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I am a single mother with sole physical custody of 2 beautiful young kids. A couple years of caring for them and dealing with an alcoholic spouse meant that I was far down on my own list of priorities. (Plus, as a kicker, I developed hypothyroidism after my 2nd child's birth!) Now that the divorce is final and my kids are in a good place emotionally, I am motivated to spend some time on myself. I basically want my outsides to match my insides! I am very upbeat and generally a happy person, but I don't look how I feel.

Since I don't have much free time, I have to break down my goals in order to focus. So first I worked on my lipid numbers -- cholesterol, triglycerides. I've gotten those down to healthy levels through dietary changes and fish oil tablets. (I'd still like to see a bit of an increase in the HDL, however.) Now it's time to attack "the gut"!!

It generally takes me a while to get motivated, but once I do, I'm committed, and generally a force to be reckoned with! After the first 3 weeks my weight loss slowed, probably because I've been hitting it HARD with the workouts and am adding muscle, so I've decided to only weigh myself and take measurements every month instead of weighing once a week. I know I'm getting smaller, my pants tell me so! It feels good to finally have some control over a small corner of my life.

My daughter (7) is very encouraging, however I think my son (3) is afraid I'll change. He keeps telling me, "but Mommy, I like you fat!" ;-)

I have a cute size 10 dress hanging in my closet, where I can see it every morning, for motivation. Can't wait to get back into it!

Member Since: 2/28/2010

Fitness Minutes: 22,626

My Goals:
To make this the last time I have more than 10 pounds to lose.

To be fit. GOAL MET :) New goal is to STAY fit!

Immediate goals:
Drop another pants size:

Able to do 100 squat presses with 2 20-lb dbs:

To get more sleep. GOAL MET :)

To date more. GOAL MET :)

To refuse to do it if it's not right/good for me. DOING A GOOD JOB SO FAR

To be a more authentic person. DOING A GOOD JOB ON THIS SO FAR!

My Program:
Modified ADA diet per nutritionist

Lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables, and lean protein

Light dinner

Avoid added sugars & fats

Short, VERY intense workouts 3x week, walking/recovery workout other nights

Take one night a week to relax, read or watch TV, and go to bed early. Plan ahead so I can get a walk in during my lunch break.

Personal Information:
I'm 45. But feel about 27!

I live in Richmond VA but hail from Baltimore MD

I watch very little TV, but always catch Glee. For everything else I rely on hulu.com!

I am generally very upbeat even when things are tough. The one thing we can count on is CHANGE!

Other Information:
"The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for." - Maureen Dowd

"Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon." - Dalai Lama

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    Just checking in after being out there on my own for months! Not a good idea in the weight loss world! I've been on a eat whatever I want and never exercise binge! The close of this year is bringing renewed interest in myself though!

    Sorry to hear of your break up, glad to hear you've moved on! Sounds like you're better off without him! Wishing you a happy new year and much success!
    3423 days ago
    Hey there, thought I'd check in. Sounds like you're doing great! I may have to try the pyramid thingy when I can figure out what any of it means! One step at a time!
    3528 days ago
    Hey, thanks for the spark goodie and the comments! I'm feeling really good this time around, I have no choice, gotta make it work. You've made such great strides...way to go!
    3597 days ago
    Hey, look who's disappeared and re-appeared again! I really have to just stick with it! Anyway, read your blog, glad your PT is still in the picture and doing well! I'm giving this another whirl! Happy 4th of July!
    3598 days ago
    Hey, I've disappeared for a few months...again! Thought I'd check in and see how you're doing? How'd the trainer guy work out? Hope you're doing well, looks like weight loss is going along, weigh to go (he he)!
    3658 days ago
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