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This is My Year!

Hi! I'm a 25 year old graphic designer from Ohio. I decided back in January that this is my year to make a change. Around 4 years ago I had lost 50+ pounds and was on my way to a healthier weight. Unfortunately, once my boyfriend and I started getting in that comfortable zone of our relationship, I started picking up bad eating habits. I ended up putting back on 30 or more pounds. So at the beginning of the year I set a goal to lose 60-65 lbs.
Hi! I'm a 25 year old graphic designer from Ohio. I decided back in January that this is my year to make a change. Around 4 years ago I had lost 50+ pounds and was on my way to a healthier weight. Unfortunately, once my boyfriend and I started getting in that comfortable zone of our relationship, I started picking up bad eating habits. I ended up putting back on 30 or more pounds. So at the beginning of the year I set a goal to lose 60-65 lbs.




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My Goals:
In January my goal was to lose 60-65 lbs. So far I've lost 32 lbs (as of May 5th).

My ultimate goal is to lose most of my weight by early/mid September when I'll be going on a houseboat vacation with my boyfriend and a group of our friends. For the first time in my life, I want to look awesome in a bathing suit!

I also just want to make an overall lifestyle change. No more yo-yo diets or spurts of working out for months and then complete inactivity. It's time to take control of my life!

My Program:
In January I started making changes to my diet and began riding my stationary bike for an hour each day. I quickly lost 10 lbs. I was bored with the bike though so I started doing Zumba. It was a great change of pace and I continued losing weight. The more I've been working out, the more I've wanted to challenge myself. So I began doing high intensity circuit training using Jillian Michael's dvds.

In April I hit a plateau in my weight loss so I changed it up again doing Bob Harper's Kettlebell Cardio Shred. The weight is finally starting to drop and I am HOOKED on kettlebells! They are amazing! I still have fat to shed all over my body but I'm getting muscle definition I've never had before. Once I reach my goal, this body is going to be toned and solid as a rock!

Personal Information:
My name is Tante and I'm a 25 year old female from Ohio. I work as a graphic designer which doesn't help the waistline! I live with my boyfriend of 3 years in our home that we bought in 2009. No kids, except our boxer Murphy :)

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SOUTHERNYANKEE
5/24/2011 11:20:59 AM

Congrats on your 1st healthy weekend. I know how tough weekends are and I'm happy for you :) Hope your having a good week so far!

~*Kasi*~



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KIERAE
5/20/2011 12:30:40 PM

Welcome to the Tattooed Women's team. Don't hesitate to holler if you have any questions or need any help. Look forward to having you on the team!




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JODIWHITE19
5/16/2011 12:09:41 AM

Welcome!! Thanks for the friend add emoticon I'm glad to hear that you made it to the 140s cause I'm starting to lose hope lol!! Well I hope we can encourage eachother on this journey emoticon
Cheers Jodi



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LYNDALOVES2HIKE
5/6/2011 5:32:09 PM

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Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - some of the teams you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!

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If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.

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If you haven't already discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.

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Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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