Me (second from the left) with my WONDERFUL family! 2008 - 175 lbs.


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I am ready to move forward with life and take off the lbs that are holding me back! I want to be the woman I was meant to be--MY BEST SELF!

Feel free to join me as a sparkfriend--let's do this together!

Here's my philosophy:

This life is so short to do all the wonderful things we can do! I believe each one of us in this world have something we are supposed to accomplish; some way to leave the world a better place, make a difference, touch lives.

Not being our best selves keeps us from fulfilling that destiny. Our mind, body and spirit all impact each other, so if we falter physically, we are dragged down emotionally and spiritually. And the reverse is true!

Here is a bit more about my journey toward wellness:

I have been in a war against my weight since I was a teenager.

At 12 years old, I was 5'8" and 125 lbs. I didn't realize then that I wasn't overweight; I just had unrealistic expectations. I still remember feeling inferior because I was too big to buy clothes at the store called "5*7*9*." By age 15, I was 155 lbs. and a size 13.

In college, I was healthier and in better shape, but still didn't have a clue about truly healthy eating. I ate haphazardly with far too much chocolate, bread and pastries. However, I had a lot of dance and PE classes and hiked all over campus. I weighed about 150 lbs and fit sizes 9 to 11. Like the saying goes, "I wish I was as fat as I thought I used to be!"

Then came marriage, 4 kids and the usual stress of life. My highest weight was when I was pregnant with my 4th child 10 years ago at age 38: 218 lbs.

Every time I see pictures of myself, I CRINGE. "WHO IS THAT FAT PERSON?!" I recently saw myself on a video dancing at my niece's wedding and I was mortified because I looked SO awful.

Several years ago at a school auction, I won a commercial diet plan which was very high in protein and very little grain. The plan was WAY TOO LOW on calories: just over 1,000. Although it is touted as a 'Dr. Recommended Plan', human beings are not meant to consume so much protein and so few healthy carbs and calories. They actually wanted me to be in 'ketosis' which puts a huge strain on the liver and leaches calcium from the bones. I knew this going into it, but I went forward in spite of serious misgivings.

I lost a lot of weight--46 lbs. and was down to 163, but I was resentful about relying on their shakes and 'high nutrient supplements' and gobs of pills (natural) all day long. I thought, "THIS ISN'T REALITY!" I also felt very vulnerable with my weight loss program being defined by a company which was out to make money and keep me reliant on their products, so I quit the program before I reached my goal.

The upside of that experience was that I saw and felt how WONDERFUL I looked, even if it was just for a short time. Then sadly, I started piling the weight back on, and now have about 60 lbs to lose again.

BUT! I know in my heart it is DOABLE and I want to be the best person I can be hidden beneath all the fat. When I lost all that weight, I found that it is easier to focus on others and truly serve without being so self conscious and feeling inferior. I was also better able to accomplish my own goals and develop talents.

So the journey has begun. The impetus for sticking to a healthy nutrition plan and exercise program is my desire to be healthy, happy and confident.

I know the keys to success will be writing EVERYTHING I eat, being accountable to others and consistent exercise in my training zone.


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