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Ive been going to the gym for the last three months. I am strength training and doing cardio as well but I am really focused on getting stronger. Last year I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder and Generalized anxiety which basically has made me a hermit and not liking to be around people. Totally sucks but I am getting out of my comfort zone and have found that exercising has been A MUST for me to live my life and feel some what normal. I now have two little girls and an amazing husband who need me to be around and need be to be mentally healthy and physically healthy. I met two neighbor s who go to our local YMCA to work out and I have been going with them 3-5 days a week for the last 2 months. I feel so blessed to have them in my life.

Member Since: 6/28/2011

Fitness Minutes: 866

My Goals:
To be healthy!

I've never wanted to go into this with the mind set of being skinny. I want to be healthy and feel sexy in my own skin!

2012: Want to do my first pin up shoot!

My Program:
Staying within my limits set by my Spark Nutritional Tracker.

Learning to cook healthier without completely ridding myself of my favorite foods.

Personal Information:
I am a Texas girl. I have been happily married to my best friend for 6 years. I have the most precious little girl who is the biggest reason for me to best me...She is also my Zumba partner and although she is only 2 the little girl has got some moves.

Other Information:
Fun Facts About ME!
- I love the color Green
- I love classic Rock
- I am a turnip Greens and cornbread kinda girl.
- I am obsessed with pin-up photography
- I love to meet new people!

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  • v no profile image SAMIJULI
    Hi, thanks for the add! You are now my first friend on here. Hopefully we can help each other along, I know it's gonna be really tough for me. emoticon
    3125 days ago
    Hi Erica, Welcome to SparkPeople! You will find a wealth of information here to help you achieve your goals. Become familiar with all of the tools available. There is also lots of support to be found here. Good luck on achieving your goals in 2011 and beyond! Faith
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    3127 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here, introducing yourself and sharing your story!
    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

    Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
    In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.
    Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!
    If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.
    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

    3128 days ago
    Welcome back to SparkPeople!
    With your heart in it, you will succeed!
    3129 days ago
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