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Really, I'm just trying to be more healthy. I've never been particularly coordinated, and I've been more focused on my brain than my body. A few years ago, I realized that in order for my brain to be healthy, my body had to be healthy too. So, I'm taking a wholistic approach. Mind, body, spirit, if you will.

I want to be comfortable in my own skin, have energy, feel happy and balanced, and not regret my life.

I am a doctoral candidate about to celebrate five-years of marriage to a wonderful partner. We have two little boys, 3 years old and 11 months old. A lot of my health challenges revolve around being a mom and a lot of them revolve around being a PhD student.

Some labels: city-living country girl, writer, academic, bibliophile, linguist, history buff, animal lover, nature lover, earth lover, compassionate introvert, spiritual seeker, sensate, semi-veg, baker, gamer, creator & created, student

EDIT: 3-9-15: I'm on the upturn after a nearly year long battle with postpartum depression and anxiety. My family has had a lot of challenges over the last several years, and my revised goals reflect those challenges.

EDIT 7-31-11: I just realized that I hadn't updated my introduction section since before I got married last October! My overall reasons for SparkPeople haven't changed - establishing healthy habits. But when I joined SP, I was a single woman rebuilding my life after divorce. Now, I'm married and expecting my first baby in 2 to 3 weeks. I'm realizing that I'll need support in different areas now than I did when I joined!

Member Since: 8/7/2006

Fitness Minutes: 10,545

My Goals:
I'd like to lose about 65+ pounds and feel more comfortable in my skin.

Starting Weight: 222


1) 217: 5 pounds lost DONE 4/5/15
2) 212: 10 pounds lost DONE 4/12/15
3) 207: 15 pounds lost DONE 1/2/16
4) 202: 20 pounds lost DONE 1/30/16
5) 200: 10% bodyweight DONE 3/8/16
6) 197: 25 pounds lost DONE 4/10/16
7) 192: 30 pounds lost
8) 188.5: half-way there!
9) 187: 35 pounds lost
10) 182: 40 pounds lost
11) 177: 45 pounds lost
12) 172: 50 pounds lost
13) 167: 55 pounds lost
14) 162: 60 pounds lost
15) 157: 65 pounds lost
16) 155: Goal weight

My Program:
Establish a walking schedule.

Sign-up for yoga classes.

Re-do Couch to 5k program then begin training for a half-marathon.

Establish a strength training program.

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Hobbies: Reading, writing, gaming, drawing, cooking/baking, running

Other Information:
I live with my husband, two sons, two cats, and an energetic lab mix puppy in a tiny suburban house right now. I'm a doctoral candidate in English, with hopes of teaching college someday. My main exercise program is walking/running, although I'm trying to build a yoga practice. I falter desperately whenever I try to work in strength training.

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    Welcome to Nike+! We have a friendly Sparkpeople Monthly Most Miles Challenge at the Nike+ website....walkers and runners at all paces....if you shoot me your email or Nike+ username, I'll send you an invitation!
    2953 days ago
    Hi, hon! I have been SOOO SLOOOW catching up on my "thank yous"... but I try hard not to forget! I'm grateful for the lovely Valentine SparkGoodie that you left on my SparkPage. I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day -- I sure did!

    It's been such a pleasure and an honor to have you on the SparkTarot! team. I hope all your SparkDreams are in the process of coming true!

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    ~ Jeannette
    2956 days ago
    Hello again! I know I just dropped off a SparkGoodie for you, but I wanted to visit your SparkPage as well, and learn a little more about you.

    I enjoyed browsing your photo gallery. You're very photogenic! I loved the picture of you at the St. Louis museum. I've never been to that museum myself, but my parents took my kids there once, and I have some pictures of them crawling through that same "tunnel".

    I hope you'll join us on the SparkTarot! team forums soon... we'd love to hear about how your healthy journey is progressing.

    May all your SparkDreams come true!

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    ~ Jeannette
    2963 days ago
  • v IRETA49
    New Dress? One pound at a time, maybe.
    2965 days ago
  • v JAUDON
    Glad you like Zen Habits! I have read that blog for over a year now, and really love it.

    I am in a much better state mentally now, that I was when I wrote my last blog!! Thanks to all my lovely Spark friends, I got out of that funk pretty quickly :) This has been a great month so far, and I just ran my first 5k today - woohoo!

    How is the wedding planning going??
    2966 days ago
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