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My name is Sara. It's been 7 years since I first joined spark and it's been a rollercoaster ride of lessons. I am a shared custody single mom. I work full time as an engineer, own my own home, and am raising a beautiful, curious, little boy. I spent years hating my body, believing that life will finally be perfect, happy and loved when I reach that goal number but never before. In 2016, I learned that I am deserving of all the best things because I am a good, smart, capable and kind person. I started going after what I want with 100% certainty that I would get exactly what I was searching for. I believed I could so I did. I paid off $40,000 in debt, sold my large house for a smaller 2 bedroom townhouse, got rid of 50% of my possessions, landed a new job, moved 2 hours closer to my family and my sons dad so we can keep shared custody when he starts school next year, and found love with the man I've been dreaming of finding! I'm the heaviest I've ever been and the happiest I've ever been. This reality shattered my negative mentality. I'm no longer defined by my body. My focus for 2017 is refining the areas of my life that still need work. Debt, decluttering, and my health. I'm excited about the future, content with my past and making the most of the present. My starting weight is in the mid 190s but I threw away the scale. It's unhealthy to define myself by a number that is just a number. When you have a lot of weight to lose, 1 pound even 10 pounds is insignificant. I am not weighing myself at all in 2017. Each day I'm going to focus on the momentum being made by my good choices and live in the feeling of working out and how food makes me feel. No more guilt trips, no more crying over a number. No more rewarding myself because I've lost 10 lbs that lead to falling "off the wagon." No more wagon, no more diets. No bad foods. My calorie target is between 1200-1800 calories a day. I allow myself complete freedom when events come up. No guilt because I'm thinking long term. Each day committing to get my workouts in. I decided to commit to Kayla Itsines bikini body guide that I found online for free. I'm making myself workout at home, in the present of my son, without buying anything. I intend to follow to do BBG 1.0, then repeat, then BBG 2.0 and repeat. I am not following her meal plan currently but I may try it when I get to the 2.0 program. Very excited to see where a year of intention will take me.

Member Since: 6/23/2008

Fitness Minutes: 6,661

My Goals:
To have great confidence in my body and it's ability to amazing things by fueling it properly and pushing it to the limits regularly. I want to be proud of myself regardless of what size I am and a wonderful example of a strong, powerful, caring woman for my son.

My Program:
Reason: to end my body issues once and for all as a great example for my son
Fitness: 30 minutes of a couch to 5k running plan, 3x/week
Food: 1400 calories of high protein, high fat, no sugar, no packaged food

Personal Information:
I'm a mother of a beautiful little boy trying to figure out who I am again. I am an energy engineer and am passionate about saving the Earth, one BTU of gas, kWh of electricity, and gallon of water at a time.

Other Information:
I have an extremely open personality, sometimes I tell people too much about me! I'm very outgoing and love sports, except basketball. I used to play division 1 softball but my life is my family and my career, at the moment.

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    As a Taurus, you are likely to be very patient, a hard worker, and one of those people who constantly puts forth much sustained effort. The Taurus girl is born to a mother she can never live up to and she always fears her mother's criticism. She is really stubborn because she wants to have some control over her own life because she mother tries to run it for her from an early age. She rebels. She digs in her heals. She can turn to food for comfort, and thus she can have a weight problem.
    Your demeanor is slow and deliberate, and attempts by others to hurry you rarely succeed. You need time to adjust to new ideas and changes. You can be stubborn to the point of becoming rigid, but you are practical and constructive in nearly everything you do. You carefully consider options before starting any action or coming to any conclusion. You function best under conditions where there is predictability, and where you can exercise a degree of control.
    Good-natured and friendly, your placid demeanor rarely shows upset or anger. When you are aroused, as suggested by the symbol of the sign, your reactions are very much like those of the angered bull. This anger can be reckless, and often lingers.
    There is a certain reluctance in the Taurus nature to try anything new or different. You don't take many chances, and you believe in sticking with the familiar and comfortable. There is not much adventure in your soul, and it is probably fair to label you a conservative individual. The danger with Taurus is the tendency to become too narrow-minded, and to dismiss anything that can't be seen, touched, smelled or tasted.
    You are not usually the first to learn a lesson, but when it is mastered, you are not likely ever to forget. Retentive and steadfast, you don't scatter your energies. You may be lazy at times, perhaps not spending any energy at all for extended periods. Yet long term, you are very willing to assume responsibility and shoulder more than your fair share of the load.
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    You may excel as a cook, but even if you don't have the inclination to prepare it, you certainly enjoy food; perhaps too much. Because of this, you may have a battle with your weight. A slow metabolism and lack of interest in exercise often compound this problem.
    A natural interest in art and music often leads to careers or hobby pursuits in some form of art. Taurus is the sign that rules the throat, so you may have a fine singing and speaking voice.
    Love relationships are very important to you. Since you don't like being alone, you may settle for a partnership that is less than ideal, instead of accepting loneliness. Once settled in a relationship, you are very steadfast and dependable. You are exceedingly loyal, and make a very faithful friend. The most appealing aspect of Taurus, that sweet and loving temperament, is the often present when the Sun appears in Taurus.
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