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My husband and I on our wedding day.

Pieper - my canine motivator! :) I love her!


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Name: Melissa
Age: 30
Height: 5' 4.5"
Location: southwestern Minnesota
Family: married June 30, 2007 to a man I never thought I could possibly love any more than I already did, but he has proved me wrong with every new day. One "child": a 6 year old female Border Collie named Pieper - I adore her!
Occupation: copy editor at small town weekly newspaper, freelance artist, cow/calf herd manager, and helper of my farmer husband

After not logging into SparkPeople for 2.5 years, I'm recommitting with the motivation of a couple good friends and trying to develop a system I can stick with for the long haul.

Member Since: 9/16/2007

Fitness Minutes: 6,509

My Goals:
Lose .1 pound each day (350 calories) - totally doable!
Exercise 5 days a week for at least 15 minutes to fulfill the requirements for a challenge with a friend.
Run a 5k next year with my friends - the Color Run!

My Program:
Weigh myself each morning. If my weight is below my target weight for that day, I get a "free" day - I can do my minimum 15 min. exercise and watch what I'm eating on my own.
If my weight is above my target, I do some extra exercise minutes and track every bite I eat here on Spark People.

Personal Information:
I am a strong conservative Christian. I love horses, drawing, photography, quilting, scrapbooking. I also enjoy knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, embroidery, weaving, and all sorts of other crafty things that I never have time for.

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I'm an artist - check out my work at

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    Just checking in to say, "Hi, how is the food tracking going?" You can do it!!!
    1127 days ago
    TOMORROW'S THURSDAY!!!!!! Woo Hoo! Can't wait to get together and do some geocaching!!
    1128 days ago
    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Maryanne Williamson (via Travis Alexander's blog)
    1133 days ago
    Hey-I just wanted to let you know that they didn't kick me off of Spark People! Also, you look so very lovely in your wedding dress! LOL! I am challenging you to track your food this week! Check in and let us know how it's going!
    1135 days ago
    Hey, dust off your hat and come on back!! Looking forward to Thursday!! emoticon
    1135 days ago
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