I rock the puppyhawk!
My baby when he was a kitten. He's grown into those paws.
The grumpy box turtle takes her bath
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I'm 29 and have over 100 pounds to lose.
I live with my husband and our 'roommate,' 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? (just got the DVDs for Christmas), 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.
April 19: Complete Spark's 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Challenge
April 22: Complete Spark's Diabetic Weight Loss Challenge
April 22: Restart Spark's 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Challenge
April 22: Restart Spark's Walk This Way Challenge (to help roommate get walking again)
May 21: Complete Spark's Walk This Way Challenge
May 22: Start Spark's Fit & Fiber Full Challenge
May 24: Complete Spark's 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Challenge
May 27: Start Spark's 5K Your Way Run Challenge
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 stationary bike, elliptical, swimming, and strength training. For strength training, I'm using Spark's workout builder and of course adjusting for the equipment my gym has.
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.
April 18: Lost 32 pounds
April 19: Improved 5K time by 6 minutes and 29 seconds
May 3: Black jeans cannot stay up, too loose
May 19: Unintentionally beat previous 5K record by 1 minute and 53 seconds
May 24: Beat previous 5K by 3 minutes and 16 seconds
May 25: Able to clean for hours without back spasming
May 26: Went from 2X workout pants to 1X
| current weight: 227.6