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Hello, I'm from Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada. I joined spark because I want to change my sedentary habits, and learn more about the way I eat.

I used to be very active when I was younger, walking everywhere, playing volleyball, and going for hikes, but after becoming a mother this changed. Suddenly getting as much done as possible was more of a priority, and so I drove everywhere I went.

I also considered myself a very healthy eater. I still do, but I ...
Hello, I'm from Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada. I joined spark because I want to change my sedentary habits, and learn more about the way I eat.

I used to be very active when I was younger, walking everywhere, playing volleyball, and going for hikes, but after becoming a mother this changed. Suddenly getting as much done as possible was more of a priority, and so I drove everywhere I went.

I also considered myself a very healthy eater. I still do, but I just assumed I could lose weight by increasing my activity and reducing my portion size. This didn't seem to produce any results at all. I had no idea how many calories I was consuming to begin with. Even though I was eating healthy food, I was eating a lot of it. Plus, I had no idea how little fiber I was getting, among other things.

So far I've been pretty impressed with this site. I'm not an organized person at all, so I like having my strength exercises chosen for me, and everything scheduled as it should be. I feel more accountable now. I'm not really following the scheduled meals the same way. I keep them turned on as a guide, but I am a very choosy consumer. There are many products I won't purchase, because I don't want to support the company. Plus, I'm also into eating whole foods as much as possible, so no egg white omelets for me.

So far things have being going pretty well. I'm excited, and optimistic, and Iook forward to meeting some of you around here.

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Member Since: 6/25/2010

SparkPoints: 9,782

Fitness Minutes: 17,743

My Goals:
My first goal is to get down to 130 lbs. I am comfortable at that weight.
Ideally, I'd like to get down to 125 lbs, but I'm starting with 130, and I'll reassess things at that point.
I've reached the goal of wearing a bikini although I'm not proud of the fit necessarily every day. Now, I'd like to leaner, more toned, rather than just smaller.

My Program:
I've removed bread and pasta from my diet, for the most part. I'm eating a more Japanese inspired diet.

Starting this month I will be doing hot yoga a minimum of three times a week. I hope to be going for more walks, and the occasional swim as well. I also may supplement with resistance training or the occasional turbojam or turbofire class as the mood strikes me.

Personal Information:
I'm from Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada.
I am 37, and I homeschool my 8 year old son. I am a recovering vegetarian, and my wonderful husband is vegan.
I used to be a radio dj playing mostly jam band music. I love the Grateful Dead, and bluegrass, and just about every kind of music imaginable.
I'm an artist, and an avid knitter. I'm looking forward to using less yarn to make my clothes.

Other Information:
I love Tom Robbins books, books on ayurveda and other methods of alternative healing/living.

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6/30/2012 12:44:16 AM

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Thank you for you: for who you are,
However far away;
And for the words you send to me,
Always happy for what you say.
Knowing simply that you're there,
Yet thinking much of me,
Opens up my happiness,
For all the world to see.
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I am so Blessed by your presence in my life!
Hugs, Teresa
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6/22/2012 10:41:46 PM

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Your friendship has helped me grow.
Your encouragement has helped me
gain confidence in myself.
Knowing someone as caring as you has
made me more sensitive to the needs of others.
Your understanding has helped me to become
more open about my feelings, and listening
to your observations has made me
think a lot about what really matters.
Your friendship has made me see life
as something to be enjoyed. . .
especially with someone like you.
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Wishing you a Wonderful Weekend!
Hugs, Teresa



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6/18/2012 9:32:57 PM

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Obstacles don't have to stop you.
If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan -
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Have A Happy & Healthy Week!
Hugs, Teresa
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6/15/2012 10:55:11 PM

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A friend is like a shade tree
Beside a summer way.
A friend is like the sunshine
That makes a perfect day.
A friend is like a flower
That's worn close to the heart.
A friend is like a treasure
With which one will not part.
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You may only be someone in the world,
but to someone else, you may be the world.
~Unknown Author~
To me, You are the world!
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6/8/2012 11:03:44 PM

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The Gift Of Knowing You
There are gifts of many treasures
For both the young and old,
From the tiniest little trinkets
To great boxes filled with gold.

But, put them all together
And they could not stand in lieu,
Of the greatest gift of all
The gift of knowing you.

When your times are filled with troubles
Sadness, grief, or even doubt,
When all those things you planned on
Just aren't turning out.

Just turn and look behind you
From the place at which you stand,
And look for me through the shadows
And reach out for my hand.

I will lift from you your burden
And cry for you your tears,
Bear the pain of all your sorrows
Though it may be for a thousand years.

For in the end I would be happy
To have helped you start anew,
It's a small price to pay
For the gift of knowing you.
- Dave Stout -
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Have A Wonderful Weekend!
Hugs, Teresa



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