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Hello fellow Sparklers! I am Contessa, a 44yo very happy wife and Paramedic in Alabama. I am Mom of 6 kids and GrandMom of 9. Yes, I am NOT old enough, I know, but their parents started early. I am an ExSmoker since Valentines Day 2007. I have always been a little plump : ), but not until I quit smoking have I had so much trouble losing weight. I Love God and Praise Him for all my many Blessings. I am also "blessed" with too much "plump" for my comfort and health. So here I am. I am absolutely LOVING Spark. I have learned so much about calories and working out. I have been trying to encourage my husband to join, if only to keep up with his daily nutrition.
I work ALOT. I work a 24 hr shift then I am off 48hr. While off, I work PT as a medic for a major construction site. I've Gained alot of weight for this 5'4" frame over the last year and half. I am heavier than I've ever been @ 160. My metabolism has slowed to a crawl since I quit smoking so I need to develop a new way of living. I really want to get back to riding my bike as much as I used to ( I am up to 8 miles so far). The hardest part just before planning meals is getting my exercise in each day. I need to get a little better on my bike and I will be able to ride it to work (save gas in the meantime). I am taking it one day at a time. I don't weigh myself often as I prefer to judge my success by the way my clothes fit, my energy level and whether I stayed within my plan. Everything else will fall into place. I try not to beat myself down or get dicouraged when I have made a bad choice, which I sometimes do. I just get up, dust myself off and get back on track. I don't often feel like I look good and, as silly as it seems, I need validation when I think I do. I have a happy life, a great marriage, a beautiful family, a good home and fantastic job. Like most women, I do have bad days, days when I feel sorry for myself (I sometimes have reasons), days when I am down and depressed, and days when I am ill as @#*& and can't explain it, and days when I carry around guilt, frustration and fear (for many reasons). I am glad to be @ Sparkpeople. So far it's been a GREAT ride!

Member Since: 5/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,095

My Goals:
Lose 30 lbs.

Bike 20 miles 3x a week.

Look better and feel better about myself.

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Counting calories and fat primarily. Moving more. Adding exercises throughout the day. Lots of water. Snack on fruits. Don't deprive myself or criticize myself for doing less than the day before. I am learning to enjoy more healthy foods. I more often prefer healthier choices. I have conditioned myself to enjoy drinking water throughtout the day (I used to absolutely HATE water). I am in the early stages of my personal transformation. Spark is a great motivator!

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  • v VHASKEW36
    Hey Canstessa, Glad you're back from vacation and had a good time. I sure miss your daily post and I hope you'll work us back into your busy schedule. Hope to hear from you again very, very, soon. God bless, Ginny
    3576 days ago
    Welcome back! It sounds like you had a pretty good time on your cruise from the posting on SHA. I'm After 8 years, I quite. I understand the gaining weight deal. Alot of my weight was a product of 24-48 hr shifts eating fast food, and catching a nap when I could. Good luck with your goals........You can do it!

    3584 days ago
    Hi Contessa! I hope all is well. Just wanted to stop by and spread some spark cheer. emoticon
    3623 days ago
    Just stopping by to say hello. It was nice to see you posting on the message boards. Sounds as if you stay busy, but motivated.Keep up the good work.
    3623 days ago
  • v MALLEN4
    Hello Contessa. Just wanted to let you know that we have been missing you around the Sweet Home Alabama Team. Come back by and give us a shout.....let us know how your doing.
    3625 days ago
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