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On February 18, 2008 I weighed in just shy of my goal, a loss of over 30 pounds. Then I did over 10,000 strides on the elliptical--more than the counter could handle. Since it was a holiday, I got to spend the day with my husband working around the house. It was a great day. That night, about twenty minutes after going to sleep, I had a grand mal seizure.

In the grand scheme of things, that event, and the epilepsy diagnosis that would follow were not huge deals. I've had only two more seizures since then, something most epileptics would love to be able to say. But not being able to drive for six months derailed my routines, and the medicine I started taking after GM #2 has impacted my ability to lose weight.

So almost seven years later, I've regained the weight I lost plus ten pounds. Twice. I don't say all of that to make excuses, but they are factors that contributed to getting back here. Now I just have to find a way to work around them.

A woman losing weight, however, is not who I am.

I am a wife. My husband and I will celebrate our 12th anniversary in June 2015. We met my senior year of high school, and have truly grown up together.

I am a mother. My daughter is eight years old, gorgeous, brilliant, and the sweetest most well-mannered child in existence. All moms should think that about their children, but everyone else says this about her, too.

I am a teacher. I attempt to teach 17 and 18 year olds to love literature and writing. In thirteen years, over 2,000 students have passed through my classroom. That amazes me.

I am a writer. I had an essay published in the book _What Teaching Means: Stories from America's Classrooms_ in 2012. It was an incredibly empowering experience. After doing a reading at a National conference, people actually asked me to sign their book. Wow. I recently finished writing a New Adult novel, something I never even knew I wanted to do. It's called _Anything Less Than Everything_.

I am a creator. Whether it's planning a party, sewing an outfit, or knocking off an expensive home decor item, I love being creative.

So welcome to my journey. Feel free to nudge me if you notice me walking the wrong way...

Member Since: 1/1/2013

Fitness Minutes: 7,449

My Goals:
Goal #4: comfortable in a size 6

Goal #3: 160 (pre-pregnancy weight)

Goal #2: 167lbs (half way point)

Goal #1: 177lbs (Start weight from Spark attempt 1)

My Program:
Caloric Range: 1200-1550

Fitness Plan: 45 minutes (or more!) on the elliptical Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Other days are bonus!

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    Hi Heather --

    Would love to have you join us again on the challenge you started if you have time!


    1627 days ago
    " Never be intimidated by someone else's success; let their success inspire you."
    Written in 2013 by Fadipe Oluwaseun

    I really like this when I read it because my Spark friends and fellow Team members really inspire me

    1771 days ago
    Hi Heather! I love your story, inspiration, and attitude. I had epilepsy as a baby and hope to never have to return to those meds again! I am a teacher also, but I teach gifted, dyslexic, and twice exceptional students in a small private school (grades 1-7). I have been able to teach literature and writing to 5-8th graders for the past few years and I love it! I'm so glad to find you and look forward to getting to know you better. emoticon
    1918 days ago
    Thank you so much for your encouragement! You really helped make my day!

    1942 days ago
    Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day! emoticon
    1957 days ago
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