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In Jan '08, I weighed over 200lbs! I started SP in March '08 at 191lbs. I lost 30lbs with SP!


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My motivation is to become Fabulously Fit in my 40s and now into my 50s! (I will turned 48 in January. I started Spark before I turned 40.) Now I will continue the goal into my 40's and 50's.
So much has changed! I had lost almost 40 lbs and gone from a size 18 to an 8! I returned to a size 18 and went over the 200 lbs mark again back in January of 2011. I lost 30 lbs in the first 3 months of 2011, just by walking a little more and eating a little less. I lost another 20 lbs between March and September with Herbalife and I have been stuck ever since. I have decided that it's time to once again refocus and continue to get back to a healthy life! Now I've lost nearly 60 lbs!!!!!
I have reduced my fibromyalgia symptoms and medications just by losing weight and eating better. I feel so much better than I did when I started back in March of 2008.
I have enjoyed yoga, swimming, kickboxing, Zumba and more at a local gym. I have drifted away from the gym from time to time. I suppose that I'll never really be done. I have come a long, long way! I'm now focusing on yoga and hiking/walking with my dogs.
I am no stranger to diets, and I have learned that I need to end my endless battle to lose weight by truly changing my eating habits once and for all. I also need to continue to exercise daily to rid myself of over 90% of my fibromyalgia symptoms. All of these changes have also lowered my cholesterol, chances of becoming diabetic, chances of heart problems and so much more. I have been vegan for two and a half years.
I have been a high school English teacher for ten years. I love to read, even though I'm dyslexic... that's right, I was a dyslexic English teacher... oh, the irony of it all! Now I'm teaching photography!
I am in the fourth year of my doctoral degree. I'm in a very loving and committed two-year relationship. I have two adult children. I'm very excited that my eldest child will be having a baby in May!!!
So the scale is tipping upward and it's time to begin, again, AGAIN!

Member Since: 3/8/2008

Fitness Minutes: 51,400

My Goals:
#1 My MAIN goal: Fabulously Fit in my 40s!
2. Exercise 4 times or more every week.
3. Lose weight.
4. Track calories and learn to eat healthy.
5. Be myself.
6. Leave work by 4:30 & don't take work home.
7. Sleep 8 hours every night.
8. Goals 1-7
will lessen my fibromyalgia.

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I am vegan. So I use the tracker, but I have to alter the SparkPeople tracker often. Vegan diets are very healthy! Come on SparkPeople, start a vegan plan!!!!

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"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is." Albert Einstein
"I took a speed reading course and read 'War and Peace' in twenty minutes. It involves Russia."
Woody Allen
"Much as we may wish to make a new beginning, some part of us resists doing so as though we were making the first step toward disaster."
William Bridges

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