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Portriat from July 8 2007. Three years since the last ones I had done with her. Way too long.

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The look I'd love to see on someone's face after not seeing me since losing my weight, lol.

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Updated 12-2-2011... I'm a single mom who is 45 and just completed my PhD. It was a LONG road, with a LOT of major bumps in it (like ballooning up to 222, having my mother pass away, finding out my daughter was on the autism spectrum, and also dealing with other things along the way. But it was so worth the journey. My motto is No Challenge No Change. So I am very happy to have gotten through a lot of really difficult challenges to get to this point of change in my life. I'm now looking forward to the next set of challenges.

I didn't have a lot of time on my hands while in school, and I plan to not have a lot of time now either. At least not time to goof around. I want to take all of my experiences in life, education, work, and weight loss/management success and pay-it-forward. For anyone who doesn't believe that they have enough time to focus on their health, you have to MAKE the time. For those of you who feel like you just can't do it, I'd have to say, let's just put a 'yet' on that. It just means you haven't YET found the way that works for YOU. I want to spend my time helping others figure out how to make the time, and how to make it all workable for you.

Member Since: 1/22/2007

Fitness Minutes: 5,653

My Goals:
To be and feel healthy. Although it would be nice to fit into my size 8 Victoria Secret jeans that I haven't been able to fit in since 1999.

UPDATE: I was able to get the size 8's on! They are still a little tight, but I think after I drop the next 5-10 they will be wearable again!

My Program:
I'm a grad student, so I do what I can, when I can. I'm following a meal plan pretty well, and then I workout when I can. My workouts include dance (since I teach it), Tae Bo, power walking, hand weights and exercise ball, and of course the ever so popular pushups and crunches.

UPDATE: I have added Just Dance 1, 2, & 3; Wii Active; Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus; but I dropped the majority of the last 35 pounds JUST WALKING! And what a place to walk! Sacramento is beautiful! :-)

Personal Information:
I live in upstate NY, around the Saratoga Springs area.

I'd love to post my before picture, but I'd rather post it when I have my after picture. I took the before picture in a Victoria Secret bikini that I had worn 10 years ago. My goal is to get back into that for my after pic since it's my FAVORITE bathing suit. It won't be this summer, but it WILL be soon!

UPDATE: I fit into the bikini, but like the jeans that I mentioned above it's still tight, so I have a little more to go. And as I said above as well, I'm in Sacramento now, no longer in upstate NY.

Other Information:
My daughter is my biggest motivation for getting healthy, and for finishing college, and just for living in general.

UPDATE: Nothing new here. My daughter is STILL and will ALWAYS be my biggest motivation. Oh, but I DID finally finish school. I now have my PhD. So...

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    3802 days ago
    too bad about the back pain. I would get that but only for short times if I hurt it with sports or vacuuming.
    I would say ask the dr if they can do some therapy on it. I had it once and ultrasound did wonders...
    and maybe you need some different kind of exercises...
    have you tried ice and heat, alternating to see what helps.
    wow, i totally know what you mean and hope you get relief. i remember it badly, and the breathing yes, I remember that...
    for you to have that everynight...
    a good dr ought to know... what s going on, keep complaining till you get good results,. I know I am too patient as a patient! and put up with thigns. by the way, I had not idea pills with ibuprofen were not good for us with long term use, so tell them you dont want to just go that route. you will find help, I am sure of it.
    4363 days ago
    Just checking to see how you are doing. Long time no see. I hope you are enjoying summer.
    4381 days ago
  • v PJOY17
    Hi Robin!
    Good to see you active on spark.
    Don't know if you are finished with school yet, hope all is well.
    Big hugs.
    4406 days ago
    Welcome to the Academia team! It's great to have you with us. So glad you introduced yourself in the thread. Consider joining one of the new challenges, our team goals (I bet the research and writing will be a perfect one for you), and definitely let us support you on your way to succeeding in reaching your goals. Have a fantastic day!
    4488 days ago
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