1,000-2,499 SparkPoints
August 2010-still recovering from tonsillectomy.

I'm working to get back to this size, and surpass it!

May 2008 when I was at my smallest of 189 and could squish in a size 12.

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Just keep moving

My past is no longer holding me back. I kept trying to beat my past, but now it's time to realize you can't beat something that's already over. I'm taking hold of the present and heading for a better future.
My past is no longer holding me back. I kept trying to beat my past, but now it's time to realize you can't beat something that's already over. I'm taking hold of the present and heading for a better future.



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 current weight: 215.4 

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Member Since: 7/7/2011

SparkPoints: 2,031

Fitness Minutes: 2,165

My Goals:
205- Get new workout tops
200- Buy new gym shoes
195- Get a foam roller
190- New workout bra
180- Get a cute outfit
170- Professional Massage
160- Sundress shopping
150- Buy a kayak

My Program:
I recently set up a personal point system for me which involves having my husband help keep me more accountable to healthier eating and consistent exercise.

Personal Information:
I like to be spontaneous, but crave a schedule. I'm an introvert, but seek out extroverts as close friends. I feel like I struggle with creativity, but I like to paint and make jewelry. I'm getting close to thirty but I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up.

Other Information:
I used to be a history buff and worked with a historical military reenactment group. I know how to sew, basic leatherworking, construction, how to sing in a tight bodice, and how to fire blackpowder weapons. I like to play rough games with others and get dirty. I love to read, and almost always have a book I'm working on. I like to take photographs, but I'm not talented enough to ever do anything spectacular with it. I spent a summer in Turkey, and now I not only love the language, but would like to spend more time outside the US. I like to cook (and I'm a good cook), but I can't bake for the life of me. I own three cats and a hedgehog and really miss having a dog (but refuse to get one until I have the space a dog would need.) I grew up around rescue animals, and if it weren't for my allergies, I probably would have pursued being a vet.

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Member Comments:
7/11/2011 12:14:31 AM

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Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here, introducing yourself and sharing your story!
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

I'd like to invite you to join the Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle Thru the US @ SparkTeam - it's a really fun way to track your walking while you travel 'virtually' across America from Virginia to Oregon. Go to the SparkTeam page at
ndividual.asp?gid=19805 for more information.

Some of the other teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.
Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!
If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.
Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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7/10/2011 7:49:26 PM

Welcome to SP! Thanks for sharing a little about yourself and congratulations on your marriage.
SP is a great site with all the tips and tools you need to a healthier you.
Members here are supportive, helpful and motivating. Participating on your Spark Teams is a great way to make new friends and be accountable.

Best of luck to you. You can do it!

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7/10/2011 7:05:45 PM

It is nice to meet you! You are going to love it here!! Check out all the neat free tools here at Spark. You can use the nutrition tracker to track your calories and check out the exercise videos to help you build a fitness routine. You will find that Spark is a very supportive community where you can realize your goals. I highly recommend joining a few teams to meet some of our members to share ideas and get added support when you need it. Good luck in reaching your goal!!

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7/9/2011 5:39:28 PM

Welcome to the SPARKMADISON Team BadKneesKate! We look forward to getting to know you!


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