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Welcome to my Spark Page and to winter, 2014! In July, 2013 I celebrated five years with Spark People. I originally lost 100 pounds, then experienced a slight set-back after a broken wrist. I am back on track with Spark People, and I hope to reach my goal weight again by Spring of 2014. Thanks to Spark People, my family and friends, and a few dedicated trainers, I have learned so much about a healthy lifestyle. I can't imagine trying to do this on my own.

Here is a summary of my journey...

New short-term goals for June, 2012
1. Stay within weight-loss calorie range of 1200 - 1500
2. Log in all food daily.
3. Drink 10 cups of water daily
4. Now that school is out, fitness 5 times a week!

Short-term goals met...
1. I reached the 150's -- GOAL MET on 1-6-10 !!
2. I reached the 140's -- GOAL MET on 2-16-10 !!
3. I reached the 130's -- GOAL MET on 3-23-10
4. I reached the 120's -- GOAL MET on 5-25-10
5. I moved from obese to overweight on the BMI scale -- GOAL MET on 3-27-09 !!
6. I moved into a "normal" BMI range on 2-16-10 with BMI = 24, woohoo!
7. Body Fat % in "FIT" category, 18.6, June 2, 2010

Long term goals:
1. Be at my original goal weight (147) by April, 2010.
(Goal met 2-16-10 when I weighed in at 144.5)
2. Be fit enough to hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim in June, 2010 with family and friends. Ooops! We were not granted a backcountry permit for this hike, so... next plan is...
3. Be fit enough to hike Half Dome in Yosemite with Bayside Adventure Sports in June, 2010. (See note above...)
4. Be at my goal weight and be fit enough to sky-dive with my son when he turns 21 in 2010.
5. Continue running/training to increase mileage and endurance in order to run a 10K, half-marathon, then marathon... 2010 or 2011. (Goal met May 1, 2010 with 1st Half-Marathon completed!)
6. Continue to train for my 1st full marathon in October 17, 2010 in San Francisco.

Every moment of my life is precious to me! Being DONE with this extra weight will help me live longer to enjoy my family and friends. I am grateful to Sparks and the awesome friends and teams I've met here. You ALL are helping me toward my goal, and I hope to return the support and encouragement right back at ya!

Let's go! No excuses!!


The 130s... never want to see them again!
I AM SO EXCITED!! I REACHED THE 120's, May 25, 2010!!! My current weight is 127, and I am at my goal weight after losing 100 pounds!

My broader DONE goals...

DONE with thinking exercising is not fun... I find I love to challenge myself! I'm renewing my love of hiking, and before the snow melts away I'm going snowshoeing for the first time. Can't wait! (Goal met December 26, 2009 with one of my precious sisters and her family!)

DONE not eating breakfast, it starts my day right!
DONE thinking 'I can't"
DONE thinking exercise or going to the gym is not fun!
DONE with large-sized clothing... at long last!
DONE snacking late at night
DONE taking in more calories than I need when I'm tired
DONE consuming calories to compensate for a few unkind people in my life!
DONE making excuses for why I can't (i.e. won't) exercise
DONE not planning ahead for what I need (food, exercise, time for me)

And a few more DONE items...
I am DONE with thinking I can't, because I no longer say NO to any exercise opportunity. Let me give it a try!
DONE sitting on the sidelines instead of having fun!
DONE thinking everyone else can do this adventurous thing called life except me!
DONE putting myself last. I have a heart of service for others, but I cannot be my best for other people if I do not take care of myself!

A few of my favorite quotes...

"It doesn't matter what shape my sail is in. What matters is the force of the wind behind me." ~Curtis Harlow

"Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so... get on your way.! ~Dr. Seuss

"Be strong for you. You are strong. When you see that wall, don't turn away from it, you keep going. You say, 'You are not going to win over me. I am going to win.' You are stronger than that wall." Husband of Olivia, season 11 BL contestant

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." ~John Bingham, runner, speaker, writer

"Thinking about quitting and quitting are two different things. You haven't quit yet." ~April Haynes

"Why are you going to choose failure when success is an option?" ~ Jillian Michaels

"There's only one road to take, and it's getting healthy and betting better, however we have to do it. I'm not going to let (anyone) choose anything else." ~Jillian Michaels

"I can't force you to do this. You have to choose this." ~Jillian Michaels

"You think change is easy? It's not easy, it's hard... it's real hard work. Do you want to live or not?" ~Jillian Michaels

"It won't always be easy. Lots of people want to lose weight, but most aren't willing to pay the price or make sacrifices to get there. You will not be successful with a half-hearted effort or by looking for short cuts or the easy way out." ~Jason Anderson, Personal Trainer

