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6/24/13 3:36 P

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Just joined Spark yesterday and am hoping this site helps to motivate me and support me when I don't feel so motivated. I live in Grimes with my husband, 3 kids, and our cat. emoticon

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6/7/13 8:42 A

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I was a member here before but had to cancel my old account (Thalia_Raynne) as it was hacked into. But I am back with a new account and have a new outlook.

I am from a small North Central Iowa town called Rudd. Not much to do to in this little town, but I love walking around our lake that we have since its a mile around and you know exactly how much you walk around...lol. But anyways, I am married to a wonderful man for almost 15 years and we have a very active 11 year girl who will be heading into the 6th grade this next fall...boy where does the time go. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone.





~~~ Katie ~~~

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I don't like the cold. Never have. I love to be outdoors, doing photoshoots, camping, hiking, biking, etc. So....I am ready for the warmer temps!

Amy ♥
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. Romans 5:3

Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

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10/29/12 2:47 P

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I like it around 65, but the sunny 55 days are ok too. I tend to run warm, and when it gets to the 70s, I start feeling hot. I don't know about moving south. I dream of Hawaii, but I've lived there before (Air Force brat).

Chris

Mom of six wonderful kids including 6 year old twins. I'm also a hypothyroid patient, which makes weight loss that much more difficult.

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10/27/12 12:41 P

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So who all like the colder weather we are now getting?

I'd love to see 65 to 75 tempts again.
Or should I movie south:)

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6/30/12 9:44 A

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Since I have been inactive around here and most of you probably don't even know me I thought I would post a little about me all over again.

My name is Amy and I am 37rs old. I live in Iowa City, IA. We have 2 kids, Ryan and Abby and we homeschool. I run my own photography business out of the home. I love to read, knit, take photos of everything, go camping, hiking, and watch Doctor Who! I am very active in our church and with the church, homeschooling and the business I stay pretty busy all the time.

I need to lose about 50lbs and just stopped doing anything about it. I need to get back into the swing of things and really taking better care of me.

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5/31/12 4:53 P

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Name/Age: Rathi, 28

Location: Johnston, IA

Children/Ages: Sahana 3.5 and Nilanya 5onths old

DH/SO/BF?-Age: Husband - Mani 36

Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: lost 35lbs btwn sept 2010 and March 2011, then got pregnant, gained most of it back, but lost 13lbs since recommitting. Then hubby decided to take up a new job, and uprooted us out of PA to IA, just been 2wks actually, I haven't worked out in a month, and wanting to go back to my healthy lifestyle. I currently weigh 137lbs and would love to be at 110lbs, btw am just 5ft2in tall..lol

Anything Else You May Want To Add: Enh!

~Rathi~

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Failure is only a fact when you give up. Everyone gets knocked down, the question is: Will you get back up?
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4/26/12 10:08 P

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Name/Age: Cryssi, 37
Location: Cedar Rapids
Children/Ages: Josh - 16, Ash - 14, Lexi - 12, Damien - 8
DH/SO/BF?-Age: Husband - Adam - 32
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: I'm currently focusing on getting back on track with my eating and activity. I made my goal weight once, then let things go. Stress and life got the best of me and I'm ready to take control again.
Anything Else You May Want To Add: I'm a tomboy. I love the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, working on cars and computers. Oh, and I LOVE fast cars and big trucks! LOL

~Cryssi~

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9/16/11 11:27 P

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Hello from Des Moines.

4/10/10 Drake Grand Mile 1M 14:19
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10/10/11 Meals for the Heartland 5K 30:00
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Hi, I have been a member of this team for awhile but just finally introducing myself. I am a mom of 2 and have been a member on spark for 3 years now!!! Each year keeps getting better and living a healthy lifestyle feels amazing.

I should add I instruct Zumba in Tipton so if you are even in my area, I'd love for you to try my class!!

GO HAWKS!!!

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7/3/11 2:55 P

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hi I am new and I am looking for buddy from iowa city or coralville ,any advice.


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5/6/11 5:21 P

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Hello from Iowa City!! I am the co-leader here and wanted to pop in and welcome all the new members!!!

