This is before I gained yet another 30 lbs. But dontcha just love the blue hair? I do!

A couple years later, a few pounds more, but no longer so unhappy as I was before!

That's me painted on the wall from 1977, with the "me" that was in 1989


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I've always been chunky, but this is getting ridiculous! At 5'2" and 225 lbs, I feel like a bowling ball with legs! Help! I always seem to sabotage myself as soon as I start to lose weight.
I battle withdepression, have high blood pressure, and recently discovered my cholesterol (LDL) is way too high.
I'm muscular by nature, but I'm taking after my dad (to him, salad was for horses and bunnies!) and I don't want to do that anymore. My feet give me problems (some from having worked as a waitress for many years, some just from being overweight) so I've put off walking, which I'd like to get back into on a regular basis. Menopause is not helping with the process either. BUT, I will not let any of these problems rule me! I'm the boss of my life, so I have to make the tough decisions and stick by them. All I need is a little help and emotional support from the Spark!
12/07/08: I've lost 25 pounds since joining Spark, I'm stoked, but need a push to accomplish more a little faster. Learned a lot, need to apply myself more.
12/30/08: Down to 198 and holding, even thru the holidays! ^_^

Member Since: 10/2/2006

Fitness Minutes: 3,401

My Goals:
I need to lose about 60 to 75 pounds overall, but I'm going to break it down into 20 lb. mini-goals so it's not so overwhelming.
I want to feel better about myself when I look in the mirror.
My goal is to get my blood pressure down, as well as my bad cholesterol level.
I want to go shopping for clothes and not feel embarrased doing it! I just want to feel better about myself.

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Update 12/30/08: I'm now working at a job where I'm on my feet all day, pretty much walking/running all over the place, so I guess I should get a pedometer to see how many steps I'm actually taking. On my lunch break, weather permitting, I'm walking around the complex, so I'm adding another mile to my daily steps. Next step is to join a gym so I can do strength training and cardio, and continue to watch what I'm eating. Avoid the breakroom donuts!

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Born in Manhattan, raised in New Jersey, which I left when I was 21 for the dream land of California. Went to Alaska for salmon season 2 years running, and a winter in the Aleutians (Dutch Harbor) processing crab...brrrrr!!
Married once, what a mistake...stayed in a relationship with someone else for 14 years before I finally realized it was killing me, literally, got back with the guy of my dreams, and here I am today, ready to get better! Refuse to grow old gracefully (hence the punk blue hair!). Doing some work with my emotions and trying to figure out my true issues. Getting closer to self-knowledge and now just need self-love to help me on my path.

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Love to read, am devouring as many Dean Koontz books as I can find! I enjoy science fiction, quantum physics (but not the math! oy vey!), expanding my mind with philosophy and nature, and love action movies that aren't stupid. Enjoy any movie with Morgan Freeman, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

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  • v REEKU731
    Thanks so much for the blog support and for voting for my tattoos honey! I really appreciate it and the wonderful compliment as well!!! I truly love my tattoos and hope I win! That would be super cool!!!

    You can vote daily until around August 8th, so please feel free to head back to that link and vote as often as you like!!! I'd really appreciate any support you can give!!!


    2519 days ago
  • v REEKU731
    Hey there! Thanks for the blog comment! I appreciate it! I think the changes made to my tribal are awesome and it definitely looks more balanced! It sounds like you had a crazy busy week too! I'm sorry to hear about your foot spasm while walking home! Are you okay now?? I hope things get a little easier for you this week!! I know I'm really looking forward to getting back on track this week!

    I hope things are going well with you!

    2598 days ago
  • v REEKU731
    Hey there! Thanks so much for the blog comment about my new ink! I absolutely love it!!!

    And thanks for the comment about my little tribal too! That is actually the first tattoo I ever got! I designed it myself and the top portion (the part that looks like a PI symbol) is derived from the Maori symbol for happiness/cheerfulness - which is what my name means. All of my tattoos have a very personal meaning to me and this little one is no exception. The Maori were one of the original tribes who regularly used tattoo within their culture, so it was important to me to get something of theirs incorporated into my pieces. I am planning on getting it re-done and adding a piece to the left side (so it looks a little more centered with my new pieces), but the main integrity of the piece will remain the same

    I hope you have a great Monday! I know that its hard to stop slipping sometimes. Just remind yourself why you're working on this journey and keep truckin' along! I am always here to support you and cheer you on!! I know you can get back on track!!!


    2612 days ago
  • v REEKU731
    Hey there! Thanks for the blog comment! I appreciate it!! This month has definitely been tricky so far - but its nice to still be seeing some progress too!!

    Hope you have a fabulous Sunday!

    2620 days ago
  • v REEKU731
    Hey there my friend! I appreciate the compliments on my new work! I love it as well and can't wait until the left side is finished next wee - I feel SO unbalanced right now! haha! But its going to be fabulous once its all finshed!!!

    And I've been working with Logan since he was an apprentice over 2.5 years ago - so I'm not sure if he needs any practice "canvas" at the moment - but you're more than welcome to call and check out his pricing and stuff. I'll message you his information. Just tell him Hillary referred you and he'll be able to talk to you about any plans that you may have for future designs!

    And cash is always an issue! haha! I happened to have some extra cash the past few weeks, which is why I got my back worked on - but I'll be slowing down now that summer is getting closer! Hopefully I'll be able to pick it back up in late July or early August - I've still got a few things I want to do to my back before its fully complete

    I hope you have an awesome Friday my friend!

    2622 days ago
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