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I'm 29 and have over 100 pounds to lose.

I live with my husband and his girlfriend, along with our four dogs, four cats and three box turtles. Our dogs include a goofy Great Dane, a neurotic rat terrier, a grumpy chihuahua, and a spastic meagle (beagle/min pin mix). Our cats are a short haired gray and white domestic, a calico, an all white munchkin with a blue eye and amber eye, and a tortie munchkin. Our box turtles include a cranky American and two baby Easterns.

I own a family care business and work with children, pets, seniors, etc. I love what I do. Managing the business though is hard work. I've noticed that if I don't get 8 hours of sleep, I'm impatient and cranky. (Not with my clients, but with myself and my family, which isn't fair to anyone.) So I'm on Spark to manage my weight loss, stress, and sort of my life in general.

I have a BA in English - professional writing, (minored in political science and sociology) and an MA in technical communication. I realized however, that offices and office politics (and the lack of employment opportunities) were driving my depression and anxiety so I've stepped out of the arena, much to husband's intense disappointment. I created my own job - see above.

I'm a liberal, through and through. I believe in LGBTQ rights, women's rights, abortion rights, health care rights, environmental protections, that global warming is real, that the earth is round, etc.

I'm Episcopalian and a Progressive Christian. I am dismayed because Christianity has been overtaken by the so-called "Christian" Right. My faith is strengthened through a Facebook group called "The Christian Left," which stresses the love and inclusiveness of Jesus. I also love "Kissing Fish," which combines the Jesus fish (Christianity) with the Darwin fish (evolution/science).

I LOVE reading. I love the classics, historical fiction, manga, horror, thriller, mystery, graphic novels, fantasy/sci-fi, etc. My favorite authors include Shakespeare, Poe, Bradbury, Vonnegut, Rowling, Ken Follett, Preston & Child, Douglas Adams, etc.
I also enjoy miniatures, but because of space limitations at home and a couple of naughty cats it's on the back burner.
My favorite TV shows include Supernatural, Melissa & Joey, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Criminal Minds, Psych, etc.

Mental health has always been an issue for me. I've been suicidal since I was five years old. I've lost count of how many attempts I've made. Now, having finally found the right therapist, I am depression free and no longer suicidal. I no longer need my medication. I'm doing so well. I just can't believe it. But I can, because I worked hard to get here.
I've struggled with anorexia for 16 years. I just have to keep a close eye on myself to make sure I don't slip. (It also helps to have a couple people I can be held accountable to for eating right, not binging, etc.) And if I hear one more person say, "I wish I could be anorexic," I'm going to kick them.

Member Since: 7/25/2013

Fitness Minutes: 12,411

My Goals:

July Goals
July 5: Complete Spark's 5K Your Way Running Challenge
July 4: Start Spark's Plateau-Busting Challenge
July 11: Restart Spark's 5K Your Way Running Challenge - focus on speed
July 11: Restart Spark's 21-Day Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge

August Goals
Aug. 12: Complete Spark's 5K Your Way Running Challenge

September Goals

My Program:
I'm doing Spark's 5K Challenges which incorporates walking/jogging and cross-training. For me, walking includes walking the neighborhood, walking clients' dogs, walking on the treadmill, and hiking. Cross-training includes rowing, incline walking, swimming, and strength training. For strength training, I'm attending a body pump class at my gym. I highly recommend it!

Personal Information:
I have lived in Texas all my life, however I have traveled around the world. I've been to France, Portugal, England, Canada, Mexico and to a few states. I LOVE traveling. Experiencing other cultures, lifestyles, food, everything, is the highlight of my life. My favorite city in the US is Seattle. My favorite place abroad is England, particularly Canterbury. I adore Canterbury.

Other Information:

July 1: Completed Spark's Fit & Fiber Full Challenge
July 5: Completed Spark's 5K Your Way Running Challenge
July 5: Improved 5K time by 11 minutes & 5 seconds
July 14: Took a weight lifting class and it was amazing!
July 26: Noticed abs are unconsciously engaged at all times
July 26: Went thrifting - now a size 18 and XL
July 31: Complete Spark's 21-Day Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge

Aug. 2: Complete Spark's 30-Day Plateau-Busting Challenge
Aug. 12: Complete Spark's 5K Your Way Running Challenge


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    Way to go. emoticon
    62 days ago
    emoticon to.......VIRTUAL WALKING4FUN TEAM.

    It's great to have you on board.

    The members here are always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. They have done it for me and they will do the same for you!! We are here to support and encourage you on your journey to success. We would love to have you join us on the Forums for some fun and challenges.

    63 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon WELCOME TO SPARK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time. A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

    1. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

    2. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

    The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
    *~ Paula *~
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    175 days ago
    Welcome to the Message boards. There are a great way to meet others and stay accountable.

    Best of luck to you!
    176 days ago
    Hello Ms. Puppybug. Glad to see you here. Sunday through Thursday - good plan! ;-) Anyway....you can do it. We can do it! We are awesome!
    1097 days ago