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Hello SP, my name is Julie. I am a 45 yr old SAHM who is learning to "eat smart, be fit and live well" (Cooking Light). I joined SparkPeople in January 2008 and am still working towards my goal weight of 130 lbs. I accept that it�s going to be a long journey and it will require a LOT of hard work and self-discipline, but I am also certain I CAN do it. I WILL be FIT and FABULOUS! I will have the healthy lifestyle I want and I will be �all that I can be�.

I love SparkPeople. With SparkPeople, I have found support, inspiration, motivation and most importantly INFORMATION. NO more excuses! JUST DO IT! ~ Nike

I am DONE being the FAT girl!


I am a powerful Warrior.
I can weather any storm.
I am fierce; I am fabulous; I am unstoppable.
My tenacity comes in many forms.

I here and now commit to myself,
To embrace sheer courage and strength,
And vow to pursue wellbeing and health,
And to reach new heights and great lengths.

I shall pick myself up with determination and grace,
Each and every time that I fall,
I will give of myself and lift up my friends,
And will extend a helping hand to all.

I will start each new day,
With inspiration in my heart, as I look to the horizon-nestled treasure,
For am I am a Warrior; I am a spark;
Yes, I am powerful beyond measure!

~ AHealthierMe9 ~

"You are unlimited." ~ Yogi Tea

"Don't count the days, make the days count." - Muhammad Ali

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." - Maria Robinson

"More than anything else, I believe it's our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny." - Anthony Robbins

They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing. - Hindu Proverb

To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life. - William Londen

Starting weight: 207 lbs
Ultimate weight: 130 lbs (end of college weight)

Friday Weigh-Ins (2 lbs at a time)
End of Month Goals
Monthly Measurements

My weight gains seemed to come in 30 lb increments corresponding with the following events:
- college to real world (desk job) - 130 - 160
- gained another 30 in between jobs - 160 - 190
- I guess the remaining lbs are due to reoccurring bouts of depression (dysthymia) and hypothyroidism (diagnosed at age 34 following the miscarriage of my twins). When depressed, I EXCEL at the sedentary lifestyle - don't want to get out of bed, off the couch or out of the house. I become anti-social, which is totally not me. My favorite thing to do is have friends and family over for dinner parties. Did I mention I like to cook? I am being treated for both dysthymia and hypothyroidism.

On an interesting note - I gained very little weight when I was pregnant. For me, being pregnant was in itself a weight loss plan. Each pregnancy I weighed LESS post-pregnancy than I did before. Go figure! How can this be? I ate better for my babies-to-be than I do just for me. I paid attention to what I was putting in because I knew it was going to be passed on to my baby. AND, I didn't want to gain MORE weight. Each pregnancy motivated me to exercise and eat better to avoid being even fatter post-pregnancy. Hmmm...I guess I need to learn how to eat healthy and exercise for me not just my babies-to-be!

Because I want to:
- tuck in my shirt
- wear sleeveless tops
- cross my legs - easily ;o)
- lose some boob so I can wear a button-down shirt without busting out; I must, I must, I must DECREASE my bust!
- be good role model for my children - exercising & eating healthy
- enjoy shopping for clothes again (Currently, I dread it! Where once I had style, I now settle for coverage.)
- have more energy
- look and feel sexy (Be able to wear my lingerie again.)
- be able to look at a picture of myself without being disgusted and wanting to delete it immediately from our digital camera
- look on the outside the way I feel on the inside; I'm always shocked when I see myself in pictures. I don't feel as BIG as I am. Is that really me? Aack! There's definitely a "skinny" girl trying to get out of this fat suit ;o)
- succeed; Losing 77 lbs would be a HUGE accomplishment for me and would go a long way toward restoring my self-esteem
- live a long life; I want to see my kids grow up, get married & have kids of their own :o)
- stop avoiding people who knew me when I was thin
- stop wasting so much time thinking about my weight
- stop hating myself

Sources of INSPIRATION -

"Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell" by Debra Waterhouse, M.P.H., R.D. http://www.waterhousepublications.com/

"You Are What You Eat" on BBCA. Gillian McKeith cracks me up. I love her "tough love" approach. I could use some of her tough love! Someone who cares enough to crack the proverbial whip.

