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Me & The van Clan

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The Run Buds take on their first triathlon. That's me in the pink top! What an amazing experience! And I even got second place in my age/gender class! Woo Hoo!

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Me and my hubby in "The Eye of London"


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Hello! I am a 42 year old mother of 3 amazing little boys and married to a delicious dish of a man. Unfortunately I am more creative than I am motivated and so have lots of unfinished paintings and poetry and bits laying about. I didn't want my diet efforts to fall short as well so I joined Spark. But more importantly, I have developed habits that have me eating fresher, healthier, and smarter and feeling incomplete if I haven't excercised on any given day. I thank God for seeing me through, I thank Spark for showing me how, I thank my team for supporting me always, and I thank myself for being smart enough to listen to all three of those resources! My best advice: Decide to do it, its your choice. Even though you can't control the things around you, each moment gives you the opportunity to choose. And now I am choosing to come back to my Spark roots and battle the bulge once again!

Member Since: 4/26/2007

Fitness Minutes: 639

My Goals:
My goals center around life maintainence now. I don't want to creep back into bad habits ever again! My husband and I enjoyed the birth of our second son in August of 2008, so my goals are to see these healthy habits continue through the loss of this baby weight and after, and hopefully all my spark buds will see that happen! I also am aiming for the healthiest eating and fitness habits for my entire family. I want us all to live long together!

My Program:
I am rekindling my love affair for tracking, getting my running mileage up, and now I need to bring the weight training back. I ran a 5k in April and placed second in my age division...who doesn't want to be number one???

Personal Information:
I have been married for going on 7 years and have two sons, a three year old and an 8 month old. They take up alot of time (Gladly!) but I still have time to run some competitive races, paint and write, and indulge in a new love-acting!

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I love books and music and movies that tell the stories of people all over the world. I have taken Salsa and belly dance classes and so have developed a taste for ethinic music. My reading has centered around political crisises/genocides in various regions of Africa. And I'll watch just about any movie that comes out of France and Italy.

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  • v no profile image BALDYJOHN
    that time of year again
    happy st patricks day
    4032 days ago
  • v no profile image BALDYJOHN
    As it is almost St. Patrick's Day (Monday 17th) I decided as I'm not on site much anymore and not posting, that I would drop by to wish all those friends who support and encourage me, people who take time to leave comments on my page and/or blog and those that message me
    A HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY & a great weekend.

    Although at times I'm slow to reply to people and to be honest sometimes I forget, i just want you to know that they are appreciated and those close friends of mine here "Thank You". You may be out of sight but you're not out of mind.

    Keep smiling all and once again "Happy St. Patrick's Day & greetings from Ireland"

    John :-)
    4397 days ago
  • v KEEPAA224
    Hey Brandi, CONGRATS! I can't believe you are pregnant, you must be so excited. Good for you.

    Anyway everything over here is going great, fam is good, life is good, work is good...nothing really ever changes, lol. But lately I decided to come back on and spark. I've maintained my weight since whenever I met my goal and now really want to focus on trimming up those troublesome areas. So to do that I actually have to eat extremely healthy again, oh boy! lol But I'm up for the challenge and hope this time I can stick with it and really do it. I've met a lot of people in the gym especially bodybuilders and fitness models and others who are jus tin excellent shape who have really opened my eyes to what I need to be doing for me. Through them I hope I can get where I need to be. I also have to keep up with the too, hehe...That is hard work all in itself!

    On our home front we are still trying to sell our house, the market is so volatile. Hopefully this spring/summer we can do it. I'm glad that you guys were able to sell yours! Moving is always fun, except for the whole organizational part of it. It's like creating a new page or chapter in your life. It's really refreshing.

    Alright I've carried on long enough, keep in touch. Hey are you in any new groups/teams that would be of interest to me? If so let me know. TTYS
    4434 days ago
  • v KEEPAA224
    Hey Brandi, Long time no see, how have you been? Hope all is well. Xo
    4435 days ago
  • v no profile image BALDYJOHN
    “Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Duit.” (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year)

    I haven’t being on site at all lately but decided to pay a visit to all my friends and to thank each and everyone of you for your friendship and support since I’ve joined SparkPeople and although out of sight you are not out of mind. Once my exams are over in the next few weeks (ooohhh I start next Thursday), I’m going to try and post more regular. However although I’m not there to annoy you all, remember we can all reach the stars and achieve our goals, so make 2008 your year....let’s kick butt...you can do it. Keep smiling all,
    your Irish buddy
    John : -)

    4473 days ago
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