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August 1, 2008 - After saying good bye to my dear husband as he heads off to Iraq, I have decided to set a new goal. I feel empowered that I can be even more fit and weigh less than I ever thought was possible for me. Spark has everything to do with that new confidence after dropping 25 pounds!
The next leg of my journey I am going to concentrate more on reshaping my body and less on decreasing the number on my scale. I have picked up some books on clean eating as well as Jillian Michael's "Making the Cut" and I am ready to see my body's potential. I adjusted my weight ticker to reflect another 9lb weight loss goal, but it will not be my main focus. Keep on sparking everyone!

UPDATE! JULY 20, 2008- I met my goal weight today! I can't believe I did it and there is no way I could have accomplished it with out Spark. This website has kept me inspired, motivated, and focused on my goal and I am living proof that if you put the work in and keep moving forward - even on the days where you feel like you can't count another calorie or exercise another minute- you can reach your goal! I feel amazing and confident enough to go for another 10 lbs. I didn't think I was meant to ever be under 150, but maybe I just never knew my true potential? Thank you to all my Spark friends, you inspire me and have helped me more than you can ever know! I special shout out to my friends on the SP Class of March 30-April 5 team - YOU ALL ARE THE SECRET TO MY SUCCESS! ;)

When my daughter was 3 I finally lost all of my "baby weight" and was in the best shape of my life. I had followed the South Beach diet with great success and was below my goal weight of 150. A trip to Hawaii with my husband was my motivation. The trip was awesome in fact we found out we were expecting our 2nd child. My son is now 2 and I have no more excuses for the 23 extra pounds I'm lugging around. Though South Beach worked, it is a very hard diet to maintain and stick to without shopping for special food items, looking for items on restaurant menus that may be suitable for the diet, and feeling slightly deprived from "real food and desserts". This time I want to be realistic and watch my portions and calories and start jogging again.
I have a large frame, so I don't expect to be "thin", and guess what? I don't want to be THIN I want to be FIT! I want someone to look at me and think, "wow, she must work out" instead of "wow, she needs to eat a cheeseburger". ;)

A lot of people mention "baby steps" to getting on track to fitness and health, but that isn't for me. I am a very results oriented person, if I see results, then I am more likely to stick with something. Doing a little at a time just wasn't good enough for me and I am seeing fantastic results from sticking to my calorie range and making my calories count with lots of fiber, whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies. I have made exercise a priority for the first time in my life and found how wrong I was that I thought I hated to run. I LOVE to run. I feel invigorated, ecstatic, at peace, ALIVE when my arms are pumping, my lungs are filled with air, and my feet pound the ground (or treadmill) to the rhythm of the song on my ipod. I find that in focusing on running, I focus less on the scale and the weight loss is just a pleasant side

Member Since: 4/3/2008

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My Goals:
1) To feel better about myself physically. I like and am confident in who I am as a person, I just want to feel that way about my appearance
2) To enjoy summer and wear a TANK TOP and have no fear about it
3) To improve every week with my speed and distance when I run
4)To stop obsessing about my weight and be happy when I reach my goal, instead of still wishing i were even thinner

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1) I am keeping my calories between 1250 and 1500 and making them "good" calories with lots of fiber fresh fruits and veggies. I am trying to avoid sweets completely for now, or I will overindulge.
2) I am working out by running on my treadmill 5 days per week and strength training 2 days per week. I do at least 30 minutes per day, sometimes a lot more, sometimes a little less. Right now I am consistently running 3-4 miles. I alternate between hill running and interval sprints and do 1 long distance day.
5-24-08 Ran my personal best today of 5.17 miles. I am so proud of myself!

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  • v SSUESM
    Shimmer, it looks like you no longer come to Spark anymore emoticon

    Miss chatting with you, but know you are incredibly busy with those beautiful kids of yours. Hope all is well with them and your husband.

    All the best! emoticon
    2250 days ago
  • v SSUESM
    SHIMMER, if you happen to log in to SPark any time soon, just wanted you to know that I hope you're finally getting settled into your new routine. Thinking of you and wishing you well!

    All the best,
    Sue emoticon
    3323 days ago
  • v CINCIN65
    Hey girl, where ya been? We miss your posts!!
    3333 days ago
  • v SSUESM
    Hi, SHIMMER! How are you doing? I hope your summer is ending on a positive note as you get things organized for back-to-school! I miss reading your encouraging "moving forward" posts in SP Class team.

    Hey, 9 more pounds til you reach your goal! emoticon emoticon
    3339 days ago
    Just wanted to stop by and say hi. Your ticker is looking pretty AWESOME! You're almost to goal! emoticon Keep up the good work!
    3346 days ago
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