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As a crazy mom to 7 kids and a step-son, crazy wife to a wonderful husband of 14 years, crazy daughter, sister, granddaughter, cousin to an awesome family, you would think that I have had my dose of crazy. Not even close.

Nope - you add in the regular demands of a mom, drop in some homeschooling, a couple of part time jobs, LOTS of volunteering, and a bunch of other things that consume pretty good amounts of time. THAT is enough to make someone crazy, right??

Despite all the crazy around me, I am still bound and determined to push forward! I'm keeping my head in the game, and doing what I need to do in order to make progress and see results!

It's never easy. I am not always successful. I just keep plugging matter what. I'll get there - and so will YOU!!! :-) Let's GO!!

Member Since: 10/7/2008

Fitness Minutes: 55,474

My Goals:
My main overall goal is to lose weight, so that I am back to a healthy weight for ME! I have reached an all-time high of 244.5 pounds - which was previously my pregnancy high. I have a lot of work to do - and at least 100 pounds to lose.

My other goals besides the inevitable weight loss is to tone up my muscles (strength training 2X a week to start)
Increase my flexibility (PM yoga every night - it only takes 20 minutes!)
Broaden my options of cardio (start with beginner Zumba, Leslie Sansone - will add to that in a few weeks)

I would like to be able to do a variety of things and not be held back - either by fear of failure, fear of how I look, or just plain inability to do it (which is where I am at RIGHT.NOW!)

My Program:
I know now, having been there/done that, that there really is only one way to lose weight - and that is by hard work and diligence. I am also being realistic, and am going to set SMALL goals until they become HABIT, so that I set myself up for success - and NOT FAILURE!!

I am counting calories daily - and for every meal - to make sure I stay within my goal of 1220 - 1570 calories a day.

I will also incorporate cardio (at least 20 minutes, 5X a week), strength-training (for upper. lower, and core - 2X a week for 20 minutes), and also Yoga and flexibility training (every night for 20 minutes.

I want to be healthy, strong, and flexible...and I want to train all of those 'forgotten' muscles. I'm sure they feel left out!

Personal Information:
I live in a small town in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan's U.P. I am a married mother of eight natural kids and a step-son. My husband, Glen, and I have been together for over thirteen years. I am a stay at home mom, and have been since 2002. I have been through a lot in my life, and have learned valuable life lessons from them all. My first son, Jonah, is my angel in heaven. I have one sister, parents who are still married, and lots of family around me. I am a christian, and indisputably believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. I love to help people...anyone who needs it. I am highly protective of my children and husband. I need to lose weight and am working (HARD) on it. Autism is something I never thought would affect my life, but in some ways, I'm grateful it did. I am a giver by nature, but I'm starting to learn to give to myself too.

Other Information:
Some of my favorite quotes are:

"Don't put off 'till tomorrow what you can DO today!"

"A little effort goes a long way"

Get 'er DONE!

*Do not confuse motion & progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress!*

And now these three, hope and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE!

I can do anything through Christ, who gives me strength!

Do or do not... there is no try. ~ Yoda

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