About Me

I'm Sunshine.

Yes, that IS my real name.  No, my parents were NOT hippies.

L and I at a DMB concert at the Gorge 2007.
July 2008
I am a Wisconsin girl until I die, and I totally bleed green and yellow, but I currently live in Portland, Oregon.  On March 22, 2007 I met a boy here (that in itself is a long story), and I had never been to the west coast before.  Fell in love with the boy, and appreciated the city, so I moved myself and my three cats out here. 

2008 with my little sister
I am a high school English teacher that was displaced for political reasons, and now in the current climate I am unemployed.  I lost my teaching job at the end of the 2010 school year after successfully implementing an AP course that the school never had before.  I feel that I was meant to teach, but I am not one who is satisfied with sitting around waiting for things to change.  I think it will be several years before any significant changes occur to prioritize education, so I might have to give up my passion and try something new.  This spring ('11), I will embark on a path I NEVER thought I'd find myself on--I am taking math and science courses in preparation for a career in the medical profession (Medical Assistant/Surgical Technician).
October 2008

I am a sports fanatic: baseball and football (pro) are my favorites, but I also love the world of team sports. I was a three-sport athlete in high school, and I have coached volleyball (JV & 8th graders)--which I loved almost as much as playing the sport.

Right now I am motivated to make significant changes in my lifestyle in order to get to a healthy weight.  I haven't seen a healthy weight since my freshman year in college, and I hate what I have let happen to my body (and health).  I would also like to be able to get on the Wii Fit without the sad noise and frowny face.

I am engaged to the boy I moved out here for, we have three cats (one of mine passed away from cancer in 2009), and we are total foodies and beverage-ies (we have two wine fridges and a beer fridge).

2009 in Hawaii
2009 with my gramma who passed in 2010.
2009-nearing my heaviest weight.
With my awesome friends (2009). I am second from the left.  The biggest.
L & I the night we announced our engagement January 2010

July 2010--joined WW this day.
I joined Weight Watchers in July of 2010, and I have seen the most success when I track 100% of everything I eat, workout on a regular basis, and don't deny myself cravings.  This is the longest I have stayed with the program, and I have vowed to not quit until my healthy weight goal has been attained. 

August 2010
December 2010 before my first ever 5K

Dec 2010
Jan 2011
Dec 2010

This is my journey.  The good, the bad, and the ugly...it's me!

Thank you for visiting! I really appreciate any feedback at all, so don't hesitate to comment or contact me!

January 2011
I hope you are having an awesome day!

March 2011