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Me (left) with my sister at her wedding

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@ Sister's Wedding - jan 2011

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DH and I in StL for Labor Day weekend

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You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. ~JKF

NEW MOTIVATION 2011: Trip to ENGLAND!!! (May 2011) I want to love pictures of me and my husband from our trip and I want to WANT to take pictures of us.

NEW MOTIVATION #2: I just bought a reduced price Boudoir photo session to have done for my hubby for Valentine's Day 2012. :-D

When I joined SP in May 2010, I had NO IDEA how much I would come to love this site and how many awesome people I would get to know. I also had no idea that I would actually for once feel like I was committing to a healthy lifestyle that I could maintain and that would work to help me lose weight. However, almost 5 months later, here I am! I've got a long way to go in terms of weight loss and personal discovery, but I actually feel like this time I'll get there. As of September 25, 2010, I have lost 30 lbs (the 30 I gained last year!) and am actually on my way back down to a healthy weight and BMI for the first time since I started college.

A little about my background...

After getting married in August 2009, I found myself one of the lucky people in this economy with a job. However, with a husband in graduate school...not a lot of money. Thankfully my job provided a lot of free food! Good thing, right? Wrong! After getting married and starting my job, I gained a lot of weight (about 30 lbs)and my body image and self-esteem have plummeted. After hitting my all-time highest weight of 201.6 on March 26, 2010, I decided that I had to change things.

Now, when i say "improving my own body image" I really mean that I have hated my body since I was about 13 (I know, what 13 year old girl is in love with her body, right?). In junior high I was boderline anorexic, weighing in at about 108 (at 5'5") after a rapid 20 lb weight loss inflicted through food deprivation and intense exercise. I wore a size 4 jeans and a size XS top...and I still thought I was fat. I still struggle with the same thoughts and feelings that 13-year-old struggled with...but I'm hoping that someday I'll be able to leave her behind and discover who I really am and love THAT girl...

Member Since: 5/10/2010

Fitness Minutes: 9,429

My Goals:
**Feb. Mini-Goals**

*300 fitness minutes
*SP Perfect Attendance

Long-term Rewards...

180 lbs = iPod shuffle (MET - it's blue!)
170 lbs = TurboFire (ordered - actually a gift from my MIL!!!)
160 lbs = massage
150 lbs = new sexy lingerie (for my Boudoir photos!)
140 lbs = new pants
135 lbs (goal) = ???
Maintain 3 months = new wardrobe
Maintain 6 months = officially get rid of ALL oversize clothes

My Program:
**I reset my tracker at the beginning of 2011 to reflect my current weight and remind myself not to go above there again!**

I try to stay between 1200-1500 calories a day, but I don't absolutely beat myself up when I mess up.

I try to workout 10 minutes a day...doing SOMETHING. It's all about CONSISTENCY.


Personal Information:
I'm 24 and 5'5". I live in Prairie Home, MO (35 minutes outside Columbia) with my DH and two kittens. We bought our house in April 2010 and we adore being homeowners! I have a degree in Secondary Education and History with a minor in political science but since I decided I didn't want to teach...I don't use it. I'm currently pursuing a Master's in Library Science. I work for the University Library Administrative Office and I also work part time at the public library.

I've struggled with weight since junior high when I was borderline anorexic to college where I skyrocketed into the obese category, but I'm hoping this time I can get to and maintain a healthy weight. My husband and I are both in graduate school (for different things) and life can be quite stressful at times, but we're learning to lead healthier lives together.

Other Information:
I will stumble, I will fall down, but I will not be moved. I will make mistakes, I will face heartache, but I will not be moved. - Natalie Grant, "I Will Not Be Moved"

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  • v JIBBIE49
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    The Aquarian child is some how an isolated only child when growing up and therefore gets lots of attention from adults. She becomes a "free thinker" and is very smart. She really isn't made to be a "stay-at-home-mom" as she has so much to give to the world. She makes a good teacher, scientist, or designer as she has new ideas. She loves people and can move from place to place with ease and make new "best friends forever." She gets along with Sagittarius, Libra, Aries, Leo and Gemini. She wouldn't do well with controlling Scorpio as she MUST have her freedom. Her weak areas are the ankles. She isn't cut out to be obese as she needs to move about freely. Denise Austin is a wonderful example of an Aquarian woman. She is turning 56 and still very "young". She's 5'4" and 112# but very strong.

    In Aquarius the Sun is eccentric and original. You're apt to be a superb thinker, and your ideas are frequently advanced, no matter what field of profession you select. Often, your unique approaches to problem solving are viewed as too radical and unworkable, but you prefer to think of them as advanced and progressive instead. Unconventional and outspoken, you see your role as the rebel and the person who rejects worn out traditions and old ways of operating. You like to be with those ushering in the new order and fostering advanced thinking.
    Paradoxically, you're a good team player, but one who must have personal freedom. You don't like to feel fenced in. While you're headstrong and inflexible in your ways, you can work very effectively within a large group. You have complete respect for the sound ideas put forward by others. You are aloof and detached, and your concerns are directed toward society rather than to the problems of any one person. You are somewhat impersonal most of the time. You're more emotionally involved with your work than you are with people. You can be highly critical and demanding in a position of authority. Nonetheless, you are a strong leader and organizer. You have a deep understanding of human nature, but often you lack sensitivity to the emotional content of many situations.

    You thrive on change and managing the unexpected. Always ahead of your time, you are viewed by everyone as being different and unusual, labels you don't mind accepting. You pride yourself on your ability to find a better way of doing the job. Sometimes you lack follow through, and you always dislike routine. You like to take chances and keep everything stirred up. Occasionally, you enjoy antagonizing people in positions of authority, and stimulating a good argument now and then. You don't mind that you are seen as a bit unusual, in fact, you may encourage this image.
    Equality, freedom and fairness are all important issues for you. You strongly subscribe to the doctrine that all people are created equal and should have the same rights and opportunities. In this regard, you are likely to be classified as a progressive and often associated with humanitarian issues and causes. Though you are very involved with such matters, your approach is always somewhat in the abstract, with ideological concepts, the sort that don't usually stem from true emotions. Your approach is often very impersonal and detached.
    Friendly and sociable, you may have a wide circle of acquaintances. Friends are very important to you. Intellectually oriented, you are happiest with friends that share common ideas and interests. Strangely, you find it more difficult to cultivate a truly satisfying intimate relationship. This aloofness exists because feelings are rarely expressed outwardly, and you usually seem distant. You resist anything or anyone threatening your independence.
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