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I started this journey on 3/31/08. I've lost a total of 95 pounds but have gained a few back. I haven't quite reached my goal and have been standing at a crossroads for several months. I have been having doubts about being able to be successful and keep this weight off. I decided to choose the right direction, get back with SPARK, keep track of myself, and start walking on the right path. One of my favorite sayings is:

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

My life is NOW....whether I'm overweight or or not. I have always been such a black and white, all or nothing kind of thinker. There are so many gray areas in life so I'm still learning to just be in the moment. Getting back on SPARK will help me to keep my vision of my goals in mind & help me stay focused. I love moving my body! It feels like being a kid again, like going out to play.

Member Since: 3/17/2008

Fitness Minutes: 23,416

My Goals:
My goal is to reach 162 pounds through exercise and eating healthy.

My Program:
I started off working with a personal trainer. She also has a fitness ministry. I lost 95 pounds, have gained a few back--it actually goes on and back off, but overall kept all of it off. I have a few pounds left to go. I used to volunteer by teaching spinning, rowing, and a weight lifting class. I got certified to teach Zumba anda program called R.I.P.P.E.D (see am now teaching 3 60 minute Zumba classes a week, 2-3 45 minute Zumba classes, and 5 R.I.P.P.E.D. classes a week. I will start walking and/or running 1 to 2 days per week when it warms up just to shake things up. I also lift weights 1-2 times per week. I love working out and I love instructing.

Personal Information:
I live in Iowa and am originally from Minnesota. I've lived in Iowa since 1982.

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I love the idea of getting healthy and strong! I have enjoyed the progress I've made and love that my body strong. I LOVE MUSCLES!

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    Thank you so much! I am determined that this new found lifestyle will be sticking around for the last half of my life...Finally decided, tho, that having support, help and giving back as well, is a big part of that plan. Looking forward to getting to know you! emoticon
    2304 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon To Journey To A New You team!
    SO glad you joined us here! Your Introduction is so inspiring and just so awesome and you look fabulously marvelously beautiful.YOu must feel so proud of your successes emoticon Congratulations to You! If there is anything we can do do support you here,don't hesitate to ask! Best wishes on your continued successes on your healthy lifestyle journeys! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Leader Diana
    2305 days ago
    Welcome to the 50+Maintainers team.
    You have an inspirng story. You should be very proud of yourself.
    Please join in our conversation and let us get to know you.
    2308 days ago
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    Hi! Thanks for the add emoticon You look absolutely fabulous!! Congrats on all your accomplishments and I look forward to learning some tricks and tips from you as we go through this journey emoticon
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