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Home is where the cats are.

It took me a long time, but I've finally decided to join SP to try and lose weight. I have health issues and issues with self-esteem, and I just feel like it's time to get serious about losing weight.

I am in my 40s and live in the DC area with my boyfriend and 7 rescued cats. We are vegans and are learning how to homestead, little by little.

I pay my bills as a secretary, but started my own business selling photography goods and services, hand crafts, virtual ...
It took me a long time, but I've finally decided to join SP to try and lose weight. I have health issues and issues with self-esteem, and I just feel like it's time to get serious about losing weight.

I am in my 40s and live in the DC area with my boyfriend and 7 rescued cats. We are vegans and are learning how to homestead, little by little.

I pay my bills as a secretary, but started my own business selling photography goods and services, hand crafts, virtual assisting and writing/editing services, and vintage goods back in 2008. THAT is where my heart is--with my own business. It's just too young to support me yet.

When I'm not working--and I work a LOT, as you can guess--I like to travel, cook (I especially enjoy taking traditional recipes and veganizing them,) read, and of course help animals. (I no longer take animals into my home, but I try and remain active in animal rescue in other ways.) I am an artist and Child of Nature at heart (Hippie!)

As active as I am, there is not much I love more than my home, my boyfriend, and my animals.

It's nice to meet you!
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MAESTRAPLANK12
7/3/2015 9:55:40 PM

emoticon Happiness does not depend on what happens outside of you, but on what happens inside of you.

H appiness if found within not in people and things.

A cceptance of the present regardless of what fears/inner demons you may
be facing

P ersistence in seeking love and happiness inside ourselves so we may
experience the abundance of love and beauty that encompasses us

P atience with ourselves as we learn and grow through our personal trials
and tribulations life often presents to us unexpectedly.

I nside ourselves are all the answers we seek, believe in yourself with a s
smile on your face

N ever give up yourself! Challenge your belief systems with an open heart
and a positive mind set

E ndless love and happiness awaits you, seek it consciously without delay

S pirit of love is the essence of our original form; happiness is our natural
state of being

S trive in the face of adversity and feel your spirit soar to new heights
experiencing love, peace and happiness from this moment forward. Live
as if there is no tomorrow, for you reap what you sow.

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6/17/2015 10:21:48 AM

“Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.”
—Rollo May

Some days we wake up to overwhelming feelings that things look bleak. We see loss and danger around us, and we fear for the future. That is when our character is most tested. That is when we are called to continue to just put one foot in front of the other. There is no need to solve all our problems right away or to change the world immediately. Courage isn’t necessarily a feeling of confidence that we can triumph over all odds. It’s knowing that we can move ahead one step at a time, and it’s taking positive action in the face of our fears.
Each day we can do small things that are constructive. By these small things, we can place ourselves on the positive side of life’s equation. We can put our weight where we want to go. That is courage.
Today, in the face of my despair, I will focus my efforts on the side of my hopes and values


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6/7/2015 10:51:35 AM

When you make a change, you make a difference.

emoticon Every transformation starts a dream.

emoticon Goals give you the ability to be self-directed and in control.

emoticon You have the power to change, and no one can take that
away!

emoticon Life gives you the choice...either learn to overcome
challenges or succumb to them.


emoticon Your success is giving others hope they too have the
power to change.

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emoticon Jen! A healthy lifestyle is a long-term process! It is a journey of self-discovery and building a meaningful life. Give each goal 100% of commitment. For lasting results, acquire a lifetime commitment from replacing old habits and behaviors into making daily healthy choices and positive lifestyle changes! Learn all that you can to improve the quality of your health. Make your health a priority! Have a blessed weekend!


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5/23/2015 8:53:16 AM

Sometimes the healthiest thing I can do for myself is to admit that I am not perfect. I am human. I make mistakes. Today I will have the courage to look the truth in the face, admit my errors and achievements, appreciate my growth. and make amends where I have done harm. I will not attempt to manage or control what is beyond my powers. I will dedicate myself to managing my own life, and only mine.

There is only one corner of the world you can be sure of improving.and that is your own self.

As I look at my fitness, nutrition and personal goals, I seek progress not perfection. I admit I am not perfect, but I am making positive changes and I rejoice in my growth as I seek to eliminate my character defects. Strength comes from facing adversity and not giving in, not surrendering, not giving up.

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