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Welcome to my SparkPage. I moved my original introduction to a blog, so that my story would be saved. Now I have a clean slate to start the next part of my journey. I hope you enjoy reading my story and that you always remember that YOU CAN DO IT no matter how impossible it may sometimes seem.

Spread the Spark and BELIEVE in yourself.

01/13/13 - In 2008 and 2009, I was on a roll... I lost half my body weight, was active and feeling good (see blog posted 1/13/13) - and then it was 2010 and I hurt my back, my yellow lab, Cameron, died suddenly at age 8, I hurt my knee, I lost my mojo, started struggling. Then it was 2011, my knee still hurt and my gallbladder blew up and I was 40 pounds heavier... my mojo was still missing, I kept gaining weight and losing my confidence and self-worth. Then it was 2012 and I decided I was going to do a triathlon. That was a great experience (see blog posted 09/09/12) and I started to get my mojo back. After the triathlon, I joined a relay team and did 5.7 miles in the California International Marathon relay in December. Fast forward to the New Year and I was "lucky number 13" in the New Year's Dualathlon, which I did with my friend Ralene on two official days of training, because we were determined to set our intention for the New Year - ACTIVE and a little CRAZY. It's a good mix, right? 2013 is the year I WILL get back on track with my weight loss and will rediscover my self-worth. Onederland, here I come again!

09/01/14 - 2013 was a year of biking, swimming, walking, running, strength training... and continued weight gain. Despite best efforts and hours of activities logged, my metabolism still didn't cooperate. But that didn't mean I didn't keep going... another triathlon, 5ks, 32 miles in a Fondo bike event, 5.9 miles at a record pace for that distance in CIM... but it was very frustrating. And if I thought 2013 was frustrating, I had no idea what 2014 had in store for me... I hurt my knee the day after I signed up for my first 10k. Then I irritated my shoulder. Went to PT and was getting better when I had an allergic reaction to antibiotics - one that left me with neuropathy in my head. And in all the follow-ups from that, we found a node on my thyroid that's requiring some additional testing. And while all of that is going on, I have somehow refound the desire to move forward, despite all these medical challenges. So that's where all this starts again. Pulling up my bootstraps, putting on my big girl panties, and finding all the determination I once had.

01/04/15 - 2014 was a year of survival... visits to 4 different "ologists", 4 allergic reactions, nearly dying, living in constant fear... it was overwhelming, and I couldn't wait to turn the page to 2015. Ready to find all the ways I can to MOVE FORWARD and THRIVE. 2015 is my year to return to SparkPeople and be part of this amazing community in a bigger way than I have been in years. And 2015 is my year to return to living life, not just barely getting by. I've picked THRIVE as my word to live by... I still have many challenges ahead of me, but I can still find ways to live a rich and full life. Happy New Year to my Spark Family!

11/01/15 - 2015 has not been without its challenges... most recently, bad anxiety, mostly brought on by severe work stress. Anxiety this bad has been eye opening in so many ways... and I'm so grateful for the people who stuck by me, even as I did my best to shut myself off from the world. I have gotten up today filled with peace and promise. Maybe it's the rain falling outside, the extra hour of sleep, the turning of another calendar page... but it seems like getting back to my "old self, but better" is possible.

9/18/16 - I am loving the promise of Fall and a cooler season... I am still struggling with anxiety, but most of my health issues have started to settle down, and I'm finally starting to feel more like me again. However, the "me" I really want to be, is the me about 6 years ago - and I have a lot of work ahead of me to get back to that level of fitness and health.

04/02/17 - 2017 has been off to a rocky start. But with the help of sunshine and a new therapist, I'm finding "my old self" buried behind the fear, anxiety, and depression that I've been struggling with for a long while now. I've started to MOVE again, and with movement, comes a sense of strength and power that has been lacking. Now, to keep it up and embracing change that is GOOD for my physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Member Since: 2/16/2008

Fitness Minutes: 84,405

My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to get back down to around 150 pounds... which would be something I weighed back in grade school - and lower than the weight on my drivers license!

However, I know that's going to be a long, long road... and I'm willing to go on this journey... detours and all!

My Program:
I do best when I track my food - weigh and measure everything - and log every bite. Knowing the calories in helps keep my in check, and it helps me make sure that I'm getting enough protein, fiber, freggies, and water.

I love being active - swimming, biking, Zumba, yoga, strength training, walking and running. I am part of a triathlon club and love that crazy community, too!

Personal Information:
I love my boys!
My labs are my 4-legged children!

Kyler is 11, Finnegan is 7, Fletcher is 6, and Phantom 3.

I don't post blogs here much, but when I do, they REALLY mean something to me.

Proud Captain of the Minion Cadet Squad!

Other Information:
I'm a huge fan of Auto Racing - particularly Sprint Cars and F1.

I love to read. Some of my favorite authors are: Diana Gabaldon, Jean Auel, Elizabeth George, Steve Berry, Stuart Woods, and Patricia Cornwell.

I love all types of music. A day without music is a day without the sun. And I'm fairly in love with Google Music and being plugged in wherever I go!

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    Looking to stay focused through the upcoming Holiday Season? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle? If yes, then consider joining the Biggest Loser Challenge that starts in early December. Each week 10 teams of 24 Active members do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle. If for some reason you cannot do a challenge, it can be modified to meet your needs. I hope that you decide this might be for you. If so, you can leave your name on the Wait List for the Winter challenge. To get to the List visit my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon; copy The Team Page Address below or let me know so I can send you an invitation. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat thread.
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    22 hours ago
    I'm very visual. I always notice mother nature and colors lol. That's why I noticed the junipers? Not sure what the shrub/trees are, but I like them. I like the picture of you too. I need to get my hair trimmed. Probably will wait until next month or January. How are all of the fur babies doing? Hope your day is great! emoticon
    1 day ago
    It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
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    1 day ago
    Yeah! We can!
    2 days ago
    Everyone makes mistakes in life, but that doesn’t mean they have to pay for them the rest of their life. Sometimes good people make bad choices. It doesn’t mean they are bad. It means they are Human.
    3 days ago
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