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I am a 40 year-old married mom of three. My oldest daughter is 15, and I have 6 year-old twins--a boy & a girl. I also work full-time as a teacher. I've had a regular fitness routine since my late teens/early twenties. The challenge these days is to continue to find ways to "tweak" it so I still see good results. Is does get harder with age! And, of course with three kids, it's harder to find the time. But, you will find NO excuses here!

I have spent the last 4 years here on ...
I am a 40 year-old married mom of three. My oldest daughter is 15, and I have 6 year-old twins--a boy & a girl. I also work full-time as a teacher. I've had a regular fitness routine since my late teens/early twenties. The challenge these days is to continue to find ways to "tweak" it so I still see good results. Is does get harder with age! And, of course with three kids, it's harder to find the time. But, you will find NO excuses here!

I have spent the last 4 years here on "Spark" maintaining/improving and logging my fitness routine; tracking my eating habits; and finding ways to minimize stress and get more sleep. The connection between sleep-stress-weight (gain) is real, but I didn't believe it until I saw it on myself these last few years.

My number one goal has always been to be HEALTHY. Not skinny, not thin, not a certain number on the scale, or a particular dress size. Just healthy!!! That is definitely the message I most try to convey to my kids, especially my girls. My scale is under my bed, with a dead battery and a nice thick layer of dust on it. That's where it has been since February, 2011, and I plan on keeping it that way! A number will not define me. It will not become my compulsion, an unhealthy obsession, nor determine my daily mood. For the first time in my life I FEEL healthy, beautiful, and strong WITHOUT knowing the number on the scale, and I am probably in the best shape of my life to boot.

For the last year or so, my interest has shifted when it comes to working-out. I used to run....and run, and run, and.... I was a typical "cardio-queen". 5-6 days a week I would leave a puddle of sweat on the floor beneath me after a good LONG run or marathon kickboxing workout. But over the years something happened along the way and I stopped seeing results from that. After much inquiry from various sources & following several women I truly respect in the weightlifting-world, I started to dabble in weight-lifting...and now I am TOTALLY in love with it!!! Yes, I lift big, heavy "manly" weights...and, NO, it has not made me look big or manly! It has done A-M-A-Z-I-N-G things for my body (more than any 16-mile run ever did)! My kids think I am "cool", and I'm glad my girls are seeing that it's ok for girls to be strong. Besides that, it is a mind-blowing confidence-booster. To rip a bar off the floor in a deadlift that weighs more than my own bodyweight feels pretty bada$$!!!

My journey now continues with staying on this plan, holding myself accountable to my goals, becoming stronger (physically AND mentally), more fit, and striving to continue to live a healthy life and be an awesome example for my kids.
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Member Since: 6/21/2010

SparkPoints: 66,956

Fitness Minutes: 76,188

My Goals:
Weight Goal:
--MAINTAIN weight/size, but continue working on getting stronger and increasing lean-muscle

Strength-training Progress (past 6 months:

(set/reps/weight)

AO Sept 1, 2013
Back Squat
(3/5/140)
Deadlift--rack pull
(3/3/180)
Bench Press
(3/3/107.5)
BAR Leg-lift
(3/4/185)

AO Oct 19, 2013
Back Squat
(3/3/145)
Deadlift--rack pull
(1/1/190)
Bench Press
(4/1/110)
BAR Leg-lift
(2/3/190)

AO Jan 21, 2014
Back Squat
(3/1/150)
Deadlift--rack pull
(2/2/200)
Bench Press
(3/1/117.5)
BAR Leg-lift
(2/2/205)

AO Feb 13, 2014
Back Squat
(3/2/150)
Deadlift--rack pull
(2/1/205)
Bench Press
(2/1/120)
BAR Leg-lift
(3/2/205)

***As of 04/2014--Progress on "BIG" lifts has been put on hold while I nurse a lower back herniated disc. Focus now is on high volume, lower weight work & kettlebells***

My Program:
EXERCISE: (As of 06/2014)
3 days/wk--
on non-consecutive days I strength train alternating high volume-low intensity / low volume-high intensity lifts that work both upper and lower body

-5-6 days/wk brisk walking (about 2 miles in 30 min)--This is my "cardio"

NUTRITION:
--PALEO: I eat 'real' food--NO processed junk, NO HFCS, NO GMOs, NO soy (and minimal dairy) Basically, if it didn't have a mother or grow out of the ground, forget it!

--100% GLUTEN-FREE as of 04/2012. This has just about eliminated my chronic joint pain; improved all my cholesterol #'s; helped my digestive issues, and controlled an auto-immune skin issue I've had for years. I also limit most other GF grains simply because they do not align with my personal nutritional goals.

--Reading ingredient labels can be a pain in the a$$, but I do!

--5-8+ servings fruits/veggies per day
--MINIMUM 6-8 cups of water per day
+ MINIMUM 6.5-7 hours sleep per night

Personal Information:
It's NOT about the weight on the scale. It IS about how much weight I can put on the bar!
It IS about being strong & healthy!!!
I am a size 8 and my clothes are fitting just-right these days. When my favorite jeans (you know that one pair we all have that fits perfect) start to get a little snug, that's my cue to kick-it-up a notch!



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Southern California Girl!

Elementary School Teacher for past 15 years--currently teaching Technology, Grades 1-8; and Language Arts, Grade 6.




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WILLBEA10
6/5/2014 6:53:43 PM

Thank you my friend :)



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5/4/2014 6:49:21 AM

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WILLBEA10
2/19/2014 8:40:11 PM

You are exactly right about the desserts! I didn't have much, but it was fun to try them all. Still trying to make better nutrition choices. Got some hungry girl cookbooks. Hoping to find some good stuff in there.



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WILLBEA10
12/23/2013 6:14:57 PM

Thanks for the bikini and for always cheering me on!



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11/10/2013 2:03:41 PM

emoticon my friend! You make me smile! Have a happy afternoon emoticon emoticon



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