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It has been a few years since I have been active on SparkPeople and I'm coming back to track my progess and be accountable to myself. I have always been very physically active and loved eating healthy. Well a few years ago I began dating someone who loved to go out to eat (a lot) and I spent a lot of time with him. This took away from my working out and made me eat more things that should have been eaten in moderation. He himself is a weight lift and naturally has a good metabolism that keeps him rather trim. I on the other hand do not have one of those metabolisms. Last year at the age of 33, I had my first child. I didn't gain a whole lot of weight during my pregnancy and it was a healthy pregnancy. And after the birth of our child, the weight seemed to come off rather easily the first couple of months. Then I went back to work and the weight loss came to a halt. Of course with taking care of a small child, I have less time to spend working out. I did start back to running on my lunch breaks at work a couple months ago. I would love to get back to my 5K running shape from a couple of years ago. Right now it isn't feasible for me to join a gym again but I'm hoping I'll soon have more time for myself to do some of my many workout dvds at home. I hope that my boyfriend who has always eaten pretty much whatever he wants will want to adopt a leaner diet to help me stay on track. I just want to get back to feeling good in my own skin, feeling full of energy and strong, and I also want to make sure I teach my son to have a healthy lifestyle.

Member Since: 9/19/2007

Fitness Minutes: 59,989

My Goals:
I am in overall good health, so I just want to live the kind of lifestyle that will maintain this until a ripe old age. I do want to get more toned and increase my athletic abilities as well as increase my balance, flexibility and grace.

My Program:
I drink mainly water all day, at least a minimum of 8 8-oz glasses a day. Right now I am doing the Dukan diet. It has worked well for me in the past and since I know I wanted to lose 50-60 lbs of post baby weight (and then some) that this was the way to go.

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I live in a town in Southern Illinois called Marion

Other Information:
"Fall down 9 times, stand up 10"
"I will fit my busy life around diet and exercise, not the other way around"

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  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Hi and welcome to "The Rainbow Bridge - Grieving the Loss of a Pet" Team. We are a new team which was started by my daughter in the loss of her and "our" beloved Tyler. Tyler was truly her dog but was loved and shared by many. Your Bailey was beautiful. I am indeed sorry for your losses. Our pets are family members and our grief can be very intense.
    Praise God for the Rainbow Bridge. Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
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    It's good to meet and have you with us. May we all bring something to our new team to help each of us in our grief. I am here to help you in any way I can.
    May God bless you as you continue your journey to a healthier you.

    3821 days ago
  • v POOH_BEAR_69
    Welcome to The Rainbow Bridge - Grieving the Loss of a Pet SparkTeam. If you ever need anything, please feel free to contact me or a team member... We are really just getting started on this journey together. Feel free to jump right in!!! We love to hear stories and are here to support you in any way we can.

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    3821 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2009 10:50:23 PM
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    Newbie as of last oct, just read your page, stopped by to say hello.
    4193 days ago
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  • v SWEETNESS0721
    Welcome to the Carmen Electra Team!! Glad you joined! Good luck on your weight loss!! YOU CAN DO IT!

    See you on the boards.

    Team Leader

    4288 days ago
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