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Hi there, my name is Ericka and I am on a journey to live a healthier life. I am pregnant with our first child due in August and am continuing to use the tools from SP to help me have a healthy and happy pregnancy! I live in Louisville, KY and would love to meet some new people who have the same interests as me.

I have started to adapt to the "clean eating" way of life. I'm not 100% there yet, but I have to contribute that to my weight loss and overall level of fitness and health. ...
Hi there, my name is Ericka and I am on a journey to live a healthier life. I am pregnant with our first child due in August and am continuing to use the tools from SP to help me have a healthy and happy pregnancy! I live in Louisville, KY and would love to meet some new people who have the same interests as me.

I have started to adapt to the "clean eating" way of life. I'm not 100% there yet, but I have to contribute that to my weight loss and overall level of fitness and health. Tosca Reno's books are really a big help! I recommend it to anyone and it's really not too hard to get started, just take baby steps. Sparkmail me if you wanna talk about it!



I have been reading Tom Venuto's BFFM Blog lately and he has some great advice. I pulled the 7 lessons below from one of his stories. I think these are great lessons to live by in the journey for a healthier me!

There are 7 lessons from my story that I want to share with you because even if you have a different personal history than I do, these 7 lessons are the keys to achieving any previously elusive fitness goal for the first time and I think they apply to everyone.

1. Set the big goal and go for it. If your goal doesnít excite you and scare you at the same time, your goal is too small. If you donít feel fear or uncertainty, youíre inside your comfort zone. Puny goals arenít motivating. Sometimes it takes a competition or a big challenge of some kind to get your blood boiling.

2. Align your values with your goals. I understood my values and made a decision to be congruent with who I really was and who I wanted to be. When you know your values, get your priorities straight and align your goals with your values, then doing what it takes is easy.

3. Do the math. Stop looking for magic. A lean body does not come from any particular type of exercise or foods per se, itís the calories burned vs calories consumed that determines fat loss or fat gain. You might do better by decreasing the calories consumed, whereas I depended more on increasing the calories burned, but either way, itís still a math equation. Deny it at your own risk.

4. Get social support. Support and encouragement from your friends can help get you through anything. Real time accountability to a training partner or trainer can make all the difference.

5. Be consistent. Nothing will ever work if you donít work at it every day. Sporadic efforts donít just produce sporadic results, sometimes they produce zero results.

6. Persist through difficulty and self doubt. If you think itís going to be smooth sailing all the way with no ups and downs, youíre fooling yourself.. For every sunny day, thereís going to be a storm. If you canít weather the storms, youíll never reach new shores.

7. Redeem yourself. Non-achievers sit on the couch and wallow in past failures. Winners use past failures as motivational rocket fuel. It always feels good to achieve a goal, but nothing feels as good as achieving a goal with redemption.


I read this everyday at work to keep me motivated. I don't think he could have said it any better! Definitely puts things in perspective.

The Bottom Line
(Keith Kennedy © 1985)

FACE IT...Nobody owes you a living.
What you achieve or fail to achieve in your lifetime
is directly related to what you do or fail to do.
No one chooses his parents or childhood
But you can choose your own direction!
Everyone has problems and obstacles to overcome
But that too is relative to each individual.
NOTHING IS CARVED IN STONE...you can change
anything in your life if you want to bad enough.
Excuses are for losers. Those who take responsibility for
their actions are the real winners in life.
Winners meet lifeís challenges head on, knowing there are
no guarantees and give it all theyíve got.
And never think itís too late or too early to begin.
Time plays no favorites and will pass whether you act or not.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE.
Dare to dream and take risks...Compete.
If you arenít willing to work for your goals, donít expect others to.
Believe In Yourself!!
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I love to take spin classes and I love lifting heavy weights! I want to be one of those buff chicks that all the guys in the gym stop and pay respect to all my hard work and dedication! I WILL be that chick!!

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I am from Pittsburgh, PA but am now in Louisville, KY, where the Army brought me. I am no longer in the Army but hope to gain that warrior mentatality back and use it during my workouts.

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SW2618
4/29/2012 2:32:23 PM

I havent seen anything on here from you in a long time! Guess you are tied up with the family! but we miss you as a part of our team and I hope that you will be more involved in the weeks and months to come! :)



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NOTABOUTHEFACE
8/18/2011 9:24:31 AM

You're very welcome! Regarding your status, you didn't let anyone here down. The only person whose opinion on your health that matters is your own. Make YOURSELF proud and the rest of us will enjoy cheering you on!



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NOTABOUTHEFACE
7/28/2011 10:12:22 AM

Stopping in to check on you. I hope that even if you're not actively participating at SP that you're taking care of yourself and moving closer to your goals. You are WORTH it!

Just wanted you to know you're not forgotten!



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BUTTERFLYGIRL31
1/2/2011 5:58:24 PM

Hi Ericka!
Thanks so much for welcoming me. Of course, I live in Louisville, Ky also. Just found out about Spark on yesterday while reading a magazine.

I really like it so far. Please keep in touch! emoticon



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PATIENCEMICHELE
11/6/2010 6:33:40 PM

Hey Erika!

Congratulations on your baby boy! I guess he's about 2-3 months old now? I hope things are going well!



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