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SEPT 2009-Hello I am a 31 year old mother of 3. I have a lot of weight to lose and I am determined to lose every last inch. I came across Sparkpeople completely accidentally and I have to say...."This is exactly what everyone needs to help motivate them!" I was always very athletic and in great shape. Then, I had my babies. Prepregnancy weight was 130 pounds. I gained 42 pounds with my son, 17 pounds with my first daughter and 30 with my other daughter. I found it extremely hard to lose this extra 100 pounds I put on, but one day I told myself, "You have to do this, get serious and take the time you need to get healthy!" All you mother's out there know what I mean. We are the constantly on the go for everyone else. ( kids, husband and other family members) I decided to be a little selfish, which is completely out of character for me, and track my food intake and take time to exercise. Thus far I have lost 40 pounds. Highest weight was 229. I thought about surgery and have tried every diet known to man before I realized that I needed to REALLY be ready to do this and change my lifestyle. Hard work and sparkpeople has given me my life back.

JUN 2011- Time to refocus! I had lost almost 40 pounds and then over the last few months got a little lazy with my exercise and tracking so I am starting anew. For Christmas I got a Bodybugg that really shows me what I actually burn every day in order to reach my goal. I am hoping to stay motivated the whole year through and my goal is to lose 50 pounds by Christmas 2011. I need all the support I can get in achieving this goal but I have faith! I know I can do it if I just keep focused and stop sabotaging my efforts.

Member Since: 9/16/2009

Fitness Minutes: 32,515

My Goals:
*Lose 50 pounds by Christmas 2011

*Get my bikini bod back for Hawaii

*Continue being active and healthy

*Finish Nursing school

*Run a 5K

*Feel great about myself again!

* Be able to ROCK a sexy dress for my 10 year wedding anniversary

*Get back to my prepregnancy weight (or close to it)

My Program:
Cardio~30-60 min./6 days a week
-Wii Fit
-Just Dance

Strength~ 6 days a week for 20-40 minutes

Combined goal~120 min./daily

Personal Information:
I am a married mother of 3. With an extremely busy schedule! I watch kids from 7a.m. to 4p.m., I am a FT college student and run a small business.

Other Information:

210 lbs/ Get brows done

200 lbs/ Manicure

190 lbs/ $50 gift certificate to Bath & Body works

180 lbs/ New workout clothes

170 lbs/Gym Membership

160 lbs/ Spa Day!

150 lbs/ Trip to Hawaii

140lbs/ Photo Shoot for hubby. First Tattoo for me!

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    Thanks for all your help and input about the Meet & Greet! With out everyone helping out giving their thoughts, I would probably feel bummed right about now, lol. Cause I hate organizing things and I'm not that great at it in my personal life. It's one thing trying to get everyone pumped and motivated to become part of the team and participate anywhere, whether it be the challenges, other areas of the team or whatever. That part I'm ok with, I can type and not feel worried about anyone thinking anything bad about me, lol. As you can tell here I'm a little too self conscious and don't have very much confidence in myself. But I am definitely "TRYING"!

    Anyway THANKS!

    Proud Leader of SDWM's
    Proud Leader of SparkFresno - the Official Team


    "For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For want of the shoe, the horse was lost. For want of the horse, the rider was lost. For want of the rider, the battle was lost. For want of the battle, the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail!"
    - Old English rhyme

    Your smallest actions add up to something big

    Everything you do makes a difference. Even if you're not on the front lines leading the effort, you have a contribution to make. Without your contribution, no matter how small, so many other things would never happen. The world needs what you have to offer. You have no idea how the simplest of your everyday actions can effect your child, and even people you've never met. Chances are, you'll never know. But if you're looking for a purpose to work toward, all you need is the desire and the right perspective. Define yourself as your task, and that's all you'll ever be. Define yourself as your contribution to your family, and suddenly you're a very important part of a bigger picture. The biggest pictures are the ones where there's room for everyone to be seen.
    4148 days ago
    Thanks for your input on the Meet & Greet thread! I sure hope we can all put our minds together and come up with a plan! I'm a horrible planner and organizer, lol... so will really appreciate everyone's help getting things planned and in order, lol.



    "Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back." - Unknown

    SparkPeople Translation
    Perhaps you’ve seen how an upward spiral can happen with your goals. With momentum and consistent action, success comes easier and easier until results start to exceed the effort you put into it. Well, the same thing can happen when it comes to being a positive force for others. One small action leads to another, which can lead to many. Your actions may inspire others to do the same, with far-reaching results that completely outweigh that first effort. You’ll probably have no idea how much of a total effect your actions will have. But that kindness will often be paid back two-, three- or even tenfold. If not from the person you helped, then from someone further down the “kindness” chain. So go try it out! Do a kind thing for the next person you meet, and see if you don’t get a positive return.
    4149 days ago
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    Glad you joined our team, it may seem almost impossible the 1rst couple of days, but I am sure it will only get easier, 30 Days to more energy and a better body! emoticon
    4149 days ago
    Thanks for the support. How was your Christmas? I love Christmas, family, food, presents, etc. But, I'm glad it's over. I feel like I can breath again. And, it's definitely time to kick it into overdrive :) emoticon
    4149 days ago
    Hi! How are ya? Hope all is well with you and yours... well have a great week! Just wanted to check up on people from the team! :D

    Proud Leader of Sparkling Dynamic Wives & Mom's
    Proud Leader of SparkFresno the Official Team


    "Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions"
    Harold S. Geneen

    Anyone can talk about being a leader…not everyone can actually do it. Think about a project that you are working on at work or at home. Are you talking about being a leader or are you actually being one? In our society we sometimes equate leaders as those who are in charge and giving directions. But, if you really think about it…aren’t the real leaders the ones that show you how to get the job done and do it with you or take the time to lead you in the right direction. Try to think of ways that you can be a better leader this week!
    4155 days ago
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