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My name is Julie and I joined Spark People in May 2008 and am really loving it! It is such a motivational site!

I recently turned 50 and I really want to be has healthy and fit as I can be, so I am committed to making some lifestyle changes. I have never been very overweight, but I have struggled with gaining and losing the same 15 pounds for years. I also have been very sporadic with exercising, it's just not my favorite thing to do. I'm tired of being a "yo-yo" dieter and want to be consistent with clean eating and healthy living. I'm also a breast cancer survivor of 3 years, so I know that healthy eating and exercise are so important to continuing to be a survivor.

I recently discovered Clean Eating and love Tosca Reno's books and the Clean Eating magazine. I'm committed to losing weight and maintaining it the healthy way! So...welcome to my journey to being fit!

Member Since: 4/27/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,320

My Goals:
To lose 10 pounds the healthy way.

To exercise consistently -

To drink 8+ glasses of water a day.

To end yo-yo dieting and have an overall healthier lifestyle

My Program:
I've recently read Tosca Reno's book Eat Clean Diet and am trying to follow many of the things I learned in it - no sugar or white flour or processed foods (I'm not completely there but am limiting these), and I'm incorporating more fruits and vegetables. I am also logging everything I eat and trying to stay between 1200 and 1500 calories a day.

I currently following the Bootcamp workouts, doing 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week and using the bootcamp videos for strength training - they are great.

Personal Information:
I am from Marietta, Georgia where I live with my wonderful husband and my cat, Bailey. I have two sons - my older one graduated from UGA and got married in May. My other son is a student at UGA studying Food Science. I have been teaching for 29 years, I currently teach 1st grade and love it!

Other Information:
Here are some things I like to remember:

"The Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. "~Romans 14:15

I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

“The groundwork of all happiness is good health.”

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  • v FAITH0405
    Welcome to the Christian Living 2008 team! We are so glad you joined, and look forward to getting to know you! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

    Stay strong, and keep climbing that mountain!!

    God Bless,
    4379 days ago
  • v MARLIE13
    Hi new friend! Thanks for adding me...and the goodie you sent was extra special. emoticon I'm so excited for it to be official! And thank you for the nice comment too. One of my goals for July is to read through my copy of the Clean Eating Diet...instead of just skimming through it. Hmmm....I better get to reading. loL! Thank you for sharing your story. I checked out your pictures and your family is gorgeous. I have a pretty good feeling that your new daughter in law is very blessed to have you as her mother in law. And your birdie blog....how sweet! I hope you have a truly fabulous start to your new week!
    4381 days ago
    Thanks so much for the Workout Shoes Goodie! How did you know I needed that encouragement today? I'm having SUCH a hard time getting motivated to do what I know I should. Guess I have no choice now--I have new shoes! lol. Have a great weekend.
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    4382 days ago
  • v BETTA13
    Thanks Julie! I love Tosca Reno's book too.
    4388 days ago
    Just wanted to welcome you to the "Marietta Fit Club." I read your page. Congrats on being a breast cancer survivor. My Aunt is as well. Hope you enjoy being a part of the Marietta Fit Club. We plan both social and fitness meet ups from time to time.

    Looking forward to getting to know you on the forums.

    4389 days ago
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