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I am a military wife, mother and graduate student. Last year, I quit smoking and lost all control of my life. I gained 30 lbs and wound up on blood pressure meds. I decided it was time for a major change. This is going to be such an exciting year and I didn't want to huff and puff to keep up with it. As of right now, I have lost enough weight that I no longer need my blood pressure medication and have been a non-smoker for over 7months. I have gotten control again and every day feels better than the last. I think I am going through my own personal mid life crisis. Almost everything in my life is changing to some extent. Some days I hardly recognize it anymore!

Member Since: 9/30/2010

Fitness Minutes: 4,720

My Goals:
To stop needing BP meds (COMPLETE)

To weigh less than my hubby (COMPLETE)

Lose 10% of my body weight. (COMPLETE)

Do a 10 minute mile.

Be able to use a normal towel after a shower instead of a beach towel.

To be able to wear my wedding ring again. (COMPLETE)

To weigh less than I ever did in college. (COMPLETE)

To go through all the clothes sizes I own. These go all the way down to a 10.

Do a 5k for charity.

Run a mile.

Be able to wear my husbands belt. (COMPLETE)

Wrestle my husband and get flipped around like I was 10 years ago.

Not have to shop in the plus size clothing.

To lose over 100 lbs.

My Program:
I am eating multiple times a day so that I can repair my destroyed metabolism. I have lowered my carbohydrate intake slightly and increased my protein. I carefully log everything daily.

Personal Information:
I am a mom, military wife and a graduate student. I am currently studying Fisheries and Mariculture at TX A&M.

Other Information:
I love love love to read. I also enjoy playing sports with my family, hiking, fishing and playing on the beach. I am advance scuba certified and would like to continue to Master Diver :)

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    Hi I saw your response to my post! Have fun in DC next week! At least you are missing the 100s we just had. Also, I have to admit that I have lived here for 5 years and have never seen the fireworks (though for the holiday 2 years I was visiting my family/friends in Chicago and one I was in Orlando)!!
    1584 days ago
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    We have a group in common - my wife (Susan818127) leads it. Welcome to Spark Jews! I also see we both are scientists...

    I am writing you today to invite you to join the "100 Days of Summer 2012 Challenge" Spark Team. It's a busy and very involved group, and together many of us are on a mission... er a Sparky Caravan (see my Feb 5th blog!) to drop 20 lbs this summer.

    Are you in?
    1605 days ago
    Thanks for the fitness mags, I've been MIA from Spark but doing well on my eating, lost 6 lbs! Been trying to put in an above ground pool for my exercise for the summer with my 18 year old. Not a big pool either just one of those inflatable top ring jobs, but it's the biggest project...oh well, it counts as exercise! What a cool education path you have chosen, would love to hear more about it sometime, Best Spark wishes!
    1612 days ago
    Congratulations on all your amazing progress!
    1616 days ago
    Thanks for the goodie, hope you had a good time with your family!
    1637 days ago