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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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  • v TLB513
    I was just on the MP3 Lovers Unite team threads...and wanted to give you KUDOs and PROPs for hanging in there, on the challenge, even if it did seem you were by yourself!!!! I was on vacation, had some of the 24/7 'stuff' hit me when I returned and haven't been able to get back on track. I do, however, have a plan and will be back at it this time next week!
    Keep up the good work!!!!
    3533 days ago
  • v VHASKEW36
    Hey Contessa, Been missing you on the message boards this past week. Always look forward to your imput, you bring a ray of sunshine even on a rainy day, Hope you're just extra busy and nothings wrong. Have a blessed week end. Ginny
    3535 days ago
  • v HOWARD05
    Hey thanks for stopping by! I needed to regroup. Had some horrible numbers on the scale and I lost it!!

    Back and ready to rock!

    3537 days ago
    Hi, thanks for stopping by!! I'm much more motivated this week. Though last night I ate SO much ice cream!! I've decided not to buy any more ice cream. Having it in the house is just dangerous for me. So...I don't think I am making too much progress and I am afraid to step on the scale. But I am working out every day, which I hope is helping a little bit.
    I hope you are doing well!! Have a fab day!! emoticon
    3539 days ago
    Hi! Just wanted to say that you are doing great on the challenge! Keep up the awesome work!!! emoticon
    3541 days ago
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