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Hello from Chucktown

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2/2/11 4:01 P

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Hello from Osceola!

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HI Robin,
I just move to Hampton, IA ben here a week.
Funny you call Hampton small I think it's HUGE!lol
How long have you lived in Hampton?

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4/13/10 8:30 A

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Welcome! Check out our April Challenge and the daily challenge! Great to have you join our team!!

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Leader of the Iowa Moms team www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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4/12/10 8:59 P

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I'm newbie "Iowa Moms" (34 years old, married, and mom of a 10 year-old, 8 year-old, & 3 year-old)seeking motivation & inspiration from other "Iowa Moms!"

I was first introduced to the Sparkpeople website in 2009. [Only used it sporadically though.] In Jan 2010, I established new weightloss/lifestyle goals and have fairly religiously logged my nutrition/fitness since.

I'm not new to weightloss. Between my second and third child, I got into gear and lost 55 lbs that I had carried since before I had children. I maintained that lifestyle (low fat, healthy carbs, running 4-5 miles 4-5 days a week, etc.) until I got pregnant with my third child. Old habits returned, my fitness level decreased (to zero) and my weight crept up. And I have been at that weight since (he's three and a half now)!

I have made several attempts to get going again, but nothing has stuck until now. Sparkpeople is a fantastic tool! And, I owe a lot to my co-workers, we try to keep each other motivated throughout the day. We have been doing Leslie Sansone DVD's everyday since Jan. on our lunch breaks.

I am currently in a pattern of doing great throughout the week and allowing myself too much "give" on the weekends - eating too much, not drinking enough water, not exercising; which has probably resulted in this plateau that I am on. Mondays have become my "back in the saddle day." Just want to get through one weekend without blowing all the good during the week.

That's me in a nutshell. Thank you!

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2/25/10 2:55 P

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Welcome! I love the small team too! Just let us know if you need anything!

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2/25/10 1:22 P

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I'm new here, and I'm glad to have found a group with members under the thousands. I think all of sparkpeople is great, but this is a quite nice group.

I'm 46 years old, I have been dieting my whole life, well let's just say the last 20 years. I was of a normal weight all through high school, 145 pounds, I'm 5'10" tall; then I married and gained 40 pounds.

2 kids later and 20 years I am up to a whopping 253 pounds. Not my highest weight, but pretty close.

In my mind, I still weigh 145 or 185 (goal weight); but when I try and exercise, or walk stairs, it is a gentle reminder, or a loud scream that brings me back to reality.

I hope that I can figure it out finally. And with your help and support I know I will be able to. emoticon

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1/10/10 9:15 P

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My husband tried to take the boys out after lunch and they were out there for maybe 10 minutes. That wind was brutal!! It is going to be a huge mess. I got the call from our bus driver that it's hard surfaces only tomorrow. I guess that means I'm taking Matthew to school. I need to get groceries anyway, so I might as well take him all the way to school instead of trying to meet the bus.

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1/10/10 8:10 P

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I was hoping to get the kids out today to play in the snow and maybe make a snowman but then the wind started whipping around and we decided against it. The cold is wearing on me. When this all starts to melt it's going to be a BIG mess though LOL

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1/7/10 7:00 P

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I hate that cold blast! I'm glad that I didn't have to go out today, even though I'm getting tired of being in the house.

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1/7/10 6:04 P

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Everyone enjoying the weather?! LOL I don't mind snow but when I go out and the wind picks it up and smacks me in the face with it I don't really enjoy it! Good day to stay inside. Did my Biggest Loser DVD and maybe some walking/jogging on treadmill later :)

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Cool! I didn't know there was an Ia group. I'm in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area.



Full-time homeschooling mom of 4 curious kids (ages 15,12,9,4) & 4 guinea pigs.



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1/6/10 12:03 P

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I'm in Fontanelle, so I'm not too far away!

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I live in Panora. It's a small town about 45 miles West of Des Moines.

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1/6/10 11:52 A

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Welcome! Check out the January Challenge! Where are you in central Iowa?

