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My and my guy at my surprise 40th birthday party, January 2010

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me at my heaviest (ouch)

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me at my goal

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I'm happily married to my best friend, and a proud mom to 3 amazing boys. After having babies and quitting smoking in 1995, I'm ready to GET REAL about my weight and am trying so hard to correct my couch potato ways!


"The practice of voluntary simplicity helps you reduce the influence and power of unhelpful cultural biases and habits, and gives you room to develop better alternatives for yourself and others. The better you become at simplifying your life and letting go of what’s not important and what you can’t control, the better you'll be able to fully experience what you are doing in the moment, and take what it offers you without being distracted by worries about what happened earlier or what might happen next. Almost always, it’s the worry and the desire to be elsewhere that makes people unhappy—not what they are actually doing.

When you think about it, making the most out of what you are doing right in this moment is the only way you ever can be happy and satisfied, because this moment is the only one you ever really have. By clearing out all the clutter and distractions, it's much easier to create (and enjoy) the life you truly want."

-- Dean Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer and Spark expert



1. Everything can be a game. Why slog through the same workout routines in boredom, when you can add a little fun? Make up rules, shoot for personal records, regain your competitive spirit.
2. Don’t walk when you can run. This rule is closely related to "don’t drive when you can walk."
3. If you don’t like it, don’t eat it.
4. Laughter feels good.
5. Playtime is important.
6. The world should be full of color—especially on your dinner plate!
7. It’s always more fun with friends around. Working out with other people is almost like having your own little playgroup.
8. Adventures are found outside, not inside.
9. It’s important to use your imagination. Give yourself permission to believe in your own super powers and let your mind take you wherever it wants to go.
10. Anything is possible. No fear, no self-doubts, no negative self talk, no self-criticism, no worries, no destructive anxieties or thoughts of failure. To a child, he/she can do anything. And do you know what? They’re right.
11. You have your whole life ahead of you. Here’s your chance to do it right.

-- Mike Kramer, SP expert

Member Since: 6/2/2006

Fitness Minutes: 4,465

My Goals:
Other than be the best mom and wife I can be, I wanna start taking better care of myself in general....I wanna stay on top of my domestic goddess duties better....and I wanna pursue all those things I said I'd do "someday."

My Program:
For me, even though what I eat (and how much) are important, it's all about exercise....when I stay active, I'm more on top of everything in my day, and the weight loss almost seems like a fringe benefit. I HAVE to stay active to achieve the life I want for myself.

Personal Information:
Carrie C.
Appleton, WI
(a child of the Chicago area though)

Other Information:
My favorite movie of all time is "It's a Wonderful Life" -- yes, that makes me an incredible sap. :) I've fallen back in love with Duran Duran after MEETING THEM in 2005, and also am a big fan of U2. I'm a confirmed sports addict, especially when it comes to the Chicago Cubs and Bears, and there's no such thing as too much purple! I wanna do this for my husband and boys, but especially for myself....I'm tired of being "the fat wife & mom."

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  • v NET2BIZ
    Welcome back, CC! Here's wishing for a healthy and happy 2011!
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    Comment edited on: 1/5/2011 11:59:34 AM
  • v NHGRL68
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    Have a WONDERFUL weekend! Let's make May a great month!

    "The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching" -Dennis Green
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    3879 days ago
  • v NHGRL68
    Hey There:-)
    I haven't seen you in a while:-( How are you??? I hope all is well with you. You probably picked up the second job and are real busy:-( I just wanted you to know that I am thinking about you and miss you. I'm sending best wishes your way! emoticon
    3880 days ago
  • v NHGRL68
    Thanks for the goodie:-) And thanks for all of your support also:-))) It means a lot to me;-) We WILL get there and we are both headed in the right direction:-))) emoticon
    3917 days ago
  • v NHGRL68
    emoticon I thought they had a version of the MFC for the PS2:-( I was looking after, and I was wrong:-( Maybe they will come up with one eventually.

    That's great that you got a pedometer emoticon I have one and really love it:-) I think it really helps to get you up and moving more. You don't like seeing those low step counts! At least I don't:-) I never would have thought my step count was as low as it was:-( Of course, that's one of the main reasons my weight probably went up! 10,000 Steps a Day is a neat team. I joined that after I got my pedometer and really wanted to try to start getting in at least that a day. The people are real friendly there and will give you the support.

    Have a great day! Happy stepping!!!
    3920 days ago
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