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At the end of 2004 I weighed 145lbs (5'6" tall) and was working out three times a week for my spiritual well-being rather than weight loss. I would like my life to return to that sort of place where I'm at a healthy weight and loosing weight is not my first priority, and all consuming anxiety, in life. :) I feel like many overweigh people feel this type of anxiety in their life and it is far too consuming! I want to strive for health and happiness and raise my daughter to do the same.

I've been packing on pounds since I met my husband at the beginning of 2005. I gained 20 lbs. from the time I met him to our wedding date and another 15 lbs. between the wedding and when I got pregnant. During my pregancy I gained another 70 lbs (gestational diabetes is brutal!) and my failing marriage likely contributed to less weight loss than I would have liked after she was born (Yes, I am an emotional eater!). My daughter is now nearly 2 and I've been divorced for a year. Many of my stressors have been reduced or eliminated and I'm feeling more spiritually at peace so I truly feel mentally ready to begin this journey :)

10-31-08: Currently, I weigh 200lbs. Today I stuffed my face with Halloween candy, cookies and even Mexican food (my favorite) for my last hurrah. I feel my 'last hurrah' was totally necessary and well worth the 2000 (or more) calories I likely consumed :) Tomorrow, November 1, I'll start working towards my goal. I'd like to loose 50 lbs by my birthday (mid-May) which is about 2 lbs. per week. I joined a local gym today (10-31) and I think my goal is totally do-able, therefore, I don't see any good excuse at this point for me to weasel my way out of this!

Member Since: 10/31/2008

Fitness Minutes: 235

My Goals:
-Find peace of mind and grow spiritually
-Loose 50 lbs. between Nov. 1 2008 and my birthday in mid-May of 2009.
-Maintain a healthy life style once my weight loss goal is met.
-Raise my daughter so she is able to maintain happiness and health in her life.

My Program:
I plan on starting slow by working out 3 days a week and building up to 5 days a week. Once I reach 5 days a week, I'd like to focus on creating a balance between cardio (60%) and strength training (40%) fitness activities.

Personal Information:
I live in the far western suburbs of Chicago but I'm always wishing I had enough reason to move somewhere with a more temperate climate!

Other Information:
I currently am home with my daughter during the day and am finding it emotionally challenging for me to bite the bullent and return to the work force on a full time basis. I can't bare to put her in daycare! :( In order to keep myself home more often than not, I'm considering graduate school.

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    yea... my family eats terrible... All of my brothers and sisters are in perfect shape, and we all eat the same food... My mom cooks big dinners almost every night, its so hard because she cooks so good; she is a caterer.. I wish myself luck also, I know its going to be so hard. but Thanks for taking the time to comment on my page.. emoticon
    4027 days ago
    One day at a time!! You can do it!!!
    4030 days ago
    Hey girl, I just love the pictures of you and your baby girl, she is such a sweetie! I started (again) on Spark this week also and have a goal of losing 60 lbs, planning on having this happen by next summer -- WE CAN DO THIS!

    Write me if you ever want to chat -- it's good to know we're not in this alone!
    4032 days ago
  • v CINDYT63
    Good luck to you! It's a journey and you will feel so strong and empowered!
    4034 days ago
  • v SWEETNESS0721
    Welcome to Sparkpeople! emoticon

    Good luck on your weight loss journey. Stay focused and you will reach your goals soon enough. You CAN do it! Hope you check out the teams on my page… We just started the Looking HOT By New Years Challenge in my VS Angels, SP Hotties, and Leaving 110-ville, which is a team for those who want to get to 120 or below. If you need anything, let me know. Hope to see you on the forums :)

    Team Leader of VS Angels, SP Hotties, Carmen Electra, Leaving 110 ville, and Friends Fans

    4035 days ago
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