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Napa - Sept 2012 at my highest weight.

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This is Kona. She is also a rescue - but I got her when she was 9 weeks old.

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This is Tiki. She is a boxer lab mix. I got her from a rescue group when she was 8 months old.


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In early 2007, I moved from Orlando to Tampa. When I moved, I switched cable companies and needed to set up a new email address. As a way for my friends to remember my new email, I created the user name Beth In Tampa. One of my friends quickly pointed out that it also stands for Be THIN Tampa. How ironic! It works great as a user name for Spark too!

I live in the Tampa area (obviously) with my husband, three step children (8,11& 13) and our two dogs. I love kayaking, hiking, photography and traveling.

I have been a member of Spark People since 2009 but have not been on here recently and my weight has increased to an all time high. At 45, I am finding it harder to lose weight and the pounds just keep creeping up on me. At one time, my husband and I could ride 80+ miles on our bikes in a day - and now, I am not sure I could do 15!! I need to get motivated and back into an active lifestyle.

I own an event planning company that specializes in Weddings. It is so much fun to help people turn their dreams into reality. Since I love photography, I also take engagement photos and rehearsal dinner photos for my clients. It's an added touch for the bride and groom while allowing me do two things I truly love - planning and photography. I also love to take pictures of families and pets - so I do that on the side as well.

My eating habits really yo-yo (as does my weight) so I need to make a lifestyle change so I can get it under control once and for all. I also need to stop cleaning my plate. I am one of those people who feels like I must eat everything whether I am hungry or not. My goal is to lose 54 pounds - and while I can't wait to get rid of it - I want to do it the right way so it never comes back.

My goal is to start working out at least 4 days a week and to follow a low carb program. I will also keep a food journal so I can be accountable for everything that goes into my mouth. That means I have to journal the good, the bad and the ugly!

As far as working out, we have some nice gym equipment in our home that consists of an exercise bike and a machine for toning and weight lifting. I have various resistance bands, workout videos and hand weights too. There is also a gym in my community which offers treadmills, eliptical machines, weights, machines and classes. There is a nice trail in my neighborhood that is great for walking or bike riding. I need variety to keep myself from slacking with work outs - so I really have NO excuses with all the options I have close to home. Now I just have to get out there and do it!

Member Since: 1/7/2009

Fitness Minutes: 25

My Goals:
My goal is to step it up and do more work outs on my own and to start eating healthier. My eating habits really yo-yo (as does my weight) so I need to make a lifestyle change so I can get it under control once and for all. I have about 55 pounds total to lose - and while I can't wait to get rid of it - I want to do it the right way so it never comes back.

My Program:
Strength Training 3X's a week

Cardio at least 30 minutes 5 times per week

Track my food and calories daily

Personal Information:
Married with step children who are 8,11 &13. We have two dogs, Tiki (boxer lab mix) and Kona (beagle).

I live in the Tampa, FL area, am a National Account Manager and I own a Wedding Planning Company called Flawless Occasions. I also do some photography on the side.

Other Information:
I LOVE photography, so I am always taking pictures. My wonderful husband bought me a Nikon D800 and I have some additional lenses to play with. It is mostly a hobby, but I do shoot some engagement sessions, and rehearsal dinners for my wedding clients. I also shoot family pictures, baby, pet and maternity pictures.

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  • v MIRAGE727
    Great to be on the journey with you! Stay strong , focused, and be well!
    2513 days ago
  • v NEELOJ
    I was just looking through your pictures on your Flickr page.
    They are wonderful pictures! I am anxious to see more of them.
    I am glad you have joined the Shutterbug Team. It is a great place to share with everyone.
    I live in Kansas and have had the opportunity to visit Florida once in 2004. I was in Destin, Florida with my son and family for a vacation. It was a real thrill to this old lady (LOL) because I have hardly ever been out of Kansas. Florida is a beautiful state and the ocean was awesome to me!
    Welcome and I will be looking for more pictures!
    3897 days ago