The girls @ Christmas dinner 2008

Amanda (CJ's girlfriend), Chellie (The Graduate) and Chris (CJ)



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Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

~ Nelson Mandela

I am determined to be fabulous!!

This weight loss journey began when we buried my mom in May of 2007. I remember being angry with her for letting herself get so sick. All of her medical problems came from smoking, inactivity, not eating right resulting in stroke and heart disease. She was only 72 and already had suffered from poor health (she was in a wheelchair after having bi-pass and suffering a stroke etc.,) for about 3 or 4 years. Quite young IMO for such a poor quality of life. Then I took a hard look at myself. No, I didn't smoke but I didn't exercise, I ate like crap and I was a 5' 2" woman nearing 200 pounds! The picture of hypocrisy. I joined a gym and in January of 2008 really began to take care of myself, I didn't want to do the same thing to my children.

Fast forward to August of 2008, I've lost 30+ pounds and about 20" of FAT.

I look at my daughter, my son, my husband and I know in my heart that I am going to do whatever I can to get healthy so I can enjoy a long healthy life free of medical issues that are preventable.

Member Since: 3/9/2008

Fitness Minutes: 6,190

My Goals:
To live forever!!

OK maybe not forever but for a very long time .... a long HEALTHY life!

My Program:
I go to the gym Mon - Fri at 6:00 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. At the very least 2x per week I will work with weights for about an hour. Every muscle group - 3 sets of 10 or 12 the maximum weight I can manage as well as squats etc., I do a short ab work out every day. 100 crunches (different variations) and lower ab lifts. 6 days a week I do cardio. 20 mins minimum on the days I work with weights and I try for 45 mins minimum on the other days.

I do not "diet" although I have found that when working out this much it keeps me from craving bad foods. I have almost NO desire for sweet foods at all.

Personal Information:
I'm a 49 year old mom from New Jersey. I have 2 GREAT kids - an 19 year old daughter and a 20 year old son.

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Live so that your friends will defend you but never have to!

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  • v RIQUI1
    Hello! I wanted to come by and invite you to stop over at the Mothers and More team and set up your 3 personal goals for the week! There’s no better way to reach them than with the support and encouragement of a team of people that want to see you succeed!

    Remember to stay true to your goals!!

    “Rather the pain of discipline, than the pain of regret.”
    2436 days ago
    Hello and welcome to the Married Life team. We are happy to have you as a part of our great team. I wish you success in reaching your goals.

    Co-Team Leader Married Life
    Co-Team Leader Lifestyle Change

    3404 days ago
    Hi there! Welcome to the Married Life Team! I wish you much success with your goals and hope the Team can help you to reach them.

    I see we have a SparkFriend in common - Dana (Zircadia). She's done soooo very well.

    cj (Cheryl - Married Life Team, co-leader)
    3404 days ago
    Welcome to the Married Life team and so glad to have you. I look forward in getting to know you and wish you all the best in reaching your goals. Good luck and take care.

    3404 days ago
    Congratulations on losing a total of 32.5 pounds so far!! Way to go!!!
    3437 days ago
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