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The first thing you should know about me is that I'm A DONE GIRL!!!! That means I don't have to wonder if I can do this- I know I can even if I have to re-start 1000 times!! As Dave Ramsey said, "It's not over until you quit," and I will not quit!

There are so many things I am DONE with like...
I am done being the fat girl & the fat friend.
I am done secretly referring to myself as "Big Momma" because I tower over and around all my friends.
I am done being the girl who is scared of any physical exertion in front of other people.
I am done sitting on the sidelines
I am done with beating myself up.
I am done putting my happiness in other people's hands.
I am done opting out because I am scared to fail.
And as of August, 2010 I am DONE (so very, very DONE) with comparing myself to others!

I am striving to be a new woman! A woman who jumps in and takes risks, one who believes in herself and has the confidence to take charge, one who remembers that I am the only person in charge of my happiness!

I remind myself daily (sometimes hourly) that I can re-start at any moment, even if it is 12 times each day as long as I don't quit! I WILL NOT QUIT!!

My Mantras:
(1) "There comes a time when you have to stand up and shout: This is me! I look the way I look, think the way I think, feel the way I feel, love the way I love! I am a whole complex package. Take me... or leave me. Accept me - or walk away!"

(2) Let the past stay in the past

(3) I can only be me. This is MY life and this is MY journey - the dips and the turns are what make me unique.

I recently realized that I have to work hard towards my goals and that means I have to DO THE DAILY WORK! I have to make the choice everyday and every meal to be committed.

I want everyday to be as great as possible. I am going to laugh more and dance more and I know that I will reach my goals.

It helps to keep in mind the things that make me smile:
1. Book clubs
2. Meditating in my old blue sweatshirt in the early morning, especially on an empty beach
3. Old school Bob Marley & Sam Cooke
4. Playing tennis & swimming
5. Happy music (I have a "Get up & go" morning mix)
6. Random trivia played with my sisters

Member Since: 7/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 10,813

My Goals:
My main goal is to get to a place where I am comfortable with my weight and I am healthy. That means I want my BMI below 24 and my waist smaller than 35 inches. My big goal is to be HOT BY 30!! More than anything though, I want to be happy and enjoy this journey - it's not always about the end result.

My Program:
Well, I try to be realistic with my program. I really believe the key to my success will be to continue to make small changes. Of course, I am not perfect but I realized that this is a daily choice. Each day I have to choose to stay committed and when I don't make the right choice I try to forget about whatever happened in the past and move forward.

I started with the original spark program meaning counting calories and exercising. After I lost the first 30-40lbs I lost momentum. Now, 2 years later, I am re-starting the program by making small changes. I count my calories and try to stay around 1500 per day (with one free meal on Sundays) and I exercise a few times a week. I change what I do for exercise every month to keep things interesting.

Personal Information:
I am a young woman and I have been overweight my ENTIRE life. I have unsuccessfully tried every diet. I have never managed to make it even half way to my final goal.

I am here to finally take charge of my life and make the lifestyle change that will lead to a healthier me. Even though I want to be slim, I am more concerned about my health because 3 of my grandparents died from heart disease or diabetes and both of my parents have related conditions. It stops with me!

Some other stuff:
I struggle with depression but I consider myself a winner if I can make it through the day accomplishing even one small goal.

I live in the south east with my family but I am single with no kids and I like being completely unattached right now! I like living only for me and trying to figure myself out.

In addition to the health benefits I just want to take my life back and live it to the fullest (I know, cliche) while I still can!

Other Information:
I love quotes. There is something about hearing someone say something that just cuts right to your core. It's like that Roberta Flack song remade by the Fugees "Killing me softly." When I find one that touches me I start using it as a mantra.

This one I really like - "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can."

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2013!!!
    Where are ya, Done Girl!? I hope no matter where you find yourself in life, you are definitely enjoying it this birthday!!

    All the very best,
    2855 days ago
  • v 100LBLIGHTER
    3213 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy BELATED Birthday, DONE GIRL

    Libra is not a "fat" sign as it puts her out of balance. Staying slim and fit is natural for you. When Libra over eats it is because she is out of balance in her emotional life. She needs to talk about her feelings to someone. Yoga and dance can be wonderful ways to get exercise and relieve stress.
    Remember, no decision is a decision. Make one and stay with it.
    In Libra the Sun is tolerant, affectionate, and well balanced. You are a courteous and agreeable person who is considerate of other people's feelings. You have a personal charisma attracting friends. Functioning well when working in harmony with other people, you are an excellent team player. You like being on the winning team.
    You get along well with Aries, Gemini, Sagittarius, Aquarius, and Leo.
    Your health issue can be your kidney area and skin problems.
    You are a "steel fist in a velvet glove" so know you can accomplish anything you set your mind to do. You are an excellent student and can excel in math.
    You become unhappy in ugly surroundings. Don't stay in a bad situation as it can make you ill physically. You are frugal and want to get quality for your money that you work hard for.
    You prefer working in a pleasant and very orderly atmosphere, with people who don't put undue pressure on you. You like to see your role as that of peacemaker. Peace and tranquility are so important. The least sign of hostility or discord is very upsetting to you. You refrain from speaking your mind if you fear your thoughts would alienate or start an argument. Always ready to compromise or mediate, you need to be careful not to appear wishy-washy or less than reliable.
    In many ways, you are dependent upon the approval of others. Libra is the sign of relationships. You think of yourself as half a partnership rather than an individual. Because of this feeling of dependence, you put your mate's needs and desires ahead of your own. You may become confused as to what you want at any particular time, versus what your partner wants. Your partner's goals and ambitions become your goals and ambitions. You are the true helpmate. Because of this attitude, Libra is very stable and dependent in a relationship, even a bad one.
    As attached as you are to your partner, you may not really show it much. In your quest for balance and harmony, you rarely have or express strong emotions of any kind. Yours is a very dispassionate demeanor that is detached. You don't invest much passion or feeling in your relationships, loving with your head instead of your heart.
    When cast in a supervisory role you may have some difficulties. This is because you weigh each decision before choosing your direction. You can experience problems if you are called on to make frequent snap decisions for the group. You are an excellent go-between, and not as good at being the leader or boss. Unfortunately, such a balanced view of situations sometimes makes decisive action more difficult. You have a hard time making everyday decisions of little or no consequence. On the big issues, you may vacillate indefinitely.
    One of your main personality traits is a love of justice. You are insistent on fair play. In this too, you have a very balanced and unbiased way of looking at everything in your world. Accordingly, you are often called on to be mediator in family disputes or in disagreements at work. Your impartial judgment can always see both sides of a matter. You can be very cool and detached, keeping your feelings well under control in pursuit of fairness.

    Your love of balance and harmony allows you to appreciate music and the arts. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet closely associated with artistic endeavors. If you don't have talent yourself, you probably to do have an interest and excellent taste in these matters.
    Courteous and refined, good manners are important to you. You exhibit them and you expect them. You are especially repelled by vulgarity and coarseness. Tactful, diplomatic, refined and socially successful, you strive to say and do the right thing. It is always so important for you to make the right impression.
    3214 days ago
    emoticon Happy Belated Birthday!!! emoticon
    3217 days ago
  • v GODSCHILD2_2011
    emoticon Donee Girl!!!
    3218 days ago
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