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I joined SparkPeople in 2007. I had just given birth to premature twins with special needs and I was having trouble adjusting to their care schedule and returning to my pre-pregnancy weight. I decided to use this site as a calorie counting tool and nothing more.

Five years later, my sons are still a joy and a challenge. I never returned to the active, healthy lifestyle I enjoyed before my children were born. I gained weight steadily at a rate of about 10 pounds a year, my poor diet and insomnia were causing me to age rapidly, and all of my hair fell out. Finally two things happened: I had a cancer scare and I was mistaken for a senior by a stranger. I knew that if I didn't make some changes, My life was going to end and my children would be alone.

I wallowed in pity for awhile when I came to that realization. Then, I got moving. My goals were to get healthier, adapt to my life's stress, find a social outlet, and to keep moving forward (no excuses, no regrets).

Member Since: 12/4/2007

Fitness Minutes: 4,134

My Goals:
My neighborhood playground is closed for renovation this winter. When it reopens this Spring, I want to be able to keep up with my children when they play. My goal is to stay focused on my program, improve my coping skills, become more adaptable, and, on my 36th birthday, to take a family portrait with my children that we can be proud of.

My weight goal is to lose 100 lbs before my children turn 7.

Goal Loss with Rewards (using the 10% Goal System):

Goal Weight / Reward
240/Wii Accessories
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176/SparkCoach Membership.

My Program:
I perform low-impact exercise 6 days a week and strength train 3 days a week. I use the caloric guidelines that SparkPeople provided and eat mostly whole foods.

I perform some relaxation activity everyday (aromatherapy, meditation, yoga, deep breathing, etc.).

When I get closer to the 200 pound mark, I will add more strength training and high impact exercise.

Personal Information:
I am a single mother of twins and live in Philadelphia, PA.

Other Information:
I love to read! My current favorites are some help help and a lot of sci-fi (especially anything with a strong female lead). My favorite authors are Louise Hay, Connie Willis, Ursula K. LeGuin, George R.R. Martin, and Octavia E. Butler. I love serial novels, so I'll give almost anything a chance.

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  • v JAMBABY0
    Stopping to say good luck on your journey!
    1808 days ago
    I love the Wii Fit Challenge! It has really help me to get up and get started!
    1809 days ago
  • v SHARON10002
    Thank you so very much for reading and commenting on my blog, Loving Yourself: My Body Pledge of Allegiance, and for signing on by leaving a comment, and taking the pledge to be your own champion!

    I feel more strongly than ever that this is indeed the first hurdle we must conquer. Because of all the positive feedback I have received during this series from those who have been reading and following, I am going to continue with helping not only myself, but those who have committed via this pledge made to themselves to do that with more blogs on this topic. I am confident that we can move forward from here. This was the first step off the starting line. Let's move forward together!

    Many fellow Spark Friends have already committed to and taken the Body Pledge of Allegiance, and more are joining each day. These small actions can make a big difference. It is about coming together and offering our strength to one another. Together we are uniting our conviction, and echoing the voices of ourselves, and for women and girls everywhere to love ourselves as we are, no matter where we are. It is the energy of the this conviction and the movement that will propel us all forward into becoming who we wish to truly be, and ultimately, to achieving all that we are striving to achieve, not only here, but in our lives.

    Let's “Spark a mini revolution of loving ourselves”! Together we can do it!

    1814 days ago
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    Welcome to Black Girls RUN! I am looking forward to getting to know you and supporting each other as we accomplish our goals.

    Please drop by our team page, introduce yourself, and join the team goals.... tracking it THE key to building consistency and making progress. Run, Black girl, run!!! Have a fantastic week!

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    1814 days ago
    Ms_Zenzi, Hope you are getting enough sleep and after I started eating whole foods when I went back to the processed food it made me sick. Hang in there. Keep pushing!!

    1814 days ago
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