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I followed some of my friends to check out this place. I've been a member for awhile but I can't say I've actually really started the program yet. UPDATED: Yes I have! I worked the 28 day challenge in Feb 2010 and I am slam dancing my way through the main program now. I have officially caught the spark!

I am still a relatively recent graduate of master's degree in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, as well as being a SixSigma Black Belt and Lean process improver with nearly eight years experience in non-profit blood banking. I'm now employed as program coordinator for the master's program I recently graduated from, and contemplating a PhD with the free tuition I get.

At my best I dance, lift weights and practice yoga. I also play games on Pogo, knit, spin, cook and read/listen to audiobooks.

And yes, I should probably explain the ears. I love this photo just because it makes me giggle, and it does capture my smile well. I'm a happy person.

But here's where the ears came from. I occasionally play World of Warcraft. In that game there's a Druid class that can shape-shift into different animals, and at level 30 they get a cheetah form that can run very quickly. So for my 30th birthday I put on the ears and told everyone that I'd just 'dinged' level 30 and gotten my cheetah form. We were using a voice-over-internet chat (Ventrilo) and no one believed I was really wearing ears. So I snapped a picture to prove to them that I was.

When it came time to start my SP profile I searched my files for an appropriate picture and chose this one. I'd actually gotten the ears from a friend who used them for her son's birthday party. It was adorable to see all these toddlers running around with various puppy and kitty ears on, and she gave me a set to take home.

On a related note, if you see comments about my being naked on Ravelry (a knitting/crochet/spinning website of absolute awesomeness) it's because there my picture is of my naked neck/top of my chest, basically from smile to pecs with the slogan "I (heart) topless Raveling!" The people who are on both sites aren't used to seeing me dressed! Or the top of my head for that matter.

Member Since: 4/6/2008

Fitness Minutes: 10,338

My Goals:
I'm here to try and get back to the things that made me feel good about myself. Grad school took so much mental attention and energy that I let my life get all out of balance again. I'm here trying to relearn how to fix that. I've gained nearly 50 pounds in 2 years, started smoking again, and I'm not happy with these changes. I know I have the power to reverse these changes and I will choose to use it!

Smoke free since Sep 6th 2009!

My Program:
Exercise 10 min per day - mostly yoga right now. I'm building a personal practice and very excited about it.

Personal Information:
If you don't see me on, feel free to poke at me! Help hold me accountable!

Other Information:
I love stories, and conversations. I've realized that I really need community to keep me engaged in this project. So I'm looking to making more friends!

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  • v no profile image THIAGRAM
    I love your cute ears!
    3691 days ago
  • v FOUNDER3
    Thank you for mentioning my post. I am kind of on a soapbox a lot of the time, and so often that is my message. I am so glad to know that someone heard it.

    It has helped change my life in the last 2 years and 4 months. I still have much weight to lose, but my main goal is to make small changes in me, and that includes not chastising myself for mistakes, and loving myself at all times. A lofty goal, but I am working at it.

    I truly feel that if I am working on these goals while I am losing weight, I will be much more likely to be able to keep it off.

    I can lose weight, have done it so many times I can't count, once 135 pounds, but never have I dealt with the negative emotions going on in the back of my head.

    This time it is a journey that will only end when I am no longer alive, and I am planning that to be a VERY long time from now!

    CONGRATS on not smoking. That is a very insidious addiction, and I am very proud of you for not smoking for so long! One day at a time always.

    Ok, now I could find nothing to reference your picture. What is up with the ears, and the microphone?

    Also, if you are interested, I did a blog today that was an article out of our local paper. It mentioned, and had a good solid message that goes along well with the SP philosophy!

    Keep on Sparkin" and be in touch!

    3772 days ago
    Thanks so much for the flowers. They certainly will be part of my day, for sures :)

    3783 days ago
    I know! On the knitting site I'm naked. On the exercise site I'm dressed! Life is strange, isn't it?
    3796 days ago
    AH I see. (I don't "get it" as I don't play war craft but, I get the idea)

    All I've seen of you prior to sparkpeople stalking is your nekid ravatar!
    3796 days ago
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