8/26/06 - Lowest adult weight: 162 (on my wedding day - pre-SparkPeople)

Achieved 1/31/2010 at 26.5 lbs lost! Halfway to goal!


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I am on a journey. Right now that journey has me back here, using the SP tools to get in shape and track my progress!

This phase of my journey involves new, supportive friends who have the same goals, and a shiny new gym membership! I've come to the realization that in order to reach some of my other goals (or at least reach them at my best!), I really need to focus on losing weight and getting healthy FOR LIFE!

- My Life quality and longevity
- Life with my family
- Future Life as a mom
- Life as a singer
- For ME!!

My goals:
- Get into the habit of an exercise routine (start off at 2-3 times per week)
- Lose 30-40 lbs by next May, then reassess
- Take vitamins daily
- Drink 6-8 cups of water daily
First and foremost, I'm a follower of Jesus. I'm a wife, daughter, sister and I hope to become a mother once I graduate. I love singing (I'm a music major) and doing artsy things (knitting, crocheting, paper crafts, sewing, etc).

I'm tired of dieting. For me it's not so much about looking good - I love my curves! (Well, most of them...) - but being healthy so I can live life to the fullest. For the most part, I know what works for my body and what doesn't - I just have a hard time paying attention to what my body tells me (or I just outright ignore it for whatever reason).

I love food! I like all kinds of food, both healthy and unhealthy (oh to find the balance).

My goal is to adjust my lifestyle with a little online help so I know what my limits are and get that ingrained into my daily habits.


Some Bible Verses I was given as encouragement on this journey:

"And so, dear brothers and sister, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice - the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don't copy the ways of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." ~Rom 12:1-2

"Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." ~1 Cor 6:19-20

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14



Begin - Current = difference
41.50 - 37.00 = 4.50 Waist (at belly button)
46.25 - 43.00 = 3.25 Hips
13.50 - 12.75 = .75 Neck
25.25 - 23.75 = 1.50 Right Thigh
25.00 - 22.75 = 2.25 Left Thigh
35.50 - 33.00 = 2.50 Ribcage
45.50 - 42.75 = 2.75 Bust
13.50 - 12.75 = .75 Right Bicep
13.50 - 12.75 = .75 Left Bicep

Total: 19

Member Since: 6/12/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,359

My Goals:
* No "dieting" - change my lifestyle
* Eat fresh foods more
* Make exercise a regular part of my routine
* Get to a healthier weight, then decide if I want to make a new goal.

My Program:
Current Plan:
* Drink 8-10 glasses of water each day
* Eat fresh foods regularly
* Eat 5 fruits/veggies per day (Preferably Organic as the budget allows)
* Prepare healthy meals to take to school/work

Milestone goals & rewards:
* 186 again by 7/19/09 DONE
* 180 by 8/30/09 ALMOST THERE!
* 170 by 11/8/09
* 160 by 1/17/10
* 150 by 3/28/10

(Based on 1lb loss/week)

Personal Information:
The Basics:

~ Follower of Jesus
~ California Girl
~ 28
~ Married
~ Big Sister to 2 sisters and 1 brother
~ Classical Soprano and voice teacher
~ Songwriter
~ Creative Soul
~ Wanna-be mom
~ Open-minded
~ Work in progress

Other Information:
The Favorites:

~ My Sweet Hubby
~ Family
~ Friends
~ Singing
~ Songwriting
~ Books
~ Yarn
~ Nice Paper
~ Crocheting
~ Knitting
~ Sewing
~ Spinning
~ Paper Crafts
~ Chocolate chip cookies
~ Tea
~ Hugs and cuddles
~ Yoga
~ Cooking
~ Chatting with a friend over coffee/tea
~ Creating things
~ Making people smile and laugh
~ Law & Order CI
~ House, MD
~ Francine Rivers
~ Paulo Coelho
~ Photography
~ Purses
~ Shades of purple
~ Teacups & teapots
~ Imogen Heap
~ Bjork
~ Coldplay
~ Brandi Carlile
~ Snow Patrol
~ David Crowder Band
~ Chris Tomlin
~ Iron & Wine
~ People saying/spelling my name right

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2013!!!
    Where are ya, Done Girl!? I hope no matter where you find yourself in life, you are definitely enjoying it this birthday!!

