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July 13, 2010 - The Barnes family ROCKS!

Sept 29, 2008. Seven years to the day after my wedding. And I'm not even itchy....

May 18, 2010 - Waiting for the elevator during our Chattanooga getaway.


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My name is Wendy (or "ma-MA!" if you ask my daughter.) I'm 42, wife and mother of an extremely energetic and scary-smart 6-year-old girl. I used to be in exceptional health (a weight lifter working toward power lifting competitions -- I used to leg press over 500lbs!) After some major life changes, I became overweight and unhealthy. I'm working to get back some of my stamina and strength so I can keep up with, be around for and be a role model (not "roll model") to my beautiful daughter.

Updated: 12-07-2008
Beginning Numbers: --------------------------- Progress to date:
weight 189 ---------------------------------------155 - down 34
Blood pressure 180/120 ------------------------ currently 129/87
cholesterol 233 ------------------------- currently 204, HDL 50, LDL 128
waist 39.5 -------------------------------------33.5 - down 6.5 (6 1/2)
hips 43.5 ------------------------------------37.75 - down 6.5 (6 1/2)
neck 15 -------------------------------------14.75 - down 1.5 (1 1/2)
thigh {2-23-08} 23.73 (23 3/4) -------------------21.75 - down 2.25 (2 1/4)
chest {2-23-08} 45.375 (45 3/8) --------42.5 - down 2.625 (2 5/8)
jeans size 14 -------------------------------- current size 8!
**(9-23 - Tried on some new pants, started with sz10, too big, then sz 8, TOO BIG! Bought sz 6!!!)
blouse size 18/20 or XXL-------------- current size L or XL
**(8-20 - Finally tried on blouses. OMG 12/14! AND sz 12 blazer!)**
TOTAL INCHES LOST ---------------------------- 16.875 (16 7/8)

Member Since: 12/27/2007

Fitness Minutes: 225

My Goals:
When I reach 160, my reward will be a new tattoo for my daughter. **DONE! Saving up for that now!!** - As of 7/15/2010, I haven't creeped back over up to 160, but I still haven't gotten that tattoo. I guess if you set a reward, you should at least treat yourself once you've earned it, huh? D'OH!
When I reach 150, my reward will be a new tattoo for myself.
**Better start saving for that, too!**
Drop my cholesterol at least 33 points. **Dropped 29 points!!**
Lower my blood pressure enough to quit taking prescription medication. **Done, after a few trips to a cardiologist!** - Back on BP meds for a different reason and from a different doctor. Oh well...
Get back the energy to keep up with my toddler - now a preschooler! **Preschoolers have TOO much energy!!**
Lose a few jeans sizes. 9/10 would be nice! **DONE! Hello sz 10!**

My Program:
Mostly healthy diet plan and more walking and playing at the park with my family. (After all, any exercise is better than no exercise!)
Still hoping to get back into the gym for some weight training and cardio on a more regular basis.

Personal Information:
Originally from New Jersey, my family and I moved to Alabama when I was 5. I am a product of a mixed marriage... Daddy is a rebel and Momma is a yankee! Attended Hunter College in NYC for a year, but graduated from UAB in 1993. Met my hubby in '94 and got married in Sept. 2001. Talk about timing! Before my daughter was born in '05, I worked at several of the TV stations around town as a director.

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Zodiac sign: Leo
Chinese zodiac: the cock
favorite song: anything from an 80's metal or hair band, or anything 70's guitar rock
favorite movies: To Kill a Mockingbird, the original Manchurian Candidate, anything Christopher Guest does, Dazed and Confused, Spinal Tap, and on and on...
favorite books: Catcher in the Rye, all the David Eddings books, Angels and Demons, to name a few
secret desire: my own fantasy gym that I see when I close my eyes at night... oh, yeah, & a winning lottery ticket to buy it!
favorite foods: my hubby is a chef, so ALL!!!

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    Thank you SO MUCH for your encouraging message! I will definitely try to utilize the trackers on here consistently! :D
    2499 days ago
    Thanks for your encouragement. Maybe I'll soon get over this "I'm mad as hell and not going to take it anymore" attitude toward my weight loss. Gonna still keep on keepin' on.


    2536 days ago
    Hey! Thanks for the encouraging words on my blog. And YES, I am ready to be pain free. I LOVE to exercise so I've missed it alot.

    Good luck to you on your journey - and WAY TO GO on all your success. I noticed on your page you've lost alot AND WOW - you used to press 500 lbs!! AWESOME.
    2560 days ago
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    I really appreciate your help!
    2567 days ago
    Unfortunately there is no compensation since it's a school sponsored event. However, we are supposed to auction our garments off and I can make sure that I price mine high enough it won't auction so I can render the dress as compensation. I'm not sure it would go at auction anyway judging from how hard it is for me to find a model. LOL! I would really appreciate it if you would post it to your FB status for me! Thanks so much, girl!
    2568 days ago
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