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My name is M. I'm a full-time student, full-time mother, and I work part-time at a hotel on the weekends. All of which leaves me quite busy, but I've found that I prefer it that way :) On the plus side, I'm sleeping more than I was two years ago ;) Downside is that it leaves me with little energy for exercise.

I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa but I currently live in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my husband of eight years, my two sons, and our two dogs.

I have a journal/blog post about my goals and such as it''s much easier to do it that me.

Now that I've had time to be at peace with myself as I am, it is time that I get healthier and slowly become happy with I will be.

To do that, I will have to find or build or create (or something because I don't believe that I have any at the moment) some willpower. I can never seem to say no to temptation; I always give in and it has led me to gain another 20lbs in the past two years. I hate the idea of telling myself that I CANNOT have (insert bad food/drink here) but the fact of the matter appears to be that I shouldn't allow myself to have it until I'm positive that it won't lead to a slip.

We all know that exercise and healthy eating are also paramount but I think I have to go beyond that. I'm just not sure how.

For now, I'm going to start with tracking ALL my food every day as well as getting around 15-30min of exercise at least 3 days a week. As much as I want to, I can't start off strong because I won't keep it up. I have to start small and slowly build on that smaller habit.

I only hope that I can keep it up and keep it going. Wish me luck!

Member Since: 2/19/2013

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My goals are simple - get and stay healthy and show my kids that it's fun to be healthy.

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I like to sing, sew, write, type, and bake. I have a very eclectic taste when it comes to music and while I like lots of different shows, I can't exactly say that I'm eclectic in those tastes. I love to read! I prefer fantasy books (like Lord of the Rings) but my favorite book is Pride and Prejudice..

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  • v HONOR0529
    Just checking in to see how you're doing!
    902 days ago
    I've been married for 30 years and have grown daughters and still struggle with that from time to time. We just need to be patient with changing our body images realisticly
    1382 days ago
    Yep totally relatable. For the past 6-8 months I've been doing good going to the gym but next week I'm starting a temp job that won't allow me the time to get there. Then with my boys soccer schedule I'll have next to no time except for early morning and late night. I know I'll need motivation to workout. Hopefully we can help each other along this journey and cheer each other on!
    1383 days ago
    emoticon to the DONE GIRLS! Take it day by day and you will make it! Don't worry. emoticon
    1608 days ago

    Thanks so much for your kind words on my blog “Dear Self”

    I’ve been doing really well since I wrote that blog and am so glad it’s having such a positive impact so many more Spark People including YOU!

    Please consider following the link in my latest blog, “I Double Dog Dare You!” The silly little “tweak” I’ve learned there has changed my life in many positive ways in only two weeks - I am so excited about it and really want share this science with as many as I can!

    I hope you feel the same way!

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    ┊┊┊ Keep Spreading the Spark

    1614 days ago
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