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This is me at about 200lbs after a sprained ankle, a wedding and a baby...

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This is me in my Legend of Billy Jean Phase -I probably weighed 160 in this photo.

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This is who I do it all for. I want to be around when he has children.

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That is the sound of being fed up with being overweight and out of shape.

This page is to help document my progress as I work towards not only losing 66 lbs, but in gaining strength and control over my eating habits.

When people ask me where I'm from, I never know how to answer. As a kid I moved every couple of years at the whim of my mother. Born in Long Beach, Ca, I promptly moved to Riddle, OR.; then to South Lake Tahoe, Ca.; to Guerneville, Ca.; to Livermore, CA.; to Grants Pass, OR.; and finally to the San Francisco Bay Area. Where'm I from? You're guess is as good as mine, but for now, this is home.

As you might imagine, my place of residence was not the only thing in my life that was often in question as a child. Stability was clearly not the cornerstone of my upbringing. Because I never really learned proper eating skills nor how to exercise and often was an emotional eater, I have struggled with my weight for my entire life.

With the help of my husband, I'm making up for what stability I lacked as a child by being a stable, responsible parent to my son.

I just turned 30 and with so many turning points, (getting married, having a baby, turning 30, etc.) happening at once there's no better time to think about taking care of my health. I have a long way to go, more than 60 lbs to lose, but I'm hoping that with Spark and the help and support of my family and friends, I will get there.

Member Since: 2/19/2007

Fitness Minutes: 11,409

My Goals:
Long term goal: Get healthy, get my eating under control and encourage my son to be happy and healthy too.

Short term/long term: get in better shape so i can have more energy to play with my son.

I ultimately want to try to get down to 135 lbs. It has been a very long time since I've seen that number. I have a feeling though that I'll be happy somewhere between 140-160.

I want to become as physically fit as I can, and the weight on the scale isn't nearly as important and how I feel inside my skin.

My Program:
Updated 7/20/09:
I am now working out at least 6 days a week for a minimum of 45 minutes:

Walk for about 39 minutes mon-fri during the afternoons.

Alternating biking 40 minutes a day and some other cardio for about a similar time.

light weight training on the non-bike days.

Partner Acrobatics every Wednesday & Saturday for 1.5 hr.

20 minute walk home from work, and 1.5hr partner acrobatics class every other Saturday.

Trying to improve the above to include another walk earlier in the day, but my work schedule doesn't always allow this.

Personal Information:
I am 31 and I live in the San Francisco Bay area with my husband, my son and our 2 cats. I'm a project manager for a software company.

Other Information:
Hobbies etc: Voice Acting, Listening to music & audio plays, playing video games, reading, watching movies, knitting, biking, running & partner acrobatics (yes, really).

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    Welcome you have joined a great team...Zinha
    4474 days ago
    welcome to the 30 something Mom's team. sherre
    4475 days ago
    Welcome to the 30 Somethings Moms team. You have a great spark page and a great work out plan!
    4475 days ago
  • v RUTHIE74
    Hiya. I was reading your post on the Weekend Survival team page and it sounded so much like me I had to check to see if I posted it ;) So...I added you to my friend page so your progress will help motivate me to keep at it too!
    4660 days ago
    Hi there and a belated welcome to the SparkPeople site! You have done a great job in setting your page up. By now I am sure you have found that for every person here, that are an equal number of ways as to how each utilize the site. In my case at the beginning I set aside extra time to read up on many articles in the resource center, join a few groups...and like you, I read what others had to say in the cafe, checked out pages..things to give me hints on what I could fit into my schedule.

    For me, I went through stages one and two very carefully and actually did everything asked including printing out and signing the contract to change my habits. Another thing was to actually make a collage which I continue to change after losing every ten pounds...

    I will be sparkmailing you with some ideas...and hope should you have any questions that you will sparkmail me and maybe I can help steer you in directions that might benefit you..I recognize well that no one person on this site is the same and what I do and what I need may very well be different that what others need.

    With that in mind I will be sparkmailing you some ideas that might help jumpstart the process for you and from experience have found a few little things that might help you or give you some hints as to other things you might like to do...take care and many hugs..Nan
    4713 days ago
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