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Hi there, my name is Ericka and I am on a journey to live a healthier life. I am pregnant with our first child due in August and am continuing to use the tools from SP to help me have a healthy and happy pregnancy! I live in Louisville, KY and would love to meet some new people who have the same interests as me.

I have started to adapt to the "clean eating" way of life. I'm not 100% there yet, but I have to contribute that to my weight loss and overall level of fitness and health. Tosca Reno's books are really a big help! I recommend it to anyone and it's really not too hard to get started, just take baby steps. Sparkmail me if you wanna talk about it!

I have been reading Tom Venuto's BFFM Blog lately and he has some great advice. I pulled the 7 lessons below from one of his stories. I think these are great lessons to live by in the journey for a healthier me!

There are 7 lessons from my story that I want to share with you because even if you have a different personal history than I do, these 7 lessons are the keys to achieving any previously elusive fitness goal for the first time and I think they apply to everyone.

1. Set the big goal and go for it. If your goal doesn’t excite you and scare you at the same time, your goal is too small. If you don’t feel fear or uncertainty, you’re inside your comfort zone. Puny goals aren’t motivating. Sometimes it takes a competition or a big challenge of some kind to get your blood boiling.

2. Align your values with your goals. I understood my values and made a decision to be congruent with who I really was and who I wanted to be. When you know your values, get your priorities straight and align your goals with your values, then doing what it takes is easy.

3. Do the math. Stop looking for magic. A lean body does not come from any particular type of exercise or foods per se, it’s the calories burned vs calories consumed that determines fat loss or fat gain. You might do better by decreasing the calories consumed, whereas I depended more on increasing the calories burned, but either way, it’s still a math equation. Deny it at your own risk.

4. Get social support. Support and encouragement from your friends can help get you through anything. Real time accountability to a training partner or trainer can make all the difference.

5. Be consistent. Nothing will ever work if you don’t work at it every day. Sporadic efforts don’t just produce sporadic results, sometimes they produce zero results.

6. Persist through difficulty and self doubt. If you think it’s going to be smooth sailing all the way with no ups and downs, you’re fooling yourself.. For every sunny day, there’s going to be a storm. If you can’t weather the storms, you’ll never reach new shores.

7. Redeem yourself. Non-achievers sit on the couch and wallow in past failures. Winners use past failures as motivational rocket fuel. It always feels good to achieve a goal, but nothing feels as good as achieving a goal with redemption.

I read this everyday at work to keep me motivated. I don't think he could have said it any better! Definitely puts things in perspective.

The Bottom Line
(Keith Kennedy © 1985)

FACE IT...Nobody owes you a living.
What you achieve or fail to achieve in your lifetime
is directly related to what you do or fail to do.
No one chooses his parents or childhood
But you can choose your own direction!
Everyone has problems and obstacles to overcome
But that too is relative to each individual.
anything in your life if you want to bad enough.
Excuses are for losers. Those who take responsibility for
their actions are the real winners in life.
Winners meet life’s challenges head on, knowing there are
no guarantees and give it all they’ve got.
And never think it’s too late or too early to begin.
Time plays no favorites and will pass whether you act or not.
Dare to dream and take risks...Compete.
If you aren’t willing to work for your goals, don’t expect others to.
Believe In Yourself!!

Member Since: 8/11/2008

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I love to take spin classes and I love lifting heavy weights! I want to be one of those buff chicks that all the guys in the gym stop and pay respect to all my hard work and dedication! I WILL be that chick!!

Personal Information:
I am from Pittsburgh, PA but am now in Louisville, KY, where the Army brought me. I am no longer in the Army but hope to gain that warrior mentatality back and use it during my workouts.

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