JACKSOAN   20,162
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Thanksgiving 2009 at my grammy's in Myrtle Beach. About 200lbs.

My cat, Diva. And yes, her personality fully matches her name. =)

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Well, I'm starting over. Again.
This time, though, I have a much more concrete goal than "lose weight" and "get healthy". I have registered for then Cleveland half marathon in May 2013. Two of my friends are also running it. I have no excuses to not meet this goal.


A little about me:

Name: Amber
Location: Akron, OH
Age: 26

I am an engineer by training and job (yes, ...
Well, I'm starting over. Again.
This time, though, I have a much more concrete goal than "lose weight" and "get healthy". I have registered for then Cleveland half marathon in May 2013. Two of my friends are also running it. I have no excuses to not meet this goal.


A little about me:

Name: Amber
Location: Akron, OH
Age: 26

I am an engineer by training and job (yes, I'm stereotypical enough to also be a nerd).

I grew up in SC, went to undergrad in IN, worked and got my master's degree in NY, and now I work in OH.
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Member Since: 3/9/2008

SparkPoints: 20,162

Fitness Minutes: 52,275

My Goals:
2010 Goals:
-At or below 180 lbs
-Run at least one 5k
-Sign up for at least one sprint tri
-Sign up for at least one 10k

June (last week) 2010 Goals:
-Join a better gym
-Stay within calorie ranges at least 4 days a week.

July 2010 Goals:
-Swim at least 3 times per week
-Run at least 3 times per week
-Strength train at least 3 times per week
-Bike at least once every weekend (min 20 miles)
-Stretch/yoga at least 6 times per week

My Program:
Three days a week: 1hr of swimming, 1hr of yoga.

Three other days a week: 45 min of running, 1hr of strength training, stretching.

Last day of the week: biking at least 20 miles and stretch afterwards.

Eventually add 30 minutes of cardio (running or cardio DVD) every morning.

Tracking all my meals with SP. Staying in my calorie range 90% of the time. The other 10% is reserved for rewards and celebrations (but no binging!).

Personal Information:
I'm 25. I grew up in South Carolina then went to undergrad in Indiana. I then moved to Syracuse, NY for my new job with Lockheed Martin. I'm now in Akron, OH (still with Lockheed) and have finished my master's from Cornell via distance learning.

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7/13/2014 11:26:44 AM

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This is the best time of the year for you to begin anew as your Sun sign gives you strength to make a fresh start. Cancer is a wonderful sign for a woman to be as it is the sign of the mother, who is in control of her family. You have tenacity to stay with and finish any task you start. You can be a nag and you want everything don't yesterday and done your way. Often you are the "Little Red Hen" who ends up doing it all. Learn to direct others so they take part in the work. Cancer can certainly have a weight problem as she loves to cook and to eat. But, she also has tenacity and can exercise and keep herself fit if she wants as this is her way to setting an example to those around her. She gets along with Virgo, Capricorn, Taurus, Pisces and Scorpio. She is a saver and most often has her secret cash account.
She can have health issues with her breasts.
In Cancer the Sun is receptive and moody. You are a very sensitive person who is easily influenced by your environment. You are likely to be exceedingly protective of your feelings, as well as the feelings of those to whom you are close. Emotions are strong in your nature. You approach life with many feelings and a strong nurturing tendency. Your moods are varied and changeable. They are synchronized to the Moon, flowing in and out like the tide. You are acutely aware of the atmosphere of feelings surrounding you. You're skeptical and distrustful of people. It's not what they say, but simply the way they say it and the way you interpret their meaning.
You need to tell your deepest thoughts. When those around you are not receptive, you can become quite difficult to reach. The "crabby" part of Cancer shows up once in awhile, as well. When these moods are in control of your behavior, you can snap someone's head off for no reason at all. People you live around have to learn that you are not really angry with them. This is just the way Moon children are sometimes. By nature you are quiet and somewhat reserved, frequently retreating or putting up a protective barrier when you feel in any way threatened.
You are attuned to the past. You tend to cling to reminders and memorabilia of your family and of earlier times. Many Cancers are attracted to collecting antiques. You may be one of those people who collects just about everything. It's hard for you to part with something when there may be a chance need some rainy day, no matter how remote that chance may be. Cancers are the original "pack-rats."
You place much importance on the home and family. Your family or your "family of friends" is the center of your life. They provide you your sense of security and belonging. Your role in this environment is the source of your self-esteem and often overshadow your sense of individuality. It's hard to break away from your early upbringing and depart from the family traditions you have experienced. Cancer is the sign of motherhood. In both sexes, it produces a parenting instinct that is caring, protective, and indulging. Even unmarried Cancers adopt friends, co-workers, and neighbors in an extended family situation.
Hardworking and dedicated, you make an excellent employee. You are loyal and respect authority. This makes you supportive and protective of the boss and rarely questioning company policy. You do find it very difficult to handle change and disruption. If you are the boss, you like your employees to be dedicated as you are. Unfortunately, sometimes you may surround yourself with "yes men" who simply reinforce your decisions. You don't take chances or risk sweeping change.
Money is very important to you. Not for what it will buy or for the freedom it provides, but for the sense of security it provides. No matter what else is to be said of Cancer, security and having the protective shell in place, is overriding. -

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