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I am a 41 year-old married mom of three. My oldest daughter is 15, and I have 7 year-old twins--a boy & a girl. I also work full-time as a teacher. I've had a regular fitness routine since my late teens/early twenties. The challenge these days is to continue to find ways to "tweak" it so I still see good results. Is does get harder with age! And, of course with three kids, it's harder to find the time. But, you will find NO excuses here!

I have spent the last 4 years here on "Spark" maintaining/improving and logging my fitness routine; tracking my eating habits; and finding ways to minimize stress and get more sleep. The connection between sleep-stress-weight (gain) is real, but I didn't believe it until I saw it on myself a few years back.

My number one goal has always been to be HEALTHY. Not skinny, not thin, not a certain number on the scale, or a particular dress size. Heck, at my current weight, I wear anywhere from a size 6 to a size 12, so who the hell knows what that number on the dress tag means anyways. My focus is honoring my body, mind, and soul with things that make me feel all-around good. On any given day that could be good-for-me food, exercise, taking a much needed break, and even some wine and dark chocolate from time to time. I want my children to see that honoring your body doesn't just mean not drinking soda and going to the gym. It means doing whatever makes YOU feel your best inside and out.

My scale is under my bed, with a dead battery and a nice thick layer of dust on it. That's where it has been since February, 2011, and I plan on keeping it that way! A number will not define me. It will not become my compulsion, an unhealthy obsession, nor determine my daily mood. For the first time in my life I FEEL healthy, beautiful, and strong WITHOUT knowing the number on the scale, and I am probably in the best shape of my life to boot.

For the last two years, my interest has shifted when it comes to working-out. I used to run....and run, and run, and.... I was a typical "cardio-queen". 5-6 days a week I would leave a puddle of sweat on the floor beneath me after a good LONG run or marathon kickboxing workout. But over the years something happened along the way and I stopped seeing results from that. After much inquiry from various sources & following several women I truly respect in the weightlifting-world, I started to dabble in weight-lifting...and now I am TOTALLY in love with it!!! Yes, I lift big, heavy "manly" weights...and, NO, it has not made me look big or manly! It has done A-M-A-Z-I-N-G things for my body (more than any 16-mile run ever did)! My kids think I am "cool", and I'm glad my girls are seeing that it's ok for girls to be strong. Besides that, it is a mind-blowing confidence-booster. To rip a bar off the floor in a deadlift that weighs more than my own bodyweight feels pretty bada$$!!!

My journey now continues with staying on this plan, holding myself accountable to my goals while redefining them along the way as needed, becoming stronger (physically AND mentally), more fit, and striving to continue to live a healthy life and be an awesome example for my kids.

Member Since: 6/21/2010

Fitness Minutes: 76,188

My Goals:
Weight Goal:
--MAINTAIN weight/size, but continue working on getting stronger and increasing lean-muscle

Strength-training Progress (past 6 months:


AO Sept 1, 2013
Back Squat
Deadlift--rack pull
Bench Press
BAR Leg-lift

AO Oct 19, 2013
Back Squat
Deadlift--rack pull
Bench Press
BAR Leg-lift

AO Jan 21, 2014
Back Squat
Deadlift--rack pull
Bench Press
BAR Leg-lift

AO Feb 13, 2014
Back Squat
Deadlift--rack pull
Bench Press
BAR Leg-lift

***As of 04/2014--Progress on "BIG" lifts has been put on hold while I nurse a lower back herniated disc. Focus now is on high volume, lower weight work & kettlebells***


My Program:
EXERCISE: (As of 06/2014)
3 days/wk--
on non-consecutive days I strength train alternating high volume-low intensity / low volume-high intensity lifts that work both upper and lower body

-5-6 days/wk brisk walking (about 2 miles in 30 min)--This is my "cardio"

--PALEO: I eat 'real' food--NO processed junk, NO HFCS, NO GMOs, NO soy (and minimal dairy) Basically, if it didn't have a mother or grow out of the ground, forget it!

--100% GLUTEN-FREE as of 04/2012. This has just about eliminated my chronic joint pain; improved all my cholesterol #'s; helped my digestive issues, and controlled an auto-immune skin issue I've had for years. I also limit most other GF grains simply because they do not align with my personal nutritional goals.

--Reading ingredient labels can be a pain in the a$$, but I do!

--MINIMUM 6-8 cups of water per day
+ MINIMUM 6.5-7 hours sleep per night

Personal Information:
It's NOT about the weight on the scale. It IS about how much weight I can put on the bar!

It IS about being strong & healthy AND HAPPY!!!

Other Information:
Southern California Girl!

Elementary School Teacher for past 16 years--currently teaching Technology, Grades 1-8; and Language Arts, Grade 6.

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    Thank you for the crossed fingers emoticon Lol!!! I still had some trouble sleeping last night. I think the honey, as yummy as it is, gave me indigestion. I should have known better because I have trouble with sweets before bed emoticon However I am liking the calm so far. I don't know if it's just in my head...but I do feel calmer. Hopefully the wave will ride through the night!!! Hope all is good with you!!!!

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    2214 days ago
    Hello dearest spark friend!!! I know you don't come on here often anymore but it made my day to see you comment on my blog!!! I love following you on Facebook and I can't believe how much time has passed. All the kids are getting so big and old!!! emoticon You will always be my emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Elizabeth, that was an awesome email to the Team! emoticon You are such an inspiration!
    Have a nice holiday season!
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    2419 days ago
    Hello, dearest Friend!!!! However is it possible that it has been four years?!?!?!?!? Time just slips away before my eyes!!! Of course we never age...right??? I am so glad we can keep in touch through other means. I hope your back is feeling better!!! It stinks getting old!!! Haha!!! Ya know you hit 40 and well...JUST kidding!!! I think you ROCK IT!!!!! I like your mantra. I'm going to have to adapt that. I just get stuck on what I used to do. I'm hoping to get back to it. It's so hard. Not like just taking a week or two off. It really is hard to rehabilitate But I guess I'll just keep on keeping on!!!

    How is your summer going? Hope you are getting to the beach a lot!!! Your kids are getting so big!!!! How on earth did we get these big 10th graders????? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Weren't we just crying about them turning 11?? Its just too much for me. I miss you!!! Hope you are having a wonderful good to hear from you!!!!! XXOO


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    2573 days ago
    Thanks so much for always being there!!! I started with such gusto...and I just think the week caught up with me. It was a difficult week emotionally (kids going back to school...none of us were ready for it this year). I hosted Rosh Hashanah one night (always stress over company and family). And I haven't been sleeping well.'s always great to unload to you!!!

    It's interesting to come back to Spark this time. It seems like so many people that used to be here are no longer here. I know I have popped my head in and out from time to time. But this time it seems like more of a ghost town!! I guess it's a whole new crop of people?

    Hope all is well with you. I can't believe how early you guys start school. I don't remember you going back as early in the past. We always start some time around Labor Day. So you must really be in full swing by now!! How is school going for you? Does Grace go to your school?

    Well it's 5:17AM here...not sleeping once again. Going to try to get some zzzzz's before I have to get Zach up!

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