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10/3/12 7:15 A

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If you have android or Iphone Nike Training Club is fun, easy and FREE. I use it when I can't get to the gym. I have a feeling I wil be using it more as my husband just refuses to go. And the gym is NOT biking distance, unfortunately.

In the light of darkness I'll find my way
I've shed my sorrow, at least for today
I have never felt so strong
Life is rushing through my veins
With my heart and mind aligned
I can stand the test of time
I have never felt so proud
Of what I feel and who I am
When life brings me to my knees
Nothing will ever get me down
"Euphoria" by Angels and Agony


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9/3/12 8:48 P

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Thank you so much for making me feel so welcome, and not alone! I appreciate you sharing your story regarding being low in funds due to schooling. It is highly stressful and because of that many can veer off in the direction of finding a lack of motivation. Which is something I am trying so hard to avoid. Thank you for the Spark resources on the DVDs. I am going to check into that. Any step, big or small in the right direction is worth all the while! emoticon

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9/3/12 5:14 P

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Welcome Heather! You're in good company here on SparkPeople and with this team. I totally understand the limited budget issue. I'm living off student loans right now that haven't even come in yet! (In other words all my accounts are overdrawn and my credit card is approaching being maxed out and I'm in the financial aid office every day asking why the money isn't in my account when they promised it would be last week! End rant.) Personally I find working out at home requires very little investment money-wise (it does involve some personal investment of time and energy). The SparkPeople DVDs are pretty low-cost and I think all three are great, especially the new 28 Day Bootcamp DVD. Maybe get a set of hand weights too, you can find them for pretty cheap. Then as you start to love exercise again and it's a part of your daily routine, you can make your rewards (you'll hear all about rewarding yourself along your journey) new exercise equipment instead of (or maybe in addition to) clothes or shoes or a vacation. More practical and possibly just as much fun.

But yeah, welcome to the team! Glad you've joined us. :)

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9/3/12 10:47 A

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Welcome to the team!
Good luck on your weight loss journey!
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9/2/12 9:47 P

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My name is Heather. I am 27 years old and I am 5' 3". In the last 5 years, I have dealt with weight jumping. The first two years, I went from being 190 pounds to 118 pounds. I worked out at the YMCA, six days a week and roughly 3-4 hours a day. It differed from pilates, yoga, callenetics, belly dancing, walking, roller blading, studio cycling and weight training. I even got first place in a 5k! I attempted to be a lacto-ovo vegetarian for four months and felt amazing. However, I still had a lot of learning to do that meal plan healthy.

Then I met my husband, and honestly, I got lazy. His regime plans of eat whatever he wanted and still maintaining his six pack looked good and I thought my body would follow. Unfortunately, it did not. Three years later and 65 pounds added, I am back to my start at 180 pounds.

The only difference now? My husband is now in basic training for the air force and I am home alone with very limited funds. The YMCA programs I used to do is not in my budget.

I have a lot of relearning to do. How can I lose this weight healthy? What foods should I take in? What food regime can I afford? And mostly, what exercise habits can I pick up that cost little to nothing and will show amazing results (especially through the upcoming winter months?)

Time will tell. All I know is, I did it once, I know I can do this again. And hopefully learn from my first mistake of letting myself slide into the drone of not caring about my health! emoticon

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