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Hi, thanks for visiting my page!

Member Since: 1/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 4,612

My Goals:
Mainly, winning in races against my kids until they are at least in Jr. High. :) I was an athlete until I had kids, and I would like to get back to that level of fitness.

I have knee issues and am on track to get those fixed. After that's done, I would like to start running again (maybe a 5k this summer!) and focus on weight training.

My Program:
I do yoga twice a week with a guy who also teaches kickboxing - great motivation! I have a dog and we walk a mile or so daily, then hike on the weekends. The SparkPeople Boot Camp video is fun and accomodating. I am looking forward to summer to start mountain biking again. We have a great rec center, and I meet with a personal trainer as well as doing group exercise. I like to mix it up!

As far as food goes, I like to keep certain healthy items in the fridge at all times: a big container of fruit salad, sauteed vegetables and grilled meat. If I nibble on this all day and keep from getting hungry, I tend to make better choices. I also keep my water bottle with me all the time.

Personal Information:
My weight has yo-yo'd since I was 10, with each upswing a little higher than the last. I am 5'7" and was 160 lbs 3 years ago and now weigh 210. My impetus for losing weight is size 20 jeans - a first for me. I ordered a pair on Ebay and it really lit a fire for me that I needed to do something immediately. I never even tried them on, but instead got to work on getting healthy again.

I am from and currently live in West Virginia. I have also lived in Oregon, Mississippi, and Virginia. I am in the MBA program at WVU and plan on completing my PhD, focusing in entrepreneurship. I work in the tax department and do corporate level projects. I'm also interested in electronic and progressive music, geography, art, and horticulture. I am married to a sculpture professor and have two boys, ages 7 & 8.

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Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.
-Marcus Aurelius

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    Sending you a warm welcome to the "PCOS & Losing Weight" team! I hope that by being a part of our team, you will receive all of the support you need!

    Best wishes on your journey!

    ~Kay from
    Co-Leader of PCOS & Losing Weight
    2836 days ago
    I loved your "10 Things About Me" in the Finding the Balance team. I'm also a huge fan of ethnic food--Thai food and tropical fruits are my favorites!
    2919 days ago
    Thanks for the Spark Goodie! Hoping you are doing well.
    2921 days ago
  • v L*I*T*A*
    just dropping by to say welcome to the knees team and wish you well with you lifestyle changes,as we journey together.............we are here for you............if you need any help don't hesitate to ask..............looking forward to getting to know you better...............blessings and hugs..................lita

    2922 days ago
    I added you as a friend because in your 'Yoga as a Way of Life' into, you said that if people had anything in common with you....
    I own a whitewater rafting company! I love my job, although I don't get on the river as much as I used to when I was a guide...I was also a vegetarian, for 15 years, and I am moving that way too...and yes, yoga has been part of my life for 10 years or so, and though I would love to practice more frequently, I only go to class once a week. Usually Anusara.
    Anyway...I think we have a lot in common! Take care, and I hope you enjoyed the Lorax...saw it Sat. with the kids, and loved it!
    2937 days ago
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