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I'm starting over, in more ways than one (for some background, click on my blog entry for June 10, 2013). I am a perpetual optimist, and can find the positive in most (if not all) situations. So while other might regard this period in my life as a sad ending, I see a new beginning. An opportunity for growth and change, one which I plan to take full advantage of.

I'll be recording my journey here. While I might appear to wear my heart on my sleeve, I too keep many things private and guarded. But SP has always struck me as a safe place, and I feel I can let that guard down here.

Stay tuned ...

Member Since: 3/15/2011

Fitness Minutes: 4,094

My Goals:
1. Permanently change my eating habits to be more healthy

2. Make exercise and healthy, loving movement a part of my everyday life

3. Lose 100-110 lbs.

4. Be a size 8 (although I estimate that losing 100-110 lbs will result in a smaller size)

5. Wear a bikini!

6. Wear calf-high leather boots (that aren't XX wide)!


Starting weight: 242#
06/10/13: 242#

Next Weigh-in: 06/24/13

First Challenge Goal:
218# by 09/02/13

Second Challenge Goal:
194# by 11/25/13

Third Challenge Goal:
170# by 12/17/14

Fourth Challenge Goal:
146# by 05/12/14

Final Challenge Goal:
134# by 06/23/14

My Program:
I am (sort-of) following the Body-For-Life for Women program. I will be doing 4 consecutive 12-Week Challenges, with separate weight loss goals for each challenge.

I'm starting out with TurboJam, and then I'll work my way up to some other work out DVDs to keep it interesting and new. I've got JM's 30-day Shred, some Biggest Loser DVDs, Hip Hop Abs, and Rockin' Body (among others). Ultimately, I want to work my way up to TurboFire.

Another super-important element for me is diet. When I say diet, I mean NUTRITION (not "I'm on a diet"). I'm focusing on eating most - if not all - whole foods, and reducing my calorie intake to a healthy level. I've been reading a lot of books on nutrition lately, and I look forward to incorporating what I've learned into daily practice.

Personal Information:
I live and work in Washington, DC (which makes it difficult to leave work on time - everyone here is a workaholic!). In my spare time I read books, write fiction, play piano or guitar & sing, and sometimes I scrapbook and make jewelry (among other crafty things). I also enjoy acting but it doesn't fit into my schedule right now. I am also a FLYbaby!!!

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You have to realize what makes you happy. The kitchen always does that for me.
�Michelle Bernstein, chef

Most successful people begin with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.
�David Brooks

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    Welcome! You can do it! Nice video blog! Great idea! You are so DONE! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2459 days ago
    We're gettin' funky in downtown Doneville today! In honor of you, all the girls will be singing the 1973 classic "Love Train", not O'Jays style, but Done Girls style!! WooHOO! Here's what it sounds like:

    People all over the world (everybody)
    Join hands (join)
    Start a DONE train, love train
    People all over the world (all the world, now)
    Join hands (love ride)
    Start a DONE train (done ride), love train
    The next stop that we make will be soon
    Tell all the folks in Russia, and China, too
    Don't you know that it's time to get on board
    And let this train keep on riding, riding on through
    Well, well
    People all over the world (you don't need no money)
    Join hands (come on)
    Start a *DONE* train, done train (don't need no ticket, come on)

    Yep, we're spreading Done Love, girlie! Welcome to the team, we're so glad you're here!
    2498 days ago
    emoticon Hey there! emoticon Join me in a DONE Girls dance!! WoOoo HoOooo!!

    I just wanted to welcome you to the DONE Being the Fat Girl Spark Team!!! We are always happy to have a new DONE Girl with us. Take your time, feel your way around our various threads, and please feel free to ask any one of us if you have any questions,concerns, needs, or anything! We are DONE Sisters and here to support each other!
    emoticon Always! emoticon
    Good luck on your goals! So glad you joined us!
    XOXO, Nixie (Co-leader of the DONE Girls) emoticon emoticon
    2500 days ago
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