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Just turned 48. Yep, it's worth the effort. OCT 2011

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In the UPS Team pitbox before race time. OCT 2010

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"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal that will enable you to attain the success you seek" ~Mario Andretti

Hi ! Thank you for stopping by my page. I'm currently in "maintenance" mode after losing 20 - 35 pounds for (count it...) the BAZILLIONTH time. For the first time in my life I've managed to keep it off for more than 6* months (and I'm 49), thanks to my BodyBugg and Spark.
*update Oct/11 = 26 months

I've never struggled with exercise (I've done that since before Jane Fonda came out with leg warmers). Obesity runs in my family and I knew what could happen to me if I didn't exercise. I just didn't have the sense to know that once the weight came off--- getting lazy, and those weekend/vacation food binges would put the weight right back on again. I guess I didn't really care because I had a "limit" and I knew what to do to take the excess back off again.

Oohhh, but after turning 40 it didn't want to come off so easily. I struggled to find something that would jump-start my metabolism. I discovered kick-boxing at 40 and have never looked back. It was an addiction. But the weight would still creep back up after awhile.

Then within the last 3 years, we buried 4 family members on my husband's side - ALL due to preventable health problems - his mother, his aunt, one brother, and one sister. His father had already passed away many years ago to health reasons, at 50.

NOW it's not about vanity anymore. It's time to take a hard look at living a healthy lifestyle.

In June 2009 I purchased a BodyBugg and realized that - even though I never liked fast-food, chips, sodas, etc. - I did love cake, ice cream, and pasta!! (And loved it all WAY TOO much on the weekends.) My husband was intrigued by the little gadget and decided to get one, as well. We were astonished, (I mean, REALLY ASTONISHED!), at discovering how many calories we were consuming on the weekends (and we don't even drink). We were completely undoing all of our mid-week efforts.

So after faithfully working our BodyBugg programs and (me) being diligent with my workouts (which is easy because they're so much fun), the weight fell off. 20 pounds each in about 10 weeks. Ok, so now I've discovered the key for me - calories in/ calories out/how much am I REALLY burning off.

Is that enough?

I've been here (a bazillion times) before so what OTHER tools can I find to help me actually maintain? (I need all I can get!) That's where Spark came in. YAY! Now I've learned the importance of FUELING my body with the right foods. I've discovered fruits and vegetables, (which I never ate because my mother never required it). I tried a new fruit today, even. A PLUOT! Never heard of it before this week and it's YUM!!

But best of all, I've found wonderful SparkFriends that help keep me motivated and I'm learning so much from their OWN personal experiences and discoveries!! WooHoo!

I want to do my part to be healthy, I want to grow old with my best friend, and I want to see my future grand-children grow up. If I have to take care of my parents I want to be strong so I can manage it.

This was supposed to be short...not sure what happened. Maybe one day I'll even be brave enough to blog. Until then...

Be strong, keep the faith, and keep Sparking! You CAN do it!

Member Since: 8/26/2009

Fitness Minutes: 165,321

My Goals:
To maintain my 35 pound weight loss for the last time, or I should say maintain for the first time - hah!

To maintain (at least) current weight through August 2010---that will mark "successful maintenance" of one full year---THEN I will have my clothes altered. (oh yeah. I have six (6!) different sizes hanging in my closet.)

July 2011 Update: Maintained goal weight thru 2010, and even survived a two week vacation in May 2011 successfully. In the past, I couldn't even manage a get-away weekend without gaining bona-fide pounds (not water-weight), lol. I 've since donated my largest 2 clothing sizes---not yet brave enough to donate the next 2 sizes. Maybe in August 2013.

Leading by example: To be able to successfully help my friends and family adapt to a healthy-living lifestyle. I've already had a positive influence on my husband so that's a start! : )

My Program:
Primary cardio:

Turbo Jam, Turbo Kick, Turbo Fire

High intensity cycling on Saturdays

Strength Training:

ChaLEAN Extreme - Mon, Wed, Fri - currently in my 8th consecutive rotation.

Diligently use my BodyBugg

Personal Information:
I've been married 28 years to the greatest man in the world and have one adult son.

I work part-time as a high school Librarian. I'm also a certified Turbo Kick Instructor and hope doors will open for me to teach in my church in the near future.

I grew up in Orange County, CA but have been living in L.A. for most of my adult life.

Other Information:
We're a Christian family.

My husband and I are big fans of motorsports. We follow most all auto-racing series but our BIGGEST passion is for the IZOD IndyCar series.

We love dogs and like to help support rescue and no-kill shelters.

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    I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your dad, you know all to well what I'm going through the first Christmas and I'm praying that my dad takes okay. He'll be coming to our home and we'll try to make it enjoyable for him, but I fear I'm gonna break down when I see him with his walker trying to walk up the driveway without my mom.
    I've been doing nothing but cry and I'm trying to find Christmas spirit for my son so the tree will go up.... I'm gonna try and put it up tomorrow.... I already bought things for her grave and put them there, but I definitely felt lost when I was buying for my MIL and not for her.....
    I hope you also can find the strength this Christmas! God Bless you and your family!
    3007 days ago
    Hey, Tami !

    The studying is chugging along. My deadline is self imposed. the faster I get this certification completed, the better my chances at finding a new job. I'm done outlining the book. I've repeated the practice exam until I passed it with 95% or better.. I think I'm pretty much ready for the first of the two exams. it's a 90-100 question multiple choice test that covers 1400+ pages of material.

    I'm scheduling the first test for next week. how I do on that test will determine when I schedule the second test.

    At this point, I also want to get the exam done because I'm tired of reading and re-reading 1400+ pages ! ugh....

    How have you been ? I guess race season is over for the time being. What are you and the hubs up to ?

    see ya
    3035 days ago
    Hi ! Thought I'd check in to see how your "girls" were doing. Since I survived my mammogram, I know you survived yours !! Enjoy the long weekend !

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    3071 days ago
    Now, I know why woman don't like having mammograms done !

    my poor smooshed boobs ! your poor soon to be smooshed boobs !

    LOL !!!!

    3081 days ago
    Great minds think a like ! Yeah... I was kinda craving something sweet and opted for the slice of carrot cake. it was a BIG piece of cake. that's why I split it into two.


    ps - I know that's pumpkin pie, but SP doesn't have a cake symbol !
    3138 days ago

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