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Hi! I'm JT. I'm a 30 y/o full-time student with a 4 y/o son. I'm a writer, but I also paint, sing and am currently learning to play the guitar. Into biking, yoga, vegetarianism, gardening, community clean-up, yada yada yada.

My story: A few years ago, I started taking Depo. Over the next year, I gained 75 lbs. When I lost my insurance that year and could no longer afford Depo, I suddenly had lots of energy and, with diet and exercise, I was able to lose 100 lbs in about over the next year. The following year I was able to afford depo again, so I went back on it. 75 lbs later I realized, Hey! It was probably the depo that caused me to gain so much weight! *smacks forehead* When I went off it again, I got pregnant and, obviously, never lost the weight.

It's so much harder to lose weight when you have a family! When I was single I had time to exercise. I went out dancing several nights a week. I was strict with my caloric intake. But now, time is limited, I never get to go out dancing, and, when buying food and cooking for the family, it's difficult to be strict because they won't eat the boring low calorie diet that I would be fine with.

Clearly, the weight loss will be much slower this time around.

For my height and weight, experts suggest that I lose about 130 lbs to be in a healthy weight range. However, weight loss is not my ultimate goal. I want to live a healthier life so my son will learn how to adopt a healthy attitude toward food and exercise.

I started walking and biking a few months ago, and I really enjoy biking (not so much the walking, but I do it anyway). I have been adding small healthy changes to my lifestyle weekly and it's been great. I joined SparkPeople because I want to stay focused as I continue on this new path toward a healthier me. I am also looking for advice on how to get my family motivated to join me in my healthy lifestyle.

Thanks for reading! Looking forward to being a part of this awesome community! -JT


When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

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