    All the very best,
    1722 days ago
    emoticon Happy Birthday, Done Girl!!!
    1722 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy BELATED Birthday, DONE GIRL

    Libra is not a "fat" sign as it puts her out of balance. Staying slim and fit is natural for you. When Libra over eats it is because she is out of balance in her emotional life. She needs to talk about her feelings to someone. Yoga and dance can be wonderful ways to get exercise and relieve stress.
    Remember, no decision is a decision. Make one and stay with it.
    In Libra the Sun is tolerant, affectionate, and well balanced. You are a courteous and agreeable person who is considerate of other people's feelings. You have a personal charisma attracting friends. Functioning well when working in harmony with other people, you are an excellent team player. You like being on the winning team.
    You get along well with Aries, Gemini, Sagittarius, Aquarius, and Leo.
    Your health issue can be your kidney area and skin problems.
    You are a "steel fist in a velvet glove" so know you can accomplish anything you set your mind to do. You are an excellent student and can excel in math.
    You become unhappy in ugly surroundings. Don't stay in a bad situation as it can make you ill physically. You are frugal and want to get quality for your money that you work hard for.
    You prefer working in a pleasant and very orderly atmosphere, with people who don't put undue pressure on you. You like to see your role as that of peacemaker. Peace and tranquility are so important. The least sign of hostility or discord is very upsetting to you. You refrain from speaking your mind if you fear your thoughts would alienate or start an argument. Always ready to compromise or mediate, you need to be careful not to appear wishy-washy or less than reliable.
    In many ways, you are dependent upon the approval of others. Libra is the sign of relationships. You think of yourself as half a partnership rather than an individual. Because of this feeling of dependence, you put your mate's needs and desires ahead of your own. You may become confused as to what you want at any particular time, versus what your partner wants. Your partner's goals and ambitions become your goals and ambitions. You are the true helpmate. Because of this attitude, Libra is very stable and dependent in a relationship, even a bad one.
    As attached as you are to your partner, you may not really show it much. In your quest for balance and harmony, you rarely have or express strong emotions of any kind. Yours is a very dispassionate demeanor that is detached. You don't invest much passion or feeling in your relationships, loving with your head instead of your heart.
    When cast in a supervisory role you may have some difficulties. This is because you weigh each decision before choosing your direction. You can experience problems if you are called on to make frequent snap decisions for the group. You are an excellent go-between, and not as good at being the leader or boss. Unfortunately, such a balanced view of situations sometimes makes decisive action more difficult. You have a hard time making everyday decisions of little or no consequence. On the big issues, you may vacillate indefinitely.
    One of your main personality traits is a love of justice. You are insistent on fair play. In this too, you have a very balanced and unbiased way of looking at everything in your world. Accordingly, you are often called on to be mediator in family disputes or in disagreements at work. Your impartial judgment can always see both sides of a matter. You can be very cool and detached, keeping your feelings well under control in pursuit of fairness.

    Your love of balance and harmony allows you to appreciate music and the arts. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet closely associated with artistic endeavors. If you don't have talent yourself, you probably to do have an interest and excellent taste in these matters.
    Courteous and refined, good manners are important to you. You exhibit them and you expect them. You are especially repelled by vulgarity and coarseness. Tactful, diplomatic, refined and socially successful, you strive to say and do the right thing. It is always so important for you to make the right impression.
    2076 days ago
  • v SHELLE13
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    Happy Super Belated Birthday, Done Girl!
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    2081 days ago
    Doing a great job! Keep up the good work and its so cool that you are voice teacher! Thats great....congratulations on the job you have done! Keep it up! emoticon
    2086 days ago
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