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Hello out there in Sparklandia! My name is Erika, and I am a proud midwestern gal living in Iowa with my adorable cat, Darla. I originally joined sparkpeople in June 2010 with the greatest of intentions: to lose some excess weight I had been carrying around for a while. At the time, I was working in sales with some crazy hours; convenient eating, social drinking, and treating my coworkers with baked goods were my jam. Ehem... did someone say jam? ;) I had some success with my first experience, and lost ~40 lbs. Then I met my boyfriend. I don't know about everyone else, but it seems like when I'm in a relationship with someone, ordering pizza and snuggling watching Netflix seems like a MUCH better idea than working out. The little devil called 'comfort' reared it's ugly head, and here I am, almost 5 years later and almost 70 lbs heavier. Oof. The last 5 years have been an interesting ride: I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Dec 2013, quit smoking in January 2014, changed careers in April 2014, and have battled PCOS and depression (not an easy thing to admit, but true) throughout it all. Oh, and I turned 30! Here I am currently. I'm moving into a new apartment- sans boyfriend. I have a job at an analytical testing facility working with Feed/Grain clients, and I love it! I'm 98 lbs from my goal weight of 200 lbs, and I'm okay admitting that. I'm starting over with several things in my life, and although I'm terrified to be stepping outside of my comfort zone, I am excited as ever to seize the day and enjoy every moment.

Member Since: 6/30/2010

Fitness Minutes: 2,571

My Goals:
*big goal is 75 lbs... but I like to take baby steps. I have a reward system I am going to try below. Ultimately I am aiming for 50 lbs by Christmas, 2014.

*to make healthier choices in my eating habits and NOT stress eat

*to not rely on fast food just because of my schedule... I want to pack healthy lunches and snacks so I don't need to stop at fast food joints

*to feel comfortable in my own skin!

My Program:
I plan on getting another gym membership in the next week, and then working out 3-5 times a week.

I've been tracking my foods on the nutritiontracker, and logging my exercise as well.

I will be eating more fiber rich fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

Personal Information:
My cat, Darla, is amazing- she never judges me. :) My boyfriend, Landy, is pretty darn great, too.

I am 28, and am in retail jewelry sales. I love to read, cook, and be outside.

I'm a HUGE science nerd- I love all things that are science related- bacteria, viruses, parasites, oh my! :D

I like funny movies, good books, playing video games, and being outdoors when it's nice out.

Other Information:
my goal/reward system:

-5lbs: get manicure/pedicure

-10lbs: 2 new pairs of dress pants

-15lbs: trip to Omaha zoo

-20lbs: trip to Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

-30lbs: trip to Mall of America

-40lbs: trip to Las Vegas

-50lbs: book a tropical Puerto Rican vacation with my BF!

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    Hey girl! Thanks for the comment on my page. I'm off to a great start, thank you! Cleaned up my eating, got some exercise in the last couple of days and joined waaay too many challenges LOL. How about you? How's it going?
    934 days ago
    “Not to give up under any circumstances should be the motto of our life: we shall try again and again, and we are bound to succeed. There will be obstacles, but we have to defy them. So do not give up, do not give up!
    Continue, continue! The goal is ahead of you. If you do not give up, you are bound to reach your destined goal.”
    -Sri Chinmoy
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    Thank you for commenting on my blog, "Day 7 Of My Streak." Have a great day!
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    Just cruising through leaving everyone with some motivational thoughts for today:

    “To move head you need to believe in yourself . . . have conviction in your beliefs & the confidence to execute those beliefs.” ~ Adlin Sinclair

    “Patience, persistence & perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~ Napoleon Hill

    “Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.” ~ Mark Twain

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    1911 days ago
    Hey! How are you? I haven't heard from you in awhile, so I hope you are doing well. =)
    2557 days ago
    Beauty Lies in the Beholder's Eyes

    So many beauties in this appealing world,
    The true beauty lies in the beholder's eyes.
    There is beauty in the child's innocence and in mother's love,
    There is beauty in a friend's affection and in a tender heart.
    There is beauty in a pretty smile and caring eyes,
    There is beauty in the morning sun and a rainy day.
    There is beauty in the flaky slow and a pleasant spring,
    There is beauty in the milky moon and the graceful rivers.
    There is beauty in a hard earned victory and a hopeful soul,
    There is beauty in me and beauty in you.
    So many beauties in this spectacular world and its dazzling life,
    And the true beauty lies in the beholder's eyes.

    Kavitha Krishnamurthy

    As we give thanks this week, let's not forget to count our blessings; remember there are those who are less fortunate. Take the time to really enjoy your holiday and stay safe, especially if you are travelling! As always, sending ((((Positive and Skinny Vibes)))) your way today and EVERY day= )

    Happy Thanksgiving, my SP family!!!!


    2650 days ago
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