My 5-year-old puppy. She was and is an angel; she passed away from cancer in late 2010.
"My Virtual Model" (mvm.com) is an interesting site. So THAT'S where everyone is getting these from.
2010 - Our blonde puppy is a rescue dog. She adored her 'twin' sister; they were very close.
I want to stay healthy!
I am a rather private person, and I didn't even want to create a SparkPage. I'm not even sure why I'm finally creating one now.
I found Sparkpeople via a free phone app, and I joined this site to track whether I was getting proper nutrients in my diet. I then used it to track fitness and drop some "stress weight" I had recently gained. I find the articles, blogs etc. on this site to be wonderful and informative.
I don't tend to make use of the built-in SP "support group" system, but I can see how very beneficial it is for so many wonderful people here. I am also awed and inspired by some of the people on this site, like the lovely and brave ~INDYGIRL (do a member search!). What fortitude!
My goals here are really quite modest.
I actually have a fairly small / light bone structure (my wrist is under 6" in diameter). I feel more comfortable, balanced and energized in the lower side of my "healthy weight" BMI range. With the help of SparkPeople, I reached a better understanding of my intake and expenditure, and got back to my comfort level. Now I'd just like to maintain it and stay fit and healthy!
I love my family, bicycling instead of driving, martial arts, walking my dogs, playing Taiko drums, and plenty of other things.
As for food, I'm a low-meat-consumption omnivore who loves vegetables and fruits, especially fresh berries. I deny myself nothing that I like, but I exercise portion control. Example: I still eat ~1-2 oz. of Brie and I like to have a Starbucks nonfat Chai Latte almost every day.
I rarely eat any "dessert"; a healthy meal is already so satisfying and filling.
I shun soda and rarely use sweeteners (NEVER artifical ones.)
I snack all day; small, healthy stuff. Part of not overeating is never getting hungry enough to do so. :)
Stress eating (mostly due to the horrible economy and ongoing family emergencies) put on what was, at least for me, a lot of weight in the past couple of years. Thank you, SparkPeople, for helping it come off again, and helping me better understand how to keep it that way!
I am married, I have 2 children, and I particularly love puppies, of which we currently have 2. (Kitties are sweet too, but allergies are a problem. :/)