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June 3, 2009. My first week as a SparkGirl

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My name is Tara. I'm 34 years old. My weight has gotten out of control. I want my life back.

I've got Degenerative Disc Disease, 2 herniated discs (L4-S1), a connective tissue disorder similar to Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a lot of optimism and hope.

I'm co-Leader of Lupus - Team Butterfly and it's an amazing experience. The amount of hope, serenity, sanity and peace in my team members amazes me. They've educated me and lifted my spirits. I became co-Leader of The GLBT Spark Network: We Are Family in January of 2011 and the team is a BLAST!

I'm re-focusing on my personal goals right now. When I first joined I was more focused on getting my diseases into remission before focusing on weight loss, but now I learned I can do both at the same time. My loss has been slow (for me) but the scale has been heading in the right direction. Each pound lost is for my health, my back, my joints, and my family.

I live with my partner, Katie and her (our) lovely 9 year old daughter Jori. We have two dogs. Peyton is our 12 year old Blue Heeler. Mookie turned 1 on Halloween 2010. She's our Catahoula Leopard Dog/Pit mix. They are both rescue dogs. They are both altered. I'm an animal advocate and come from a family of animal lovers.

PLEASE SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR ANIMALS!!!! The world already has enough puppies and kitties and the shelters are needlessly full.

I have lived in Utah, Iowa, Nebraska and now reside in Texas. It's a more rural part of town with fields of wildflowers and longhorn surrounding us.

I'm told by many that I'm introspective. I'm spiritual and try to be as loving as I'm capable of being to all G-d's creatures. Guess what? That includes you.

Together, we can do this. :)

Member Since: 5/27/2009

Fitness Minutes: 11,526

My Goals:
I have a degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, connective tissue disorder and arthritis in all my major joints. My goal is to slowly but consistently make better decisions about nutrition and physical activity so that I can be a healthier person. One day at a time. :)

My Program:
I try to track every morsel of food I put in my body. I use the SP nutrition tracker. This causes me to pause before I eat anything, and keeps me on track for my calories, protein, carb and fat intake daily. I LOVE the tools SP has on this site. I also love all the amazing Sparkers I've met while being a member of the site. I try to log on every day and respond to goodies, comments, emails, blog postings and threads for my Spark Teams.

Personal Information:
I'm originally from Utah but have spent time in Iowa and Nebraska. I now live in Fort Worth, Texas.

Other Information:
I love: taking photos of the amazing clouds and sunsets here in Texas. I also like unconventional things, all kinds of music, being kind to others and loving unconditionally.

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    Hi and Welcome to the Emotional Eaters Team! I'm glad you've joined us. The people on Spark are great and will give you lots of support and encouragement. Check out the Sparkpages and join in on the message boards for more inspiration and motivation.
    emoticon Best wishes.....Myrna

    3819 days ago
    I'm so very glad that you've joined the Emotional Eaters Team. The team is a place where you can vent. And where you will receive some awesome support. Of course, I am biased ... it's a great team! I hope you find exactly what you are looking for! Welcome to the team!

    Be sure to ask questions if you have them ... someone will likely have the answer. Use the tools SparkPeople provides. They are invaluable. If you feel an emotional eating attack coming on, come to the boards first. Write about it instead of pushing the feelings away with food. We're here for you!

    Eat well, journey well,
    Cathy emoticon
    3820 days ago
  • v LINDA!
    Welcome to the Emotional Eaters team. emoticon
    3820 days ago
    Welcome to the EE team!!

    I’ve belonged to a lot of teams here on spark-- i really do believe that the Emotional Eaters team is one of the very best, it’s a great group of people- very supportive and encouraging-- and it is very refreshing to talk with people who "get" what you're going through!!

    Check out the main page of the EE team- there are “stickied” topics you may be interested in to get involved- a buddy thread, a place to introduce yourself, weigh-in challenge, a birthday post.

    Spark has a lot of great tools, and you will learn which ones work best for you. The best tools are the people tho, always willing to lend a hand, an ear, or a shoulder. I’ve been here for over a year now, and I still am overwhelmed, every day, by the kindness and goodness of others on this team!! That has made a world of difference for me. I hope you have the same success!

    ~~best of luck to you on all of your goals!!!
    3820 days ago
  • v KENNA3962
    LOL you won't drop dead! Are you doing a specific diet? Or just calorie countin?
    3820 days ago
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