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Hi! I'm Stefani, 26, from the Baltimore MD area. I'm definitely ready to make some positive changes in my life. Let's get going!

I have been sparking for almost two years. I am in this for the long haul and I am always trying to be a better me!
Hi! I'm Stefani, 26, from the Baltimore MD area. I'm definitely ready to make some positive changes in my life. Let's get going!

I have been sparking for almost two years. I am in this for the long haul and I am always trying to be a better me!

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 current weight: 171.2 

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Member Since: 7/21/2010

SparkPoints: 31,774

Fitness Minutes: 49,211

My Goals:
I'd like to:

- Lower my cholesterol
- Reach a healthier weight
- Improve my strength and endurance
- Re-learn how to eat
- Keep myself hydrated
- Train myself to make the best choices

My Program:
I'm going to:

- Move more
- Eat less
- Make better food choices
- Drink more water

Personal Information:
About me:

- Female
- 26
- Hometown: Baltimore, MD
-Work in Business Development for one of our area's top employers

Other Information:
Things I like:

- Bulldogs
- Reading
- Writing
- Shopping
- Relaxing (or trying to!)

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Member Comments:
4/18/2014 12:47:17 AM

I stumbled onto endometriosis years ago, in my late teens - don't remember how I found the info, it was in the early 1970s. (Way back when I saw a dr re the severe cramps, and he said not to worry about them until I was married and wanted to have a baby. Really.)

Turned out my sister had endometriosis, and had to have her tubes cleaned out before she could conceive. Same with an aunt.

I had an exploratory laparoscopy, and my dr found the endometriosis. (She also removed a fibroid tumor that was externally attached to my uterus - looked like I had twin uteruses!) Two years later she did a hysterectomy - took several hours longer because much of the hidden endometrial tissue was on the back of my uterus, adhering it to the intestines. No wonder I had digestive issues every TOM! Cleared up SO many problems, including catching every virus going around - my body was always worn out. After the hysterectomy, all I could think was "why didn't I do this sooner??????"

Anyway, I believe there is now a blood test to test for endometriosis - and I've personally found that women OB/GYNs are much more receptive to testing for this and other female issues. I had a male dr insist that meds don't give women hot flashes - while a female dr agreed that yes, zithromax does that to many women. They understand our medical issues so much better than men, and don't slough it off as psychological problems. (I can't tell you how many male doctors told me my severe cramps and vomiting were due to my attitude about being a woman! WTF was wrong with them that they couldn't believe me?)

Okay, rant over. Talk to your dr. No implants. Testing. Maybe surgery - they can laser out the excess endometrial tissue. Catching it early prevents the problems I had later in life. Really! Spread the word!

(Some of us have weird bodies - happily female, with female parts that somehow rebel. I also had to have milk ducts removed because they got all clogged and sort of infected. My parts are saying Hey, you skipped the baby thing, so we didn't get used - so take us out. Just weird.)

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3/29/2014 12:17:23 PM

Are You Master of Your Spark Domain?

Remember the Seinfeld Game? Remember how quickly Jerry, Kramer and Elaine all were out? Let's see if you can do better. Here is how it works.

Beginning midnight April 1, track. Track everything. Nutrition, water, exercise, the whole shebang. Don't track something, you are out. Fess up. Miss your 8 cups of water, out. Blow your calories, you are out. Fess up on this thread. Exercise without tracking, out. To make it fun, don't exercise at least one hour a week, out.

Once a week on Sundays (say), roll call for those who still are "in" and playing.

Deceptively simple, but it's not. Who's in? Starting roll call this Sunday. Ready, set, go!

(Free year of Spark membership for the winner.) Are you in?

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3/28/2014 9:14:06 AM

Pretty Steffi - how the heck you been, anyway?

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3/27/2014 8:28:24 AM

ahhhhhhhh i am so pumped for you!!!!!!!! i am so glad that the weight loss is finally comin' after all of your hard work!

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3/14/2014 3:52:26 PM

Thanks for the support! I may feel a little pudgy.. but I'm well fueled for this race! Can't wait!

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