08/06: Chris and I on our Florida trip - yep, me and hubby time away!

07/06: This was during our family vacation to NJ - yes, alcohol was involved. I love my in-laws!

08/06: This is my buddy Loke (pronounced Low-key)


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I recently turned 30, and I always said my 30s would be the best decade of my life (until I reached my 40s, of course). So much planned - so much to do! I am always busy! Unfortunately, that is always my excuse for not exercising and taking care of myself. I can't, I don't have time. Well - there is no reason not to make time....I am so sick of saying, "Tomorrow, I am going to start." I am so sick of playing that game. I may delay, but time will not.

I have been overweight for 25 years - yes, for as long as I can remember understanding what overweight meant. I have failed and I have succeeded in my numerous weight loss attempts, but none were permanent - hence, I am here now. My biggest achievement was going from 232 to 161 six years ago. As you can tell, I have gained a lot of that back - of course, I constantly battle with that emotionally. I succeeded by following the Atkins Diet, but realized (literally) it was very easy to gain the weight back if it's not continuously followed.

I need to lose the weight by following a sensible and balanced plan that includes exercise. So - that is my plan. Yes, I have been through MANY plans. Funny - all I have tried has taught me so much - what not to do, what I need to do, etc. Now I just need to combine all that I have learned and do it right. Sounds simple enough...

I am ready for a change. I am ready to feel the best I know I can feel. I want to walk into a store and buy that dress...yes, the one that contains lycra. Yes, I think I'll try that two piece swimsuit...

As you'll notice in my photo gallery, not many pics are full body - I try to keep those to a minimum. I would love to finally not care if someone happens to capture me from behind!

September 1, 2006, was the first day of the rest of my life as a healthier woman! This time, I need to take it one pound at a time. I am a fun person, I want to enjoy life in all aspects - I want to be always a happy on the inside as I seem to be on the outside.

Thanks for reading my long-winded story. It was nice of you to stop by!

Now, head's up and say it proud, "Let's do this!" Because if we do not succeed, we are only failing ourselves.

Member Since: 8/1/2006

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My Goals:
Starting weight on 9/1: 207 (WOW, I would never normally share this with anyone)
Goal weight: 155
I want to show my daughter that she can achieve anything she puts her mind to...the best way to encourage this is to continue to teach by example.

My Program:
- Following a daily caloric intake of 1200 - 1500 calories.
- Circuit training 3 days a week
- Ball/resistance training 1-2 days a week
- Smiling every day
- Reading the wonderful successes and triumphs of my SparkPeople peers!

Personal Information:
I live (born and raised) in Pennsylvania, in a town called Reading, approximately 45 miles west of Philadelphia. I am 30 years old. I have a beautiful 12 year-old daughter, Ashley and a wonderful husband, Chris.

I work for a Financial Management firm, specifically in Retirement Planning. I am (finally) just about done obtaining my BA in Financial Management & BA in Performance Management. Haha, after that, I plan on working towards my Graduate degree. I hope to graduate before I turn 50.

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I love life and all it offers - my goal is to enjoy every second of it!

PS: I LOVE football - GO EAGLES!

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    Hi, Just wanted to say Thank You for your comment on my sparkpage. You are a very beautiful lady and I look forward to my 30's.. although that's still one more year for me but i always hear women saying that 30's and 40's are their best years!!
    4113 days ago
  • v TEETAH1
    Welcome to the 30 something moms team! This is a very supportive and moticational group, we are all in this together. Good luck....one questions for ya? ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOOTBAAALLL????
    4113 days ago
    I just wanted to stop by and welcome you to the 30 Something Moms group. YOu have a great outlook on your diet (lifestyle change) and sound very positive about your weight loss! I see that you are already 5 lbs down! WAY TO GO! You will not only love the "30 Something Moms" group but you will be a great addition to our team with your positive attitude! I look forward to chatting with you more!
    4113 days ago
  • v JOGARE
    I just wanted to welcome you to the team "30 Something Moms". I think you'll really love this group of women. They are truly fantastic! I loved looking at your pictures, your little girl is really cute, and you can tell you enjoy life. Once you get to your goal you'll enjoy it that much more! Good luck, and I look forward getting to know you! Sherri
    4114 days ago
    Hi there!

    I'm a newbie to the working moms group too, but I just saw your page and wanted to say how inspiring you are!! Keep that positivity flowing! Welcome and good luck on your journey!
    4114 days ago
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