THEBLONDEGENIUS

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41 lbs & 25.75" lost!! (Aug 2014 - July 2015)



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My sweet grandson, Cove



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My daughter singing, my son (with the dreads) playing - LOVE IT!


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Hi, I'm Donna! After 14-1/2 years together, I married my best friend the evening before Thanksgiving 2017! That's my big news! Now the drudgery of changing my name on everything... hahaha

I have 2 grown kids (yep, I'm an empty nester) and a perfect grandson who was born 12/27/2013! I'm a bridge inspector and office administrator. I'm a cradle Catholic and an occasional knitter. I like to shoot and believe strongly in my Constitutional right to protect myself and others. I believe in love and compassion, and that holding a baby, a puppy or a kitten can make almost anything better.


Member Since: 7/8/2010

Fitness Minutes: 46,936

My Goals:
Maintain my overall health

FEEL better & more energetic

Feel more in control over myself

Improve upper body strength

Slim down, especially in belly, hips and thighs


My Program:
I started BeachBody's Core de Force on November 28th. It's hard but modifiable, and I hope it'll help me meet my goals of slimming down in my belly, hips and thighs, and increasing my upper body strength!

I'm eating healthier, including snacks. I'm drinking MUCH more water every day, all day long.

My other big change is GETTING MOVING!!

My program is more life change oriented than short-term goal oriented.
*eat better quality, cleaner foods
*eat a more plant-based diet
*Exercise at least 5 days a week
*Track food and exercise
*Stay involved in the SP community
*Blog

My Weight Loss
Non-Food Rewards:
10#: knitting needles
15#: FitBit Zip
20#: yarn ball winder
25#: massage, new sneakers & bras
30#: new pajamas
35#: loose leaf teas
Long term goal: new tattoo? I haven't really decided, but I'm leaning toward that!
I'll also reward myself for 1 year of maintenance!
*UPDATE: I never decided on a big reward for meeting



Personal Information:
I'm from a very small Texas town. I've lived in the big city - and I love this way of life much better. It has its disadvantages, but they are FAR outweighed by its advantages.

I have a daughter in college, studying to be an Occupational Therapist (she graduates with her Bachelor's in May 2017), and a son who is a musician in Lubbock, Tx. Go check him out on Facebook - Jake Novak.


Other Information:
I'm a voracious reader. I always have one book in progress on my Kindle or in paper form, AND one in progress in audio form. I listen to books as I drive and as I get ready for work in the morning.

I like to knit scarves because they're mindless and satisfying, but I rarely wear them myself.




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  • v JAKEANDNELLIE
    emoticon Welcome to Spark!
    I've been here since Nov. 9, 2009 and have really learned a lot about myself, food, and exercising. I truly feel joining Spark was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
    One of the best tools is the nutrition tracker. You will be shocked when you enter a typical day's food! Try to track everything you eat and stay within your limits. Don’t panic if you slip - we all do! Just put it behind you, you can’t change it, and move on. One of the main concepts at Spark is to take two steps forward for each step back!
    The fitness tracker is also a great tool. You can track your steps, mileage, cardio exercise, and strength exercises. It will tell you how many calories you have burned.
    Take time to make lots of Friends and tell them when you reach a goal or are having a hard time. They are here with praise and support all the time! Don't be afraid to ask any question, no matter how silly you think it is.
    Take time to explore Spark. Read and respond to message boards, blogs, and other members' pages. The help, support, inspiration, motivation, encouragement, and friendship you will receive is awesome! The site can be confusing at times but just keep looking around. There is really a lot of valuable information here!
    emoticon Feel free to contact me if I can help you in any way. Drop by my page to say hi.
    Stay focused, determined, and positive - you will be successful!
    Sheila

    3512 days ago
  • v MYOWNHERO
    Welcome! SP is the greatest place!
    3513 days ago
  • v MMAZZIE
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    emoticon GOOD LUCK emoticon on your journey to better health emoticon
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    3513 days ago
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