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ME! Muhahahaha!

''Life''s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, ''Holy sh*t... What a ride!''

When I made my first SparkPeople profile in 2003, I'd lost 60lbs and was training to walk a half-marathon. 6 years later, all the weight was back on and then some, and I decided I was tired of being simply tired of it - and having shed the bad marriage, toxic friends and spirit-crushing responsibilities, and with the support of my mate and my family (and my Sparkfriends), I decided it's time to really DO this! Eighteen months and 75 pounds later, I'm well on my way to being the amazing bombshell I was MEANT to be!

UPDATE (9/9/2016) - So it's official, nursing school is hazardous to your health! I did great and had lost 30lbs before starting back to school, but it ALMOST all found it's way back by the time I graduated in December of 2016 (I haven't made it all the way to 250, but I've been close). But now that I'm an RN (and working on my BSN), it's time to take control and get my health back! Working 12 hour shifts in a hospital is brutal, and in order to take the best care of my patients I need to be sure I'm taking the best care of ME! Officially back in the saddle baabee!!!

UPDATE (12/18/2014) Hard to revisit all of the achievements I made before, having gained nearly (but not all) of the weight back due to the stress and craziness of nursing school. I only had 2 semesters left, and then started having odd "spells" - went to my doctor and was diagnosed with high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes. There was NO way to reduce my load and work on my health, so I withdrew from classes in October to focus on getting my health back. The plan is for me to resume classes in May, which will push my graduation date back to January of 2016. A disappointment for sure, but I WILL DO THIS! I consider myself "in training" to go back to school, and have already lost 22 pounds - my doctor is thrilled! So here's to a healthier lifestyle that I can model to my patients - if *I* can do this, so can they!

*Specific goals*
(As of 1/4/2016)

*Get my A1C under 7 so I don't have to go on diabetes medication.

Weight Goals -
*Weigh under 200 lbs by May 7, 2017 (when I do the Flying Pig).
*Get out of the morbidly obese category (under 220):
*Get out of the obese category (under 160 lbs):
*Get out of the overweight category (under 130 lbs):

Fitness Goals (events):

March 12, 2017 - AHA Heart Mini Marathon & Heartwalk
May 7, 2017 - Flying Pig Half Marathon

How am I going to get there?
- I will track my food EVERY day
- Cardio: At least 3 days EVERY week
- Strength Training: work back up to at least 3 days EVERY week
- Training with a walking group for the Flying Pig 2 days a week.

* Complete a full (26.2 miles) marathon before my 50th birthday (DONE! Completed the Flying Pig on May 6, 2012, beating my original goal by a full year and a half)

Past Fitness Events

Cheetah Run 5K - 9/5/2010 - completed!
Walk to Stop AIDS (5 miles) - 9/26/2010 - completed!
AHA Heartwalk 5K - 3/20/2011 - completed!
Glen Helen Earth Day 5K - 4/23/2011 - completed!
Warrior Dash in Carrolton, OH - 9/10/2011 - completed! RAWR!
Flying Pig Marathon (yep, the full 26.2 miles) May 6, 2012 - completed in 7 hours!

Member Since: 12/22/2003

Fitness Minutes: 60,725

My Goals:
*General goals*
I want to be active and healthy, feel good physically and emotionally, and be able to buy sexy clothes that I like without having to find specialty stores or "bigger girl sizes" online.

Be a SparkPeople Motivator! (Goal Met November 2010! And again January 2013!)

Earn a Popular Blog Post!

My Program:
Primarily trying to watch portion sizes and eat a balanced healthy diet, incorporating as much organic and/or locally grown foods as possible.

Being ACTIVE - utilizing the gym, walking in my neighborhood, and finding fun ACTIVE activities to enjoy with my mate and my kids.

Personal Information:
Doula, wannabe-midwife, Qadishtu, Priestess of Venus and Vulcan. Completely bisexual, utterly polyamorous - I just love.
Granny Wendy: So Peter, your adventures are over.

Peter Banning: Oh, no. To live... to live would be an awfully big adventure.

- Final lines from the movie "Hook"
From the movie "Parenthood" 1989:
[Gil has been complaining about his complicated life; Grandma wanders into the room]
Grandma: You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster.
Gil: Oh?
Grandma: Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride!
Gil: [sarcastically] What a great story.
Grandma: I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn't like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.

Other Information:
My primary online presence is my blog at - - that's the best place to get to know me. My motto is "Ask me a direct question and I'll give you a direct answer - so be sure you really want to know."

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