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I'm a 45 year old woman in Lincoln NE and am newly engaged! I have a dog named Max and have been back in my hometown for about 6 years now.

Since joining SparkPeople, I quit my office-based travel job of 11 years, cashed out my retirement (at the height of the market, apparently!), attended Life Coaching school, voluntarily didn't work for a year (it took THAT long to decompress)!

After moving back home, I again started to feel the pressure to work so I could take over my Mom's house payment. So I got a job across the street at the grocery store and although I just wanted a no-stress job making donuts in the morning, I somehow got sucked into managing the bakery & deli. After 6 long long months of 50+ hour weeks in a Romper Room atmosphere and endless drive-thru meals, I quit. Then I worked at Barnes & Noble for a year before deciding that I wanted to go back to Travel, but after a grueling, stressful year as a group coordinator I left to back to B&N where I was the happiest!

I'm definitely learning from my mistakes!

I'm now a Bookseller at Barnes and Noble full time! I love being active at work, fetching books for people from one corner of the store to the other... and I do about 1000 squats a day while stocking. actually like my job for the first time in YEARS.

I met the love of my life in June, 2012 and we're engaged to be married in May 2015! Now that I'm happy again and can see my whole life spread out before me, it's time to pick up the pieces and start taking care of ME again!

I owe it to myself to have complete Freedom!

Freedom to wear what I want -- Bikini, skirts, shorts!

Freedom to go where I want -- The beach, reunions, anywhere!

Freedom to do what I want -- Bike through rural Italy, Learn to Surf, Move to Florida, whatever!

I've tried and failed Weight Watchers, Suzanne Somer's program, the SparkPeople diet, Wheat Belly, and just generally trying to eat better and cut the crap food out of my diet.

In February 2014, I was home sick from work and caught the reply of the Dr Oz Show. He had Haylie Pomroy on as a guest to talk about the Fast Metabolism Diet and it really made sense to me! As a bookseller, I remember when it first aired because we were overrun with requests for her book, so I decided to check it out and see what it's all about.

I love FMD!

My first month, I lost 10.8 lbs! That's amazing, considering that I didn't follow it 100%. I refuse to miss out on social events or take a baggie of special food. I don't eat as much at them as I used to, but I do have an cupcake or two. Special events and holidays are just that... SPECIAL. I don't eat dessert and ice cream every day, but when I do, I enjoy it to it's fullest. Then I get right back on the program and keep going.

4/20/14 - I'm just finishing up my second month on the program and before this weekend, was down another 8.2 lbs! We're taking Easter weekend off... too many family obligations. And that's okay! Sure, I feel like crap this morning with one last Easter celebration to go... but there's always tomorrow! It's a good reminder of how I DON'T want to feel. That's for sure. I'm up almost 3 lbs this weekend and my stomach feels distended and gassy. Ick. But I sure got my candy fix. Lol.

I don't count calories and haven't added in hardly any extra exercise since starting her program. Now that it's starting to warm up finally, we'll spend more time outside with the dog and in the garden.

Even though I don't use SparkPeople to track my food or exercise, I do enjoy the accountability of logging in and entering my weight and measurements. I also enjoy the extensive library of articles! It helps keep me motivated and on-track!

Member Since: 11/14/2006

Fitness Minutes: 1,407

My Goals:
Weekly Goal:
Lose 1 lb (I just want to see progress)
Walk Max daily
Eat whole foods
Cut out the crap

Wear shorts comfortably this summer!

Reset my internal equilibrium! I've been the same weight and measurements every time I restart SparkPeople!

My Program:
I follow the Fast Metabolism Diet from Haylie Pomroy!

Personal Information:
I was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska! Married & Divorced here as well. Moved to Chicago for 5 years. Moved back home in May 2008! Met the love of my life in June 2012, got engaged January 12 2014, and will be married May 2 2015!

Living with my fiance Dane and dog Max.

4 nieces. 3 nephews, and a grand-niece!

Other Information:
The Rock Boat changed my life!
2003, 2005, & 2007!

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