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I'm Laura. I live in Oakland, Ca with my husband, 11 yr. old daughter, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. I also am the proud mother to my 21 yr. old son, but he's on his own now. I work as a hairstylist (for over 25 yrs.)
About 8 yrs. ago, I weighed 265 lbs. I was diagnosed with gallstones and had to have surgery, which started my weight loss. I've lost about 60 lbs of it (over the course of 8 years), but I still have another 60 hanging around. I would like to be rid of it by the end of this year (08). My hobbies are going to the movies with my daughter, hanging out on the internet, and swimming.
Another goal I'd like to accomplish is finishing college. I'd like to change careers...I'm leaning towards a dental hygiene program...I'm used to being active at work, being with people, being on my feet. It seems like this would be a natural career transition for me!
I look forward to meeting my weight loss goal with all you S.P'ers!!!!

Member Since: 5/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,278

My Goals:
Lose that extra pesky 60 lbs. that I've been struggling with for a few years now. ONCE AND FOR ALL.

My Program:
1800 calories daily (slow and steady. I've done low cal. diets before and I just feel deprived and wind up blowing it). 1800 calories allows me to have a treat or a glass of white wine!
8 glasses of water daily
Exercise 6 x's week, alternating between cardio and strength training.
Using S.P loyally

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Oakland, Ca.
2 kids--21 & 11
2 dogs-a pitbull and a shepard mix
2 cats

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Going back to college at 44! Would love to hear from other mid-career changers out there! How did you manage everything? What kept you motivated?

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    Just stopping by to say-
    Welcome to SparkPeople! I saw that you also live in the Bay Area and wanted to give you a local "HI!". SP is a wonderful place for support, motivation, resources, community, and whatever else you want it to be!
    I wish you luck on all your goals! You can do it!!!
    ~~Christy Anne
    Co Team Leader- Bay Area Sparksters (Live in the Bay Area? Join us for some local support!)
    Team Leader- San Francisco SparkPeople (If you live, work, or play in SF, please join us!)
    Team Leader- We Love Ellen Barrett
    *links to my teams on my page*

    3611 days ago
    Hi and welcome to SP Class of May 11-17, 2008. This is the place for info, support, encouragement, and motivation. Check out the different teams and post regularly. Take part in challenges, discussions on threads and games. It all helps. Track food intake, get plenty of water and exercise. Don't be hesitate to ask questions. If there is anything that I can do to be of help, please let me know.
    3613 days ago