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Hi, I'm Tara. Welcome to my page. :)

The only limit to what I can accomplish is how hard I'm willing to work.

9/4/11: I took a few months off. Let me tell you, that kind of vacation is an awful idea, the perfect way to rob yourself of your energy and viality, not to mention all that beautiful muscle tone you see to the left. But if SparkPeople has given me one thing, it's an understanding that this journey is for life. You can't hide from your body. It's time for me to focus on creating that healthy lifestyle I've been imagining. It's time for me to fly again.

It's good to be back.

4/6/11: I've quit worrying about the scale and am working on positivity, nourishing my body, and working out because it makes me feel good!

I've lost just over 30 pounds in 5 months with Sparkpeople, and I'm loving it! Time to tone and work toward permanent healthy lifestyle changes!

"This weight will not be lost. I'm going to know exactly where it is. It will be in every cookie I didn't eat; in every soda I didn't drink; It will be in the gears of the treadmill, on the side of the jogging trail, on the bench next to the free weights. It will be on hangers at the thrift store, next to my fat clothes. This weight will not be lost. I'm going to know exactly where it is. That way, I'll never have to find it again."

3/1/11: Although my true start weight was 160 lbs., I've updated my ticker to show just the last ten pounds I'm trying to lose. That way, it will look like a lot even if I only lose half a pound. ;) I put my goal weight at 118 for two reasons: 1. It's an even 10 lbs. and 2. I want to maintain at or below 120 (I think!), so that seems like a good low to go for.

1/31/11: I'm sorry, I just can't get over how much I love wearing these size 4 jeans. :D

I have only been here just over 4 months, but I have learned a ridiculous amount. Here are my 4 best pieces of advice to anyone new to this journey. I have a ton more, but above all else:

1. TAKE. PICTURES. I don't care how "bad" or how "fat" you look or how many stretch marks you have, take off your pants and take some dang pictures of yourself. You can go look at my stretch marks if it makes you feel better. Nothing will show you your progress like a picture. You think you'll see it in the mirror, but usually you won't. I don't. Take pictures. Do it. Do it now. Unless you're at work. Then you can wait until you get home.

2. Exercise. I'm serious, this is non-negotiable. Even if you can only do a little. But don't cheat yourself--- you can do more than you think. Disabled people can exercise. People who work 90 hours a week can exercise. You can too. And if you're not disabled AND working 90 hours a week, you really have no excuse.

3. Eat Less, Eat Better, and Track Your Food. If you struggle with your eating, try to track every day. Figure out what method works for you & just commit to doing it. Also, learn a little about nutrition--- knowing how much crap is in that muffin might just dissuade you from eating it.

4. Spark On. This website is amazing and the people here will cheer you on every minute. Give them a bit of love and you will get it back tenfold.


12/31/10: I am entering the New Year 25 pounds lighter than I was at the end of September, and I feel amazing. Thank you, SparkPeople!

12/21/10: It's official: I love working out! I love running! I love getting fit! Take that, old me! :D

After seeing myself at 20 lbs. down, I have decided to lower my ultimate goal a bit. It's a nice, round 120 now, only another 20 (18.8!) lbs. to go. Probably. :P

12/1/10:There is no longer any doubt in my mind that I will reach my goals, and that I will stay there. There will be setbacks. There will be days that I just want to give up. I know it won't be easy. But it will be worth it.

I know my own strength, now. And I am capable of anything.

11/10/10: I have been sticking with my exercise and trying to improve my diet since I came here, and I could not be happier. The changes I'm making are feeling more and more like a permanent part of my new, better life. One of the things my daughter likes to say now is, "Mommy going to exercise!" :D

9/24/10: I'm 26, 5'2", married for 7 years to a man with 0% body fat, and mommy to a beautiful 2-year-old daughter. I have never been consistent with exercise or eating healthfully. My main goal is to learn to stick to healthy habits so that I can feel better, look better, and be a true role model for my little girl.

Member Since: 9/21/2010

Fitness Minutes: 1,914

My Goals:
I want to be hot, healthy, athletic, and petite.

To that end, I will: exercise consitently, eat well, drink water, and strive to make better choices in my daily life.
To reach these goals:
1. Lose appoximately 35 lbs.
2. Lower my BMI from 29.9 to around 22 by my graduation date (5/6/11)

Mini Goals:
138 by 12/31/10 DONE
130 by 1/26/11 DONE
128 by 2/14/11 DONE

Size 10--DONE
Size 8--DONE
Size 6--DONE
Size 4--DONE
Size 2

23.3% on 3/3/11
GOAL: close to 20%
Heart Rate Monitor
--DONE! 10/24/10
145: New Jeans --DONE! 11/23/10
140: High Heels, DONE! 12/16/10
135: Clothes DONE! 1/9/11
130: Jeans DONE! 1/29/11


My Program:
This is my plan to get back on track; my main goal is to rediscover consistency!
Exercise: Cardio, 30 minutes 3x week; Strength, full body 2x week.
Diet: Make a meal plan and stick to it. Focus on protein and veggies. Keep trying to make my diet as clean as it can be.
Other: More fun, more sleep, more love, more laughter, more happiness. :)

Personal Information:
My name is Tara. I live outside of Denver, Colorado. You can check out my personal website, which is definitly not SP approved and might make you hate me, at www.packratwildhare.com

Other Information:
I'm a writer, mommy, and recent college graduate, and I like to make stuff. I reinvent and reinvest myself every day. I am a fan of things and people that are awesome. :)

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    The happy weight website told me that my happy weight was 114! That's pretty cool. Now, I just have to get there :)
    2372 days ago
    Welcome to the Half Marathon Sparkteam. I look forward to hearing from you. Join in the team forum discussions, there is lots of great information and support from a great team that loves to run!. Happy Spark Running!


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    2403 days ago
    We bought a house near Harvey Park! I am so excited to be in Colorado finally! Maybe we could get together for a hike once we get settled.
    2404 days ago
  • v APIRLRAIN888
    I took a break right after my second HM! i just coouldn't run anymore! i was burnt spent!!!! and slept for 1 wk which turned into 2 months YIKE, plus family and what a downer....

    i got, I was soooo excited, i thought you lost all this weight... you look like u did.n't but i saw your pic on SP... what happen..yada yada!

    WHATEVER, damage done! time to move on!!!

    LOl sorry, venting ahahaha, human after all!

    MUSCLE memory was there, CARDIO not so much!
    it was more cardio than running... i can run forever if my lungs let me lol
    2412 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/14/2011 4:33:58 PM
  • v MSBOBBI25
    Hey girl I just saw you commented on my page-- thanks for the compliments ;) I was totally kidding about gaining your weight back i just wanted you to respond.. take a poo and that 10lbs will almost be gone ;) LOL
    2413 days ago
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