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In 2008 I went into a clothing store to buy a new pair of jeans. The pants I would have needed to buy were yet another size larger, reading a whopping size 22. I decided then and there that I had enough and was tired of the way I was growing. So, I left the store with the too tight pants that I was wearing and the determination to change.

A friend told me about SparkPeople. I timidly began my weight loss (beginning of August 2008) journey on SparkPeople without a clear idea ...
In 2008 I went into a clothing store to buy a new pair of jeans. The pants I would have needed to buy were yet another size larger, reading a whopping size 22. I decided then and there that I had enough and was tired of the way I was growing. So, I left the store with the too tight pants that I was wearing and the determination to change.

A friend told me about SparkPeople. I timidly began my weight loss (beginning of August 2008) journey on SparkPeople without a clear idea of how to succeed. I had been on diets before, and had been told to do this, or this, and not this to get me where I wanted to be. I discovered many myths and truths to some of what I had been told. I had a hard time believing in myself at this point, or even believing that I was meant to be skinny. I truly felt I was destined to be fat forever. I didn�t do so well.

In February of 2009 I moved, yet again. This time I was stuck in a place where I didn�t have much to do, or places to go, so I would hop onto SparkPeople daily. I got to know the site really well. I read the articles. I read the blogs. I read the message boards. During this time something clicked and I found my determination again. However, this time it felt different. I felt as though I had a family to depend on, a support team, and confidants. Since that time I have lost 120 pounds (all without pills, �going on a diet�, having surgery, or buying any expensive exercise equipment).

It definitely has not been easy. I have had more than enough struggles, but I made it through. I have about 15 pounds left before reaching my goal weight. The best part is that I have figured out how to keep it off and continue to get into better shape without pills, �diets�, surgery, and expensive exercise equipment.

I took my determination and set out on an adventure that was going to change my life forever. I was going to find a way to fit into smaller pants, get healthier and increase my energy so I was not fatigued and filled with exhaustion to the point that I was not able to participate in life. (I was tired of feeling this way.) I knew the path I had chosen to follow would come with its terrain; there would be hills, bumps and many other obstacles for me to overcome; my determination would get me through.

My journey has been long and full of obstacles, but I have gained such knowledge and insight on proper nutrition, fitness and mindset. Along the way, I have also developed a passion of helping others find their lost energy, fitting into their smaller pants and becoming healthier by sharing my stories, advice, hints and tips. I just know that this is what I was meant to do and am so close to reaching my own goal weight that I am so excited to be sharing in your journey.

I have attained my personal training certification and I am now a life/weight loss/fitness coach. This is my passion, my dream, my happiness.

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Think highly of yourself, as the world takes you at your own estimate.
~Unknown

Success, like an adventure, begins with a leap into the unknown.
~Brian Tracy

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

A life lived in fear is a life half lived.
- Anonymous

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Japanese Proverb

Can you achieve your goals? You can't reach your goal if you haven't defined your goals. And you can't succeed if you don't try - and then pick yourself up and try again each time you fail.

Put your best into your life, and you will be rewarded with happiness regardless of the final score.





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Member Since: 8/3/2008

SparkPoints: 46,568

Fitness Minutes: 21,568

My Goals:
May 5, 2014
COMPLETE 60 minute workouts 3 days a week

COMPLETE 30 minute workouts 3 days a week

COMPLETE a 15 minute workout 1 day a week

DRINK 70 ounces of water daily.

CREATE my to-do list every morning

READ healthy living article for at least 15 minutes every day

READ a novel/book for at least 30 minutes every day

My Program:
~Exercise M-Sat mornings (M - F after I drop R off at school)

~300 fitness minutes/wk

~Take time for myself daily

~10c water

~90% of my meals are unprocessed

~ Help others reach their weight loss goals

Personal Information:
I moved to AL in June of 2012 from Michigan. It was an adjustment, but I have been able to find a great routine and schedule to follow.

I live with my wonderful boyfriend and his son and am enjoying being a mom.

We have two dogs (Loki & Algrim) and a cat (Asgard).

Winter is my favorite season.

My favorite workout program, to date, is Turbofire.

I am a weight loss strategist and founder of my own business.

I do have my elem ed teaching degree and have taught for a few years. Through this journey, I discovered that the kids are my passion. It doesn't stop their though, I want them to learn to live a healthy lifestyle with their families. I want to guide parents and kids in living fit, healthy, energized lifestyles together.


Other Information:
I am an upbeat and optimistic person. I love to motivate and encourage others on their journey to a healthier lifestyle I love to read and spend time outdoors.

My main hobby has become Weight Loss and Fitness Coaching. I do love making cards, atc's and bookmarks.

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Member Comments:
PINKYGALMISH
11/17/2014 12:04:17 AM

Hey there! I'm another long-time Sparker - we have some mutual Spark Friends, so I thought I'd say hello! Your story is so inspiring!

Have a fantastic & healthy week!



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ROXYZMOM
8/8/2014 5:27:05 PM

"BEAUTIFUL PERSON AWARD"

You are the recipient of the Beautiful Person Award!!

Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 People who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!

Again, Congratulations Beautiful!

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PINKHEARTGIRL
5/10/2014 6:55:58 PM

Hi DETERMINED_SOUL, just stopping by to say hi and welcome to the 30 somethings team. If you need anything I'm here for you. I'm a co-leader of the team. Hope your day is going great. Laura



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ROXYZMOM
5/7/2014 9:53:09 PM

Thanks for the goodie! I actually need a new pair of sneaks! Waiting until after the Delaware HM next weekend!!

I hope you are having a fantastic week!!

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ROXYZMOM
5/4/2014 12:17:32 PM

Pretty good - just finished a ten miler in Philly :)



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