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Hello fellow Sparklers! I am Contessa, a 44yo very happy wife and Paramedic in Alabama. I am Mom of 6 kids and GrandMom of 9. Yes, I am NOT old enough, I know, but their parents started early. I am an ExSmoker since Valentines Day 2007. I have always been a little plump : ), but not until I quit smoking have I had so much trouble losing weight. I Love God and Praise Him for all my many Blessings. I am also "blessed" with too much "plump" for my comfort and health. So here I am. I am absolutely LOVING Spark. I have learned so much about calories and working out. I have been trying to encourage my husband to join, if only to keep up with his daily nutrition.
I work ALOT. I work a 24 hr shift then I am off 48hr. While off, I work PT as a medic for a major construction site. I've Gained alot of weight for this 5'4" frame over the last year and half. I am heavier than I've ever been @ 160. My metabolism has slowed to a crawl since I quit smoking so I need to develop a new way of living. I really want to get back to riding my bike as much as I used to ( I am up to 8 miles so far). The hardest part just before planning meals is getting my exercise in each day. I need to get a little better on my bike and I will be able to ride it to work (save gas in the meantime). I am taking it one day at a time. I don't weigh myself often as I prefer to judge my success by the way my clothes fit, my energy level and whether I stayed within my plan. Everything else will fall into place. I try not to beat myself down or get dicouraged when I have made a bad choice, which I sometimes do. I just get up, dust myself off and get back on track. I don't often feel like I look good and, as silly as it seems, I need validation when I think I do. I have a happy life, a great marriage, a beautiful family, a good home and fantastic job. Like most women, I do have bad days, days when I feel sorry for myself (I sometimes have reasons), days when I am down and depressed, and days when I am ill as @#*& and can't explain it, and days when I carry around guilt, frustration and fear (for many reasons). I am glad to be @ Sparkpeople. So far it's been a GREAT ride!

Member Since: 5/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,095

My Goals:
Lose 30 lbs.

Bike 20 miles 3x a week.

Look better and feel better about myself.

My Program:
Counting calories and fat primarily. Moving more. Adding exercises throughout the day. Lots of water. Snack on fruits. Don't deprive myself or criticize myself for doing less than the day before. I am learning to enjoy more healthy foods. I more often prefer healthier choices. I have conditioned myself to enjoy drinking water throughtout the day (I used to absolutely HATE water). I am in the early stages of my personal transformation. Spark is a great motivator!

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    Hello "Sweet Home Alabama" Team...
    Just stopping in to check on you.
    Have a beautiful blessed day!
    Hugs, Teresa
    2326 days ago
    Hello "SWEET HOME ALABAMA" Team,
    Just strolling around visiting team members
    to invite you to come & check out the team.
    I'm the new team leader; Just let me know
    what you would like to see on the team
    2385 days ago
  • v VHASKEW36
    Hey girl, really been missing your post over on Sweet Home Alabama. Hope you're haveing a fantastic Mother's Day Weekend. God bless, Ginny
    3240 days ago
  • v VHASKEW36
    Just stopping by to say hello, and let you know I miss seeing you on the team. I hope you'll come back soon. Trust all is well with you, been hectic around my house since first of the year, but now with the weather getting warmer I'm ready to KICK BUTT,. How bout you? God bles, Ginny (SHA)
    3333 days ago
  • v VHASKEW36
    Hey girl, have really missed you on the team post. I hope that you had a fantastic Christmas and that your New Year is filled with blessings. Hope to see you back very soon. God bless, Ginny
    3362 days ago
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