Sunday, June 6, 2010


Shellie Carter
I’m Shellie, a 35-year-old mom fighting against genes, and wanting to wear a much smaller size of jeans! My affinity (not addiction! Really!) for Coke Zero has not been kind to my teeth enamel, and I need something to keep me from making excuses for not reading my scriptures. This challenge will help me be consistent on all fronts, and I intend to win it!

Amberly Robinson
I'm Amberly, a 31-year-old mother to three little busy ones who has a desire to stay in shape but lacks motivation on my own!  I want to provide a healthy role model for my children as well as feel comfortable in the swimming suit I will be wearing all summer.   I am looking forward to sharing our successes and challenges through this process.  I have been in the habit of eating dinner with Denten after he gets home from work which is usually after the kids are in bed.  I'll have to switch that one up, as well as find time each day to fit in productive exercise. 

Rachel Austin
I'm Rachel, 33 and single. I am a foodie! I am participating in the challenge to break a few terrible habits (such as eating before bedtime) and begin living my life with better and healthier habits and attitude.

Julie Austin
Hi, I'm Julie and I am nearly 30 years old.  In March, my sister Rachel and I made the commitment to live a healthier lifestyle and this challenge has a lot of the same goals. It seems like a great way to stay on track and to give us some additional motivation.  I think my biggest challenge will be my slight (read - huge) chocolate addiction, but as my sponsor says, one day at a time.

Heather Evans

Amanda Mitsuda
Hi, I am Amanda Mitsuda. I am a mother of four. I have two very helpful girls that are 6 and 3 and twin 9 month olds. We are having a busy summer of swimming and working out at the YMCA. I love being part of the fitness challenge because even if I don't feel like a serious contender I am still creating awesome habits and losing weight. I changed my diet to mostly plant based in April. I lost 20 lbs quickly but hit a rut. The fitness challenge has helped me continue to my fitness goals. My biggest struggle has been keeping focused, planning, and avoiding silly slip ups. "Is it really past 7:30? Dang it" :)

Michelle Sherman
My name is Michelle Sherman.  I am a 35-year-old mother of 5 children.  My weight gain has been a result of having five kids and not taking care of myself in the mean time.  I am finally DONE having babies and I am ready to get myself back.  I have A LONG ROAD in this whole weigh loss thing and accountability is a huge factor for me in being successful in accomplishing my goals.  I also need the motivation to stay on course with the most important things in life, such as scripture reading and FHE.  I am excited to get started!

Melissa Goodman

Suzette Haynie
I am 40 years old.  I have five children:  Abbie (15), Sarah (13), Max (10), Elizabeth (8) and Mary (almost 6).  I am excited for the challenge.  I love working with others and it motivates me to know that I have "sisters" out there striving to meet the challenges of the day!  I know that taking this opportunity to establish routines and better habits will help me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritulally.  My husband is cheering me on...he's not ready to give up the soda yet but he was up getting his exercise in this morning!  I hope to shed those 15 pounds that make me feel sluggish but mostly hope to lose the mental baggage that prevents me from sticking to it! 
On a side note, I love learning about nutrition and have studied about and taught cooking classes on whole grains.  When the fiber week is up remember that you can munch on veggies all day and still might not hit the 30 grams.  Whole grains will help us reach this goal.  (Brown rice, wheat, quinoa, millet, teff, spelt etc.)

Monica Lunt
My name is Monica Lunt and I am a 32 year old mother of 4.  I have never had much trouble with my weight (some would protest my belief that I do now), until recently.  Since I had my last baby 2 1/2 years ago I began to notice that I was slowly gaining a few unwanted pounds.  I started back to school a year and a half ago and my many hours in front of the computer have added few more.  I deal with stress and sleepiness while studying by eating sweets (mostly peanut M&M's)and I have a weakness for Coke (full strength please, not diet!)I am in this challenge because I love a good competition and I know this will push me to be consistent and meet my goals which are to kick the bad habits and make some good ones...and to fit back into some of the clothes in my closet that have gotten more than a little too snug.   Bring It!!
Christi Poulsen
I am a 34-year-old wife and mother to four terrific kids.  In the last year or so I have started running a lot and for some reason I really enjoy it, but I often need a reason to get up early each morning.  I also want to get in some better habits and help my kids see the right way to eat and enjoy life.  I want to stay young and healthy so I can play with my kids for a very long time.  I also love a good competition and who doesn't need money for new clothes!!!!!       

