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Hey guys. I'm just another girl in her 30's who finally realized something had to change~ I was miserable, unhealthy, and dealing with really low self esteem. I am getting healthier and making fitness goals I never thought I would attempt, much less achieve. I have found great motivation through Sparkpeople & my crazy healthy husband and have lost 60 pounds since November 2010. I am longer diabetic nor am I obese. I still have 50 pounds to go until my goal weight but now I know what I thought ...
Hey guys. I'm just another girl in her 30's who finally realized something had to change~ I was miserable, unhealthy, and dealing with really low self esteem. I am getting healthier and making fitness goals I never thought I would attempt, much less achieve. I have found great motivation through Sparkpeople & my crazy healthy husband and have lost 60 pounds since November 2010. I am longer diabetic nor am I obese. I still have 50 pounds to go until my goal weight but now I know what I thought was impossible is definitely possible.

SP has educated me and helped me to realize how ignorant I was regarding food and nutrition. Knowledge is an important tool in weight loss. I encourage you to be active in your health~ only you can make yourself take the steps toward change. Others can help you along the way but you have to want this and work for it. I have never heard anyone say, "I regret getting healthy". I always wonder why I waited so long to make the changes that have turned my life around.

Life is too short to be miserable and sedentary. I encourage you to get up, get active, and get healthy. You CAN do this!

"Thoughts become words, words become actions, actions become habits, habits become character, character becomes destiny." -- unknown author

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Member Since: 11/9/2010

SparkPoints: 17,980

Fitness Minutes: 9,645

My Goals:
My main goal is to gain control of my eating and my health. I would like to set a healthy example for my kiddos.

I plan to complete my first 10K Walk/Run by December 2013.

I plan to complete my first Half Marathon by December 2014.

My Program:
- 1200-1500 calorie diet

- Cardio 3-5 days a week

- Strength Training 2-3 days a week

- Limit gluten, sugar, fried foods

- Drink a gallon of water per day

- Limit meat to organic or humanely raised. Eat mostly fish/ shellfish.

- Buy local and/or organic fruits and vegetables if available

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* 8/1/11 - 50lb weight loss!

* 8/27/11 - My 1st 5K

* 9/10/11 - Maddy's 1st 5K

* 1/5/12 - 60lb weight loss

* 1/11/12 - DGOTD!

*4/4/12 - My 2nd 5K with Maddy

*Started back to school May 2013.

*6/06/14 Re-started my weight loss tracker with current weight.

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Things I Enjoy:

- Cooking (Healthy!)

- Books (My NOOK!)

- Tea

- Wine (I'm still a novice but I'm learning).

- Spending time with my amazing girls & family.

- Cycling / Spinning

- Running (beginner)

- I adore Chris Powell from Extreme Makeover Weight loss.

- I love art, but I'm not artsy.

- Dr. Seuss (words to live by!)

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6/15/2013 12:47:08 PM

I just saw your question on my book suggestion - The Art of Roughhousing. (I haven't been Sparking much.) Yes, I think the book would be perfect for a parent of a 4 year old. It is a super quick read - fast paced explaining the overall benefits (intellectual, emotional) of roughhousing and then diagrams of ideas. Some are really rough and tumble (things I'd never do - like mattress down the stairs) but it opened my eyes to being more physical with my son. My library had it, maybe yours does too!

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6/4/2013 9:19:51 AM

Hey there Lovely Lady!!! How are you doing? I hope all is well!

We've had a rough time lately with my 5 yr old, but we were able to get her on an IEP at school, and we have a psych eval next month. My 8 yr old's dance group won a platinum at their last competition and are gearing up for nationals now. SO proud of them!

I'm starting the Whole30 lifestyle, and trying to re-learn how to eat (since everything I ate before was just junk!)

Write me back and let me know what has been happening in your life! I've missed you!

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5/31/2013 8:07:43 AM

You've been running a long time & you still don't love it? See, I just think some people aren't made to be runners.
Now, if we were talking about yoga, I would be all over it. There's just something so strong about a yoga class for me. I love twisting my body and being able to isolate certain muscle groups to help me go further.
I see I misse dyour birthday, I hope it was a fun one! Have a great weekend.

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5/14/2013 6:33:35 PM

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emoticon Happy BELATED Birthday DONE GIRL.