Kellie

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1/6/10 11:47 A

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Hi all! I'm an Iowan Mommy too! Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a stay at home mom and watch a few kids in my home. I have a 7 yr/o daughter and a 2 yr/o son. I live in central Iowa. Looking forward to getting to know all of you!

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thanks for the welcome...I will check it out! :)

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Welcome to the team Robin!! If you have any questions just speak up! Be sure, like Kellie mentioned, to check out the January Challenge!
My name is Amy, I am a 34yr old SAHM living in Lone Tree. It's a small town too, so I can relate. I have an 11yr old son and a 7yr old daughter. My hubby Ralph drives a semi otr.
I do daycare part time and run my own photography business.

Amy

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1/3/10 8:20 A

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Welcome to the team Robin! Feel free to ask any questions. We're here to help each other! Also, check out the January Challenge!

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Hello all you Iowa mom's!! I am Robin, I am married have a 9 year son in 3rd grade. I live in a small town Hampton and I am a substitute teacher and a waitress! I am looking forward to meeting all you mom's who live in the state!!
Happy New Year!!
~ Robin

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Welcome to all the new members who have joined us recently! This team rocks!

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Welcome Michelle! We're here to help any way that we can. Feel free to post any questions or concerns that you have.

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Hi. My name is Michelle. I live in Waterloo. I'm excited that I found SparkPeople, especially when I found an Iowa team for moms. I'm 27 yrs old and a mother of two. I have a daughter, Abby, who turns 3 soon and I have a son, Alex, he's 8 months. My husband is Chris and I was happy that he decided to join SparkPeople with me. I have dieted most of my life, but was always active with sports. With the pregnancy of Abby, I gained 70 lbs. I had motivation to lose all of it because I had a wedding to plan and a honeymoon in Jamaica. I had a year to lose it. I lost all of my pregnancy weight, plus 5 lbs and it was easy compared to where I am now after the birth of Alex. I gained 60 lbs with Alex. I'm down 40 lbs but struggling with the last 20. I'm looking forward to my new diet here and so far it's a wonderful motivation to me. emoticon

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Welcome Michele!

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Hi, everyone! My name is Michele and I'm 42, married to my high school sweetheart, Jay, for almost 20 years. We are the proud parents of 2 kids, ages 13 and 15 and I teach high school Spanish. I've struggled with my weight all of my adult life, but it definitely has gotten worse now that I'm in my 40's. Not only do I have less TIME due to all the activities my kids are involved with, but it seems it takes MORE to get the weight off than it did a few years ago. Consistency seems to be my major obstacle, but I keep plugging away and taking joy in small successes.

I live in a small town between Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, along the Cedar River and have not found many buddies in my area to walk with. Hoping that could change with this group.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone!

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5 pounds GONE!!
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Week 7: 229 (-0)
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Week 9: 226.2 (-2)
Week 10: 225.2 (-1) 10.6 pounds GONE!!
Week 11: 225.6 (+.4)
Week 12: 225 (-.6)
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First Goal: 224 pounds DONE!!!
Week 14: 223.6 (-.4)
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Welcome Sherry! Check out the April Challenge!!

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Hello everyone - My name is Sherry, I'm 42, married for almost 20 years to my eighth grade sweetheart Keith, and have 2 kids, 19 and 9, full time job, part time student. I've been on SP going on 4 weeks now. Been very slow, BUT for someone who never liked exercising, I blew my goal out of the water last week, so we had to re-do my calorie ranges. My original goal was to burn 650 calories a week, and I ended up just shy of 2500! I'm proud of myself!! I live in Agency, about 5 miles east of Ottumwa, in SE Iowa. Looking forward to chatting with everyone!

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Welcome to the team! Check out the March challenge!

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Hi everyone, I'm new here! I joined Spark a week ago and have finally found some time to start looking at the different groups there are.

Name/Age: Amy / 27 years young
Location: Waterloo
Children/Ages: Aaryn age 5 and David age 2
DH/SO/BF?-Age: I'm engaged to marry Ryan in March of 2010.
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: I would like to lose 25 pounds by July 28th and a total of 50 pounds by February 2010. I also just would like to be able to watch my calorie intake and stay in my suggested range.
