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~~~~~~~Welcome to my little home here on SparkPeople~~~~~~~

Intro. Update: Aug. 7, 2011
I have dedicated myself to a whole new way of working out. Where before I only did cardio, now I focus on strength-training and mix in cardio.
The difference has been astonishing! Building muscle burns calories, even while your doing absolutely nothing. I've RElost the 9 pounds I REgained after herniating a disk in my back, plus 2 more!
Though I am still in the beginning stages of weight-training I have learned a lot and would feel priveledged to answer any questions that anyone may have, whether I've met you before or not. :) Feel free to leave a comment or send me a Spark Mail.

Here's to building a high metabolism!


So, this is my second try at SparkPeople and this time, "it took".

Prior to returning to SP in March of this year I had been struggling with losing any more than six pounds. My weight just would not budge; getting on the scale was akin to emotional torture, so I stopped torturing myself.
The six pounds I had lost found its way back and brought a few uninvited friends with it. I am five-foot-two and at my highest I weighed 180 pounds, far too much.
It had been months since I weighed myself and when I finally had to while at a doctor's visit I nearly fainted at the number I saw.

Somehow, I found my way back to Spark People. It had been nearly a year since I had last been here and I was very happy to see my password still worked.
(Thanks for not giving up on me SP)

Even then it took me a good month before I got it together, before I resolved to lose the weight. For real and this time for good.

Still, I struggled with very little loss.

But this time something was different. . . me.

I was done giving up on myself. So, I began reading the articles here in earnest and taking stock of the resources available.
That is when I came across the tool that tells you the number of calories you must consume to attain the weight you want by the date you want. I had been eating 1500-1550 calories a day, it turns out It was too much. I had to eat 1200-1250 a day.

I decided to really give it a shot. Who knew that 250-300 calories a day could make such a huge difference?! But it did.

So, I sent those 6 pounds and their sneaky friends packing. ~S~

After that things got easier, and as of this date I have lost a bit over 20 pounds total. I know I have a way to go yet, but the difference this time is that I really KNOW that I can do it.
When I wrote my return-introduction, (below) I said that I had a resolve that I had never felt before, and I still do, it feels good to believe in yourself, I highly recommend you give it a try. It's free but the dividends are priceless.

I owe a great deal to SparkPeople for helping me along my journey. I'm not certain that I would even be close to where I am now were it not for my second attempt.

I look forward to my future here and hope that as others have been helpful to me that I can in some way be helpful to others.
If there is anything that I can do to assist you on your journey, please let me know.
SparkPeople is one of the ultimate, "pay-it-forward" opportunities. ~Smile~

Good Luck!

---------------------------Original Introduction------------------------------

I am just starting out on this journey. I've decided to dedicate my blog here to motivation for myself and others.
I have this sense of resolve that I have never felt before.
Things need to change and I am changing them.
Please stop in once and awhile, I love to meet new people, especially Sparkers!

----------------------------------Why I gained weight:------------------------------
My S.I. joint was injured several years ago, lessening the amount of activity that I could do. I gained 30lbs in 1 month due to a medication that I was prescribed. And as the years went on and I became less active the weight crept up.

It's time for a change. I am ready and prepared to regain control of my life. I have started a small business and am going to begin writing a book.
Please feel free to add me to your friends list. ~S~

Member Since: 7/2/2009

Fitness Minutes: 562

My Goals:
***updated: 5-11-2011


-Get back to my pre-injury weight of 115-125lbs.

(Depending on how I feel when I arrive at 125.

If I like how I feel when I get there I may decide it is enough. ) ~S~


(beginning 8-16-2010)

#1a) Use my Elliptical 2X each week, to begin with.

#1b) Join my local Physical-Therapy Gym.

#2) Begin exercising in a healthy way so that I can sustain it, rather than overdoing and feeling too much pain to do anything for days afterward.

#3) Ride My MTN. Bike again.

(At some point during the week of: 8-23)


-Work on building my business each day.

-Feel strong again.

-Go rock climbing.

My Program:
Updated 5-11-2011

#1 Importance (For Me):

Eat a 1200-1250 calorie, Clean-Eating Diet.

If you decide to go to 1200-1250 you have to eat healthfully or you will always feel hungry. Because the foods I eat are nutrient-rich I feel great. In fact better than I have in years.


Log ALL of my foods on SP Nutrition-Tracker.

- I can not stress this one step enough. If you have questions about the Tracker just SparkMail me; I'll be happy to help if I can.



-If I do not know where I want to go I will never arrive there.


SparkPeople Involvement

-This, combined with the other things I am doing is paramount to my ongoing success.


Ongoing Changes/Upkeep

-It is importan

Personal Information:
Hi, I Live in NH

I am embarking on a whole new path of strength training/muscle building, mixed with cardio.I have seen some amazing changes since beginning this new (for me) kind of working out.

What Else...

-I am a Big Horror movie fan, but like movies in general. ~S~ Here are my fav's from most liked to least, though I like them all:

-Shaun Of The Dead~LOL~

-Resident Evil Apocolypse

-Planet Terror

-28 Weeks Later

-Kill Bill 1-2-3


-Star Trek 2009

-The African Queen

-The Usual Suspects

-Double Indemnity

-Resevoir Dogs

-War Of the Worlds '05

-Dawn of The Dead 2004

-Hostel 1 & 2 But 2 more

(Woman taking charge;) )

-Once Upon A Time In The West

-All About Eve

-Fight Club



-The Butterfly

Other Information:
I am like a hungry sponge at the moment, searching out new information to absorb regarding free weights and circitu training. If you have a passion or would simply like to share something you've learned that might be of help please drop by my page. I am always open to new friendship and will do my best to be a good sparkfriend! :)

I love to meet new people, so please say , "hello" if you see me around SP.

-My interests cover a wide range of subjects and activities & I would happily discuss any of them.

-I would also love to talk with people who are on their way to recovery from injuries that made a big impact on their life.

-Feel free to offer any bits of advice as I am open to new thoughts and ideas about ways to lose weight while still struggling with pain.

Some of my favorite things include:

-Meeting new people

-Achieving Goals

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