"Effective people are effective because they commit to habits that ineffective people do not commit to." ~Ray Johnson, pastor, author, public speaker

"God is not asking you to make a promise you cannot keep. God is asking you to believe a promise only He can keep." ~~Rick Warren

"If you want it bad enough, you'll do what it takes." ~Jared, personal trainer

Runners just do it - they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first. ~Author Unknown

Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that. ~Michael Leunig, Australian cartoonist

"Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving." ~~Dennis Waitley, author

"Courage is not about knowing the path. It is about taking the first step." ~Katie, 20-something missionary to orphans and homeless children in Africa, Amazima Ministries

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Wisdom has two parts: 1) having a lot to say, and 2) not saying it." ~anonymous

"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." ~C.S. Lewis

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great." ~Mark Twain

"Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind." ~~ Seneca

"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before..." ~anonymous

"When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life." ~Greg Anderson, Personal Trainer

"It's easier to be fat than to put in the work to get thin." spoken by a contestant on "Dance Your A** Off"

"It's easy to say you're too tired, too stressed, too busy, too this or too that. Too bad. The only way you'll strip away the fat is to start by stripping away the excuses." -- Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen- "You on A Diet"

"Your ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, 'This is the way you should go,' whether to the right or to the left." ~Isaiah 30:21

What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. ~~ Henry David Thoreau

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. ~Colin Powell

The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before. ~ Steve Young, NFL Hall of Fame '05, former San Francisco '49er

"Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else." Galatians 6:4

If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ~African proverb

"You either do what you have to do to achieve something or you don’t." ~Leigh Peele

Do not be afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. ~ Chinese Proverb

Discipline is what takes over when motivation isn't there. ~Unknown

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~ Romans 15:13

... I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord... ~Philippians 3:8

Finish each day and be done with it. Some blunders and absurdities may have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Coming together is a beginning; staying together is progress; working together is success. ~ anonymous

An Irish Prayer (thank you CoachMeg!)
May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. - Mother Theresa

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. --Emily Kimbrough

"Beware of spending too much time looking back at what you once were, when God wants you to become something you have never been!" -- Oswald Chambers

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up. -- John Maxwell

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. -- Kenneth Blanchard

"My decisions determine my direction, and my direction determines my destiny." GBHS Football Coach

"I will do what I NEED to do in order to do what I WANT to do." GBHS Football coach

"Stay in the fight and don't give in to excuses."
Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer

My weight loss journey and milestones:

