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Saturday, February 23, 2013

This is for the Springing into Spring challenge 1! (Way to procrastinate until the very last minute to get this done... )

In addition to being a a procrastinator... I am a 38, almost 39, year old soon-to-be-business-owner who lives in Texas. I actually restarted Spark at the beginning of this year, right after I quit my job (queue "Take This Job and Shove It") so I could start my own business. I was a marketing executive and had been there a long time, in a very stressful role. The past several years I travelled quite a bit as we expanded operations, and really had a tough time staying consistent with exercise or eating right due to the travel. I know that is a convenient excuse, but the travel mixed with stress was a pretty potent combination. Starting a business is obviously also very stressful, but the excitement of it beats everything else! and not travelling is huge!!

I am married to a computer guy who I met in college (Hook 'em Horns!). He is a former athlete who is returning to exercise after a too-long absence. It is really nice to be on this journey together. I have tried to exercise and lose weight by myself before, and really find that that having him in the same boat has helped me stay on track a lot! He doesn't have nearly the weight to lose that I do, but dropping 25-30 lbs will be good for him.

I have what some might call an unhealthy obsession with HGTV and DIYNetwork and love decorating and working on my 40 year old house. I am very eco-concious and try to do what I can to make the world cleaner and healthier. I eat organic as much as I can and as my wallet will allow (but always buying the "dirty dozen" organic!!), and only eat fish and poultry. I gave up all mammals about 18 months ago. I'm not a nazi about it - if I am eating at a friends who makes pot roast I'll have a little bit but just focus on veggies, and it is amazing how many things have bacon in them when you eat out! but at home, nothing but chicken, turkey, shrimp and the occasional tilapia. (I really am trying to learn more about cooking fish - I just recently started eating it)

I have two precious kitties who I love like my children. We don't have any kids, but one of the reasons I want to lose weight is with the idea that perhaps we might have them. I know I am a little late to the game o this one, so we'll see how that goes...

I love being outside - mostly sitting on a patio drinking margaritas - but also the occasional hike, bike ride or golf. And gardening - I love working in my yard! The hubby bought us a treadmill last x-mas so that is my main exercise right now along with some minor strength training that I really need to step up.

I'm excited to be part of this challenge. I hope I can stick to it - obviously not getting off on the right foot, but que sera sera ...
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  • KBELLE1224
    Great blog! I love you personality! I chuckled a few times reading it!! emoticon
    Glad that we are sparklers together!! emoticon
    1821 days ago
    So glad to have you on the Sparklers! It's going to be a great challenge!
    1821 days ago
    Welcome back. emoticon
    1821 days ago
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