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Sept 29, 2008. Seven years to the day after my wedding. And I'm not even itchy....

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May 18, 2010 - Waiting for the elevator during our Chattanooga getaway.

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My name is Wendy (or "ma-MA!" if you ask my daughter.) I'm 42, wife and mother of an extremely energetic and scary-smart 6-year-old girl. I used to be in exceptional health (a weight lifter working toward power lifting competitions -- I used to leg press over 500lbs!) After some major life changes, I became overweight and unhealthy. I'm working to get back some of my stamina and strength so I can keep up with, be around for and be a role model (not "roll model") to my beautiful daughter.

Updated: 12-07-2008
Beginning Numbers: --------------------------- Progress to date:
weight 189 ---------------------------------------155 - down 34
Blood pressure 180/120 ------------------------ currently 129/87
cholesterol 233 ------------------------- currently 204, HDL 50, LDL 128
waist 39.5 -------------------------------------33.5 - down 6.5 (6 1/2)
hips 43.5 ------------------------------------37.75 - down 6.5 (6 1/2)
neck 15 -------------------------------------14.75 - down 1.5 (1 1/2)
thigh {2-23-08} 23.73 (23 3/4) -------------------21.75 - down 2.25 (2 1/4)
chest {2-23-08} 45.375 (45 3/8) --------42.5 - down 2.625 (2 5/8)
jeans size 14 -------------------------------- current size 8!
**(9-23 - Tried on some new pants, started with sz10, too big, then sz 8, TOO BIG! Bought sz 6!!!)
blouse size 18/20 or XXL-------------- current size L or XL
**(8-20 - Finally tried on blouses. OMG 12/14! AND sz 12 blazer!)**
TOTAL INCHES LOST ---------------------------- 16.875 (16 7/8)

Member Since: 12/27/2007

Fitness Minutes: 225

My Goals:
When I reach 160, my reward will be a new tattoo for my daughter. **DONE! Saving up for that now!!** - As of 7/15/2010, I haven't creeped back over up to 160, but I still haven't gotten that tattoo. I guess if you set a reward, you should at least treat yourself once you've earned it, huh? D'OH!
When I reach 150, my reward will be a new tattoo for myself.
**Better start saving for that, too!**
Drop my cholesterol at least 33 points. **Dropped 29 points!!**
Lower my blood pressure enough to quit taking prescription medication. **Done, after a few trips to a cardiologist!** - Back on BP meds for a different reason and from a different doctor. Oh well...
Get back the energy to keep up with my toddler - now a preschooler! **Preschoolers have TOO much energy!!**
Lose a few jeans sizes. 9/10 would be nice! **DONE! Hello sz 10!**

My Program:
Mostly healthy diet plan and more walking and playing at the park with my family. (After all, any exercise is better than no exercise!)
Still hoping to get back into the gym for some weight training and cardio on a more regular basis.

Personal Information:
Originally from New Jersey, my family and I moved to Alabama when I was 5. I am a product of a mixed marriage... Daddy is a rebel and Momma is a yankee! Attended Hunter College in NYC for a year, but graduated from UAB in 1993. Met my hubby in '94 and got married in Sept. 2001. Talk about timing! Before my daughter was born in '05, I worked at several of the TV stations around town as a director.

Other Information:
Zodiac sign: Leo
Chinese zodiac: the cock
favorite song: anything from an 80's metal or hair band, or anything 70's guitar rock
favorite movies: To Kill a Mockingbird, the original Manchurian Candidate, anything Christopher Guest does, Dazed and Confused, Spinal Tap, and on and on...
favorite books: Catcher in the Rye, all the David Eddings books, Angels and Demons, to name a few
secret desire: my own fantasy gym that I see when I close my eyes at night... oh, yeah, & a winning lottery ticket to buy it!
favorite foods: my hubby is a chef, so ALL!!!

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    Good morning! I thought I would drop by your page and wish you well for this day. Have a great day and may you be successful in all that you do. May God’s blessings be upon you. Bill
    2647 days ago
    Thanks for the SparkGoodie that was sent. Have a blessed day. emoticon
    3566 days ago
  • v DARLENEK04
    Thanks for stopping by to say hey....yes Noccallula Falls is a
    beautiful place. It has changed a lot I bet since you were here
    last. There is now a Chapel on the hill by the Falls, which is
    a lovely setting, and they have had several weddings up there.
    Apparently they are building a hiking trail from the walking trail and park behind the mall and across the lake all the ways
    up to the Falls....don't know how far they have gotten on that,
    with the tornadoes a lot of stuff slowed to a stop.....
    Most everything up in the Guntersville area I think is reopened
    because they got hit the same day only earlier. That was a daylong barrage..on April 27th.
    Give me a holler if ya'll get to the area....and I looked at your pics
    on your page and you don't look like you are a day over 25....
    3568 days ago
    I really appreciate your encouraging words! Also, love your "rocking" photo; too cute emoticon .
    3579 days ago
    roflmao - no, actually... about half the strawberries got doused in 3 packets of sugar (only 45 cals), and will be slopped on top of 6 lil' shortcakes & topped with ReddiWhip ;) Here's hoping I can stop at... ONE!

    I mixed the rest of them with some bananas and pineapple for snacking!

    Innocent, I tell ya! (jeez, I wouldn't go thru those efforts for drinking... I cheat and use frozen LoL)
    3596 days ago
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