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Well, Hello!

My story thus far... I was very active in my youth, played sports, was concerned about my weight in the way most silly high school girls are, but was actually pretty slim, just curvy. As the time old tale goes, I gained weight in college. Still not horrible, just a little more plump. I had been in retail all of my working years...the kind that keeps you running around all day. I bounced around from 120-140 for several years until I took my most recent position as a ...
Well, Hello!

My story thus far... I was very active in my youth, played sports, was concerned about my weight in the way most silly high school girls are, but was actually pretty slim, just curvy. As the time old tale goes, I gained weight in college. Still not horrible, just a little more plump. I had been in retail all of my working years...the kind that keeps you running around all day. I bounced around from 120-140 for several years until I took my most recent position as a customer service rep at a healthcare facility. I sit at a desk pretty much all day. I packed on the pounds and at my heaviest was 180. The day I was closer to 200 than 100 was my breaking point. I've used other programs, but have not had as much success or support as I have found on Spark.

I'm interested in all sorts of movies, books, art, travel, blah, blah, blah.
I went to school for fashion merchandising/design. I want to get back into that line of work. I need something more creative than what I'm doing currently. Also, something that does not keep me dealing directly with public. I've just about had my fill, haha. I live in a rural area, so changing jobs, let alone trying to start a career, is a challenge.

Glad you stopped by and I hope we can encourage each other on this crazy ride!
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Member Since: 10/7/2011

SparkPoints: 27,114

Fitness Minutes: 38,378

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GW: 140#

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13,000min by yearend

Run a 10K

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Weigh/Measure Monthly

Follow a 10K training program

Schedule time for exercise~minimum 20minutes Daily

Explore Clean Eating options in my area.
Incorporate Clean Meals into my diet.
Research Family Friendly Recipes.

Read as many new books as possible.
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Get out and see performances.
Get out and have good times with friends/family.
Travel!

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My name's Cassy.

I'm 29yrs old.

I live in Southern Illinois

I've been married 8yrs and we have 1 daughter.

I'm a customer service representative at a healthcare clinic. I've been in customer service for 11years.

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Where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
Your name.



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KIKKI-G
8/25/2014 8:59:49 PM

I am pretty lucky that I get to ride my bike to work. It gets be there WAY faster aside from the fact that we don't own a car....we would be crazy to living right downtown.
HAHAh yeah your daughter probe wouldn't dig rolling up to HS all sweaty like...HAWT. I'm jealous of your area for running though so i guess we're even. :p



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KIKKI-G
8/20/2014 11:23:34 PM

thanks for the blog love!

i'm just a really humble person so being in the spotlight is weird for me. I don't think I'm anything special,I'm not uber fashion forward, i just like to get dressed but also take pride in how I look. I also have to get used to it as my company I get alot of publicity, like, my face is on a huge window decal at our other location hahaha. get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Yeah it was nice to get away. I am definitely going to do more of those, with or without the man. I have some travelling I need to do & people I really need to see that we can't always sync up.

I am all better now, I have a good immune system where I don't get sick often & it clears up fast.Regardless I am going to try the shower yoga for sure! new trend? hahah





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EMMY_DUCKIE149
8/11/2014 11:38:39 AM

My sister and I were not allowed to wear makeup until high school. That's probably when I started my eyebrows, too. I had bad blemishes, so I was allowed to wear coverup because my mom isn't entirely the devil. But we didn't consider that "makeup" just "embarrassment saver." We wore makeup for our dance recitals, but that was it!

There was also no dating before high school, not that my parents had to worry about that with either of us girls (just our older brother. He thought he was Mr. Cool). One person to a blanket. No taking opposite sex to bedrooms. I think I had a curfew until I got so old I didn't need a curfew because I wanted to be in bed. I'm talking until I graduated from undergrad, curfew when I came back to my parents' house. By the time law school rolled around, I was in bed way before the curfew! ;)

So long as I maintained good grades and stayed out of trouble (no sex, drugs, & rock 'n' roll... alright, we could rock 'n' roll, but no drinking), we got through high school. There was never a misunderstanding between my parents and me about who was parent and who was child. We were not Friends. Fish Are Not Food, Parents Are Not Friends. (Granted, we have a close relationship, but they weren't trying to be cool parents.) There was healthy respect on both sides, but parents tend to win.

As for you and your daughter... She has a good mom. She will have her head on straight. You both can get through high school years!

That being said, I never, ever want to go through high school ever again. (Shudder)



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BONOLICIOUS2
8/4/2014 8:35:13 AM

Thank you for the hilarious goodie! I did get a very good "I told you so!" moment in with the bf because we were supposed to be "unplugging" but look how keeping my phone on me turned out!

Hope you have a great week and had a great weekend!!!!!!!



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EMMY_DUCKIE149
8/4/2014 8:13:51 AM

Thanks for the blog love!

Oh, man, I hardly do anything with my hair. I have blow-dried it maybe five times in the past 3 months! But let's pretend that I have something to do that will take me out of the house and interact with people:

I don't use anything fancy. Suave has a "Professionals" line that I use, or when Trésemme has a coupon I get it. Or when anything has a coupon. It all depends on what she wants with her hair. When I want to go BIG, I get "Volume" shampoos and conditioners. When I want sleek I go for "Silky" s/c. No conditioner on the roots. Conditioner only on the strands (gather a low pony, at the nape of the neck. Below that, apply!).

I use a spiky, short bristled cylinder brush while I blow dry. Garnier Fructis VOLUME mousse does the trick, lightly on the roots, mainly on the strands. Flip head over for best results.

I quickly run a flat iron/straightener over my wispies, but that's about it. I try to keep damage to my hair at a minimum.

Twice a week I use a half-apple cider vinegar, half-water mix on my hair, root to tip, in place of conditioner. This is supposed to get the build-up out of the hair. Soak hair with mix (from spray bottle) and wash up while it does its work. Rinse!

Or you can do what I've been doing, which is wash and go because my people-interaction consists of my parents, siblings, and fiancé. ;)

Cannot WAIT to chop it! I chop every 3-ish years to donate for cancer patients. I've never dyed may hair or permed/treated it, so they like it. And I like helping however I can. I figure they need those inches more than I do. And I get the bonus of having a new, fresh look and not relying on top-knots, buns, and braids as my go-to style!



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