Aboard the Jurassic Park River Ride at Islands of Adventure

1st 5K! It was c-c-cold!! (My friend & running "coach", Kimi, on the left)

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Hello, I'm Tara! I've done this before, and now I'm going to do it again.

Marketing by trade, graphic designer by education, interior & decor blogger by night, Italian food lover & cook by birth. Optimist & aesthete.

Since graduating college, I've lost over 70 lbs and gained it back again. I have had a lifelong struggle with my weight, and since I've never been "thin", my goal number is kind of abstract. So I'm working toward a healthy lifestyle and a healthy BMI. Also, no back pain and not being winded when walking up the stairs!

I undid a lot of good, hard work, but I realize that sleepwalking through life is not something I want to do anymore. I am serious about being healthy because I know as I get older it will only get harder. I want to fix my bad habits before momhood because I don't want my future children to go what I went through! I want to live a long, healthy life and be a positive inspiration to my family and friends.

Non-exercise hobbies:

- Reading. I have about 5 books at a time checked out from the library.
- Cooking & eating out. I am a lover of good food, especially simple, local & seasonal. Cupcakes are a love & a vice!
- Decor & design. Blogging for Apartment Therapy is a dream come true!

Member Since: 1/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 26,339

My Goals:
* Reach & maintain a healthy weight


My Program:
* WW

* Gym

* Being kind to myself

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Jamaica Plain, MA

Hometown: Windsor Locks, CT

School: Boston University, BS Communications, Advertising, 2005

Astrological Sign: Scorpio

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"Nothing in this world is accomplished without passion."

Simple pleasures I'm thankful for: warm sunshine, cupcakes, cuddling, bright flowers, smiles, crisp fall air, carousels, fuzzy animals, libraries, running, mediation, massages, hugs, music, dancing, picnics, kissing, hiking, driving, wandering, holding hands, fresh sheets

Smells that make me happy: cut grass, bacon, new rain, simmering marinara sauce, firewood, cookies baking, the magnolia trees on Comm Ave, the lilacs at Arnold Arboretum, sea air

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    i just cant believe it - I was so preoccupied with not reaching 165lbs didnt even realise lol! love that we all celebrate the highs and lows together.
    goodluck on your journey too. EE rocks!
    3425 days ago
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    Welcome to the EE team!! You'll find so many caring, supportive people here!! I hope you'll get involved on the team message boards right away...I'm sure everyone will enjoy getting to know you!!

    3426 days ago
    Hi Tara,

    Keelin here from your class team. I think a beer at the end of a race definitely rivals a participation medal. I've even heard that it might be good for your to have a "pint" after a run. I don't remember why though. I am happy to find another distance runner...we are few and far between.

    Have a great one,

    3427 days ago
    Hello Tara. I'm Esther. I want to welcome you to Emotional Eaters. I'm pleased to meet you. Good luck in your marathon.
    3427 days ago
    Welcome to the EE team!!

    I’ve belonged to a lot of teams here on spark-- i really do believe that the Emotional Eaters team is one of the very best, it’s a great group of people- very supportive and encouraging-- and it is very refreshing to talk with people who "get" what you're going through!!

    Spark has a lot of great tools, and you will learn which ones work best for you. The best tools are the people tho, always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. That has made a world of difference for me. I hope you have the same success!

    ~~best of luck to you on all of your goals!!!
    3427 days ago
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