Linda Abegg
My name is Linda Abegg.  I'm a 25 year old stay at home, work part time from home, mom of one. Weight management always has and always will be a focus for me, but since losing 40lbs in high school, I've been able to keep myself at a decent weight.  I lost the weight I wanted to after my son was born and was able to maintain it for about 8 months.  Lately I've been lazy and gained a few pounds.  I'm mostly in this to motivate myself back into better habits.  I love ice cream and am addicted to eating sweets throughout the day.

Monica Adair
My name is Monica.  I am a 38 year old mom of three in Mesa, Arizona.  I teach Yoga and Pilates classes a few times a week and absolutely love them.  I stay reasonably tone but I've been a bit lazy about doing cardio this year.  I know I need to be better about this!  I'm very busy trying to keep hubby, children, fitness classes and home-based advertising job all chugging along.  It's a daily workout!  I'm pretty careful about what I eat.  I love to read my scriptures but could use a little more motivation.  I love the idea of having to report to other women in the same boat as me.  I am absolutely going to give this my best shot!!  Good luck to all of you!

Jessica Kern
I'm Jessica, a soon-to-be-30 (I still have 3 more weeks of being 29!) mother to two little girls, ages 3 and 1. I like to exercise, but lack consistency from week to week. I am also trying to get rid of the evening munchies--I stopped nursing a couple of months ago, though I still find myself snacking extra out of habit rather than actual hunger. I'm looking forward to the fitness challange to help me with motivation and to change some of my bad habits into good ones.

Jaime Rasmussen
Hi! I'm a 32-yr old wife and mama to three energetic kiddos in New York City; and given all the walking we do, I should be in better shape. I would really love to lose the last stubborn 10 lbs of twin pregnancy weight the right way and permanently. I am ready to change a big nasty habit that holds me back from exercising in the morning - the luxurious afternoon nap! I end up staying up all hours and barely able to peel myself out of bed as my husbands walks out the door. I consider myself a former-athlete and, sadly, my arm gets sore when I brush my teeth. There is so much room for improvement. All too often I look to clothes to hide what I don't like about my physique. I am so ready to tackle my squishy parts head on and put the credit card down. I know that I will be a better me, wife and mama by making exercise and good eating a priority every day. I especially like doing this arm-in-arm with friends!

Maren Bigney
I'm Maren,  32-year-old mom from Houston, TX.  I'm looking forward to forming new healthy habits, especially no eating after 7:30.  I'm 
hoping to lose a few pounds, and rejuvenate my spirit. I have Achilles tendonitis that I just can't shake so I'm going to have to figure out 
a way to work around it to do the cardio.  I am happy to have buddies on my way to healing.

Kristina King
My name is Kristina and I am a 34-year-old mother of 2 and have always struggled with my weight. I have a major sweet tooth and unfortunately my 2 year old daughter seems to have inherited my insatiable appetite for sweets, especially chocolate. Food is the way I deal with stress. I hope this challenge will help me (and my family) to find better ways to deal with stress and to break my terrible habit of needing endless supplies of chocolate.

Tom King
Hi, I'm Tom.  I am 32 years old and married to Kristina.  I am an attorney working in the Bay Area in the field of patent litigation.  I am mostly doing this to support Kristina.

Rosanna Crain
My name is Rosanna and I am a 57-year-old mother of 8 and grandmother of 12. I've let myself get out of shape and haven't been eating right and I hope this challenge will help me do better.

Sharon Beesley
I'm Sharon, 28-year-old mother of three children. I am signed up to run in the Nike Women's Marathon this October and I’m hoping that this will motivate me to eat healthier, which will make my runs more enjoyable. Last year I lost 12 pounds and felt fabulous. But then my scale’s battery died and the weight crept back up. I still haven't replaced the battery. But I will be June 7th! I am looking forward to fitting into my skinny clothes again and buying new clothes with the money I win from this contest. Watch out for me!

Lara Goold
My name is Lara Goold and I’ve lived in the DC area for the last 13 years.  I’m a 37-year-old mother of 5 kids, ages 5-15.  Between all of their activities, the arrival of early morning seminary into our house this year, and trying to get one too many things done at a time I’m struggling to stay in the shape I’d like to be in.  I’ve already cut down my sweet intake to only once a week, but I’m excited for the challenge of taking it a step further with more consistent exercise. 

Glen Goold
I am Lara’s husband, Glen, and like her I have lived in the DC area for 13 years. I am 38 years old with the same 5 great children Lara mentioned.  For the last year, I have been working much more strenuously on my health with measured progress.  I am excited for this challenge to maintain consistency in my physical and spiritual exercise routines.  I am particularly looking forward to the weekly challenges as they look to be things I have wanted to incorporate into my regiment for some time.

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