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Hello! I'm Kate. I'm a 24-year-old newlywed living in the glamorous Midwest with my husband and our chubby, elderly cat. I'm a graphic designer, so I spend anywhere from 10-12 hours per day sitting in front of a computer screen. This has resulted in me being a little soft around the middle. I'm tired of my tummy, tired of my constant battle with diet and exercise, and tired of being tired! I wanted to get in shape for my wedding, but the planning was so stressful I never made it happen. Now I'm done with the wedding, through the holidays and ready to start making some serious changes! Wish me luck...

Member Since: 12/30/2010

Fitness Minutes: 1,868

My Goals:
2011 is going to be the year of getting my life on track! I've felt like a disorganized mess since college and I want to stop. Here are my plans:

-Figure out what we're eating for the week at the beginning of each week, and cook accordingly.

-Lose my tummy by the summer. (I'm not concerned with numbers on a scale as much as numbers on a measuring tape, and how my clothes fit!)

-Do something active every day, whether it's a fitness DVD, going to the gym, swimming, or Just Dance 2 for the Wii.

-Every night, clean a little around my house to make sure it stays tidy (and I stay motivated!)

-Not eat more than 1500 calories per day.

-Save $25 per week.

-Keep my sanity and have a life, somehow!

My Program:
I'm using SparkPeople's meal plans as a general guide, though I substitute a lot--but it's amazing how much difference it makes just having to type in everything you eat!

I'm also using the Fitness Plan as a general guide, to tell me how many calories/minutes I need to be doing, and suggest exercises for me.

Most days I do "Just Sweat" on the Tough Program of Just Dance 2 for Wii. It's fun and really exhausting!

I am alternating days of doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred DVD. It's super painful so I can't do it every day, but I think it'll get results.

I'm using Nutrition Tracker to help me figure out what I need to cut back on. Fortunately, I love vegetables and don't really like meat! If I can just cut back on cheese, I'll be fine...

I'm trying to drink more water--I don't always enjoy it so it's kind of a challenge, but my skin looks so much better when I do.

Personal Information:
I'm a 24-year-old graphic designer, both working full-time and running my own small business. I'd love to quit my day job and am working toward that goal. I got married in October of 2010 to my wonderful Jimmy, who I've been with since 2002 (we were just 15!).

Other Information:
I love cooking, reading, writing, animals, art, music, movies, and more or less everything life has to offer (except sports). I'm friendly, so if you need a buddy, feel free to hit me up!

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    Bonjour & Hello !
    Thank you for joining the Paris Team. I encourage everyone to share what Paris means to them .. a place to visit, a center of art , or a fashion capital ?
    I live in Paris, and started a small blog at If you are coming to Paris, please let me know. I will buy you a café !
    I love meeting new friends !
    merci !

    1880 days ago
  • v IN102WIN
    Hi welcome to Sparkpeople!!! I'm a newly wed too (Nov 2011) I've been trying to lose weight for a while now... Its hard but you'll get there with Spark WooHoo!!!! emoticon
    2093 days ago
  • v AHMA0601
    how exactly do you roast your veggies and do you make a sauce to go along with them?
    2548 days ago
  • v AHMA0601
    Ill def take up some easy recipes! give me something easy because I am back in college and dont get time to really spend too much time cooking...this week has been bad! i havent worked out yet!! gonna go today!
    2561 days ago
  • v AHMA0601
    I am realy linking it at the moment. I joined it a long time ago but never did much, this time around I did. I started the 28 day bootcamp along with phase 1 on the spark regiment. I cant believe you lost 14 pounds!!! thats awesome!! cant wait till I get there. What do you do for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Id like some tips on improving my meal habits. Healthy snacking is something I have been doing, apples, oranges, trail mix, low fat mozarella string cheese, but meals is something I need to watch out for.
    2568 days ago