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It's all positive from here on out. I've decided I'm ready to be happy, and no one can rain on my parade. :o)

No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
~ Barbara de Angeli

Happiness is the result of my decision to be happy. There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. In other words, happiness is a feeling I tap into, not an outcome of events. I can be happy without changing anything in my life except my relationship to my own thinking. I decide to be happy and commit myself to making happiness my state of mind, rather than relying on a set of circumstances to do it for me.
~ Richard Carlson


I've never been thin. I was always the biggest girl out of the "group". But in college, I refused to gain the freshmen 15 and began working out for the first time in my life. Just about the time I started to feel good about myself, gain some self confidence and a direction in life, I found myself single and pregnant. I was 20 years old and 150 pounds.

I gained nearly 50 pounds with that stress-filled pregnancy. Any weight I lost initially after having my son eventually crept back - especially after I stopped breastfeeding. I stayed at 198 for a long time - the same weight I was at 9 months pregnant - proud that I never crossed the 200 mark. (HA!)

Over the years, emotional eating took it's toll. Bouts of depression and medication, wedding stress, another baby and baby weight, a job that made me unhappy, an ectopic pregnancy and surgery, failed attempts at dieting....all lead to an all-time high weight of 215. My third pregnancy brought me to my highest weight ever: 243 at 9 months. One week after delivery, I was at 222. That's where my Spark journey begins...

I've been a member of Spark and the BLC (starting in round 4) since October 2007! I must say that although I've dieted before, I was never in the right mindset that I could actually DO it. I always fell back on the excuse that I was just "meant to be fat" or "this is just how I am". I wasn't much in love with exercise either. But I've learned so much with Spark and from the amazing ladies I've met through the BLC. Having a close network of friends that are going through the same trials helps tremendously!!

Member Since: 9/19/2007

Fitness Minutes: 6,588

My Goals:
*Get down to pre-pregnancy weight (215) - 11.12.07

*Cross over into ONEDERLAND - 3.4.08

*Lose 50 lbs (193) -

*Weigh what it says on my drivers license (190) - 4.29.08

*Get out of the OBESE BMI category (185) - 6.9.08

*Get into a size 14 and shop at "regular" stores - 8.15.08

*Get to a "happy" 175 lbs - 12.9.08

*Lose 75 lbs (168)- 2-9-11

*Be at pre-pre-pre-pregnancy weight and in the HEALTHY BMI range (150) -

*Lose 100 lbs! (143) -

My Program:
*Stay within calorie range

*Limit carbs and sugar

*Supreme 90 videos 6 days a week

*Walk around the neighborhood loop each evening

*Make friends with my treadmill

*Get the kids to cooperate and leave me alone long enough to EXERCISE!

Personal Information:
I'm a 35 yo, working mom of 3 (4 if you count hubby) living in the middle of the desert, AZ.

Purple is my FAVORITE color!!

Reading is my passion and my escape from the "real" world.

I am a sucker for animals and currently have 4 cats, and a bearded dragon!

I'm going back to school...AGAIN! I'm working toward my second Masters in Counseling Psychology. "And how do you feel about that"

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