July 24, 2008 -- 227 -- joined Spark People! size 22 pants
Aug. 24, 2008 -- 217 -- 10 pounds DONE!
Sept. 24, 2008 -- 210 -- 17 pounds DONE!
Oct. 24, 2008 -- 206 -- 21 pounds DONE!
Nov. 24, 2008 --- 200 -- 27 pounds DONE
Dec. 11, 2008 -- 197 -- 30 pounds DONE! Woohoo!
Dec. 24, 2008 -- 195 -- Woohoo! 5 lbs DONE in Dec!
Jan. 24, 2009 -- 191.6, officially 35.4 pounds DONE!!
Jan. 29, 2009 -- 188.2, DONE,DONE, DONE with 190s!
Feb. 5, 2009 -- 187 - 40 pounds DONE! 1/2 way to my goal!
Feb. 12, 2009 -- 185.4, 41.6 pounds DONE!
Feb. 24, 2009 -- 184, 43 pounds DONE!
March 5, 2009 -- 181.6, 45.4 pounds DONE!
March 20, 2009 -- 181 - 46 pounds DONE!
Mar. 27, 2009 -- 178.8 -- 48.2 pounds DONE! Moved from obese to overweight in BMI category this week! Woohoo!
April 3, 2009 -- 178 -- 49 pounds DONE!
April 17, 2009 -- 177.6 -- 49.4 pounds DONE!
April 24, 2009 -- 177.6 - maintained (plateau?)
April 30, 2009 -- 175 - 52 pounds DONE! Woohoo!
May 21, 2009 -- 173 - 54 pounds DONE!
July 3, 2009 -- 171.2 - 55.8 pounds DONE!
July 11, 2009 My daughter's wedding day!
July 24, 2009 -- My one year Sparks Anniversary! Woot! Woot!
(looonnngggg plateau...)
September 20, 2009 -- 5K, Miner's Ravine, 36:46.20
October 4, 2009 -- 5K, CoreLogic Cowtown, 35:17.4
November 18, 2009 -- 173 -- up a few lbs., started working out with personal trainer, Body Fat % - 24.5
December 2, 2009 -- 169.5 -- 57.5 pounds DONE!
December 9, 2009 -- 166.5 -- 60.5 pounds DONE!
December 17, 2009 -- 165 -- 62 pounds DONE!
December 23, 2009 -- 162 -- 65 pounds DONE! Woohoo!
December 30, 2009 -- 160 -- 67 pounds DONE! size 10 pants
January 6, 2010 -- 157 -- 70 pounds DONE!
Pounds lost between Halloween, 2009 and New Year's, 2010 = 16 !
January 13, 2010 -- 156.25 - 70.75 pounds DONE!
January 20, 2010 -- 155 -- 72 pounds DONE!
January 27, 2010 -- 152 -- 75 pounds DONE! Size 8 jeans.
February 3, 2010 -- 150.5 -- 76.5 pounds DONE!
February 10, 2010 -- 150.0 -- 0.5 pounds lost, whew!
(one pound away from a "normal" BMI!)
February 16, 2010 -- 144.5 -- 6 pounds lost, 82.5 pounds DONE! Normal BMI at 24! Woohoo! Size 6 pants. Another woohoo!
February 24, 2010 -- 144.5 -- maintained
March 3, 2010 -- 144.5 -- maintained again, arrrgh!
March 10, 2010 -- 142 -- 85 pounds DONE!
March 17, 2010 -- 140.5 -- 86.5 pounds DONE!
March 23, 2010 -- 139 -- 88 pounds DONE, and I'm in the 130s! Woohoo!!!
March 30, 2010 -- 139 -- maintained
April 6, 2010 -- 138.5 -- 88.5 pounds DONE!
April 13, 2010 -- 137 -- 90 pounds exactly, DONE! Woohoo!
April 18, 2010 -- Run Rocklin 5K, 29:19.5
April 20, 2010 -- 134 -- 93 pounds DONE! Size 4 pants.
April 27, 2010 -- 134 -- maintained weight (okay, the birthday cake didn't help me at all...)
May 1, 2010 -- American River Parkway Half Marathon, 2:38:30.3
May 4, 2010 -- 133 -- 94 pounds DONE! Six pounds away from my goal! Yippee!
May 11, 2010 -- 132 -- 95 pounds GONE FOREVER! Five pounds from my goal weight!
May 17, 2010 -- 96 pounds FINISHED! Never going back that way! BMI is 21.8
May 25, 2010 -- lost 2 pounds so 98 pounds GONE! I am in the 120's, woohoo! Size 2 pants, still unbelieveable to me! This was my last workout with my personal trainer.
May 31, 2010 -- Started at my new gym, Fitness MD
June 2, 2010 -- Body Fat % = 18.6
June 6, 2010 -- Fleet Feet Women's Fitness Festival 5K, 29:47.7
June 24, 2010 -- 128, one pound from my goal! It has taken me FOUR weeks to get this one pound off, and I'm never going to see it again! I have officially lost 99 pounds! This is SO worth every effort!
July 24, 2010 -- My 2 year Spark-versary! Yay! I am still a pound from my goal and working on this last pound. Thank you Spark People for helping me to get so close to my goal weight!
August 9, 2010 -- At goal weight! Woohoo! 127. I just kicked 100 pounds of fat to the curb, and they're staying there!
January 1, 2011 -- Maintaining and feeling HEALTHY!

Member Since: 7/24/2008

Fitness Minutes: 149,580

My Goals:
Being in the 170s changed my BMI from "obese" to "overweight'... and it felt so good! DONE with obese forever!

On February 16, 2010 I reached a normal BMI range of 24 with a weight of 144.5. Woohoo!

My original goal was to reach 147 because that is exactly 80 pounds lost. Now that I have achieved that goal I will re-evaluate my goal weight, and possibly change it, based on how I feel. My next goal is to reach 127 as my goal weight and my 100 pound weight loss milestone..

Here's my plan:
1. Stay between 1200 - 1350 calories a day
2. At least 60 minutes cardio, 2-3 times each week in addition to 4-5 boot-camp workouts in the gym.
3. Burn 500-1000 calories more each day than I take in.

My Program:
1. Stay within a calorie range of 1200 - 1350 for a few weeks so that I can get the last pound off and reach my goal weight.
2. At least 12 cups of water daily.
3. Running (training for a marathon in October, 2010) and boot-camp style workouts at my gym 4-5 days a week.

Personal Information:
I am a native Californian. My husband and I were both born and raised in the Los Angeles area. We have been in Sacramento for the last 19 years and we love it. We are blessed with 6 awesome adult children, including 2 incredible sons-in-law, our beautiful daughter-in-law, and 3 amazing grandchildren.

Other Information:
I a currently teaching 3rd grade in Sacramento, CA. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, running, reading, gardening, cooking, and technology.

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