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2015 Update: SparkPeople has been a part of my success in health endeavors every time I've tried since 2011. It works. Now I have to work!

2011: Hello friends! I'm starting my journey of changing from within. A new friend who is a kindred spirit turned me on to SparkPeople by giving me a copy of the book. I started reading it one week before I joined the website. I can truly say I'm excited and that is a special and welcome feeling.

I hope to become more present, healthy, and energetic for myself and my own sanity but also for the people I serve. I have two Masters degrees. One is in Social Work and the other is in Human Sexuality Education. I work in the field of addictions.

I'm hoping to make some new friends, create motivation, lose weight, gain health, inspire others, turn off the negative self talk, and start hearing sweet sounds of success all around me.

Peace and harmony,

Member Since: 8/14/2011

Fitness Minutes: 18,895

My Goals:
Goals for 2015

Find "Onederland"
Body Love
Soda-free 2015
Only weigh self 24x
Discover my creativity
New Job/Home
Start dating

Goals for Jan'15
No phone in bedroom
Clean kitchen b4 bed
Mindful eating practice
3x/wk Pescatarian
64oz H2O/day
Log nutrition
Start Shred Plan

My Program:
Aligning spiritual and physical practices to achieve goals:
~No phone in bedroom
~Clean kitchen b4 bed
~Mindful eating
~3x/wk Pescatarian
~monthly sweatlodge

Find "Onederland"
~64oz H2O/day
~Log nutrition
~Start Shred Plan
~Blog/journal 1x/wk
~scale 2x/month

Discover my creativity:
~Scrapbook project
~Read "Artist's Way"

New job/new home
~40 bags in 40 days purge challenge
~find apt near gym

~New shoes

Personal Information:
I have 2 cats and they are awesome! MEOW

I had knee surgery in the middle of 2013. I gained a lot (literally & figuratively). My knee has never been the same but I'm still blessed and I will figure out what works for me.

I had 3(yes 3) hand surgeries in 2014. I experience much less pain and I am very grateful!

Systemically I have some challenges but I'm determined to find my new best health and best me!

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  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too.
    It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy."
    -Victoria Moran
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    Thanks for your comment on my blog, "Yep, They're Pretty Big!" I hope your week is going great!
    2711 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by to comment on my blog.. I so understand the cold. We are from Nebraska, then MInnesota 5 yrs, South Dakota 3 yrs and now 2 yrs in Texas.. I miss fall .. you really don't get that here and I will take the cold and snow.. I am a Northern girl at heart..

    I love your pink .. Best wishes on your wonderful Journey ,
    2715 days ago
  • v MACH27
    i get excited when i see someone took the time to comment on my page or my blogs. it was appreciated a lot. your kind words have potency. i wish you similiar success.

    i have been doing the research for about 3 years now, maybe coming up on 4. if you read any of my other blogs you'll see plenty evidence of that.

    just a couple years ago i got down to 240 lbs and my vibration was a lot higher, my confidence was higher, my clothes were sizes smaller, i felt like sharing and bragging more in a tasteful manner.

    we had a death in the family which was a huge stressor, and i got a new job another new stressor and the convenience lifestyle mistakes took their toll. i made some good and bad decisions with food along the way and lost my momentum.

    now i find myself over 300 lbs once more, even when i was a mere 25 lbs away from my goal now im about 85 lbs from my goal. maybe 95 away.

    the point is im trying daily to regain my "why" my reason my passion my inner reason to make the right choices consistently to get those good results and gain upward spiral until it's easy and i crave doing the right stuff all the time.

    im saying all this because it appears some of the biggest issue turns out to be hormones. they are like chemicals that run around and tell everybody what to do. they tell the body to either store up fat, or burn it off. so there's really no point in going against a hormone that tells the body to store fat, we'll just get frustrated and fall deeper. SO i'm trying to get a handle on this hormone thing. i'm hearing eat more healthy food, and more of it, and resistance train with heavy weights for short intense time then rest. h.i.i.t. and rebound and walk or dance seems to be good, and as much yoga and stretching as you want. these things change the hormones and then change the results and the body starts to transform again. so that's what im trying to do or hope that im trying to do.

    i know i can get to my goal, it's just really really hard because my tastebuds right now crave the bad food. so im using my research and experience and trying to concoct all these different little methods until something works. like green tea to increase insulin sensitivity, or apple cider vinegar to thwart candida and tulsi(holy basil) tea to also stop candida. sometimes there's just times i want pizza or chips or ice cream. and that's really annoying because it slows my progress down. some of the best foods are paleo or raw fruit and veg, big salads, teas, and smoothies.

    but this weekend the rebounding really did help a lot.

    thanks again for your kind words
    2721 days ago
    Thank you for stopping by my blog! My daughter (13) generally has very good eating habits, but she and I agree that we could do a better job of working more fresh produce into our daily diets.
    2722 days ago
    You will absolutely get to Onederland, just focus on all the baby steps it takes to get there, one day and one pound at a time! emoticon
    2730 days ago
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