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Hi! My name is Tamara. I'm 29 and I live in North Carolina with my husband, our two dogs (Capone-black lab & Montana-chocolate lab), and our potbelly pig, Pancetta. I work as a nanny to two wonderful little girls, and I absolutely love it! I have struggled with my weight since I was a teenager, and I've spent years making excuses and not following through because it was easier to just be lazy than to do the work to take the weight off. I came across Spark People by accident, but I'm really glad I did! I am practically addicted to the site, I'm here every day reading blogs and articles and tracking my food and exercise. I've found that by recording everything I do and eat, I'm holding myself accountable and that helps keep me on track. In the past, I've tried to lose weight because I don't like being heavy and I want to look better. This time is different though; looking better is still something I want, but it's more of a happy side effect than a primary goal. I want to be healthier and more active; when I have children, I want to lead them with a good example, not teach them with a "Do as I say, not as I do" mentality. And sure, I want to be comfortable wearing a bathing suit in public :) Mostly I'm just sick to death of feeling chubby and lazy and I am doing something about it!

Member Since: 2/9/2010

Fitness Minutes: 959

My Goals:
My ultimate weight loss goal is to get down to about 140. I have a ways to go, but I'm taking it one day at a time. I am also going to be in my brother's wedding next spring, and I don't want to be the chubby bridesmaid! I want to look pretty in their pictures :) The most important goal for me is to get healthy. I want to start having kids in a couple of years, and I want to set a good example for them (and be able to keep up!).

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I just started my 90 day Body by Vi Challenge, and by day two I have already lost 1.5 pounds! I am so excited to keep working with this great program. Two shakes a day, plus supplements and a Body by Vi Neuro energy drink keep me focused and ready to take on the world. I'm so excited!

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    Hi Tamara,

    I am new to Sparkpeople and saw something you posted in the PCOS forum. It struck me as interesting as to how similar our health issues are. I felt a little bit better about my own situation after reading your post. Thank you for sharing your story.

    1644 days ago
    Hey there! Hoping you're still doing well! Let me know if you need ANYTHING!

    2919 days ago
  • v HEHAW007
    Thanks so much for your support, It put a smile on my face! I really appreciate your support!!!
    2933 days ago
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    I’m just cruising around spreading some motivation!

    “Freedom lies in being bold.” ~ Robert Frost

    “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~ Helen Keller

    “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” ~ Gail Sheehy

    Have a healthy week!

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    2933 days ago
  • v LOSINGITB430
    Thanks for your kind words! It does look like we have a lot in common... your dogs look like they could be my dogs siblings... love my black lab... who I affectionately call my "wide retriever"

    Keep up the good work! emoticon You are so worth it!
    2941 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/31/2010 8:48:24 PM
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