Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Slimming Down in Siberia

Hello, my name is Tami. Along with my family, I live in Siberia, Russia. We are missionaries here. I am 36 years old, and I have been married to Steve for 16 years. We have lived in Russia since 2000. The Lord has blessed us with 3 children: Ashley, 12, Andrew, 10, and Melissa, 6.

I have been thin most of my life until our last furlough, a little over a year ago. During the furlough, I gained some weight, which I have not yet lost.

I want to do this challenge, because I want to lose weight, and feel better about myself. I am also an RN, and worked for a few years in a Coronary Care Unit, and know the value of maintaining a healthy weight for your health. I have a family history of both heart disease and cancer on both sides of my family, and I want to lower those risk factors by eating properly and maintaining a healthy weight for my body.

I am 5'3", and currently weigh 127. I would like to weigh 112, which is the weight I was all through high school, college, and until my children were born. After my pregnancies, I was always able to get back to my normal weight. After my youngest, I noticed about a year after I quit nursing that the weight was starting to creep up on me. When we left for furlough I was about 5 lb. more than I wanted to be.

In Russia, we do not have fast food restaurants, and so I waited 2 or 3 years thinking about eating all my favorite foods. When we were on furlough, I pretty much ate all the things I had been wanting to eat, and now I am left with 15 extra pounds that I want to lose.

I am sorry this post is late, but I spent half the day trying to figure out how to post. I know many of you are probably experts at this, but this is pretty new for me.

I stay busy homeschooling my children, helping occasionally in Sunday School, teaching English to 2 groups of children, and doing Bible studies.

I look forward to getting to know some of you through this challenge.


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