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Hi there! Welcome to my SparkPage. I am a long-time (though sporadic) Spark member (over a decade now). Spark helped me to shed 100 pounds... and though I've regained quite a bit, I know that I have the tools I need to drop it again!

I'm working hard to become a fitter, healthier person. I'm focused on increasing my strength, stamina and abilities. The weight loss and size changes attendant to that are secondary in my eyes. I want to feel better, first; look better, second!

One of the things that I feel should be a part of everyone's journey is learning to love yourself, exactly as you are. You can desire to change (lose weight, get fit, be healthier or whatever!) and still love yourself. I think that may be the most important step on this journey!

"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. YOU yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." ~Buddha

Member Since: 7/1/2006

Fitness Minutes: 34,786

My Goals:
Graduated weight loss goals:
-224 - weigh less than my husband
-199 - in One-derland
-190 - no longer "obese"
-180 - down 100 lbs from my highest weight
-160 - final goal (for now, we'll see how I feel and where my body is comfortable when I get closer)

Fitness goals:
-Achieve excellent rating for push-up test (40+ push-ups in one minute)
-Achieve excellent rating for crunch test (40+ crunches in one minute)
-Achieve excellent rating for 3-minute step test (HR 51-84)
-Achieve excellent rating for 1-mile walk test (walk 1 mile in less than 13:42)
-Strengthen injured foot to be able to run again
-Continue increasing muscle mass, particularly in my upper body
-As my budget allows, begin participating in various 5Ks and other events again.

My Program:
I work out 3-5x/week at the gym in the building I work in. I'm also fairly active on weekends, especially in the summer, with car shows and other outdoor opportunities. I'd like to get my BodyMedia back up and running, but the Health app on my phone also does many of the same functions. I need to get my eating habits back in order; that's my main downfall at the moment.

Personal Information:
I have the great fortune of being able to chase my dreams with the love of my life and partner in crime, Steve. We moved to Denver over Thanksgiving weekend 2011 and have been settling in and enjoying our new city! I'm 36 years old, no kids. I work full time at a bank. I also have primary responsibility for maintaining our home. I love our life together!!!

Other Information:
My big weight loss downfall is my love of food! I love all kinds of food - Thai, Indian, Sushi, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, Greek... you name it, I love it!!

I also have a tendency to allow myself to get caught up in doing things with my friends and not making the gym and myself a priority. Finding that balance is something I'm working on right now.

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    Thanks for stopping by my "cut the crap" blog! That's exactly what I was doing with my extra calories *cookie & candy time!* lol. Fruit is definitely an great alternative espcially since it's summer & most of the produce is way more yummy & fresh now!
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    2873 days ago
    Thanks for reading my blog, and you kind words of support. I really appreciate!
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  • v CLOVER2
    I will see if I can't find that song....I am so not cyber intelligent!

    Yes, it is what we wait for when we start this journey and read about it with others who are travelling the same road and they tell us about "it". The Spark explained them well, they call them "tipping points". I didn't think I would find them. And it feels incredible when I realize just how differently I really do think about things these days. Without forcing it at all.

    I just wanted to add that I have been so very impressed with your involvement with the Denver Team and I so want to join in one of the "meet and greet" outings you have planned, it just really has been that there were other things I had committed to doing, and then there was the snow. I work for the City & County of Denver, Street Maintenance and when it snows I get to be at work to help get the streets cleaned up!
    I really want to meet some of the other Sparkers here, keep up the excellent work and keep planning them, I promise I will be there at some point!
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    2983 days ago
  • v SHARON10002
    Thank you for stopping by to read and comment on my Loving Yourself: A Practical Question and Survey blog. I really appreciate your honesty in answering a question you knew so many others would see and read. Congratulations, you hit all the buttons in your answer, but it was great! I hope you will continue to stop by as the series progresses.
    2985 days ago
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