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I am ready to do this... for me, for my family, for my health.

I was always the fat kid through grade school and I was always the last kid to get picked for the P.E. sports teams. I always had to have my pants hemmed up, because not only was I fat, but I was short, too!!I

Then in high school, I lost the weight. (Hormones can be a wonderful thing!!) A combination of discovering boys and peer pressure caused me to change my eating habits. Unfortunately, that meant I just didn't eat much at all. Once I lost the weight, I also became more physically fit and active in sports and weight lifting.

After moving away to go to college, I had no problem keeping the weight off. Living on a student budget meant I didn't overeat. And having free access to the university gym, pool and aerobics classes, meant I stayed active.

Even after graduating, I was able to keep the weight off by having a very physically demanding job and eating minimally. Eating for me became a necessity. I would work 12 hours a day, then be on call all night. Sometimes eating wasn't as necessary as my work. Many times, all I could deal with was the emergency in front of me. Often, I would go for the entire day, eating nothing. Many days, my job would leave me so exhausted, I didn't have the energy to eat in the evening.

That all changed when I turned 35 and met my husband, who is an amazing cook and trained as a chef. I would get home from a stressful day at work to find a lovely meal prepared for me- Pure Bliss :) Eating became more of a social event for me and I discovered food could taste good. I had been a healthy weight for 20 years, (maybe due to not-so-healthy eating habits) then I got married and..... Voila, I gained 20 lbs.

Actually, the 20 lb weight gain was gradual, and of course all my own doing. I had tried here and there to lose the weight, but it proved difficult to shed. It wasn't until I turned 39 and became pregnant with our first child that the extra weight began to become life changing. I gained 60 lbs during 9 months of pregnancy!!! (Hormones can be an awful thing!!) I was lucky to have a healthy baby girl. She arrived 2 weeks early due to pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH). My blood pressure had reached 200/100!!

In the next year, I lost 40 lbs and was within 20 lbs of my pre-pregnancy weight, when surprise... daughter number two was on her way. Again, I gained the 40 lbs back and have been at this weight for 2 years now. 60-70 lbs more than I would like to be.

I want my body back!! I was 9 months pregnant at my 20 year high school reunion and had a 1 1/2 year old and two week old baby at my 40th birthday party!! I need to lose weight to be healthy for my girls. I feel so blessed to have had children late in life. They are amazing girls. But now I need "me" back, so I can be there for them.

I have found it hard to find time to exercise..... hard to find time for myself.

I am ready to do this, but I am not sure I can do it alone. I have already read so many inspirational stories... so many obstacles cleared... so many hurdles jumped!! Many SP stories make my journey look like a cakewalk :) I guess I just need that extra Spark!!

Member Since: 1/27/2011

Fitness Minutes: 2,085

My Goals:
I will lose 60 pounds, so I can keep up with my girls!!

I will make mindful eating a habit.

I will exercise 6 times a week.

I will drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.

I will visit SP daily.


10 lb loss= Pedicure

20 lb loss=Haircut and highlights

30 lb loss= 2 hour massage

40 lb loss=Weekend at the beach with family

50 lb loss= Tattoo

60 lb loss= Custom fit pair of Indi Jeans!!

My Program:
I recently was diagnosed with a 90% tear of my right anterior cruciate ligament, so I need to lose weight to help improve my chance of a successful surgery. I am exercising daily. I joined our local Curves and I have started jogging again. Slow, but steady.

I have stopped drinking all coffee and mocha's and now just drinking lots of water and green tea. That was tough to do!!

Personal Information:
I live about 1 hour East of Portland, Oregon on a 5 acre farm. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters. We share our farm with 1 horse, 3 sheep. 20 chickens, 1 dog, 5 cats, 2 fish and 1 turtle :)

Other Information:
I have been a veterinarian for 12 years and love my profession more every day.

I volunteer for the Oregon Zoo and take animals out to Head Start classes one day a week. I love to see a childs eyes light up when you bring an animal out they have never seen before.

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    thanks for the blog read on Destiny , Fate.
    I look upon my life as a book, with chapters that I have finished and then moving on to the next chapter.
    I have no idea how long this book is going to run or how many chapters are left to play out. But so far I have had an interesting life.
    I take each day as it comes. Trying to get the best out of it.
    I appreciate life a lot more than I did at an earlier age.
    I am more flexible and have mellowed out.
    But still passionate about certain subjects and causes.
    Of course now my cause is obesity and what can be done to halt the epidemic that is happening across the country.
    Back in the 60's it was stop the war. I still want the wars to stop. But obesity is affecting so many. It must be stopped.
    Take care.

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    2474 days ago
    Just stopping by to say 'hi', give you a virtual ((((HUG)))) and wish you a beautiful day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2477 days ago
  • v PSKIPPY7811
    I almost got coffee all over the computer when I saw your status!

    I imagine shoveling elephant poo would count about the same as shoveling snow in the fitness tracker. Plus, I bet it's a good appetite suppressant

    2481 days ago
  • v WYOBZM
    emoticon Happy June!
    emoticon Been away from SPARK for awhile due to life's busy chores.
    In the last three weeks I have:
    emoticon gardened, gardened, gardened. the rainy weather made the grass grow so much, I had 8 new rose bushes, annuals and perennials to fool with and weeds, weeds, weeds.
    emoticon My Son graduated from high school and ALL the family came in. I did ALL the cooking for a whole week which meant groceries, cooking, cleaning, and starting all over again. Plus, the house needed to be in tip top shape. Have I made you tired yet?
    emoticon Training for that marathon was a priority. I kept up with it and the big day is Sunday. 26.2 here I come. emoticon
    emoticon SPent the last two weekends up at the cabin. Boy is there snow and no internet. Trying to fit in laundry and household while working during the week makes it hard.
    emoticon Now that I have are you doing? emoticon I hope all has been going great and you are on track with all you goals, dreams, desires, and plans. I hope to go back through your blogs and reward your success. Take Care and thanks for being my friend! emoticon
    2483 days ago
  • v ON2GOALS
    Oh, I think that easily doubles the normal calorie burn! emoticon
    2484 days ago
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