Oprah & Bob Greene - I LOVE Oprah at any weight and appreciate her courage facing weight gain/loss in the public eye and now, like me, she's added hypothyroidism as a factor in her weight loss. As always, I'm cheering for her!

My fellow SparkPeople who are getting it DONE! You rock and are VERY INSPIRING!

Favorite websites:

- Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Listen to the MUSTN'TS, child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me ---
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.

Future Blog Topics:
***A meaningful life requires hard work - Healthy Reflection; Zembo's family values; Mary Simms
***Parenthood: When "sleeping in" becomes "going to bed early".
***FAT Genes -vs- Skinny Jeans
***Metamorphosis: From eating machine to beautiful butterfly, I too want to F.L.Y.
***PASSIONS: Dancing (sign up for a class and/or attend the EBC dances), Cooking (take a cooking class), Photography (SLR Digital Camera is on my wish list), Birdwatching (Audubon Field Trips), Gardening (love my flowers), Bicycling (YES, I want to ride my bicycle), Music (join a community band? I played clarinet from 6th grade thru my sophomore yr of college), Travel (make plans to travel), Reading (join a book club; teach someone how to read), Wildlife (volunteer at the OWC; the zoo; Cat Welfare)
***Getting in touch with my SPIRITUAL side - First Community Church - A Place for All :o)
***Productivity: What it means to me
***PMA - Positive Mental Attitude :o)
***ESCAPE ARTIST aka avoiding reality: Movies, Romance Novels, etc.
***Lost in FAT; Skinny woman wants to escape prison of FAT
***Identity CRISIS: Who am I?
***Family: A Sense of Belonging
***TIME: A Precious Commodity
***Nuclear Families
***Friends: The Family You Choose :o)

Reward Ideas:
Title Nine Outfit - For every size I go down.
Charm Bracelet - new charm for every 10 lbs lost.
Every week I LOSE - Fruit Smoothie

Member Since: 1/15/2008

Fitness Minutes: 11,015

My Goals:
Be mindful of what I put in my mouth!

SP Healthy Reflection - "Give your body quality fuel!" I eat too much for pleasure!

Drink more H2O and less alcohol!

Eat dinner by 6:30pm!

Don't eat after 8pm!

Weigh-in on Fridays - This works for me no matter which way the scale tips. If I've lost, I'm excited and behave over the weekend. If I haven't lost, I suck it up and work harder over the weekend.

Take MEASUREMENTS at the beginning of each month so I don't get discouraged when the scale's not moving!

Upload NEW photos to SparkGallery!

My Program:
Fitness Plan:

M- Metro Park
T- Planet Fitness - ST
W - Morning Walk (5K) &/or Rec Center - Swim
Th - Planet Fitness - ST
Fri - Bike Path
Sat - Walk w/ a Doc
Sun - Family Fitness

Dinner Plan:
Monday - Mexican/Italian
Tuesday - Vegetarian
Wednesday - Chicken
Thursday - Leftovers/Eat Out/Take Out
Friday - Fish/Seafood
Saturday - Cookout!
Sunday - Beef or Pork

Personal Information:
I am a graduate of Miami University (of OH) with a degree in Marketing and a minor in International Business. I studied abroad in Luxembourg my junior yr of college (1990-1991) and traveled extensively in western Europe. I even studied at the Moscow State Institute for a week. I was in Europe when Germany reunified and I was there just one yr after the Berlin wall came down. I was in Moscow just before Yeltsin took power (March 1991). What a year! I definitely learned more in that one yr (about the world and myself) than my other 3 yrs of college combined.

Other Information:
It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years! - Abe Lincoln

"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are." - E. E. Cummings

"Happiness depends upon ourselves." - Aristotle

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all. - Sam Ewing, humorist

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. - James Oppenheim

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness...never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. - Lord Chesterfield

Just do it! - Nike

"F.L.Y. - Finally Loving Yourself" - The FlyLady

With God, all things are possible. - Matthew 19:26

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