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When I moved to the Fredericksburg area back in 2010, I was excited about my future of finally being a stay-at-home-mom. I had worked years to support my older two children after my first marriage ended in divorce. He left when they were very young and did not offer any support financially or otherwise. I was blessed to marry a wonderful man a few years later, who adopted them quickly after our marriage.

So here I was in a new area, with a new husband and a new baby, and I had no idea what to do. I decided that I would use this time to join the local family gym and I spent a ton of time there. The excess weight quickly dropped off and I was in the best shape of my life. An unexpected fracture of some bones in my foot, though, sent me on an unplanned downward spiral medically.

The years that followed included a hip replacement, nerve damage, years of pain and, worst of all, weight gain. Thankfully, I finally feel that I am on the way back up and worked hard the last few months of 2015 to improve my eating habits (you may have seen my blog for the Doctor Yum Project!) and pass those habits on to my children.

I found, though, that my issues with food ran far deeper than just eating bad things. So I am dedicated to not just figuring out how to eat healthier in 2016, but also how to BE a HEALTHIER ME!

I am thrilled to tell you that I’ve joined the Lose it and Gain weight loss contest/fundraiser to benefit the Fairy Godmother Projec t — a charity that supports the families of children with pediatric cancer. My goal is to lose weight and raise funds. I would be honored and appreciative if you could support me in this endeavor by pledging as little as $1 or more per pound lost. I will be competing against others in our community for most weight lost, percentage of weight lost and most funds raised. The contest runs through March 31 and you can track my progress on my blog here on www.FredericksburgParent.net.

If you are interested in sponsoring me, or joining in on the fun yourself, please click here or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on the Doctor Yum Project or Fairy Godmother Project, please check out their websites at www.doctoryum.org and www.fairygodmotherproject.org

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