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I'm a mom to three kids: 17 yr old identical twin girls and an 11 yr old boy with PDD-NOS ("mild autism" for the layman). I'm also wife to a shiftworker. I'm lucky to have a job that I enjoy - even though it means I'm on my butt all day.

I've always been a "chunky" person, ever since I was young - at least near the top of my BMI. Now, I've entered into the obese category. Time is passing: I'm getting older and my metabolism doesn't offer any kindness.

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I'm a mom to three kids: 17 yr old identical twin girls and an 11 yr old boy with PDD-NOS ("mild autism" for the layman). I'm also wife to a shiftworker. I'm lucky to have a job that I enjoy - even though it means I'm on my butt all day.

I've always been a "chunky" person, ever since I was young - at least near the top of my BMI. Now, I've entered into the obese category. Time is passing: I'm getting older and my metabolism doesn't offer any kindness.

I'd like to be able to get my act together and lose 40-60 lbs, and keep it off. However, in the meantime, life goes on, and while I'm not satisfied with my fat self, I'm not going to let it ruin my self-image.
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JUST_BRENDA wants to remember: "Don't say anything about yourself that you wouldn't say about your best friend."
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Member Since: 6/3/2013

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Fitness Minutes: 8,747

My Goals:
- to meet my weekly exercise goals
- to stop being concerned about what other people think
- to be a fantastic mother
- to be more receiving of compliments, rather than watering them down
- to be less critical of myself
- to lose weight (my ideal is to fit into the healthy BMI range)

My Program:
Weekly exercise goals:
- cardio (usually elliptical) at least 3 sessions for 45 min each, or the equivalent
- 2 sessions of strength training
- 30 "V-ups" 4 times a week, plus some other ab work

Personal Information:
My most important job is raising my three children to become productive members of society. I'm confident my daughters are well on their way, but I have big worries about my son. He just lacks some of the necessary skills, but I vow never to give up helping him to do for himself.

Other Information:
I am a frequent movie goer, preferring comedy and drama. I am an avid reader: magazines, non-fiction books, and of course, autism related material.
I love the saying "fall down 7 times, get up 8"- and that's kind of my story.

I firmly believe that you teach people how to treat you. I've had to set up some pretty tough boundaries in order to take care of my emotional self, but it has been very beneficial in the longer term. I am not a doormat!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT
4/14/2014 8:10:16 AM

I'm not sure if it would do sweet potatoes - the blades for the noodling are very fine. I will have to check on the instructions to see what other veggies they suggest.



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JUSTYNA7
4/13/2014 3:43:28 PM

Found myself asking the first of the questions today as I reached into the fridge. I feel like I am chipping away at the wall of resistance.. hey good line for my status!



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SEAWAVE
4/13/2014 1:45:38 PM

Thanks for dropping a note on my blog. It is strangely liberating to not stress about not sleeping. From just my subjective impression, I think I slept better (that is, deeper) than I before. Go figure!

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JUSTYNA7
4/10/2014 8:13:18 AM

Hahaha, thanks for the book... just saw it after I gave you your salad. It WAS a good meet up. I'm really glad you were there. I think it really reinforced in me how much I learned when I did the book last time and gave me a lot of "remember whens" for when I did it the first time and I was really hoping you all would give it a chance... but more important was just having face to face time. We are not doing this alone. I would be happy to do coffee some time and am willing to come your direction... or if you would like to come for a swim and bring your son that would be great too. I know how hard it is to get them off the computers. Generally Sunday afternoons are a good time for me. Not this weekend as the guests are here a week, but consider it.



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IAMBIZI
4/7/2014 10:18:02 AM

ended up finishing my paper work, billing, filing and charting so am glad about that.
thank you for your friendship.
and kind words of support.
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