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Name/Age: Jerilyn, but go by Jer, 37 yrs (soon to be 38)
Location: Carroll, IA
Children/Ages: James 6 yrs, Jossilyn (aka JoJo) 3 yrs and Jacob (aka Jakie) 2 yrs
DH/SO/BF?-Age: dh, James, is 36
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: To eventually get down to 120-125. Make better choices, drink more water, etc.
Anything Else You May Want To Add: I work in the retail industry and have over 20 yrs experience in it and the girls I work w/are VERY supportive and fun, it's more like hanging out w/your girlfriends rather than work :) I am hoping that by making changes now when my children are still young, that they won't grow up w/the same wrong beliefs that I grew up with (i.e., any and every time I had a good dentist appt., dr. appt., whatever, my mom would "reward" me w/food such as an ice cream cone or a chocolate bar. Hmmmmmmmm...this is the same person who put me on my first diet when I was in 3rd grade and asked my pede about putting me on diet pills.)



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Welcome and good luck...what a great gift to give yourself!!

Keep Moving Forward!

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hi my name is Janelle and i live in sioux city i am gonna be the big 4-0 so my gift to myself is to loose weight this year and not give up after a couple months i am a single mom of two sons 16 and 18 i am trying to eat healthier,exercise, and drink the 8 glasses of water i want to feel better physically,mentally, and emotional choose positive things to deal with stressors just stopping by to say hello to fellow iowans and introduce myself i have been on sparks for just 6 wks now and love it emoticon

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Hi everyone - I grew up in NE Iowa (Spillville) but currently live near Monroe in central Iowa. My husband and I have 3 little girls (5,3 and 8mos) at home, and I teach elementary art (2 hours late today - that was so nice...)

Nice to 'meet' all of you!
Christy

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You have your hands full with two toddlers. We have been thinking of relocating to the waterloo area for school. What is your town like?

Sounds like you have had a great journey on SP and are ready to take that back up. I miss adult conversations as well.

Welcome!!

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Name/Age: Jenny - age 33 (34 in a few weeks)
Location: Readlyn, Iowa (~30 min. north of Waterloo)
Children/Ages: Daniel - almost 2.5 and Sammy who will be 1 in a few weeks.
DH/SO/BF?-Age: DH Dusty - 28
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: I have about 85 lbs. to go. I had lost 75 lbs. then fell off the SP wagon and gained about 15 back. I am trying to get back on the wagon.
Anything Else You May Want To Add: Wish I lived in DSM, looks like alot of you are from that area. : ) I am a SAHM of our two beautiful boys and love it, but long for adult interaction most days.
I am overweight due to compulsive overeating and binge eating. I have learned so much about myself in my year on SP. Hope to get a hold of my eating so I can teach our boys wonderful eating habits.


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Which 5K?? I live about 2 hours north of Des Moines. I am thinking about doing Relay for Life this year and not sure I can be ready. :)

Also, May 17th is my birthday...So, I am really curious what 5K is in Des Moines.

-Lonnie

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Hi my name is Yolanda but, I go by Lonnie. emoticon I have been on Spark people for a little over a year and I thank God everyday for it. Because I started getting my health under control. We found different things that were wrong and fixed them and we discovered my Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer soon enough to treat it. YAY! I am currently undergoing Chemotherapy so my goals are to boost my strength through workouts. (I am a weak girl!) Also, learn to make wiser food choices. Weight gain through chemo is common but, I will wait until fall to tackle that monster.

I am 30, a mother of five and married to a real life hero. I am attending college and run my own bookstore on line.

I am hoping that I can do all of you justice as a team leader. I do want to mention that every other Monday I have chemo and I will not be on line for three to four days. Maybe this group will help me fight the fatigue and I will get up and moving sooner. emoticon

I hope to hear from all of you and we develop some great supportive friendships.

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Hi! My name is Jenn. I'm new to the group. I see this board is still rather active... I'm hoping it will be active enough to keep me going!! I really need to make some changes to my lifestyle!!

Name/Age: Jenn - 28
Location: Wilton, Iowa
Children/Ages: 1 boy - 20 months
DH/SO/BF?-Age: Brad - 26
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: I would like to become a healthier me so that I can be a good example to my son and husband.
