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This was me at my fiance's bithday last April. ~195

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A belly dancer! March of '08

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My fiance, my friend, my support! Alex will always split dessert, half the calories!

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Right now I feel like I've restarted my life, going towards a new goal. Two years ago I went back to school in a completely different field. Since then I have become a belly dance instructor, become engaged, gotten into graduate school, and started the journey to becoming a healthier person.

I quit smoking, I've been exercising, and I'm learning how to eat all over again. When I was working I always remembered my "skinny years" and longed to be back there. I was so much more active and happy then. There have been many changes in my life and I'm excited to keep changing.

I love to cook, read, and take walks. I see my wedding and graduation as the start of a new chapter in my life and I would love to meet my goals and be ready to start that chapter in a healthy the story can continue from there.

I consider this the 3rd chapter of my life, so I see myself as being on my way to starting Chapter 4 in what I hope will be a long and adventurous book.


Upating: Married, SLP, at home, wondering what will come next. I have jumped into this yet again and I would love to say that this is the final time. I have never been in a better situation to beat this!

Member Since: 1/5/2006

Fitness Minutes: 7,020

My Goals:
Good health! and it wouldn't hurt to look as good as I feel...most of the time. This journey started when I realized that self-esteem problems I was having were related to the fact that I couldn't see past the weight that I put on. I felt so badly about myself for the first time that I have made changes. The end goal is to be healthy the rest of my life. I quit smoking after 7 years, I went back to school and became a speech therapist, got married....and now, what's standing in my way? Hopefully nothing, because I will knock it over!

My Program:
I recently got into running and just went nuts! This past year I completed two sprint triathlons on my own, several 5k's and I want to keep going. At this time I really need to reorganize and reassess my approach to exercise. I need routine to be successful and consistent!

Personal Information:
I've lived in Illinois most of my life, born in Canton, grew up in Peoria, college in Urbana, moved to the Chicago suburbs for a few years of work, in Bloomington for graduate school, and now back in Downers Grove.

I've been making small changes for years but now I really need to focus. I learn new things really easy but the hard part is creating habits rather than trying new things.

Other Information:
I am feeling that 2012 will be my year. The year I let things stop "happening" and take control of "doing."

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    Welcome to the Long Term Stayers team.

    We are all winners ... because we are still here, plugging away at our goals.

    glad to have you aboard

    Cheers Eileen
    4293 days ago
  • v TREESA57
    I was just reading spark pages for some motivation and wow. you sure sound like you have gotten your self esteem problem solved. You go girl. Belly dancing sounds so fun. I love the fact you are happy with yourself. I have always had a great self esteem even when I was heavy( I thank my parents) and I try very hard with friends of mine who arent real confident to have them become happy with themselves. You are doing it!!! good luck in school. and good luck with your diet too. Treesa emoticon
    4295 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/3/2008 5:28:20 PM
    What a funny, meow funny person you are! It was a pleasure to meet you. Let's plan on getting together agani. I'm not in Bloomington/Normal very often, but I can make an exception....perhaps shopping at the mall one weekend???
    Thanks again for coming. It was a meow HOOT!
    4308 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/21/2008 1:18:23 PM
    Gross! No cat loving for me :) Jaden's eyes remind me of Puss in Boots from Shrek.

    Great to meow meet you too. Meow, we will need to meow start planning our next meow meet up soon.

    4308 days ago
  • v FROLIC838
    We can only hope. :) To the MEOW stars & beyond!
    4308 days ago
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