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My two boys at 3 years and 11 months (Feb 2015).

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Really, I'm just trying to be more healthy. I've never been particularly coordinated, and I've been more focused on my brain than my body. A few years ago, I realized that in order for my brain to be healthy, my body had to be healthy too. So, I'm taking a wholistic approach. Mind, body, spirit, if you will.

I want to be comfortable in my own skin, have energy, feel happy and balanced, and not regret my life.

I am a doctoral candidate about to celebrate five-years of marriage to a wonderful partner. We have two little boys, 3 years old and 11 months old. A lot of my health challenges revolve around being a mom and a lot of them revolve around being a PhD student.

Some labels: city-living country girl, writer, academic, bibliophile, linguist, history buff, animal lover, nature lover, earth lover, compassionate introvert, spiritual seeker, sensate, semi-veg, baker, gamer, creator & created, student

EDIT: 3-9-15: I'm on the upturn after a nearly year long battle with postpartum depression and anxiety. My family has had a lot of challenges over the last several years, and my revised goals reflect those challenges.

EDIT 7-31-11: I just realized that I hadn't updated my introduction section since before I got married last October! My overall reasons for SparkPeople haven't changed - establishing healthy habits. But when I joined SP, I was a single woman rebuilding my life after divorce. Now, I'm married and expecting my first baby in 2 to 3 weeks. I'm realizing that I'll need support in different areas now than I did when I joined!

Member Since: 8/7/2006

Fitness Minutes: 10,545

My Goals:
I'd like to lose about 65+ pounds and feel more comfortable in my skin.

Starting Weight: 222


1) 217: 5 pounds lost DONE 4/5/15
2) 212: 10 pounds lost DONE 4/12/15
3) 207: 15 pounds lost DONE 1/2/16
4) 202: 20 pounds lost DONE 1/30/16
5) 200: 10% bodyweight DONE 3/8/16
6) 197: 25 pounds lost DONE 4/10/16
7) 192: 30 pounds lost
8) 188.5: half-way there!
9) 187: 35 pounds lost
10) 182: 40 pounds lost
11) 177: 45 pounds lost
12) 172: 50 pounds lost
13) 167: 55 pounds lost
14) 162: 60 pounds lost
15) 157: 65 pounds lost
16) 155: Goal weight

My Program:
Establish a walking schedule.

Sign-up for yoga classes.

Re-do Couch to 5k program then begin training for a half-marathon.

Establish a strength training program.

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Hobbies: Reading, writing, gaming, drawing, cooking/baking, running

Other Information:
I live with my husband, two sons, two cats, and an energetic lab mix puppy in a tiny suburban house right now. I'm a doctoral candidate in English, with hopes of teaching college someday. My main exercise program is walking/running, although I'm trying to build a yoga practice. I falter desperately whenever I try to work in strength training.

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  • v MOMIN09
    Welcome to Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years old)!
    1025 days ago
  • v DANYLE821
    I'm glad that you are feeling better, and hopefully you made it through your crazy week!

    My new job is going well, and it is actually helping me stay on track with my fitness goals (I'm not at home, reaching for a snack every time Gwyn would cry, now emoticon ). Were you able to go for your walk?
    1865 days ago
  • v DANYLE821
    Thanks for the support! We should both check in on each other and keep being motivational for each other. By the way, I love that you are part of the pagan group emoticon
    1886 days ago
    Saint Louis Spark People Rally-Please Come!!!

    OK, so how's the MO Botanical Garden on July 17 at 9 a.m. sound? We could meet at the Visitor's Center and walk around for 2 hours-there's a 'Health Fair' going on the same day, too! If you're a resident of St. Louis County or St. Louis City, admission is FREE before noon-otherwise it's $8 for adults...the place opens at 9 a.m., so it wouldn't be quite as hot then, but we could do 10 as well...lots to do/see here & plenty of walking exercise & time to get to know fellow STL 'Sparkers'!!!

    Hope to see you there-families welcome-check out the Botanical website for admission pricing

    2927 days ago
  • v JAUDON
    I am really lucky - I have from now till August, when classes start, to just relax and enjoy life. But, once law school starts, I am going to be insanely busy and stressed, so I think it all works out in the end :)

    How are things with you? How is the wedding planning going?
    2987 days ago
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