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I want to eat everything in the world and have a fairy godmother that keeps me in a size 8. Since that old bat hasn't shown up yet, I'm back on the Spark to offset the effects that a desk job has had on my hips and thighs! (Ohhhh the HORROR!)

Member Since: 8/28/2010

Fitness Minutes: 5,665

My Goals:
#1 To get my energy level up & firm & tone up all over.
#2 Build up some muscles so when I mow the lawn I look great for the 80 year old guy across the street. *g*
#3 Oh, and get to the point where I can COMFORTABLY fit into everything in my closet.

#4 Then I'll probably go on to take over the world or something... (Mycroft has nothing on me!)

My Program:
I'm doing the slow & steady route to weight loss, nothing restrictive and nothing's off limits. If I eat a Big Mac, I eat a Big Mac and fit the rest of my day around it. Eating within the correct calorie range isn't that difficult for me as long as I track my food, but the sedentary job has become the problem. I work out 3-4 days a week, but in spring all bets are off because it's my daughter's softball season and it becomes my LIFE. I'm not terribly anal-retentive and strict about things, to me it's important to be realistic and keep on keepin' on.

Personal Information:
I'm a single mom with a high stress job, and frequently work long hours--but I telecommute so it's not nearly as bad as it could be. (However, I'm still chained to a computer for many hours a day!) I'm 5' 10" and this is the first time I've ever been out of a healthy weight range for my height, but I've passed 40 now so I suppose it's time to start taking more care. I started doing Spark again when I stepped on the scale and it said 'oh my GOD! Get OFF!!!'

You may have guessed from my name that I live in the land of mosquitos, heat and humidity. I have a 9 yr old daughter, a 22 yr old son and a baby grandson! My daughter is the only one left in the house and she's my gorgeous little mini me!

Other Information:
I like lots of stuff. Tumblr. Facebook. Tumblr. (really like Tumblr) Sherlock, Mad Dogs, British television in general. DIY, HGTV, Fanfic, Fashion. Reading. Writing. Photo manips.

I have a terrible sense of humor. (Don't stand too close, it may be infectious.) I am ALWAYS joking around (yeah, watch out for that too!), but I always support the people around me. When I put my mind to do something, I'm willing to move heaven and earth to get there. Yep, determination is my middle name!

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    Hey there! I just read your intro on the Sherlock page and HAD to add you as a friend, because, well if you check out my page you will see that I am well, over the top a bit with my Benedict obsession. I cant wait so hear what you thought of S3. I had watched the series since the beginning and I didnt even know S3 was coming out til it aired. After TSoT I was so unbelievably smitten with Ben I then stumbled upon the Tumblr fandom and the rest is history. emoticon
    2471 days ago
    Hey Hey Hey,
    I am feeling so much better! It had me in a tight grip this Sunday...ouch! I have this homemade lemon, cinnamon, ginger, and honey mix in my fridge. It works wonders! :) So, I am back now! Just in time for this wedding, which is coming up. I am excited, but I know it will bring me overboard for this weekends calories no matter what I do... urgs!
    I am so happy to see that your success has come back! I knew you could do it!! emoticon
    PS: If you make it to Minnesota, I'll make you one of those burgers.... I advise traveling before the heavy winter..... hahahaha god I hate the snow up here :)

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    2616 days ago
    LOL yeah last week was hectic and rough. I'm ok but it was just a lot of stuff going on and I was handicapped through the majority of it, lol! The elbow is still pretty bruised and I can't rest it on anything really so it still sucks but beyond that, life is getting back to normal. I need to try to fall into the routine I used to follow before and it's so slow going but I need to get myself straight because I want the Halloween party to be fun and fantastic!

    Yeah I really am known for my love of Halloween, huh?? Everyone I know pretty much everywhere say that, that they always think of me around this time of year, lol!
    2625 days ago
    CONGRATS grandma! Woohoo! That must be great, especially the giving the child back part, lol!

    I actually don't miss the silverware stealing guy but I miss just about everyone else. I just saw a former coworker last week, went out for a few drinks and all which is so nice to do. I miss her tons and I think she misses everyone including me, lol! But I told her that I'll probably hit her up every few weeks to just go out and hang and stuff. She seems like me, like she wants to go out all the time during the summer and who am I to tell her no??

    That's kind of what I feel. I'll be here a year soon and I think I needed to get through the six month period before things settled slightly but if I could go back to my old branch and have my old coworkers, I would do it in a heartbeat. I don't care enough for this system to want to bust my butt as much as I do.

    Wow quit smoking?? Congrats on that too! That's a huge step! I have been drinking a bit more than I should (though not too much during the week) but that's mostly because I always want to go out with friends and we always end up going out for drinks, lol!

    I'm not doing Insanity currently but I did another bout of that earlier this year though I didn't complete the two months. I have been doing my NTC app which is a pretty comprehensive workout app, I really like it. And I've been upping my weights because I was motivated by the cute guy from the new Superman movie, lol! I have his sexy body to thank, hahahahahaha!

    Beyond all that I'm hanging in there. You know how life is, bumps on the road, lemonade out of lemons and all that, lol!
    2702 days ago
    Hey lady! Long time no chat even though I see you on tumblr quite a bit! How are those thighs? LOL!

    I see nothing has changed with you, still hot for the Brits! Life is quite different since we last chatted. Ended up switching branches and all my old coworkers either retired or are graduating school and trying to move on so it's been a bit of a hard few months for me (going to be a year at this new branch in September). I fell off the fitness wagon because of stress so I've only lately been trying to get back to it and I think I finally managed to get that first spark to keep going so I'm glad. Now that summer is here I'm also out all the time, always trying to find a place to go or someone to hang out with. I want to really enjoy summer this year and I'm doing everything I can to do it!

    A caseworker, congrats!! Tough stuff? Is it worth it though? How are your kids? Well your daughter at least, I know your son is a big boy, lol!
    2708 days ago
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