More About Me

Sunday is upon us.  Hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday so far.  I know I am.  Tomorrow I will be swimming.

I promised I would tell everyone more about me so here goes.  I am a 34 year old married female with 2 children.  I grew up in a fairly large suburban town and have always been family oriented.  I have also always enjoyed exercise and fitness.  At one point I used to make fitness collages to motivate myself.  Growing up, my mom would always cook extremely healthy and my body was in excellent shape until a couple of years ago. In high school I weighed 120 lbs, my height  5'7''.  I remember my prom dress being size 3/4.  When I met my husband my weight was 143 pnds, I was still at a healthy weight for my height and worked out frequently at the gym.  Then all of the sudden before I knew it my weight increased to 214 pounds at my heaviest.  This weight gain did not take place after children as after the birth of my second child I weighed about 160 pounds.  It happened because I stopped taking care of myself and was focused on my family, school, and work. 

I have now learned that you can focus on yourself and your family.  It is important to watch what you eat and also feed your family healthy foods.  If you do not take care of yourself, you eventually won't be around to take care of your family.  Americans have lost the purpose in eating.  Many eat because they "crave" certain things or they may feel they cannot stop eating.  This can be controlled with the mind.  People are supposed to eat for nutrition, to make your body keep going.  

To date, over the past two years I have gradually lost a total of 40 pounds.  By December of this year I hope to weigh 145 pounds and know I WILL DO IT.  I have become extremely active in the past four weeks and have never felt better.  It all started with taking a weekly class with my sister.  Thanks SIS and the others who have motivated me - you know who you are :-) xo.

Tip of the Day:  Start a daily food journal.  This has helped me.  You don't realize how much you are eating until you write it down.  You may say to yourself, "HMmmm, do I really need to eat those cookies after lunch?"  There are so many apps that you can download to assist you in logging your food. 

What are some of your healthy dishes?  I would also like to hear more about you.......

Determined Diva holds a MBA in Business Administration from UMUC and her BS in Psychology.  She is also currently pursuing a certificate and a MDE in Distance Education.  Professionally she has held a management position in a large urban hospital in which she was employed for over 11 years.  Now she is focused on herself and her education.  She enjoys writing, reading, education, exercise, and hopes one day to write a book.  Maybe, it will be titled 365 tips.....(enough said).     

I will look like this again..... minus the dark hair LOL...(keyword WILL).  See below:

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