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My baby when he was a kitten. He's grown into those paws.

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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: 15,321

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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    Hello and welcome to the Shooting Stars, Puppybug!!

    We are so excited to have you with us for the 5% Fall Challenge! Let us know how we can best help you reach your goals within the next 8 weeks! I so love the Chinese Crested look. I work at a Veterinary Clinic, and we rarely see them, but when we do I fall in love over and over again. I adore them! Let's have a fantastic Fall Challenge!

    Hugs and Cheer,
    Ute (Motivational Leader)

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    8 days ago
    emoticon to the emoticon emoticon SHOOTING STARS emoticon emoticon for the emoticon FALL emoticon 5% Challenge!! We are so emoticon HAPPY emoticon to have you emoticon SHINING emoticon with us!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    8 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/17/2016 3:44:34 PM
    Hello there!!

    I saw you requested the Shooting Stars as your Fall Challenge Team!!! We would love to have you! And all your puppies too! The Overall Leaders are currently finalizing the teams and will announce the list of Team Members soon. We will have a great time as always, and hopefully be able to help lots of our new and old friends achieve their goals.

    Hope to see you on the Shooting Stars soon. The Challenge date is Sept 24.

    Hugs and Cheer,
    Ute (Motivational Leader Shooting Stars)
    14 days ago
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    121 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.

    121 days ago
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