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I'm an exercise enthusiast and need to refine the tools I use to keep the weight off. Its not as easy keeping it off as it used to be.

As a kid I was always active, my main mode of movement being dance. I danced for 15 years at a performing arts school mainly classical ballet. This is where I became very aware of health and fitness. In high school I was a cheerleader and ran track and field.

When I was in high school I worked at the local gym. I obtained all of the certifications to become an aerobic instructor. I taught aerobics all throughout my junior and senior years of high school and during my college years. Being an aerobic instructor was a big part of my life for 12 years in total. My decision to pursue a degree in movement science was natural.

With my movement science degree I became a physical education teacher. My main focus of instruction is health and fitness based. I taught K-6 for 15 years and currently I've been teaching middle school. I love the older kids but I miss those little kiddos. They would yell "HI GYM" when I walked by them until they remembered my name (soooo cute).

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Part off the motivation for all of the above was my mom who has struggled with her weight since I can remember. A few years ago she dropped about 100 pounds and has managed to keep it off (WOO HOO Mom). I struggle daily and a lot of times minute to minute and second to second with eating issues. A learned behavior from seeing and hearing my mother as a youngster. I binge (there it's out). The "binge" has me always struggling to keep my weight down. It has gotten to the point of what I call exercise bulimic, better then the other I guess. Sometimes the exercise gets so intense that I become injured. Spring of 2010 I was training so hard doing everything to burn the calories. Working my way up to 8 mile runs doing an 8 and a half minute mile. Sprints, weights, yoga, cardio machines, running, you name it. Can you say injury! Yup, I blew my knee and it has been holding me back. This injury has taken it's tole physically and mentally. I am finally beginning to run again here and there.

I'm afraid of injuries because that means lack of movement. My motto is "motion is lotion". Not to mention movement is my job.

On this journey to a healthier me I try to use portion control, but it is not easy. So many times I can do it but I always fall back into the binge scene????? All I can do is just keep trying. Keep struggling and striving for a better me.

All my best to my fellow spark friends because it is not easy.

Member Since: 1/31/2009

Fitness Minutes: 9,430

My Goals:
My goal is to keep at a healthy weight and do it in a healthy/safe way.

My Program:
I try to workout 4 times a week using weights and cardio machines.
I do a full body/super-set with weights.
I do 20-60 minutes of cardio.
Eating as close to a 1300 calorie ZONE diet as possible.

Personal Information:
I am a 42 year young mom of 3 boys and I teach physical education. I love to cook, read, and smother my children with kisses. I love my black lab named George.

Other Information:
My favorite movie of all time is The Wizard of Oz.
I love reading anything. My favorite classic is The Catcher in the Rye.
My favorite artist is Prince.
Martha Stewart is one of my idols. She is how I taught myself to cook, keep house, and entertain... and that's "a good thing".
I enjoy antiquing.

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