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Knowing that the RIGHT THOUGHTS and the RIGHT ACTIONS will inevitably lead to the RIGHT RESULTS.

I've been half-assed trying to loose weight since the birth of my second child (over 2 years ago!) and finally gave up early this year. Of course, I gained! I'm 40lbs heavier than when I got pregnant with my 2nd baby, and 50 pounds heavier than when I first met my SO 6 years ago!

I've tried setting weight loss goals and goal dates, but that never works for me. The summer of 2005 (I was 16) I spent at least 1.5 hours 5 days a week exercising, I walked to the library, I stopped drinking soda during the week, and started eating healthier. I didn't track any food or exercise, and I didn't have access to a scale. But according to the scale at the doc's office, I started the summer at 176lbs, and 4 months later I was down to 136lbs. I want to get back to that weight, and I think I might do it the same way. I know I can't exercise 1.5 hours a day, and that I really should track my food, but I can totally ditch the scale. I think instead of weekly weigh-ins, I will do a monthly one.

I'm Rachel (Nice to meet y'all!). I'll turn 24 in Nov, my son will be 4 in Nov, (my SO will be 30 in Nov). My daughter is the odd one out, she turned 2 in May. I'm a stay-at-home mom, but getting an Associates of Arts in Healthcare Administration-Medical Records through the University of Phoenix online. As of Monday, I will have 24 credits (out of 60) and rocking a 3.5 GPA! My son just started our church's preschool program this last week, it's the first time he's ever been away from me or my mom for more than an hour on Sunday mornings, but he is loving it and doing very well! It's a full 7 hours on Tues. and Thursday.

Member Since: 8/19/2010

Fitness Minutes: 2,283

My Goals:
My fiancee's birthday is Nov. 11, and he's turning 30. He always wanted me to do a strip-tease thing for him, but even at 135lbs, I never felt comfortable enough to do so. I will do one for him for his 30th birthday, regardless of my size, or how much weight I loose. I will do it whether I loose one pound, or 20. Talk about motivation!

My main goal is to loose about 60lbs. I will split this up into 5 and 10 pound increments. Every 5 lbs I loose, I will buy a new book, and every 10lbs will warrant a new outfit (under $30!)

My Program:
Nutrition- Eat between 12-1600 cals a day, lower my fat and sodium intake, eat a fuit/veggie with every meal
Fitness- exercise at least 20 mins 6 days a week, cardio 3 days and ST 3 days. I have the TurboJam Dvds, as well as Zumba dvds, and a couple of Jillian Micheals' DVDs.

My kids keep me pretty active too, the best cardio in the world is chasing them around the house!

Personal Information:
I live in a tiny Texas town, am attending the University of Phoenix, online, for an Associates of Arts in Health Care Admin degree. I am pseudo-married, and I have 2 young children.

Other Information:

"Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results."- James Allen

“When you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot and hang on.”- Franklin D Roosevelt

"There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained." ~ Winston Churchill

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am a quote hound! I have a ton more!

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