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May 2011 on the 100 year old carousel at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk





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11/06/09 - 155 pounds, down 157 pounds



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Time to Light the Spark Once Again

Welcome to my SparkPage. I moved my original introduction to a blog, so that my story would be saved. Now I have a clean slate to start the next part of my journey. I hope you enjoy reading my story and that you always remember that YOU CAN DO IT no matter how impossible it may sometimes seem.

Spread the Spark and BELIEVE in yourself.


01/13/13 - In 2008 and 2009, I was on a roll... I lost half my body weight, was active and feeling good (see blog posted ...
Welcome to my SparkPage. I moved my original introduction to a blog, so that my story would be saved. Now I have a clean slate to start the next part of my journey. I hope you enjoy reading my story and that you always remember that YOU CAN DO IT no matter how impossible it may sometimes seem.

Spread the Spark and BELIEVE in yourself.


01/13/13 - In 2008 and 2009, I was on a roll... I lost half my body weight, was active and feeling good (see blog posted 1/13/13) - and then it was 2010 and I hurt my back, my yellow lab, Cameron, died suddenly at age 8, I hurt my knee, I lost my mojo, started struggling. Then it was 2011, my knee still hurt and my gallbladder blew up and I was 40 pounds heavier... my mojo was still missing, I kept gaining weight and losing my confidence and self-worth. Then it was 2012 and I decided I was going to do a triathlon. That was a great experience (see blog posted 09/09/12) and I started to get my mojo back. After the triathlon, I joined a relay team and did 5.7 miles in the California International Marathon relay in December. Fast forward to the New Year and I was "lucky number 13" in the New Year's Dualathlon, which I did with my friend Ralene on two official days of training, because we were determined to set our intention for the New Year - ACTIVE and a little CRAZY. It's a good mix, right? 2013 is the year I WILL get back on track with my weight loss and will rediscover my self-worth. Onederland, here I come again!

09/01/14 - 2013 was a year of biking, swimming, walking, running, strength training... and continued weight gain. Despite best efforts and hours of activities logged, my metabolism still didn't cooperate. But that didn't mean I didn't keep going... another triathlon, 5ks, 32 miles in a Fondo bike event, 5.9 miles at a record pace for that distance in CIM... but it was very frustrating. And if I thought 2013 was frustrating, I had no idea what 2014 had in store for me... I hurt my knee the day after I signed up for my first 10k. Then I irritated my shoulder. Went to PT and was getting better when I had an allergic reaction to antibiotics - one that left me with neuropathy in my head. And in all the follow-ups from that, we found a node on my thyroid that's requiring some additional testing. And while all of that is going on, I have somehow refound the desire to move forward, despite all these medical challenges. So that's where all this starts again. Pulling up my bootstraps, putting on my big girl panties, and finding all the determination I once had.
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Member Since: 2/16/2008

SparkPoints: 98,293

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My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to get back down to around 150 pounds... which would be something I weighed back in grade school - and lower than the weight on my drivers license!

However, I know that's going to be a long, long road... and I'm willing to go on this journey... detours and all!

My Program:
I do best when I track my food - weigh and measure everything - and log every bite. Knowing the calories in helps keep my in check, and it helps me make sure that I'm getting enough protein, fiber, freggies, and water.

I love being active - swimming, biking, Zumba, yoga, strength training, walking and running.

Personal Information:
I love my boys!
My labs are my 4-legged children!

Kyler is 7, Finnegan is 3, and Fletcher is 2.

Other Information:
I'm a huge fan of Auto Racing - particularly Sprint Cars and F1.

I love to scrapbook and read. Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series tops my chart.

I love all types of music. A day without music is a day without the sun.

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TANGYTANGERINE
9/16/2014 12:00:25 PM

Hope you are having a Sparkling Day!!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL
9/16/2014 8:58:37 AM

Thinking of you. Keep me posted on your neuro appt.! emoticon



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9/14/2014 6:14:06 AM

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BECKYLIVES
9/8/2014 9:09:15 AM

7 days! Woo hoo!!! It's funny how life happens isn't it? We've all gone through our own stuff, but we find a chosen family to help through it.

I'm glad you're part of my chosen family. Love you Doll!!!

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GENTLESPIRIT1
9/6/2014 10:59:32 AM

I'm doing ok... been a little wayward the past few years but this year has been better weight wise. I started losing again because of stress tho (hubby diagnosed with cancer a second time) and was a stressful winter. But it did give me a boost and I've been able to work off that. Exercise has always been a difficult one for me. And now I have arthritic knees and pain in my ankles and hip. But I keep plugging along! lol We will be on vacation for a few weeks so not sure I'll have a chance to check in with Sparks but wishing you continued success and I'll check in with you later in the month!



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