete with each other in Fitness and Nutrition Challenges designed to promote positive lifestyle changes, and of course weight loss. There are different challenges each week for the duration of the challenge. Support and encouragement are a important aspect of the smaller individual teams. The larger team also gives you a chance to congratulate and get to know members from other teams. After all we are all in this together and together we are stronger. emoticon To join the challenge you can click on my username and then either click on the Blue Biggest Loser Icon, or leave me a message, or use this URL https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups
    _individual.asp?gid=25339 or use the search and search for “Biggest Loser Fall Challenge ALL Teams”. Once there join and add your name to the waitlist that is one the thread below the Sparktastic Summer Slimdown ~Chit Chat Thread

    Teresa,
    BL Challenge Admin
    31 days ago
  • v BESSHAILE
    Thanks darlin'. For the bloglove, of course, but also for the wise words. I definitely am NOT in the mood to crash from trying to do too much. don't need a failure on my hands. The baby steps feel more like love than punishment - and doesn't the song go "All ya need is love?"

    I have been a singularly quiet friend for about a month - I've had some great successes in the studio but now I am evidently needing an art break - because I'm not doing anything at the moment. Big hugs to you and your darlings.
    35 days ago
  • v BESSHAILE
    Just a quick pop in to say hello on this lovely summer Sunday.
    43 days ago
  • v BESSHAILE
    Thank you honey, for the bloglove. I did have a feeling that the small gathering was a kind of howl against the virus as much as a gathering of family. But next year will be better. I'm sure of it.
    49 days ago
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