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Tina's Journey

Well, I am starting from scratch here. I found Spark people almost 5 years ago and in that time have gone back and forth in many aspects of my life, but sadly sticking to healthy living and weight loss has not been one of them. In the past 5 years I got engaged, got married, split from my husband, moved into my own apartment for the first time in my life, and then left my corporate job in New Jersey and moved from Philadelphia to North Carolina and now at 29 years old I am back in college ...
Well, I am starting from scratch here. I found Spark people almost 5 years ago and in that time have gone back and forth in many aspects of my life, but sadly sticking to healthy living and weight loss has not been one of them. In the past 5 years I got engaged, got married, split from my husband, moved into my own apartment for the first time in my life, and then left my corporate job in New Jersey and moved from Philadelphia to North Carolina and now at 29 years old I am back in college full time pursuing my passion and working on my BFA in acting. Whew!

It is very strange being back in school full time and having all my peers be a decade younger than me! But it is also exciting to be pursuing my dreams. At the same time, I am trying to take opportunity of this huge life change to get my health back on the right path. I am tracking my food on Spark People again, exercising 4-5 times a week (hey a nice gym is included with tuition so why not!), recently am transitioning back towards vegetarian, and am just trying to stay feeling healthy and balanced all around.

I had my gall bladder removed when I was 21 due to my various extremely poor eating habits and extreme weight loss and gain from ages 16-21 and I do still suffer from side effects from that. I find that if I eat a healthy, whole grain and veggie focused diet with minimal animal protein and processed foods I do ok. Hey, not the worst thing in the world to have to do! My weakness is more about portions and eating waaaaaaaay too much at a meal or late at night.

So here I am (again) and I am just hoping that if I stay focused, in a slow and steady way I can leave college with my degree (finally) and hopefully a much healthier person than when I arrived.
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Member Since: 12/8/2006

SparkPoints: 4,342

Fitness Minutes: 1,990

My Goals:
- Feel strong and healthy

- Lose 100-130 lbs.

- Run the Disney World Half Marathon and/or Marathon before I graduate college

- Go into my 30's a healthier person than I was in my 20's

My Program:
Moderation Not Deprivation - Mostly vegetarian, lots of veggies and whole grains, allowing treats here and there.

Exercising 4-5 times a week split between running 2-3 miles (to start, would like to work up from there) and full body strength training 2-3 times a week.

Personal Information:
Born and raised in Portland, OR - Moved to NJ for college when I was 19 (didn't finish college but stuck around the area for 10 years) - Moved to Western North Carolina in summer 2010 and am back at school full time for theatre.

Other Information:
When I was 21 I was in the hospital for a month with severe pancreatitis due to gallstones. After a year of bouncing back and forth between home and a hospital they finally took my gallbladder out. I know how to eat HEALTHY because my body makes me suffer if I fill it with junk. My problem is eating normal portions of the healthy food.

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ACERENO
10/12/2010 3:24:51 PM

The photo on my SparkPage is of Frog Lake with Mt Hood in the background in Oregon



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KWRIG7
10/12/2010 3:17:08 PM

Welcome to the College Students team!! Glad to have you with us! emoticon



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*AMBER512
4/15/2009 1:03:23 PM

I just read your comment on the daily spark blog 3 ways to boost your will power.

I just had to say WELL PUT! I'm STILL trying to fully commit my brain to the idea of food in general, instead of "good" and "bad" food. But I know that being on the road to that place has really helped me.

I hope you're having a fantastic day!



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CANICE
2/12/2009 6:07:05 AM

I loved your comment on the Mediterranean Diet Blog!

Take care of that foot!

Grace and peace to you,
Canice



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JENABIRDS
1/16/2009 9:30:35 AM

Oh my god! I was just browsing around, and I saw the picture of your foot! It brought tears to my eyes. I have always wanted to do the 3-day walk. I am in awe of you!! Amazing!!!



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