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March 2010 with a new haircut!

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August 2009 at Sydney Harbour in Australia

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Me at my husband's graduation in May 2009. The starting point.

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I am a married 31-year-old writer and elementary teacher who has always managed to find time to juggle everything except weight loss. I'm taking a break from work this year to be a full-time master's student, so I'm trying to use this break in my schedule to hit the "reset" button on my life and get my health under control. I have more flexibility in my schedule now than I've ever had, and if I can't pull this together now, I don't know when I ever will. My time is my own, and the only thing that can hold me back from finally losing this weight is me. I'm ready for the challenge.

Member Since: 6/11/2009

Fitness Minutes: 4,453

My Goals:
Starting weight: 216.4 lbs.

I will complete 30 minutes of exercise each day whether it's walking, swimming, or playing Nintendo Wii.

I will drink at least 64 oz. of water each day and monitor the food that I eat by keeping a food journal.

I will not beat myself up if I have a bad day. I didn't gain all this weight in one day, so one bad day isn't enough to throw me off track again.

My Program:
In addition to using all of the tools at SparkPeople, I'm starting the 30 Day Challenge on EA Active for Nintendo Wii. The game uses the Wii Balance Board and resistance bands to combine cardio and strength training.

Personal Information:
I'm originally from Michigan, but I've been living in Atlanta, Georgia for the last 3 years. Now, I'm living in Montgomery, AL for one year while my husband clerks for a federal circuit court.

Other Information:
I have two dogs named Franklin Delano Roosepuppy and Eleanor Roosepuppy, but we call her Nora for short. They're both beagle mixes that we rescued from animal shelters. He's about 5 years old, and she's just a puppy.

I am a slightly obsessed fan of Patrick Dempsey and Grey's Anatomy. I think it's his hair...

I have seen John Mayer in concert 10 times and been hugged by him once.

My husband is amazingly supportive of all my celebrity crushes. :)

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    Way to go on getting to onederland-- I am so proud of you !

    3870 days ago
    I am back-- and loving your new hair cut-- super cute! Way to keep up sparking!

    3876 days ago
    So, I was just on the Grey's Anatomy SparkTeam and went in the "Spoilers" thread (to get my fix until April 29) and I thought, "Wow, the girl in the picture in the top post looks JUST like Nora's mom from dog training class!" And sure enough, I click your profile, and it's you! What are the odds? I've never even come across anyone I knew on the Montgomery SparkTeam!

    So, hi! Is your little one behaving herself?
    3886 days ago
    Hey there! Haven't heard from you in a while! I hope all is well!
    3908 days ago
  • v MICHZS
    Hi Alison - I am just checking in to see how you are doing. How is your weight loss going this week?

    My last weigh-in was last Fri & I was 203. Tomorrow I get on the scale and record my new weekly rate. Truth be told, I am terrified I've gained (I have been sneaking on the scale daily and it's driving me crazy). I have been continuing to eat well & exercise, staying within my calorie range but I cannot wait until tomorrow. I hope hope HOPE I've lost at least 1 pound!!

    Have you reached any plateau's yet? Are you still having success?

    Have a great day!! Michelle
    3952 days ago
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