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Well here goes!! I started an Insanity Beachbody challenge 1 week ago. It is crazy intense but I really love it! I haven't really noticed a difference yet but I am trying to be paitent. I am the one that wants to see the quick results. I keep telling myself that 2 months isn't that long and if I see results by the end of this that is pretty quick :)

I am a stay at home Mom of 3 boys. I have Irish twins, my two oldest are 11 months 3 days apart, and my youngest boy. I gained the weight starting in my 2nd pregnancy. I got pregnant exactly 6 weeks to the day after having my first son so I never really got the chance to lose that baby weight and after my second son I never really tried. Once I had my third son I was about 150 pounds and over the past 8 years I have gained 25 more. I am sitting at 176 pounds right now and would like to lose 50 pounds to get back to my pre-baby weight.

My biggest struggle is food. I love to eat and I don't like to be restricted, so another of my goals during this time is to learn to eat healthy while at the same time being able to eat things I love in smaller portions and with healthy switches. For example, light sour cream instead of regular sour cream, things like that. I love Hungry Girl, she makes those switches in her recipes which make a huge difference in calorie/fat intake so I follow her a lot on that. I am slowly learning but it is hard for me.

I would love to make some friends here at Spark People and be of encouragement/support to others on their journeys. I am proud of sticking with my journey and I look forward to my results!!

Member Since: 3/7/2011

Fitness Minutes: 235

My Goals:
Lose 50 pounds

Do some type of physical activity everyday

Learn to eat healthy with portion control

Track all my food intake
Track all my workouts

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I currently live in Okinawa, Japan. We are military and will be here until 2014.

I am originally from NC.

I served in the Army myself for 3 years.

I have a certificate in Medical Admin Assistant.

My husband is in the Army and is currently a 1SG with 16 years of active duty service but a total of 20 years with Reserve time.

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I love to read!

Some of my favorite movies are Untamed Hearts, The Fugitive and The Hangover.

I admit to being a reality t.v. junkie lol!

I like to save money by making my own home/beauty remedies. You can check that out at :)

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    Welcome to Spark People. We're all in this together and there is so much support and encouragement on this site. Take it a day at a time and have a great time meeting your goals!!!

    2600 days ago
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    Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways - some of the teams you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

    In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


    If you haven't already discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


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    emoticon to SP and best wishes!
    2602 days ago