The Taurus girl is born to a mother she can never live up to and she learns to be stubborn to get her own way since her mother is always pushing her to do what she wants her to do. The little Taurus girl can turn to food for comfort as she feels she isn't given the attention she wants from the parent. Thus she can have a weight issue. She loves the tastes, smells and textures of all things and especially food. She makes a wonderful cook, and can work in the restaurant business as she is a good business woman. She can work in the fashion industry, or hairdresser business as she loves beauty and style. She usually has a wonderful singing voice and has music talent. She can be a good actress. Her health issue is her throat area including her thyroid. She gets along best with Virgo, Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio and Capricorn. She does well being the "woman behind the successful man" as she really needs to have money.

Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac, is all about reward. Unlike the Aries love of the game, Taurus loves the rewards of the game. Think physical pleasures and material goods, for those born under this sign revel in delicious excess. They are also a tactile lot, enjoying a tender, even sensual, touch. Taurus adores comfort and likes being surrounded by pleasing, soothing things. Along these lines, they also favor a good meal and a fine wine. The good life in all its guises, whether it's the arts or art of their own making (yes, these folks are artistic as well), is heaven on Earth to the Taurus-born.
It's the Bull that serves as the Taurus's mascot, and along with that comes the expectation that these folks are bull-headed and stubborn. Yes, they are. Hey, this sign has a Fixed Quality attached to it after all, so expect that things will occasionally grind to a halt. That said, Taurus doesnŐt start out with the intention of getting stuck. They simply want to get things done, and it's that steady, dogged persistence that winds up being viewed as stubbornness. Bulls are actually among the most practical and reliable members of the zodiac, and they are happy to plod along, as it were, in pursuit of their goals. The good news for Bulls is that once they get to the finish line, they'll swaddle themselves in material goods. A self-indulgent beast? Perhaps, but if you toiled as laboriously as these folks do, you'd need some goodies, too.
Taurus is ruled by Venus, a lovely goddess who didn't deny herself many things. In ancient Roman mythology, Venus was the Goddess of Love, Beauty and Pleasure, and Taurus has pretty much taken up where she left off. Bulls are fond of all things pretty, whether it's in their home, at a museum or on the stage. Life as one sweet pas de deux is how the Taurus-born like it. To onlookers, this may look like so much materialism and blessed excess, but Bulls really aren't interested in living without beauty in their lives. Beauty to the Bull also comes in the way of a happy home life, one that includes a partner and a stable relationship.
Taurus values harmony in their personal lives, so they'll work hard on keeping their mate happy. The Bull's penchant for sensual pleasures, of course, can only help things along! Bulls can also be the sappiest of sentimentalists. Will all this overweening attention to their mate turn a Bull into a possessive mess? Probably not, although these folks do have to manage their tendency to latch on a bit tight. At the end of the day, however, TaurusŐs are true romantics and loyal to the core.
The Element associated with Taurus is Earth. No pie-in-the-sky for these practical folks, since they'd much rather be on terra firma. Bulls tend toward conservatism, and this is often seen in their day-to-day behavior. No far-out schemes (that's Air) or shrieking ultimatums (more like Fire) here. Taurus much prefers to take each day slowly and steadily and work toward their ultimate goal. Along these lines, those born under this sign are happy to stick with their projects until they have reached a successful conclusion. They are also extremely patient and dependable along the way. Does that sound earthy enough? The only kink in this well-oiled chain is the heckler in the gallery that tries to upbraid the Bull. These folks may not have a hair-trigger temper, but it's short enough. Bulls in a hissy fit can get pretty argumentative, but eventually they'll calm down and come back to center, since these folks would much rather be Zen. The Earth in this sign does tend to act as a balancing mechanism so that things never get truly out of hand. For every one person who considers the Bull a pain, there are two who will say 'No way!' and happily take the Taurus' gentle charms any day.
Seeing as how Bulls are generally strong and well-built, it's no surprise that these folks enjoy testing their strength on the field of play. Expect to find a Bull engaged in a spirited game of hoops or mountain climbing. Hiking is also a favorite pastime, since it keeps Taurus close to their beloved earth. Indoor adventures are also favored by Bulls, which is why the opera or ballet is right up a Taurus's alley. When it comes to love, the Taurus-born are devoted, romantic and somewhat possessive. Their sensual nature has a way of erasing any mistakes! Since Taurus rules the neck and throat, Bulls would be wise to keep a silky scarf at hand, ideally in a warm (and soothing) earth tone.
The great strength of Taurus is in their stability, loyalty and dogged determination. Bulls want to get the job done, and they will. What better way to get the riches they so fervently crave?

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