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Hello everyone. My name is Valerie and I am a wife and mother of 4 daughters...Kysondra~17, Keianna~12, Makailah~5, and Alexis~3. My husband Greg is my motivation and constant support. Without him, I couldn't have done it. He has lost over 180 lbs and is, and will always be, MY inspiration.

Member Since: 7/5/2007

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My Goals:

1. Become a good role model for our daughters and young women around us.

2. Make good food choices.

3. Be at a size that I am happy and comfortable with.


My Program:
I do cardio everyday for at least 30 minutes. We have an elliptical machine and a stationary bike. My choice would be to walk outside, but I live in North Central Idaho. Winters here are long and the snow keeps falling. I weight train 4~5 times a week, with ab work 3~4 days a week. I love the feeling of my body getting stronger. Even if the fat is not shedding like I'd want it to, knowing I'm getting stronger helps tremendously.

Personal Information:
I am a very active woman. I love to play and watch sports. Lucky for my husband..lol
I coach HS Girl's Volleyball and want to show young women that being strong in your body is not a masculine thing. Having muscle and working with weights will NOT make you look like a body builder.
I want them to learn how to feed their bodies for fuel, not just for satisifaction. And that the better "fuel" they put in their bodies, the better their bodies will "run". I am extremely passionate about showing young women to be healthy, strong, and beautiful in their own skin.

Other Information:
The main reason for my change in lifestyles was because of our daughters. At my highest recorded weight I was 371lbs. The medical conditions that are prevailant in my family include obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. On my husband's side, there is also obesity and diabetes. I knew that we didn't have the symptoms yet, but if we kept going the way we were, we would have and then our girls would be left without their mother and father.

Since we have started, we have shed over 300lb. To say that I have lost a person's body weight is simply mind boggling to me. I still have more to shed, but I will get there. I am determined and excited to see the weight come off.

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    You are an inspiration! I really commend you for taking off the weight and setting such a wonderful example for your children. Your progress is amazing and I have no doubt you will go far. I look forward to seeing you drop even more. With positive people like you I have no doubt those of us who need motivation will have it!
    4859 days ago
    Wow! What an awesome job you have done.
    4870 days ago
    Oh Em..I'm so glad that what I said had an impact on you. YOU can do this!! I promise, if I can do it, anyone can. Just know you are not alone and you are stronger than you feel. Keep up the great work.


    4870 days ago

    Congratulations on the awesome weight loss so far. This morning I was really struggling so I came to spark and happened on some advise you had given (actually, it was on your 101 down, 100 to go post). I think I came just to hear your words. So, thank you!

    4871 days ago
  • v SHARON632
    Valerie, you are a true inspiration. I commend you for taking the necessary steps to avoid the health problems related to obesity rather than wait until the problems develop, as I did. Not only will you and your husband be around longer for your children, you will be shining examples in how to lead a healthy lifestyle. By your example you are teaching form how to eat right, eat healthy and this will become a way of life for them that will benefit them long into their future. I applaud you and your husband and wish you both continued success in your goals and a long, healthy life.

    4871 days ago
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