PUPPYBUG   12,906
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My baby when he was a kitten. He's grown into those paws.





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I'm 28 going on 29 and have over 100 pounds to lose.

Family
I live with my husband and our 'roommate,' along with our four dogs, four cats and cranky box turtle. 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. The box turtle is American and we're getting a couple ...
I'm 28 going on 29 and have over 100 pounds to lose.

Family
I live with my husband and our 'roommate,' along with our four dogs, four cats and cranky box turtle. 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. The box turtle is American and we're getting a couple Eastern box turtles in the spring.

Work
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.

Education
I have a BA in English - professional writing, (minored in political science and sociology) and an MA is 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.

Hobbies
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 & Childs, 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? (just got the DVDs for Christmas), Criminal Minds, Psych, etc.

Health
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.
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Member Since: 7/25/2013

SparkPoints: 12,906

Fitness Minutes: 3,049

My Goals:
2016
Lose 26 pounds (go from 261 to 235)
Complete two 5Ks
Fit into the small rocking chair at the nursery
Do a fitness challenge every month (Spark challenge or C25K or Endomondo, etc.)
Wake up without hitting the snooze button
Manage stress through exercise, healthy eating, journaling, therapy, message, art, etc.
Control sugar cravings by avoiding triggers and looking to Spark and Pinterest for motivation
Make better restaurant choices - this is HARD for me
Convince my husband to NOT bring home junk food (especially for me)
TAKE CARE OF MYSELF because I usually don't

My Program:
I'm doing Spark challenges as part of my program and will be doing C25K soon-ish. My roommate and workout buddy is struggling with shin splints and plantar fasciitis, so we're trying to strengthen her up before we do that program. We'll be incorporating stretching, elliptical, swimming, and weight lifting.

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.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA
2/5/2016 10:50:18 PM

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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LIVINHEALTHY9
2/4/2016 8:20:21 PM

Welcome to the Message boards. There are a great way to meet others and stay accountable.

Best of luck to you!



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DRAAGNLILY
7/28/2013 9:47:06 PM

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!



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