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• Policy expert: an expert in matters of public policy, especially in government, the economy or diplomacy, as in, “The dinner conversation was dominated by deep discussions among the Administration's policy wonks.”

• One who studies an issue or a topic thoroughly or excessively.

• An expert in a field, TYPICALLY SOMEONE WHO IS FAIRLY YOUNG AND VERY INTELLIGENT. (emphasis added, tee hee)


My weight wasn't a particular problem until I approached thirty, at which point I joined Weight Watchers. I already had healthy eating habits (whole grains, plant-based diet, etc.) but I learned so much more about food portions, low-fat cooking, establishing an exercise routine, and staying motivated. My now-husband, who needless to say has never had a weight problem, was extremely supportive. I was very successful and maintained a healthy weight for several years.

My weight gradually crept back up as I got married, finished graduate school, went on the job market, moved, and started a new job. Come to think of it, my exercise habits slipped more than my eating habits during this time. Then we had our first baby and I went back to work. I had less time than ever to exercise or cook, my "fast fueler" tendencies really came out, and I returned to my previous high weight.

When our oldest was 2 or 3, I embarked on my second concerted weight loss effort. Building on my Weight Watchers skills, I used a Palm based program -- much like the Spark Nutrition tracker -- to track my food, I worked with a personal trainer at the local Y, and I checked in weekly with a friend by e-mail. Again, I was successful at losing weight, though I didn't quite reach the weight or level of fitness I had the first time around.

Enter becoming pregnant with twins. Naturally (wink), I embraced the advice to gain as much weight as possible so that if the babies came early, they would be bigger and more developed. After they were born (a smidge early and very healthy), I was more sleep-, time-, and energy-deprived than ever. Our oldest needed a lot of attention after being displaced by two babies, plus around the time I went back to work, I had a couple of (routine?) midlife/family/health crises. At some point, I simply abandoned all restraint, which brought me to my current starting point, even heavier (gulp) than when I was carrying twins and twice as heavy (double gulp) as when we got married.

Now I'm ready to do what needs to be done to improve my life -- foremost my weight and overall health. I'm very glad to have found SparkPeople and so far, I'm off to a good start!

Member Since: 6/4/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,291

My Goals:
Lose 80 # in 80 weeks to reach my goal by my 46th Birthday! Reduce waist size and BMI to reduce health risks and feel great.

My Program:
Track food and walk for now. Work up to a consistent 10,000 steps daily + several times per week strength training. Revive my long-lost practices of yoga, meditation, and gratitude. Incorporate "You on a Diet" tips & advice.

Personal Information:
44 years old. Moved to beautiful Evanston, Illinois 11 years ago with my main and only squeeze (aka husband). We have three ADORABLE daughters, ages 9, 5 & 5 (twins).

Work in Chicago in a Think Tank-type environment on health system reform.

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I have a doctorate in economics and a bachelor's in biology. My professional mission is to promote "evidence-based" public policy, i.e., informed, thoughtful decision making not driven by rigid ideology.

Grew up in Pittsburgh and have lived in Boston, DC, and Ohio.

Also lived & worked in several African countries for ~3 years (so long ago now, it feels like a previous incarnation).

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    World Vegetarian Day !Please do something to celebrate - 1st October 2008!
    3340 days ago
    Hi Wonkgrrl...

    Thanks for commenting my page back on 7/7 (shows how behind I am on my comments).

    Glad you are enjoying the blog...and you are right, I'm a little twisted....as are you. I love that comic of the mom/daughter weighing in.
    3354 days ago
    Good afternoon! Just stopping by :) If you haven't dropped by the "Growing Up in the 70's" board recently, just wanted to let you know we have been having fun discussing movies, music, and memorabilia! Check out the movie of the month..artist of the week...or weigh in on the team pic :) Pop on on over...we love to have you jump in on the conversation! Have a great day!

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    Growing up in the 70's!! Memory Lane..
    3358 days ago
    did i ever say thanks for adding me to your page as a friend?...i consider that such an honor...

    besides...i just wanted to stop by your page and sprinkle a little motivation and love...hope all is well with you...

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    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ *Stay plugged in to Spark!!!

    3373 days ago
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    Hey girlie just checking on ya and seeing how you're progressing. How's that water intake coming along?

    Keep on Sparking and have a great weekend.
    3375 days ago
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