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Me on the London Eye in 2004

This is my very happy dog, Willow.

Performing at a work event in April, 2006. This was BEFORE I started losing weight.


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In the summer of 2011, I quit my job as a writer/editor at a cancer hospital in Boston. In August, I drove to a friend's farm in Minnesota, where I helped out at a summer camp for kids that combines arts and agriculture, then rehearsed and performed in a production of the musical "Oliver!"

This was the first time I'd done any acting in many years, and I was grateful to my friend for having more faith in me than I had in myself, and casting me as Nancy, which is a challenging, but wonderful part. In the process of my two-month odyssey, I communed with nature, lots of animals, and some of the nicest people around.

My husband was incredibly supportive about the whole adventure. He stayed behind in Massachusetts, but came to visit a couple of times, including, of course, the weekend of our performances. My parents, my stepson, and some friends from MA also managed to make it out for the performance, and I felt very lucky in just about every way possible.

Those two months were a transformative experience, and I came home in October refreshed, and ready to start a new chapter. Life has been good. I've been catching up on many parts of my life that were being neglected, and have been about 1,000 times more relaxed and happy than I was with the daily grind of going to work every day.

Now I do computer consulting work, on my own schedule, manage my husband's cartooning business, and spend a lot more time with my dog (which makes me very happy).

Unfortunately, one of the pitfalls of coming back to so much less stress and anxiety, is that I've been spending way too much time sitting at the computer, comfy and cozy in my house, and eating anything I wanted at all hours of the day and night. I fell into an extremely sedentary lifestyle, and have been gaining weight pretty steadily.

I was already about 10-12 pounds overweight last summer, but since I got back from the farm in October, I've padded up with another 10-12 pounds on top of that.

Just recently, I finally managed to get myself up and moving more vigorously. I've started working my way through one of the 5K Your Way plans, and have been trying to do at least 2 SparkPeople 10-minute workouts (from the Fit, Firm & Fired Up DVD) a day.

So far so good. I've already lost a few pounds and can breathe a little more comfortably in my clothes. Here's hoping I can sustain the positive momentum.

Wish me luck!

Member Since: 5/23/2006

Fitness Minutes: 102,041

My Goals:
To lose weight, get more fit, and generally be healthier

My Program:
I've done Weight Watchers in the past and been very successful. Lately, I've been doing way too much sitting at the computer and far too little moving around.

Last week, I started doing one of the 5K Your Way plans, and have been trying to do at least 2 SparkPeople 10-minute workouts (from the Fit, Firm & Fired Up DVD) a day.

I'm also trying hard to eat more mindfully.

Personal Information:
I live in the Boston area and work as a computer consultant. Am also working up my courage to get back to acting, which is what I studied in college. Trying to stop obsessing about my weight before getting headshots taken...

Other Information:
I love dogs, movies, reading, Modern Western Square Dancing, playing European board games, and travel.

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