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I'm a Minnetonka, Minnesota resident, age 50, mother of an 11 year old boy and owner of 2 Welsh corgis. I am an avid YMCA member and work out several times a week in BodyPump and BodyFlow classes, as well as "doing time" on the elliptical trainer. I am currently unemployed but seeking legal secretarial work in downtown Minneapolis or the western suburbs. I also perform weekly as a soprano section leader at Wayzata Community Church.

I recently completed a 16-week Binge Eating Disorder class at Park Nicollet which has given me "tons" of insight into the eating habits which have brought me to the weight I am. I am now rededicating myself to obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight and am tracking my food and exercise to be accountable to my therapist , nutritionist, my SparkFriends and myself.

P.S. I love, love, LOVE coffee. Hence my "handle."

Member Since: 7/17/2008

Fitness Minutes: 49,615

My Goals:
I want the "outer me" to resemble the "inner me." The inner me is an athletic, trim woman in her late 40s who looks a decade younger. The "outer me" has 50 extra pounds of padding.

My Program:
I am trying to get a handle on my food choices, portions and emotional eating, and I'm stepping up my workout regime from 3X/week to 5-6X/week.

Personal Information:
I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan; lived in Milwaukee, WI in the mid-1980s; moved to Minneapolis/St. Paul in 1988 and have lived here ever since. My maiden name was Rempalski. I attended Kenowa Hills H.S. (Walker, MI); Grand Rapids Junior College; Western Michigan University (B.Mus. 1983) and the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee for a year of grad school. My e-mail address is

Other Information:
I make my living as a legal secretary but in my heart I'm really still a "diva" (the operatic soprano kind!) I studied opera and classical music and made my living at it until my mid-30s, when I gained weight and became less marketable as a performer. I still sing (church choir section leader, symphony chorus, etc.) but not as much as I'd like to. One reason I want to dump 50 lbs. is to stop hiding behind my fat as an excuse for not being a more busy and successful performer.

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  • v BRAVAH
    Thanks for stopping by my activity feed a few days ago. Hope you're doing great!

    3600 days ago
    Thanks so much for your comment. It's a road bike, so as long as they are paved I'd be good to go. Perhaps it will work to meet up someday. :)
    3643 days ago
    Hey, I'm back on SP. How are you?
    3667 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my page after being MOD! It is support like your note that keeps the "I can do this" attitude bubbling and evolving! I miss our regular communications...I am glad to see you active and hanging in! Thanks, again!
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    3721 days ago
    Hey CoffeeDiva -- I saw your name on the Minneapolis SparkAmerica leaderboard and on a whim visited your page. I totally identify with the desire to get in shape (and/or lose weight) to be a more versatile and marketable performer, because I'm an actor and that was (and still is) part of MY motivation to get a little more control of my physical shape as well! (I also remember the moment when I realized I could audibly HEAR my breath onstage, and how much I DID NOT WANT THAT to be the case, because it meant I wasn't the actor I wanted to be anymore. ) Anyway, hope it's okay that I added you as a friend. Have a great day! emoticon
    3852 days ago
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