Anything Else You May Want To Add: I recently quit smoking and I'm struggling with it. I find myself allowing myself to slip up and have one periodically. I need to completely quit to feel successful.

My husband also needs to lose weight and I'll likely be able to get him with the program too. Committment is my problem... I find it very hard to stick with what I've started... I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and finally reach my goals!


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I'm Andrea from Central Iowa. Slow, but steady here.



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Hi,I'm Steph from Northern Iowa. I'm walking a 5k in Des Moines on May 17, and looking forward to it!!

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oops, i think i introduced myself by starting up my own forum somehow. anyhow, here i am....again. trying to get back to the task at hand....HELP!

Name/Age: brenda/33 already
Location: carroll, ia
Children/Ages: anthony/12 & allyssa/3
DH/SO/BF?-Age: delrekoe/soon to be 33 (as well)
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: striving for a 35# loss in 35 wks (hopefully less) & KEEP IT OFF!
Anything Else You May Want To Add: i think my prob is portion sz & what i like to eat. i think im pretty active for the most part. jus need someone to make me, something to strive for, or somehow make it FUN! any words of advice? dish it out to me cuz i need it.......pretty bad. need that kick in the @ss!


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Welcome Julie!! Good luck with training for the tri. I was really wanting to do one this summer...then was very surprised to find out I am expecting #2 in August...so no tri's for me this summer.

My concern is not that you have failed, but that you are content in your failure. -Abe Lincoln

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Julie - 33yrs
Des Moines
Daughter - Alexa 2yrs
Hubby - Kyle 32yrs
My goal is 140. My weight when I was in my low-mid 20's. I plan to swim, bike and run. I competed in my first sprint triathlon last summer, but at 170 I carried a lot of weight and could have done better. So in order to feel good and do better competing...the weight needs to come off!

Something interesting. I can relate to a lot of the other towns mentioned. Born in Decorah, lived in Orange City until 3rd grade, live in Marcus (near Kingsley) until college. My in-laws are in Cedar Rapids and I have a close friend in Carroll!


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Thanks GGREEN, I will have to look into that more as well.

 
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That's interesting about the Crystal Lite. I will have to look that up, I have also been using the CL to get more fluid in my body. Thanks for the heads up!

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Kat-There was an interesting study on GMA this morning about low calorie sweetners (like the ones used in Crystal Lite). It may actually contribute to weight gain.

My concern is not that you have failed, but that you are content in your failure. -Abe Lincoln

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Age/Name: 34/Katarina (Kat)
Location: Decorah, IA (Northeast)
Children/Husband: yes 2 as you can see - my son is 13 and my daughter is 10 and yes that is my hubby. Looking to lose around 100 lbs, looking for a buddy if anyone lives up my direction.
My hardest time is in the evening ........ and drinking all the water. I use Crystal Light but then I wonder am I really doing that much good? The purpose if drinking water is to flush you system and re-hydrate you. If your kidneys are busy removing the junk I just put in the water is it really helping that much?

Have a great day and remember that ......
Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels. ~Author Unknown

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Welcome! I had dropped out of the team b/c it was inactive, maybe we'll get some convos going. I'm currently expecting #2 so not trying to lose, just not trying to gain the 50 I did last ime.

My concern is not that you have failed, but that you are content in your failure. -Abe Lincoln

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Hello!

My name is Samantha, I am 22 and I have a 2 year old son Duncan, and a husband Aaron who is 26. Working to lose the 90lbs! I gained during my pregnancy. I have always struggled with my weight. I am a type one diabetic with arthritis, I am a vegetarian and a Wiccan from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Samantha

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Welcome Magic...I know what you mean about the mix of discouraging with numbers on the scale not moving even if the clothes are getting looser. But I tell myself if I looked hot I wouldn't care what the dang scale said:)

My concern is not that you have failed, but that you are content in your failure. -Abe Lincoln

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I am in the DSM area, with a 4 year old. I have always been a larger person, but I want to keep up with my toddler and not be limited by my size to the things she can do (carnival rides, adventureland, playing in the yard, swimming, etc) and want to drop the weight.

