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I started Spark a couple years ago and lost about 40 pounds. I was quite happy with the tools on this free site. During Nursing school, I fell into my bad habits and gained the weight back and a few more.

I am proud of my success in my Nursing career, I passed my Boards and am now a Psychiatric Nurse, as of July 2010. I work second shift and realize that this is an opportunity to get into better habits. My daughter is also interested in a healthier lifestyle, so we are a Mother Daughter Spark team.

I find the hardest thing for me is late at night, after a stressful evening at work, I wind down and tend to eat late. When I come home, I have been jumping onto Spark to input my food intake and it seems to motivate me and keep me away from snacking. I also have been making sure that I am snacking before I leave work, otherwise it has been 6 - 7 hours since I ate dinner. So I am naturally hungry.

The key for me to losing weight is planning. Other habits I am aware of that don't work:
- eating in front of the TV
- lack of fiber
- lack of water
- sweet tooth
- motivation to move and have an exercise program - which is probably the biggest factor and is also tied into planning.
-Hx of Yo-Yo dieting

Positives for me
- I do not drink sweet carbonated beverages
- I have a good knowledge of nutrition
- I am in good health - knees and all
- I am making more money to afford better foods
- family support
- success in the past

Member Since: 5/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,128

My Goals:
Lose 25 pounds by summer
Keep it OFF!
Then reassess and set a new goal.

My Program:
Exercise as a habit
Portion control
Quality calories

Personal Information:
Upstate NY!

Other Information:
Music, songwriting, Guitar jams, softball, golf, tennis, beaches, walking my pup!, camping, hiking, swimming, community service.

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    How are you feeling after our games last night? You looked a little tired after the first game and I was hoping that was all it was and you didn't "over do"? It was great that your family was there, that is always fun.

    What day(s) are your classes - if we get anymore rainouts we will be into Sept. uh oh

    Have a great day!! emoticon
    4553 days ago
  • v KDA1981
    Yeah everything is set except I've been so busy I haven't submitted my loan app yet...I hope it doesn't take too long to process those? I was going to do it today but I got really busy and forgot that I had planned on doing that today. I can't do it tomorrow cause I'm meeting my sister at the zoo tomorrow and I will be in a hurry to get there at the designated I guess I will be submitting it on wednesday! I guess I could just pop it in the mail but with how disorganized my school is, I usually like to hand deliver everything just to make sure it gets to the right place!
    I start school Sept. 22nd. I have a lot to do before then but I know I'll get it done. I have my first aid class scheduled for aug. 22nd, and I have to turn in my packet full of papers and stuff by August 22nd. I also have SIXTEEN books to buy. I am doing a lot of online buying, to save money. The estimated cost of books is 1100 for the first quarter, but thankfully I'm good at finding bargains and by the way things are looking I might be able to sneak by with around 500 bucks instead of 1100. I used ebay for 3 books so far (my mom-in-law has an account so she buys them for me and I pay her back...I've been burned by ebay so I don't even touch it. I let her "screen" them and decide if she wants to buy or not. I still need to get my stethoscope too, which is proving to be difficult (I was waiting til I could afford it, and then that time came, but then I decided to go on ebay to get it cheaper....well all the bids are winning higher than I'm willing to go.) And I need to get my uniform stuff. But I wil do that very soon.
    By the way, we have a potluck information session for the first year students, at the end of August. Did your school do something like that?
    Then we have an orientation on September 19th too. I'm getting nervous!
    4554 days ago
    Good Morning - happy Saturday!

    I hope you have a great weekend - make the most of EVERY day in August because pretty soon the only thng you will be reading is text books!!

    Very proud of you - you will be great!
    4556 days ago
    I like your spark page and your pictures!
    4559 days ago
  • v JLH1026
    Welcome to the Tall Ladies team! Jen
    4559 days ago
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