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Paleo,... It's what's for dinner,...

I've been through hell and back,... And yet, I'm still here. It has been a whirl wind... I got divorced. I lost my job. I got involved in an abusive relationship. I gained back all the weight that I lost. I was unemployed for way over a year. Now I'm working two jobs (at least through tax season) to pay off the debt that piled up when I was in the unhealthy "relationship."

I'm working on "me" at a time when time itself is my most precious commodity. I don't get enough sleep, I'm ...
I've been through hell and back,... And yet, I'm still here. It has been a whirl wind... I got divorced. I lost my job. I got involved in an abusive relationship. I gained back all the weight that I lost. I was unemployed for way over a year. Now I'm working two jobs (at least through tax season) to pay off the debt that piled up when I was in the unhealthy "relationship."

I'm working on "me" at a time when time itself is my most precious commodity. I don't get enough sleep, I'm tired a LOT and it's certainly a struggle.

BUT, I love my church. I finally have my own tiny little apartment (I lived with family and friends for awhile). I have my two cats to greet me each night when I get home. I love both my jobs. I get to live in gorgeous California on the SF Penninsula. I have decided to follow the Paleo lifestyle because food will not rule my life. I want to be healthy in every way - body, mind and soul. I want to start tri training again, but I know my time limitations right now and I'm not going to force anything.

If you're new to my page,... here is a little bit about my weightloss journey...

In 2007 I dropped 40 pounds and it was a great start to a new and healthy life. 2008 was more of a maintenance year riddled with injuries and disappointments. 2009 was my triathlon year. I did four that year.

Fast forward to 2012. I put most of the weight back on. And I need to find a better way to live a healthy life. Some of the things I was doing to lose weight before weren't very healthy. This time, I am finding a plan that works with me and my body and my emotions. 2012 is the year of Paleo.

It's all about balance. A healthy body, mind and spirit.

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Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct your paths. "

Proverbs 3, 5-6
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My Goals:
1) Eat the Paleo way

2) Triathlon training

3) Live happy

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I am 29, I live in gorgeous CA and I have two cats. I have an orange tabby cat (Aslan) and a mostly black cat (Joe).

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Height: 5'9"

After many diets, lifestyle changes and struggles, I have decided to eat the Paleo way. I've been listening to my body and the way I feel after eating various foods. I am tired of being tired all the time. I've been doing research and eating Paleo makes sense.

I'll let you join me on this new eating adventure!

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JSMC10
11/22/2012 8:57:49 AM

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain

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11/21/2012 4:37:43 AM

Climb The Mountain


I tried to climb the mountain today. As I inched my way up the path, I felt out of breath and had to turn back.
I tried to climb the mountain today. But, It was so hot outside, I thought I had better stay in my nice air-conditioned house and rest up for tomorrow's attempt.
I tried to climb the mountain today. On my journey, darkness started to fall and I was full of fear, so I had to return to a safe place.
I was ready to climb the mountain today. But I had so may other things to do, so instead of climbing the mountain I took care of the much more important tasks; I washed my car, mowed the grass and watched the big game. Today the mountain will have to wait.
I was going to climb the mountain today. But as I stared at the mountain in all it's majestic beauty, I knew I had no chance of making it to the top, so I figured why even begin trying.
I had forgotten about climbing the mountain today, until an old friend came by and asked what I was up to lately. I told him about all my plans to climb that mountain someday. I went on and on about how I was going to accomplish the task.
He stopped me and said, "I just got back from climbing that mountain. for the longest time I told myself I was going to try to climb it but never made any progress."
"I almost let the dream of making it to the top die. I came up with every excuse of why I could not make it up the mountain, but never once did I give myself a reason why I could. One day as I stared at the mountain and pondered, I realized that if I didn't make an attempt at this dream all my dreams would eventually die."
" The next morning, I started my climb. It was not easy, and at times I wanted to quit. But no matter what I faced, I placed one foot in front of the other, keeping a steady pace. When the wind tried to blow me over the edge, I kept walking. When the voices inside my head screamed, stop! I focused on my goal, never letting it out of sight. I kept moving forward. I could not quit because I knew I had come too far to stop now. Time and time again, I reassured myself that I was going to finish this journey. I struggled mightily to make it to the top, but I CLIMBED THE MOUNTAIN."
"I have to be going," my friend said. "Tomorrow is a new day to accomplish more dreams. By the way what are you going to do tomorrow?"
I looked at him, with intensity and confidence in my eyes, and said, "I HAVE A MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB."Author unknown

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CALI_POPPY
7/19/2012 8:41:18 PM

You can make it work here but at what cost? I'm losing out on so much that I will never obtain here. A house with a backyard is pretty damn important to me, I like to grow stuff, but I will never get that in the Bay Area, I just don't make enough. My last raise was officially my last raise and I work for HP!! And I have a BS in Computer Science!! Its just a tight market, too many people willing to live on top of each other for low paying jobs...just not my cup of tea. I'm really looking forward to my escape though! At least you will know you have a friend in Chico! Everyone needs one of those...trust me.



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CALI_POPPY
4/20/2012 6:24:30 PM

Aaawww, thanks for the love and support today!!! You rock! Hoping you are enjoying some downtime with tax season being over and the sunshine popping out!
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CALI_POPPY
4/13/2012 12:29:30 PM

Go ticker go!!!!!



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