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I'm a 37 year old fun and funky chic. Oh ya, and a mother of two boys, aged 3 and 6. And I love it. I've never known such joy. But looking over the past few years, I've lost my commitment to taking care of myself. I never thought I'd give so much to everyone else that I'd neglect and begin to abuse myself. Well, it's time for a change in perspective. Not necessarily priorities, but perspective. I keep hearing everywhere that if you don't take care of yourself, you'll have very little reserves to draw on when others need you. I do feel pretty dry, pretty worn out. And in an attempt to be good to myself, I have eaten bigger portions, and begun to "treat" myself. But when you have lots of cream in your coffee every day, or a cookie or dessert every day, it's no longer a once a week treat. It's not a treat at all. It's a bad habit. All my efforts to nurture myself have been addressing the wrong aspect of the self that needs nurturing. And feeding that fatigue has not nurtured me. On the contrary, the more I try to help myself and treat myself and pamper myself with big healthy meals, the fatter I've become. The emptier I've felt. The more bad habits I've formed.

For almost 20 years I have battled with weight. At times, I've felt triumphant, like I will never slide back into making bad choices and being overweight again. And then it happens - these 50 pounds creep back on, with an accompanying sense of failure. I've been really pleased to find articles on motivation here on Sparkpages, which help to demystify the whole experience of weight gain and loss, controlling cravings, staying motivated...

I'm excited to start rethinking my habits, creating new ones (with the help of sparkstreaks) and pampering my spirit, my body, my mind with things that really gratify.

I'm thrilled to be on this journey with all of you:)

Member Since: 11/16/2009

Fitness Minutes: 3,470

My Goals:
My goal is ultimately to grow into my best self. I think she is a person who sees food and my relationship with it from a healthy perspective. In the process, I will lose the excess weight (50 pounds at least) that have become so emotionally and physically harmful to me.

My Program:
I'm charting all my food and exercise. I'm also participating in message board discussions to remain focused and supported. I'm encouraging my friends and family to support me, and I'm reaching out to my other friends who feel the same hopelessness and fatigue so they can be encouraged to pursue their best self.

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I'm a 36 year old mother of two very young boys. I live with my Australian hubby and kids in San Diego, CA (a very body conscious place - and an easy place to pursue my hobbies like ocean swimming, biking, hiking, etc.) I love to be outdoors, especially in my organic vegee garden, or walking the kids and dogs.

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I love doing what I can to help our planet. Composting, line drying my clothes, eating locally grown foods, and less processed ones. I feel like my dream self is someone who has a small impact on the planet and that naturally feeds back into my own health.

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