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Updated December 2014:
Hi Friends.!!!I will apologize in advance, I haven't been on Spark much at all this last year (maybe even more EEEKS), but it's not because I don't LOVE you all or LOVE it here, but all the fun events of life have been keeping me a busy-little-bee. Don't worry though, I am still out there kicking butt and living it up. I haven't faltered or fallen off track. I've been focusing a lot of the last year on personal, emotional, and spiritual growth and I'm keeping ...
Updated December 2014:
Hi Friends.!!!I will apologize in advance, I haven't been on Spark much at all this last year (maybe even more EEEKS), but it's not because I don't LOVE you all or LOVE it here, but all the fun events of life have been keeping me a busy-little-bee. Don't worry though, I am still out there kicking butt and living it up. I haven't faltered or fallen off track. I've been focusing a lot of the last year on personal, emotional, and spiritual growth and I'm keeping positive and happy enjoying life's adventures. My friends here may or may not know, a year ago I filed for divorce after 9 years of marriage. It was a positive decision but as anyone knows a process. I've spent the last year basically starting over. Discovering myself again, adjusting to life with out kids or husbands, focusing on myself and what I want out of life, dating again (EEKS). All in all it's been a stellar year and I'm excited for what 2015 will have to bring. I may be gone from Spark but not forgotten. I'm still working out when I can and try my best to keep that balance. I've managed to maintain my weight loss still and am holding steady at 130-135lbs on any given day. My goal for 2015 is to do more cardio and tone it up. YAY. Hope everyone is well!! Keep on Sparking!!!
(OLD PROFILE-aka "MY STORY")
Hi spark friends!!!
My name is Stacey. I am a 33 years old accountant, nursing student, novel editor, and much more...
Approximately 6 years ago, I was topping the scale at 220 pounds and a size 18. For my 5'5" frame it was painful for me to look in the mirror. I hid behind layers of clothing, ashamed of just how badly I'd let myself go. I was an emotional eater and drowned my misery in more food, only making the problem worse and worse. I hid behind baggy layers of clothing, avoided cameras and refused to wear anything without an elastic waist. I was the epitome of a junk food junkie and couch potato. I was unhappy, depressed, and longing for changes that I could never quite make happen.
One day while getting ready for work, I was going through my usual morning ritual of discarding everything in my closet because not one single article of clothing fit. The thought of buying yet another pair of pants 'another size larger' made me want to cry. Finally, after settling on the least humiliating outfit, I was staring at myself in the mirror thinking how I looked like a sack of potatoes, and I finally decided enough was enough!! I stood up straight and said to myself "Stacey if you don't like it then DO something about it!"
I went to work that day and Googled "calorie tracker," and that's how I found SparkPeople. What I found here was so much more than just a way to track calories. I found a community of people just like me, I found support, and long lasting friendships, tools to help me change my eating habits, recipes to teach me how to eat healthier (and enjoy it), tips on fitness, and soooo much more!! Spark has literally changed and saved my life.
6 years later here I am, after a lot of hard work, trial and error, ups and downs, I am maintaining approximately 90 pounds of weight loss and happily a size 4. I reached my GW in 2009, and have been grappling same 10-15 pounds ever since. I never considered myself on a diet. Instead I like to refer to myself as a work in progress and living a healthy lifestyle. I still struggle at times to find balance, and I'm not always perfect. A lifetime of bad habits are certainly hard to break. But I don't give up easily.
Getting off the couch and breaking those habits has allowed me to realize there was an inner warrior hidden inside me all along. I've discovered so much about myself in the last 5 years and I am a better person for it. It's been a long road, and I still take wrong turns, but I've let go of a lot of my insecurities and forgiven myself for all the terrible things I used to say about myself. Now, I like to trying new things and I enjoy being active. I am happy to say I no longer wake up in the morning dreading the morning dressing ritual (except when I've slacked off on laundry). Shopping is no longer torture like it used to be, I no longer hide behind baggy layers, and I love being in photos (in fact I probably take too many). I went from total-couch-potato to a kick-boxing-addict who hiked the Grand Canyon (there's a sentence my former fat girl never thought I'd say!). This once junk-food-junkie now loves cooking healthy dishes and her active lifestyle. What I used to think was unattainable is now my reality; I couldn't be happier.
I love making new spark friends, so please feel free to drop me a line and say hello. Keep the spark going friends :)
| current weight: 136.8
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Member Since: 4/25/2007
Fitness Minutes: 28,669
Be prepared & Plan Ahead
Practice Self Love
See muscle definition
Run A 5k - (non stop)
Complete the Rim to Rim Hike
(For those who ask I am 5'5")
Cook at home often
Make Colorful Meals
Limit Processed Foods
Limit eating out
Be Mindful Of Choices
Practice Portion Control
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I enjoy all types of fitness. Favorites include kick boxing, hiking, biking, & body pump.
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