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Hi! My name is Erica and I am 32 years old with a 22 month old little boy. I just joined spark people yesterday after I heard about it in a New York Times article. It's a little confusing still but I am really excited, it looks amazing! I want to lose 20 pounds before the summer, I really need to find something that works! We just moved to Italy and all the women are so thin and all the clothes so beautiful I just want to enjoy being here instead of being self-conscious, and I want an excuse to buy some new beautiful Italian jeans and knee high boots! I would really appreciate any support out there, because the food here is also really amazing, as amazing as the boots, so it is really hard. I also hurt my knee a couple of months ago so can't run which is my old standard and that has been just devastating. So I need a new site and new approach to eating healthy for the rest of my life. And did I mention I really want some new jeans and boots?

Member Since: 1/3/2010

Fitness Minutes: 6,685

My Goals:
I would like to lose at least 15 lbs. I'll start with that and see how it goes.


Feeling good about myself and not self-concious or embarrassed about how much weight I've gained since college.

Shopping, shopping, shopping!

It will help my knees to have less weight to carry around. And anything I can do to help my knees helps me get closer to a life full of snowboarding, hiking and yoga.

Set a good example for my son and husband and teach my son healthy eating habits.

Do something for myself, I deserve to feel good about myself and my whole family benefits from a happy healthy mommy.

Take my son to swim class and the beach and have fun!

Not dread summer and shorts and tank tops weather. It is going to be really hot here this summer!

I am REALLY sick of untagging photos of myself on Facebook!

My Program:
Track Calories, exercise and calorie deficit daily. I'm shooting for a weekly calorie deficit of 3500.

Once we move into our house, will join a gym and start strength training and doing yoga. Will also start tracking weight at that time.

Cut down on sweets, up complex carbs and lean protein. Would like to eat more fish, soups and drink more tea.

Personal Information:
I am American but currently living in Italy where the women are very thin and the clothes are beautiful!

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"The alternative is really no alternative at all."

"Be solution oriented"

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    2916 days ago
    I think your weight lose sliding scale on your page might be off! Sounds like a good goal, one mini goal at a time seems to work best for me. You can do it. You are absolutely NOT allowed to complain about your weight while we're there! We can still try to eat better and maybe work out but no complaining! We will be too busy watching the kids have a blast.
    2917 days ago
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    I know how you feel about starting again a million times, I think it helps to make lots of small goals and not one big one.
    Like "I will not drink wine for one week" and then you can see the end point, and if you really do it, then your mind has a victory feeling and makes it easier to say next week - I will not eat chocolate for one week"
    I also know how it feels to leave your life behind a move to a new country, so if you need any advice on that let me know (not that I'm an expert, but who knows, maybe I can help)

    2917 days ago
    Just wanted to say Hi! I keep missing you online and feel likes its been a while since we chatted. I'm sure its only been a few days but feels longer than that! Hope to chat with you soon! Going for a nap now yeah me!
    2924 days ago
    Hey, hope you are having a better day. You can do it, we all believe in you. Do what you need to do and the rest will fall into place, you will figure it out. You are a strong, intelligent, beautiful woman and can do whatever you set your mind to. Not no one nor nothing defines you, you define you.
    2929 days ago
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