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My 'Amazing Race' to a healthier me

I've been on Spark since January 2007. This site helped me lose 63 pounds! I reached my goal weight in October 2008. I had my second child in June 2012. Since then, I my weight has slowly crept back up to the point where I no longer feel comfortable in my skin. I am back and ready to get my act together to lose these 22 pounds. Now that I am a mom to 2 young children, I find I have much less time to focus on myself. Somehow, someway I will get my groove back because I want to be fit and ...
I've been on Spark since January 2007. This site helped me lose 63 pounds! I reached my goal weight in October 2008. I had my second child in June 2012. Since then, I my weight has slowly crept back up to the point where I no longer feel comfortable in my skin. I am back and ready to get my act together to lose these 22 pounds. Now that I am a mom to 2 young children, I find I have much less time to focus on myself. Somehow, someway I will get my groove back because I want to be fit and healthy again.

"The Amazing Race" is my inspiration. It is my dream to be on the show. When I started out, there was NO WAY I could have raced around the world in the shape I was in. Scale the Great Wall of China? Rappel 400 feet in Brazil? Do a 40-foot rock climb in Chile? Zorb in New Zealand? I am ready!

WHAT HAS HELPED ME:

- Eating cleaner by reducing or eliminating high-fructose corn syrup, trans fat, artificial sweeteners, additives and many processed foods.

-Setting mini goals: things like drinking the recommended amount of water for the day. Eating meals only at home for a week. Trying a new exercise. I think of what I can I do differently for a week that would bring me closer to goal. Mini goals keep this journey fun and not so overwhelming.

- Small rewards for meeting these goals, such as a new song for my iPod, a manicure, a new top, a book from the library, whatever. It doesn't have to be expensive.

- A huge reward for getting to goal weight. This should be a BIG deal! For me, it was an amazing vacation to Israel. Whenever I said to myself "I don't feel like exercising today" or when I was tempted by a gooey treat, or during an exceptionally tough workout, I would think about how I am getting closer to going on my dream trip. It was worth it!

- My subscriptions to Shape and Clean Eating magazines

- Jillian Michaels' podcast

- The SparkPeople message boards, Spark Teams and my Spark friends. Oh and of course, the food and exercise trackers!

Thank you to all the amazing Sparkers who continue to motivate and inspire me!
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Member Since: 1/27/2007

SparkPoints: 62,345

Fitness Minutes: 65,751

My Goals:
To continue to maintain the 60 (plus) pounds I lost with the help of SP! Thank you!

My Program:
Eat healthier foods in smaller portions; no more than 1500 calories a day when in weight-loss mode. Track food and calories using the SP nutrition tracker.

Cardio for 30-60 minutes most days of the week, weight training 1-2 times a week, and set new limits when it comes to fitness.

Exercises I enjoy: Body Combat, Body Pump, swimming, walking, running, elliptical, ice skating, spinning classes, Zumba, circuit training. Anything to mix it up!

COUCH TO 5K (completed in 2008)
Week 1: completed 2/3
Week 2: completed 2/10
Week 3: completed 2/17
Week 4: completed 2/24
Week 5: completed 3/2
Week 6: completed 3/5
Week 7: completed 3/16
Week 8: completed 3/23
Week 9: completed 3/29 - WOO HOO!!!!!!!

In 2010 I ran my first 5K and 10K. My goal is to work up to a half marathon.

Personal Information:
I'm 37 years old and married. I have had 2 kids since I joined Spark. DD was born July 2009 and DS was born June 2012.

Other Information:
Some of my likes, in no particular order: writing, traveling, The Amazing Race, books of all sorts, The Ohio State Buckeyes, makeup & beauty products and good food!






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MUSTANGAMORE
8/21/2013 9:24:45 AM

That is a serious amount of fitness minutes! How are your babies? Hope you are well! emoticon



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Happy Earth Day! Monday, April 22nd is Earth Day a day to be in wonder of this wonderful world we live in. There's so many things that you can do to honor Earth Day this month. Take some time to think about how you recycle or reuse things around your home. Maybe pick up a new habit clean habit to honor Earth Day. *~ Paula *~

"There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet." (Brooke Medicine Eagle)
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Happy Easter! Wishing you and yours many blessings this Easter holiday! *~ Paula *~

"The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances." (Robert Flatt)

"Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life." (S.D. Gordon)
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Happy St. Patrick's Day my friend! Sending lots of luck, some cheers and happiness for you always. *~ Paula *~

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
(Irish Blessing)

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2/27/2013 12:39:03 AM

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Hey there! Just dropping in to let you know that I changed my username from "glamrizdiva" to "comfyglamdiva", it suits me more. You know I'm all about glam and being comfy and the two just fit when it comes to me. If you have been following my daily blogs you will have to re-subscribe to them because you don't want to miss out. So, if you see the new name and you were not sure who it was, it's just me with a new name.

Have a great day!
*~ Paula *~
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