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My name is Laurel and I am a 29-year-old working mom living in Des Moines, Iowa. I am doing my best to be healthy so that I live to be 100 years old to see great-grandchildren and maybe great-great if I'm REALLY lucky!! Looking to get pregnant with #2 probably sometime in the near future (spring 2011?), not sure exactly when. I'd like to lose some more weight first but I realize that fertility has its ups and downs so I don't want to wait too long!

I have been trying harder to spend more time on SparkPeople, because when I do, I seem to stay more motivated to make healthy choices. I love having and being a support network for other Sparkers. I have met a lot of wonderful people and there are so many I haven't met yet, I know. Send me a message, add me as a friend if you like!

My weight troubles started in high school and have been up and down ever since, so that's about 10+ years now. I was never really very heavy in high school but I got into the "overweight" category for a while. My ideal weight right now for my height and body type is 130-150. I would happily live my life at 150-155 if that's where my body felt healthy. In 2005-2006 I lost 25+ pounds on Weight Watchers and maintained and kept off most off for quite a long time. And then, sadly, this past year I have hit my all-time high where I feel I would like to lose about 100 pounds. It seems I am an emotional eater (who's not?). Not necessarily one that feeds my face but more eats larger portions than I should.

On March 13, 2009 my 23-year-old brother Steven passed away. It is the worst and hardest thing that has happened to me. But I am both grieving the loss of one of my best friends and celebrating his life. I am letting myself both cry and laugh. And, I started a Spark team called Loss of a Loved One to Suicide. It is growing, which is sad that others are suffering the same thing, but good that we have another support system in our lives.

In regards to both my weight loss journey and my LIFE, if I can do a lot of little things, I know it adds up! Then they turn into big things. Plus, the little things help us build MOMENTUM!!!

Anyway, I really like meeting people on here so if you think we'd get along, just say hello!! I want more positive people in my life, more people with similar goals and interests too. We will all grow together and learn together.

Member Since: 8/17/2008

Fitness Minutes: 3,107

My Goals:
Minimum of 10 minutes of cardio daily

Track my food consumption.

My Program:
I want to check in regularly on SparkPeople NO MATTER WHAT. Even when I gain, even when I feel down, even after I pig out. When I do check in, it helps me a LOT. Sometimes I feel really dumb and ashamed, but I come out of my rut more quickly.

Trying to make good choices, one day, one pound at a time.

Trying to add in a few minutes of exercise every day (10 minutes minimum).

Personal Information:
29 years old

Des Moines, Iowa - current home

Marion, Iowa - hometown

Iowa State Cyclone fan/graduate in finance '04

Iowa Cubs baseball fan (minor league)

I have a husband of 5 years who I love very much and he loves me very much. And I have a and a 2.5 year old daughter who is talking up a storm and is such a cutie...with lots of opinions!

Other Information:
I will add this back shortly...deciding what I want to write!!

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