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Bikini Challenge July 1, 2011 - 159 lbs @ 5'3"

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Before & After (SO FAR) 81 lbs down, 19 to go!

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I am not ashamed to say that although my goal is to achieve much more than looking great, that is probably my biggest motivation.

Since beginning this journey, I have looked the big 4-0 in the face and said "Bite me!" as I have gotten myself more fit than I've ever been in my life. Mind you, there have been times in my life when I *weighed* less, and maybe even one week or so back in 1991 when I was in a smaller pant size...but I can honestly say I've NEVER been this fit or healthy. At age 41, I am turning as many heads as I did in my 20s. More importantly, I am more comfortable with my body now than I was then (even though I was closer to "skinny" then).. But MOST important is that I feel great, I am med-free, and I am not starving myself or taking any other crazy measures to be "skinny".

I am now over 80% of the way there, lbs-wise. My arch-nemesis, the BMI chart, still calls me "overweight", but thanks to the body-shrinking and shaping effects of serious strength training, the size 6/7 jeans I am rocking as I type this tell a different story.

Member Since: 6/14/2007

Fitness Minutes: 12,806

My Goals:
I have already achieved so many of the goals I started out with: I am so much healthier and energetic, I am med-free, and I am fitting into most of my "skinny" clothes. I am learning more every day how to love, accept, and be grateful for exactly who I am in this moment.

My Program:
I no longer have a "program", I just strive to constantly improve, while keeping things interesting. Just tracking food, daily exercise, and enjoying life. I am done obsessing. I want to be healthy mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Personal Information:
I live in Bear, DE (which, though it's in a different state, is basically a suburb of Philadelphia, PA). I am a boudoir/glamour photographer. I am very happily married with an 10yo son and a 3yo daughter.

I came home from the hospital after having my daughter, weighing in at 235 lbs (EGADS). I very slowly inched it down to 189 before becoming active on SP (I had been an inactive member for a long time before that). Since becoming active on SP, my life has changed a lot. I am now down to 152. I now have less than 20 lbs to go to GOAL, and I'm loving my body more every day and treating it with the respect and care it deserves.

Other Information:
Mantra: "The key to life is balance." I am constantly striving for this.

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    Hi Friend!

    Stopping by to WELCOME you to Your Quickfire Challenge Team and to Congratulate you for adding One more tool to your belt

    Check in daily on your Quickfire Challenge Of The Day! Or sign up for "New Team Postings" to keep up with your daily QuickFire! Also, join in the Individual/Team Goal to track your QuickFire & SparkPoint standings.

    We suggest you read over "Your QuickFire Map" & other Sticky Notes; Check out the Tabs at the Top (Announcements, Photos & Links) for additional Information, Tools & Motivation to help You achieve Your Goals!

    Have a GREAT journey... and remember to eliminate excuses that keep you from attaining your goals and you WILL get there, One QuickFire Challenge At A Time!

    If you have any question, please fee free to contact us!

    Thank-You for QuickFiring Your Life! =0) Kelli, Wendy, Mic, Lynn, & Alan

    Nike ~
    "If you went running when you first started thinking about it, you'd be back by now."

    "Others aren't staring at you. They're thinking how they should be running, too."

    "Someone who is busier than you is running right now."

    "The road to hell is paved with couches."

    "It's easier to sleep than run. That's why sleeping isn't an Olympic sport."

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    4222 days ago
  • v LEEPFROG95
    thanks for the add
    hope you have a great day..
    and come play with me on the QUICK FIRE TEAM
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    4223 days ago
  • v LEEPFROG95
    emoticon emoticon HI
    I extend the warmest WELCOME to you.
    You may me a bit overwhelmed by the info that is here.
    But give it some time, and you will be an expert in no time.
    Everyone on this web site is here for the same reasons,
    maybe a little different end goals but we all want to have
    a better quality of life. Loving Spark is something you do.
    Being Spark member just becomes part of the new you.
    If you have any questions just ask, someone. That is the cool
    thing about this site there is always someone to help,
    to pick you up, to listen just to be there.

    Come visit my Spark Page check things out.
    The team has daily challenges something for everyone at every
    level. And We would love to have you join.....
    Enjoy the new journey.
    ~~~~~~Have a great day and enjoy SPARKING !!!~~~~~~~~
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    Make change happen.......QUICK FIRE Your LIFE!!!....
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    4223 days ago
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