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WOW! I can't believe I have been gone for so long! Time flies!

The past 6 years have been extremely exciting and busy! Being a new mom and a single mom at that has been such a great blessing! I have learned so much one of the most important things I have learned is that it's on me to take care of myself if I don't do it no one else will.

A year ago I started a clean eating mission. I'm not going "fanatic" about it but just no processed foods and no added sugar. So far I have lost 36 pounds and just completed my first 5k. I am up to walking 6 miles daily and some days I am able to complete 10 miles. I have been able to get rid of one inhaler and hoping to get off a few more meds soon.

Trying to keep up with a very active 6 year old boy I need all the help I can get! This is a day to day journey. One step at a time!

Well I'm updating my introduction but leaving the previous. Things have changed once again. But isn't that what life is all about--change? Good thing change isn't stressful huh? :)

May 24, 2010 I had a new little blessing enter my life. I adopted a new baby boy, Jalen Michael. He has been just that a blessing! An adventure and a joy! The teenage girls talked about below are my sisters, I have helped raise them and I've had 19 foster children in and out of my home. But Jalen is MY first. Way exciting. And a motivation to lose the last 25 pounds. I am determined to get them off and be healthy for this little guy and raise him being healthy.

So hear's to being healthy!

It's been an interesting year! I lost 52 pounds and then gained 30 back due to a back injury, and some bad food choices. Well, I've recovered from the back injury (pretty much), and now it's time to recover from the bad food choices and get back on track.

I am a care giver and some times I forget that in order to give the best care to those around me, I need to take care of myself. So my goal for this year is to gake time for me. To make healthy choices so that those I love can see and make those healthy choices too.

I have two beautiful teenage girls who sometimes do not have the best body image. I'm thinking they got that from me. I feel bad about that so I need to make changes.

So the best Christmas present I can give my family and myself...a healthy new year!

Member Since: 6/4/2007

Fitness Minutes: 12,433

My Goals:
My goal is to continue clean eating, drink 96 ounces of water a day.

My Program:
Clean eating, lots of water, and lots of walking (6-10 miles a day 6 days a week). Also want to add strength training this month.

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    It's REALLY weird not being in charge, but I transitioned out slowly, and am still active behind the scenes with the admins. I am jumping back in next round as a regular nobody :-) Just to focus on me - and I can't WAIT!

    Your little guy is getting so big! :-( What a cutie! Are you just loving having your OWN baby!!!! I'm so excited for you still. :-)
    3959 days ago
    WOW!! Just looking through my friends and your picture grabbed my interest :-) OMG!!! Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you! Also, I never knew that other info about your daughters! Did we miss that, or did you never tell us, either way, LOVE you! So happy for the newest change in your life!
    3994 days ago
    Hi Dawn! Just stopping by to wish you good luck in reaching your weight loss goals this year. I've gained back a lot of weight too and I just wanted you to know that this year is our year and we're going to lose this weight once and for all!!! Hang in there and stay strong! You can do it!!!!
    4537 days ago
    Nice to hear from you and see the update on your page! I'm glad to hear the back is doing better, but sorry to hear about the return of weight. You look BEAUTIFUL - and your daughters are getting even MORE beautiful! It was fun to see so much update at once! :-)

    Eventually I'll get my Christmas cards out and I was planning on sending one to you, so watch for it....maybe in February :-) hehe Let's try to hook up next time you're in CA, I'm only 30 minutes from your boyfriend now! :-)
    4564 days ago
  • v KIKA07DK
    Hi Dawn!!! How nice to hear from you:-) You look fantastic... How are you? I just read you had a back surgery, are you okay now? The girls look great... Hope to hear more from you!

    You are wished a merry Christmas from Denmark:-)
    4565 days ago
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