I have been working a lot on the elliptical trainer and have lost 1 pant size, but not really weight. (That can be discouraging and uplifting all at the same time.)



 
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Name/Age: Tanya-31
Location: Coon Rapids
Children/Ages: I have a son who is 4 and a daughter who is 3.
DH/SO/BF?-Age: My husband's name is Doug-32
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: Lose weight, get fit, live a healthy long life so I can be with my children.
Anything Else You May Want To Add: I am a registered nurse and I work at a hospital in Carroll. I work crazy hours so it isn't always easy to find time to fit in a work out but it is just one more hurdle I am over coming in my weight loss goal. Good luck to all of us!

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Giving birth at least only lasted a day (unless you count pregnancy) emoticon

I am on track for today and trying to remain committed.

My concern is not that you have failed, but that you are content in your failure. -Abe Lincoln

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Hi I live in Carrol, Trying to get this weight off is the hardest thing I've had to do..I think except give birth but it is a toss up! LOL! I hope I can stay on track summer is here!! emoticon

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Welcome. I hope you achieve your goals on SP. It helped me achieve many goals when I first began about 3 years ago...now my baby is almost 7 months and I really am trying to get back to that pre-baby shape.

My concern is not that you have failed, but that you are content in your failure. -Abe Lincoln

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Hi, Just joined this team and was very excited to find a team from Iowa!
My name is Shannon, I live in Indianola, I am 40, Married to Shawn 43 he is a Firefighter/Paramedic. 2 boys Trey 16, and Trenton 15, My nephew lives with us as well Tate 15 (just like my own son).
I gained some weight the last few years when I quit my job to become a Homemaker and when I hit 40 I really gained more! I tried to fit into my swimsuit I wore last year and it looked hideous! So I joined SP to lose weight and feel better about myself.
I am excited to join your group! emoticon
Shannon

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Name/Age: Toni - 25
Location: Vail, IA (work in Carroll)
Children/Ages: Bella Grace (18 months) and Randa Ann (2 months)
DH/SO/BF?-Age: Husband John - 50
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: Id like to make healthier habits and portion control is a big thing for me! Id like to get to my pre-pregnancy weight but ultimately lose more than that because I was never at a weight I wanted to be.
Anything Else You May Want To Add: I love this website! I hope this is the trick for me to keep up the motivation!

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Name/Age: Jenny/31
Location: Des Moines
Children/Ages: Katey and Jessie/12&8 (I am also a nanny to Ella/10months)
DH/SO/BF?-Age: Will/33
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: I want to get back to my 'natural' weight, where I was before kids and diets and everything else.
Anything Else You May Want To Add: Lately I spend all my free time at the gym. During the day I'm a nanny. I also work for a local music venue. Whenever I get a chance to relax at home I am READING.


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Hi! I'm new to the group!

Name/Age: Chrissy/29
Location: Rockwell City
Children/Ages: Isaac (3), Abram (almost 4 months)
DH/SO/BF?-Age: Brent (32), married since June 2000
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: I never lost the weight after my first son and while I didn't gain any extra with #2, I want to get back to where I was to begin with. I also want to eat better for myself and my family since my FIL just had quadruple bypass surgery 5 days ago. Gotta keep my husband healthy too! ;)
Anything Else You May Want To Add: I love to run but I can't do it at the moment since my knees kill me! I want to get back into it quickly though! I also love to scrapbook, take pictures, and spend time with my boys. I think I read that someone else CDs...I do too and am trying to make more environmentally sound choices in my life. My hubby and I would like to own an organic farm one of these days.

I look forward to meeting you all and getting to know you.

 
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I did one day two summers ago and it was fabulous. My husband was reading last night that it is the flatest route ever this year. I told him we should do the first day. He wants to do the whole week. I think that would be a lot of work with my daughter. I'd rather ride the first day then spend a day or two at my parent's cabin which is near there. We will see:)

My concern is not that you have failed, but that you are content in your failure. -Abe Lincoln

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Welcome, Gina!

Great to have you. I'm impressed that you are considering doing RAGBRAI! That's no small feat!

