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Before. Happily together with my boy for 12 years.




How's this for a BEFORE? My goodness.


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I'm just your average geeky, rainbow-haired, home-cheffing, happily married art director starting my journey over yet again. But every try at anything fails until one doesn't, so here we go again!!

I love to cook, so this is the basis of my program. I've learned that through careful measuring I can make healthy options that conform to the guidelines set by Spark and don't taste like sacrifice and sadness. It helps that I have a partner who will eat anything I put in front of him.

The boy and I are adopting a philosophy of moderation, choosing whole foods over the gimmicky and chemical-laden "light" and "diet" foods. We should be excited to eat every calorie!! While he doesn't have the pounds to lose that I do, he''s getting in shape too, and this is the first time we've truly worked *together* on our health. So far we're both going strong and super optimistic! Is this the time time I make it happen?


Member Since: 10/25/2007

Fitness Minutes: 3,236

My Goals:
100 WEEKS OF HEALTHY.
My brain likes deadlines, not long, open-ended projects. So we've got a goal, and we're counting down from 100 weeks. That should be enough time to make this a lifestyle change, right?


My Program:
LOSING WEIGHT WHILE EATING GREAT

1. Never stop measuring. Tracking food is key.

2. Eat what tastes good. Keep it natural with whole, unprocessed foods. I don't like artificial sweeteners or the chemicals used in many "light" or "fat free" products. That means real cheese, full fat yogurt, etc. MODERATION.

3. Cook at home.
I have control over what I make, from portions to ingredients. It just makes sense.

4. Every little bit counts.
10 minutes of exercise is better than none. A short walk is better than nothing.

5. Every day is a new day, every week a new week. Don't sweat a bad day, a bad week. Just pick back up where we left off.



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I'm 38 and scoff at the idea of "acting my age". I live in Chicagoland with my amazing husband of 12 years and our three lovable (and giant!) cats. We love traveling, gaming, cooking, and eating good food. Life is good!!


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  • v ORCHIDMOON
    Rainbow-haired unicorn-people unite! I'm adding you back. :)
    92 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy Belated DONE GIRL Birthday emoticon

    Those born on the Virgo-Libra cusp enjoy beauty and all things sensual. They may find themselves drawn to the arts, attractive people, and precious objects or wish to make themselves and their surroundings more pleasing to the eye. They have a great mind for details, and do a terrific job running a business or planning a large gathering because of this talent.
    Virgo-Libra may be conflicted in some areas. While both signs Virgo and Libra are concerned with taste and aesthetics, they can lack in emotional or intuitive areas. They may find that what is pretty on the outside isn't so nice on the inside. Ultimately to be happy, they need to make the inside beautiful, too.
    If they want to succeed, they should stop being so concerned with appearances. They should keep their search for beauty alive, and try to keep from becoming compulsive or cynical. They should not neglect their spirituality or get too caught up in materialism.
    Virgo-Libra is responsible and they attempt to be as fair as possible. They are good team workers, but they can lack self-confidence. They are polite and open-minded, but they love a good debate. Kind and considerate, they rarely show their anger in public. Instead, they may use some subtle way to get even.
    Virgo-Libra is health-conscious, which helps them take good care of themselves and their children. They like to exercise, though they do have a definite lazy streak. Think of the cat, stretched out in the sunny patch on the sofa: that is Virgo-Libra. Exercise is more appealing when they can socialize at the same time.
    In love, those born on the Virgo-Libra cusp are romantic, devoted and playful. They pick up the important little details that delight their partner. They want a peaceful, harmonious relationship. They can see all sides of a situation which can make them very just, but can prove maddening to those around them at times.
    They may have issues with being satisfied. No matter how good something is, they can still see flaws. If something is imperfect, they are inclined to get rid of it. Tiny flaws will eat at them until they can get them fixed.
    Persons born on the cusp of Virgo-Libra are practical, hard working, diligent, meticulous, attractive, logical, charming, shy, modest, efficient, romantic, devoted and polite. They can also be unfair, aloof, easily influenced, self-indulgent, fussy, insecure, have hypochondriac tendencies and indecisive. The Cusp of Beauty sounds pleasant, but it can be a harsh taskmaster.
    They love nature and their feet are firmly grounded. Their heads are still way up in the air, though. They may be artistic, or be able to design their home in the most aesthetic styles. They like science.
    302 days ago
  • v NEVERORNOW
    emoticon Happy birthday, Done Girl!! emoticon
    305 days ago
  • v JILL2017
    emoticon emoticon I hope you have a fantastic day!! emoticon emoticon
    307 days ago
  • v HEARTS116
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DONE GIRL!!
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    307 days ago
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