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My highest weight was nearly 200 pounds, but when I got serious about losing in 2011 I was down to 168. Since then, I've lost an additional 40 pounds (and counting) with the help of the friendships and resources I've found on SparkPeople, bringing my total loss to 70+ pounds.

I'm a licensed Zumba instructor and an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer!

I didn't get in shape overnight. In fact, I was overweight for most of my life so far due to a combination of medical issues and lifestyle choices. I made it to my goals because I never gave up - not during weeks (months) when the scale didn't move, not during upsets in my home and work lives, not during my darkest hours. Believe in yourself and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just." -Abraham Lincoln

We can choose patience, or we can choose regret.

Member Since: 7/14/2011

Fitness Minutes: 40,754

My Goals:
- To be healthy and happy
- To be the best me I can be
- To help others in their health journeys whenever possible

My Program:
Clean eating at about 1650-1900 calories/day with my current workout schedule.

Current workout schedule (give or take):
Yoga - 5+ min/day
TRX - 120 min/week
Circuit training - 30-60 min/week
Zumba - 180-240 min/week
Other dance - 120+ min/week
Jogging - 1-2x/week

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Once upon a time, I totally gave up on myself and let everything go - I lost all faith in myself.

It wasn't easy to take back control of my life, but it has been the best struggle I've ever had. Now I wake up happy and thankful every day.

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All I can tell you to do is just to keep going...as long as you don't stop, you will get there!

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