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I'm a beautiful woman as I am right now - but I am a beautiful woman who knows she can be healthier and that's what this is all about for me.

I am married to a man who still makes my heart skip a beat after 13 years together. We have created 2 energetic boys whom I want to be around for as long as possible.

Being a #spoonie isn't easy, but there is so much support from each other it is a true blessing indeed! (Want to know what a #spoonie is read "The Spoon Theory" by Christine Miserandino here:
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In October 2012 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Ray) and a Lupus (Lu) variant called Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. Ray still seems to affect me more days than Lu does but for the most part, more often than not I feel 90% normal thanks to working with my Rheumatologist, stubbornness, and positive thinking.

From February 2012 - November 2012 I went back to school and earned my Massage Therapy License (yes I was diagnosed during school). I am proud of myself for having completed the program with the different honors I earned including Valedictorian.

I love being a Massage Therapist, a Reiki Practitioner, and a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist. My next goal is to be certified in Hospice Massage. Both kids and dying are underserved areas and working with both would still be easy on my body.

When I first joined SparkPeople in May 2011, I lost 20 pounds. I am proud of myself for that. Sadly I have put all of that back on and a bit more, but I did it once and I know I can do it again. I recently re-watched a video that really reminded me that excuses are weak and that I AM STRONG. Here's a link to the video if you want to watch it:

Now I have come back around to SparkPeople and I will go back to setting monthly goals for myself to reach and if other family and friends want to join me they are more than welcome to.

Follow along with me on my weight loss adventure if you want to. If you don't thanks for stopping by and may you be blessed in your life.

In Gratitude, Love & Light,

Member Since: 5/5/2011

Fitness Minutes: 48,160

My Goals:
* To continue listening to my body and being stronger than Ray (my nickname for Rheumatoid Arthritis)

* To slowly get back to my 5K training - oh how I miss running/jogging!

* To find the best me I can be and be her!

My Program:
My program consists of:

* being more mindful of what I eat

* being more mindful of how much I eat

* being more mindful of when I eat

* drinking more water

* exercising for at least 30 minutes each day

* reading & working through "The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size" by Julia Cameron

* reading & working through "A Course In Weight Loss" by Marianne Williamson

* restarting & finishing "The Spark"

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I am a strong, healthy, whole daughter, wife, mom, and Massage Therapist. I will become stronger, healthier and more connected to myself with every passing day.

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Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going.
~ Jim Ryun
People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing -
that's why it's recommended daily.
~Zig Ziglar
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water.
Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash.
Be water, my friend.
~ Bruce Lee
To sweat means you... have passion... are determined... are fearless... are changing... are unstoppable!

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