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Hi there! My name is Julie and am dedicating this year to rediscovering myself. I am a single mother of a two year old boy that has allowed myself to get completely out of shape and overweight. I want to learn to put more focus on myself and relearn how to take care of myself. Five years ago I weighed over 100 pounds less than I do today. I was fit, energetic, and at peace with my body image. I want to rediscover the old me. I want to feel comfortable going on a date. I want to get a date, period! (: I want to be more active with my son this summer. The list of reasons why I want to be healthier is endless. Now, it's just time to do it!

Member Since: 1/11/2011

Fitness Minutes: 9,473

My Goals:

January 11th - 286.5

February 11th - 270.5
(16 pound loss)
(Actual weight 270 goal reached!)

March 11th – 258.5
(12 pounds)
(Actual weight 260 goal almost reached!)

April 8th – 248.5
(10 pounds)
(Actual weight 249.5 missed it by one pound!)

May 13th – 238.5
(10 pounds)
(Actual weight 242.5 missed it by 4 pounds)

June 10th- 228.5
(10 pounds)
(Actual weight 238.5 missed it by 10 pounds)

July 5th - 219
(9.5 pounds)

My Program:
I am tracking all my food and exercise on Spark. I am aiming for 6 days a week of at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise or 60 minutes of lower impact exercise. If I have the time I try to do both. I usually take Sundays off from exercise and allow myself a cheat meal each weekend to satisfy my cravings.

Personal Information:
I am 30 years old and 5'9" tall. I work as a development officer and finally finished my Masters degree last year. I enjoy gardening, any and all animals, and most of all, my 3 year old son.

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    Thanks for adding me as a friend.Congrats on the 50 pound weight loss! It's always nice to hit those round numbers!!!
    3418 days ago
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    Thank you so much for the friend add. :) Congratulations on your progress so far and best of luck on achieving your goals. As a single parent, I know how hard it can be to take the time to put yourself first.... but you are worth it and your son deserves a mom who feels good about herself and has the energy to keep up with him! I wish I would have figured this out years ago! :) Looking forward to getting to know you.
    3532 days ago
    Hi Julie...thanks for adding me as a Spark friend! Reading your bio was like looking right in the mirror...I'm right there with you sister. The biggest difference for me this time is that I'm in no rush. Every other time that I've started a diet, I've wanted the extra 100 pounds off right away. Now, I'm taking every day one at a time and trying (really hard) to be patient. I'm so grateful to Spark People. Anyway, feel free to check in with me from time to time! Caryn
    3560 days ago
    emoticon to SparkPeople! You have picked a great place for support and encouragment! Remember.... That You ARE Worth It and You CAN Do It! Good Luck!


    3575 days ago