 
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Name/Age: Gina, 28
Location: Orange City
Children/Ages: Annika, 3 months
DH/SO/BF?-Age: Andrew, 27 works as a computer programmer
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: To fit back into my pre-pregnancy clothes and get back into running in 5K's and maybe biking some RAGBRAI this summer
Anything Else You May Want To Add:I guess anything else you can find out on my spark page. Also, I'm a CD, BF, working mommy.


My concern is not that you have failed, but that you are content in your failure. -Abe Lincoln

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Name/Age: Marie, 28
Location: Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area
Children/Ages: Bonnie 3 months
DH/SO/BF-Age: Jim, 28
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: I want to lose weight and get fit so I can be around for my grand kids!

 
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Name/Age: Niki 23
Location: Kingsley, Iowa
Children/Ages: Faith 2, Carter 3 mo
DH/SO/BF-Age: Tim 28
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: I am trying to get my body back. I actually lost weight during my pregnancy, so its not even baby weight. I just want to be healthy and have a better self esteem for my little girl.
Anything else to add: I just joined today. I have started walking on the treadmill, and I have some friends trying to loose some extra pounds too, but I need a daily reminder, and someone to tell me to get off my butt and go work out! Also, I am a nursing mother, so it is important for me to have a healthy and well balanced diet anyway.

~*Niki*~

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Name/Age: Lani, can I just say I'm in my thirties??
Location: Small town Iowa like Emily south of Waterloo.
Children/Ages: Emily 8; Matt 6
DH/SO/BF-Age: John; thirties
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: I am in the midst of losing about 50 lbs. I lost my sister last April to a heart attack and am just looking of not going down that same road.
Anything else to add: I joined SP back in July. I have done really well with it except during the holidays and just looking for a healthy year this year. Just looking to make some new Iowa friends!

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Name/Age: Linda
Location: Wilton, IA
Children/Ages: Nickolas 6, Vincent 5, Freddy 1
DH/SO/BF?-Age: DH, 23
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: I want to try and lose atleast 20 pounds because I gained all that with my last child. I am looking towards just being all around healthy because right now I do not feel that great about myself. I just want to get back to were I used to be.
Anything Else You May Want To Add: I am just looking for other people that I have something in comment to talk with because right now I do not have alot of my friends were I live.

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Hi,

I'm Hayley from North Central Iowa. I have 48 pounds to lose, and I just can't wait to start seeing results. I am a SAHM and a Homeschooling mom to my 6 year old (first grader). I also have twin toddlers (3 years). I love to scrapbook, and garden. Hope to get to know you all a bit better as we try to lose weight together!!

Hayley

 
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Congratulations on the newest edition! Did you have a boy or girl?

My name is Terrie and I live in Muscatine. I have been married since 10/26/02 to Steve. We have a 22mos old little girl, Chloe. She is amazing!

My goals are to get to at least 150 pounds. I am new to this sight. I am at the heaviest i have ever been in my life. So, I just need a little support.

I snack a lot on veggies and fruit throughout the day, I have been cutting way back on portions due to the snacking. I cut soda out of my diet. I have been exercising Monday thru Friday by incorporatint at least 30 minutes of cardio.

I am currently a full time student (at the age of 26) and I just want to better myself for my daughter. I love to read, sing, dance (I used to take dance for 13 years, and taught while I was in High school), spend time with friends, and to make new friends.


"I am beautiful, no matter what they say...Words can't bring me down."


 
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Name/Age: Emily(23)-10.10.1982
Location: Small Town Iowa! (East of Cedar Rapids)
Children/Ages: Jaxon(3), Jaidyn(2), Jensen(due 9.17.06)-yes I know I'm not dieting as of yet, just getting a head start!
DH/SO/BF?-Age: Aaron(27) married since 7.13.02
Weight Loss/Healthy Living Goals: Get back to my "pre-baby" weight of about 140 lbs, just eat healthier, watch my portion size, cut back on junk and soda and EXERCISE!
Anything Else You May Want To Add: I'm a sahm/daycare provider, I love scrapbooking, reading, cooking, nascar, music, graphic design and meeting new people!

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Come introduce yourself!!!

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