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This is my puppy Dakota at 1 year. She gets me out of the house and to the dog park to socialize both of us on a regular basis!


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Confession time: I'm a yo-yo dieter and a binge eater. I'm just looking for tools to help keep me aware of what I'm eating. My goal isn't to lose weight right away, but to track my food intake accurately and honestly so that I become more mindful of what I put in my body.

Dancing used to be my greatest pleasure—ballroom, latin, nightclub, salsa—but as I gained weight it became physically uncomfortable and impossible to enjoy, and no one wants to dance with the fat girl. Even before I reach my weight loss goal, I want to be fit and healthy enough to dance again.

I have so much weight to lose that I get discouraged thinking about how long it will take to reach my ultimate goal, so I'll be setting intermediate goals as I progress, all leading to a healthier me.

Member Since: 10/28/2010

My Goals:
First goal: Track my food intake and become more aware of the portion sizes I eat.

Intermediate goal 1: Lose enough weight that my knees and ankles stop hurting when I walk.

Intermediate goal 2: Routine visits to the YMCA 3x a week for cardio/weight training.

Ultimate goal: Reach goal weight, be fit and healthy, and able to dance again.

My Program:
First goal: Join SparkPeople! Make use of trackers and other tools for motivation.

Intermediate goal 1: stretch daily, ride exercise bike, walk the dog.

Intermediate goal 2: Make it a habit!

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I love San Diego, America's Finest City! It's where I work and play. My hobbies include reading fantasy, mystery, and science fiction, and taking my dog to the off-leash parks and beaches. I also love to make beautiful jewelry—see my facebook page at Shranko Silver & Stones.

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    Thank you for your comment! If you ever need someone to talk to, feel free to message me. So much weight to lose is hard to accept sometimes, but the journey is worth it!
    1095 days ago
    "We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference,
    ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time,
    add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."
    -Marian Wright Edelman
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    Thanks for your comment on my blog, "Too Heavy to Workout?" I hope you're having a great week so far!
    1800 days ago