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I want to have a healthy active life. I am tired of sitting on the couch and watching life. I am going to live it! I am unemployed right now, due to a HUGE layoff at my company. Sadly, that was my health downfall, I went over the edge on the scale. I got depressed, laid on the couch, ate a lot of ice cream and pizza etc. I decided to get my act together and take control of what I was eating. So, I am going to focus on eating right and develop a solid exercise routine. I told myself, you have NO EXCUSE NOT TOO EXERCISE, SINCE YOU DON'T HAVE A JOB TO GO TO....you got the time.

I joined SP for the support in my goal of a healthy fit body. I like the accountability of the food diary and exercise journal. The people on SP are fantastic. I found that while I may not have a work out buddy in my house; my SP friends keep me motivated. When I want to stay in PJ land, they push me to get into my workout clothes :-) and sweat. My favorite workouts to date are DVD's by Billy Blanks and Jillian Micheals. I am slowly converting to a Cathe Friedrich Fan. So far, I have her workouts: Kick Punch and Crunch, Core Max, Drill Max, Kick Max and Butts and Guts. I am too afraid to go to a gym, and being unemployed, well that's an expense that I can not afford. Monies for mortgage payment, kitty and people food come first.

This spring, I decided to join the Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Boot camp team in order to get that BOOST of nerve to wear a bathing suit this summer. I am the girl that always wears shorts and t-shirt over the bathing suit. I was also inspired after I read Coach Nicole's blog about her own insecurities. I recently read an article on spark regarding people's unrealistic weight loss goals. I know that I have A LOT of weight to loose (to be fit) and don't expect it all to melt away magically. However, I still have a large weight loss goal, but I will strive to reach the final goal via mini ones. While I don't like the number that I see on the scale right now, I am also keeping track of what the tape measure shows.

I wanted to take the time to make an update to my information. At the beginning on my journey, I wore a tight size 18 blue jeans, and they were a tad tight. Now, I can wear a fitted size 8 or loose 10s. I have lost 2 inches in the chest, 3 inches in the natural waist, 3.75 inches around my belly button region, 2.5 inches in high hip and 3 inches in the low hip (butt region) and two inches in my thighs. I am on track to reach my goal!!!

Member Since: 5/28/2007

Fitness Minutes: 77,028

My Goals:
I want to be able to fit into my "skinny" jeans. When I fit into them, I will throw them out and buy new ones!

I want be healthy, toned and strong. I don't want to be the pretty fat girl!

I am working on my negative self talk and self-confidence.

My Program:
I like to mix up my routine. I love to push myself.

I use Billy Blanks Tae Bo workouts, Cathe Friedrich, and Leslie Sansone DVD's.

I have completed the STS and P90X programs. I saw amazing results from both. However, I am starting over.

Personal Information:
I am originally born and raised in GA; but now I live in North Carolina. I lived in Northern NJ for four years, just shy of the Manhattan skyline. After being laid off, I moved back to NC in 2008.

Other Information:
I started this process in 2007 and gained it all back & then some! So, I started over in 2009. By 2011, I was fit and healthy! In 2012, I was focused on toning up. Sadly, I fell off the wagon, in 2013 and now starting all over in 2014.

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    emoticon My Smokey died in pain also. I couldn't get transportation to the vet's office for two days AND when I got there the veterinarian was too busy in surgery to take care of her until 3 hours later. And my driver was insensitive and left me by myself the whole time. It's horrible to be helpless when your pet is suffering. Please don't blame yourself. You gave Dakota a good life that far outnumbers those last days of suffering. Try to focus on those times.
    723 days ago
    lol then that was you!! AWESOME!!! thanx!! emoticon this should be fun now we can chat lol

    2056 days ago
    May I ask your real name? lol so I know who you are if you add me on facebook?? emoticon emoticon
    2056 days ago
    Awesome!! lol me too!! Life hey?? i neded to get my but in motion again so I thought this just maybe the way!! emoticon
    2056 days ago
    Hi its been awhile but hey I just made a facebook group lol I am hoping with the chat I may hopefully be more consistent!! You want to come join us?? If you do just add me to your friends...LaDelle Ganter and I will add you as a friend and to the group! I hope you will...please?? lol emoticon
    2056 days ago
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