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1) July 26, 2006 233lbs 2) August 31, 2007 217lbs 3) September 1, 2009 160lbs

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2010 Total Package Figure Competition

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I hope this page and my journey will inspire many to rethink their greatest potentials. Part of my motivation is to help inspire through my transition. When you put your mind to it, anything is possible.


One day I woke up and I was larger than my husband. I found myself hardly getting up from the floor by myself. Although I have always been heavy, I never was heavier than my 6’4” husband. I used to be so strong. What happened to me? This was the day I said, “enough’s enough”.

I started this journey like most everyone, just wanting to lose some weight. I NOW believe that the fat was just a symptom of the real issues. I work on this daily. I’m learning to love and respect myself. I’m learning that it’s okay to take care of you first, it’s far from self-centered. When you make this adjustment you will see what I mean. Until then, just keep repeating it.

Change will not occur without first stepping out of your comfort zone! In this process, I’m also learning that in order to make yourself great and make all your dreams come true, you have to step out of your comfort zone. The more you do it, the easier it becomes, and the happier you will be. I think it feeds our souls more completely. I liken myself to a cocoon. I'm finally coming out and seeing the world in full color. It's uncomfortable and "painful" but good - oh so good!

My next stepping out of the comfort zone goals includes becoming a certified personal trainer (I take the test in a few weeks). I have also set a goal to compete in my first figure competition, September 12, 2009.


One of my biggest struggles in this journey has been to accept that the scale doesn't always tell us what's really going on. On this day, March 13, 2009, I weigh 174lbs and I’m in a size 8! The last time I weighed 174lbs I was in a 14! The scale is has its place, but shouldn’t be your only feedback.


ON THIS day, June 22, 2011, I'm recovering from adrenal exhaustion and hypothyroidism due to over training and under eating. I have gained almost 50 lbs of the 108 that I lost!!

It took me a long time to not be ashamed or feel like a failure and embarrassed by this, and truthfully I'm still working on it. Although the fact is I'm wiser and will be stronger and healthier because of it. It's been my blessing in disguise.

My goal is to follow the path to TRUE health! It's also my goal to help others through this and mostly avoid it.

I don't look at life as a "before" and "after" anymore; it's a continuous journey and we are always evolving.

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"Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days... What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it."
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1749-1832, Poet, Novelist and Scientist

Member Since: 5/31/2006

Fitness Minutes: 1,660

My Goals:
GOAL #1: To fully recovery from adrenal exhaustion and heal my thyroid.

GOAL #2: To trust myself and help others.

My Program:
I follow a lower carb life-style with few grains. I eat adequate fat after being starved of them for so long.

I'm building up to more of what I love by starting with only ST 2x a week for about 45 minutes.

Still working on making yoga a consistent part of my routine - so needed!

Personal Information:
NASM Personal Trainer with 4 years experience in weight loss, and injury prevention. I'm adding metabolic damage as my expertise when I completely heal. For now I know the "What not to do's".

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    Hi Tara - found you through FLAB - liked your comment about the heart/watch. I see you're into Photoshop - I just got it for Xmas - don't know where to start. I've been using MS. Wish you could show me a few tricks! Keep on keepin' on! You're worth it mom!

    Yours, Angel
    5006 days ago
    Welcome to the team Tara
    Glad to see you are taking an extra step for a healthy lifestyle.
    Always remember half the fun of setting goals is reaching them, and I hope with us you will be motivated and continue together for a successful year.

    You so look like Meg Ryan
    See you in the threads

    Your Team leader of 2007 Float like a Butterfly birthday challenge

    5006 days ago
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    Hey there Tara,
    Reading your page was really enjoyable, its so nice when people give you lots of background info. on themselves to help others understand where they are coming from. You can do it!!! Keep thinking positively, you seem so rational, don't lose that wonderful quality. Good luck, and if you need encouragement, I am here for ya!
    5006 days ago
    Good Luck Tara and thank you for supporting me! You sound like you have this thing all figured out and you have a great attitude! That you lost the weight once is an inspiration to me and I hope it is to you too. I always thought that once I was able to stay at home with my kids I would have all kinds of time to lose my weight, but I know now that being home somehow makes it harder than ever. Let's stick together!
    5007 days ago
    Hi Tara, thank you for your comment that was so sweet. Actually it does help to have support, im really blessed with all the support i have this time around, i really think that is part of why i failed the first few times i have tried to lose weight, along with being emotionally attached to food. We have a lot in common i see lol with both being a stay at home mom, i love it though, there is no other job more fulfilling than that in my opinion!!! Well i will go now cant wait to chat some more, have a great wednesday!!!!
    5007 days ago
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