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I am a 45 year old Paramedic at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. Because my job is very sedentary(I work as an Occupational Health Paramedic from 11pm-7am) combined with 20 years working on a system status ambulance (which means we did not have stations to return to , we spent our 12-16 hour shifts in the ambulance and we never had scheduled breaks )my weight gain has gotten out of control.

While working on the ambulance, meals would always be "fast food" at whatever location I was posted at. I tried numerous times to bring my meals to work, but most of my meals had to be microwaved and the local 7-11's weren't EMS friendly. (no heating up food unless you buy it in the store) So, it was easier to just drive through the McDonald's and get a quick meal. And since I work the overnight shift McDonald's were the only 24hr restaurants that were open and quick. I can count how many times I have gotten my meal and would have to eat enroute to an emergency call. ( Not the safest thing to do but you had to eat when you could)

I am absolutely disgusted with how I look and I how I feel. This is my second time around with Spark People. Last year, I joined in June and by September I had lost 30 lbs. But, due to some "stressors" in my life combined with the holidays and not being able to run in the cold weather , I have have gained all of the weight back. So, here we go again! But this time instead of having one workout buddy. I have a WHOLE team of people who want to accomplish the goal of not just looking healthier but eating healthier. I started a "fitness group" at my job and have quite a few people who are a strong support group. Hopefully, within the next three months I will have this weight OFF again and for good.

Member Since: 6/19/2007

Fitness Minutes: 2,187

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My goal is to lose 40 lbs again!

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My program consists of eating low calorie-low carb foods ( I try) Eliminating Coca-Cola well that has proved to be the hardest considering I am used to drinking at least one Coke a day. As soon as I get over the caffeine withdrawals life will be good.

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I am a Paramedic from Orlando, FL. I have been happily married to a wonderful man for the past 20 years. I have an 11- year-old son who I homeschool. I also own two businesses a billiard sales and service company and an online bookstore. And on top of all that I am attending VCC and finishing up my Hospitality Management degree. So, I guess you can say I wear many "hats" but you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way.........

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  • v CWYNN01
    emoticon To the Spark Orlando Team emoticon

    Just wanted to welcome you to the Orlando team. We are happy to have you with us here on Spark. We are having a luncheon next Saturday, July 31st at Houlihans (12:00 Noon) in Orlando if you would like to join us.

    Please feel free to email me anytime with questions or for support.

    Hope you have a wonderful & healthy day!!


    Cassandra (Co-Leader, Spark Orlando)
    2286 days ago
    Thankyou so much for adding me to your friend list. Sorry it took me a while to add you. Life gets crazy busy for us, sounds like you can truly relate to that! You are one busy individual yourself! Please come visit me anytime~I love leaving my sparkdoor opened for spark family. Coffee is always on, and the water is forever chilled. :o)

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    2418 days ago
    Thank you for responding and telling me your story Cheri! Thanks for the encouragement! Despite this roadblock, I know I can do this!

    2435 days ago
  • v BIXIE23
    Your Tampa 5k sounds fun, although I giggle to think of myself trying some of those obstacles LOL

    Have you read any of the info about the Expedition: Everest run that Disney is hosting? I can't remember the date, but it's going to be a 5k run with a scavenger hunt--I think the hunt follows the run, rather than being DURING the run. It's expensive to me, though, so I think we'll be skipping that one.
    3051 days ago
  • v BIXIE23
    Thanks for the comment on my blog--sorry it took so long for me to comment back! My daughter is 10 too--turning 11 this week. Is yours coming with you to the Watermelon 5k? If so, we should definitely try to meet up so the girls can meet too!
    3051 days ago
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