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My name is Alexis. I am the mother of a beautiful 5 year old girl and a charming 3 year old boy. I live just outside of Madison, WI. Weight was never a problem for me until I graduated from college. My lifestyle slowed down, even though I teach dance for a living. I gained about 20 pounds after college before my daughter was born. I held on to about 25 pounds of baby weight too, so I'd like to lose a total of about 50 pounds. It's really hard when the person you see in the mirror isn't the person you see in your head and feel in your heart.
I would like to lose a total of 51 pounds. I have a short term goal to start out of losing 10 pounds.
I'm going to really watch my portion sizes and make a serious effort to work out more regularly.
I live in Sun Prairie, WI with my daughter, Paige, my son, William, and our 2 cats, Chloe and Pixie. I work in insurance during the day, and own a dance studio where I teach in the evenings.
I have been a vegetarian since 1998 and my children are vegetarian as well. I enjoy shopping, games (video and tabletop), and spending time with my kids.
| current weight: 186.0
Best of luck as you continue your Spark journey.
236 days ago
237 days ago
Hi Alexis! So nice to see you on here! I sometimes forget to log my exercise here but it is a great resource. I have been working out for awhile but my next quest is to really try to eat better. I am hoping to lose about 20-30 lbs.
Well good for you for starting this. Remember it's about making a lifestyle change, not just "being on a diet". I'm very excited to watch this progress- I know you can do it!
1856 days ago
Greetings and back!!
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!
I had a dance teacher in high school who was quite overweight - some of us girls snickered at first but she turned out to be completely graceful and moved so beautifully, we 'forgot' how heavy she was after a few minutes - it was also good to have a role model who wasn't a Size 0 to give us an idea of what 'real women' are like rather than relying on the supermodels in magazines!! But I do know what you mean about being surrounded by tiny people - it does tend to emphasize the differences but at least you are losing some of it already and with your desire to model healthy behavior, I'm sure your students and family will admire your efforts.
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.
Some of the 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 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. 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!
1858 days ago
Welcome to Spark People!
1859 days ago