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I've been a member of Spark People for quite a while now. While I learned a lot every time I logged in, it really wasn't working for me. Actually, I wasn't working it for me--as much as I got a lot of good information and inspiration, I wasn't taking it to heart and putting in the work to create a healthier life for myself.

I believe I've finally hit a turning point, and I'm hoping that I can find some fellow Sparkers to help me keep the momentum going. I joined a gym a month ago, and have been very consistent about going 3-5 times each week. I find that going to the gym and getting some exercise helps me to make healthier food choices, and I'm already seeing and feeling results. I've lost 10 pounds, have more energy and a more positive outlook.

Member Since: 6/3/2009

My Goals:
I have 2 teenage boys who play football. Last season, I was the only mom who couldn't wear a jersey with her son's name and number on the back. I chose my ticker to inspire me to lose the weight before the next season starts, so that I can show my boys how proud I am.
UPDATE 2/2011: I did get to wear a jersey last season but it was an XXL. My goal is to reorder in a smaller size for the 2011 season.

My Program:
1) Work out with weights at least 3 times per week, preferaby 5.
2) Do some form of cardio (treadmill, stairclimber, walking my dog) 5 times per week.
3) Eat to fuel my workouts, not to feed my soul.

Personal Information:
I'm a Texas football mom--nuff said:)

Other Information:
I will read anything I can get my hands on!

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    Thanks for stopping by my blog about getting back on the horse after birthday celebrations. We can do this!
    I hope you had a great birthday too!
    3291 days ago
    Exercise equipment in the home can easily become a coat rack o dust collector. That's why mine is right out in the living room facing the tv so even if there's a group of us watchin tv I can exercise as I watch. And as a bonus when kids are around they see me using it and then they pick up on my healthy choices(at least I hope so). You could always try a gazelle, it folds up when you aren't using it and can be stored behind a couch, in a closet, or spare room.
    3303 days ago
    Thanks for understanding what a head cold can do to motivation! Here's to a healthy happy RICEOWL!
    3381 days ago
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog What Are You Choosing Today. I'm glad it came when you could use it. See? Choosing me today really did help "the world" lol. Guess it really does work. Enjoy your journey... and enjoy the adventure of choice. CJ
    3459 days ago
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    Hello and welcome to Hold The Stuffing Challenge. We are excited to have you apart of our wonderful sparkfamily. Together we will help you reach your goals and avoid gaining the typical holiday weight gain. Please stop by to introduce yourself to the team. Once again thank you for joining and we wish you well

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    3476 days ago
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