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Strong. Focused. Not afraid to take a risk... Coming soon to a Jellybean near you!

Strong, inside and out!

Freedom, wind in my hair, confidence, power, strength, beauty. This picture inspires me (even though I am a pasty white redhead who will never look like this woman! lol )

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No really, I mean it.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. -Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; Freedom is something that people take and people are as free as they want to be. -James Arthur Baldwin

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance. -Bruce Barton

To keep the body in good health is a ...

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. -Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; Freedom is something that people take and people are as free as they want to be. -James Arthur Baldwin

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance. -Bruce Barton

To keep the body in good health is a duty. . . otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. -Buddha

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. -The apostle, Paul

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life Is the source from which self-respect springs. -Joan Didion

It's 2014 and my life is still a mess of taking care of everyone else. My weight has continued to rise.
Today, I'm starting some basic movements to recover from a fractured collarbone - but I don't want to settle for walking.
Our church was looking for cyclists for a fund raiser in June. I want to participate, but if I start training tomorrow, I won't be able to be ready by then.
So it's time for change.
It's not about the weight. It's about living my life for me.
This coming fall, I will be hitting 2 milestones in my life, and i want to meet them strong, and full of hope.
I am powerful and creative and my life matters. It's time to live accordingly.

July 2012 - I'm back. I've gained about 15lbs over the winter. It all started with the kidlet spending a long time in the hospital. I stopped eating properly and din't have time to exercise. That's OK for a week or so, but after a few months, you start to feel tired and sick, and have lost the habits.
Even though it's been half a year now, I just never found my rhythm again. Now that I'm homeschooling (instead of the computer programming I was doing before) I feel like my time is not at all my own. And some added food allergies have improved my health, but left me at a bit of a loss in the kitchen...
SO I'm back after maintaining my weight for more than 2 1/2 years!
I am relearning how to take care of myself. To make time to plan my meals. To take time to for friends, resting, and praying each day. To exercise every day, to slowly build strength, to do what I can and accept what I can not do... yet. To treat myself with gentleness so that I do not need to make excuses.
I expect that the weight will come off..

Oct 2011 - Still maintaining. I'm back at my orginal goal weight, which is a bit disappointing, since I dropped 10 lbs. below without really trying. I have not visited SP for quite some time, because well, I didn't really need to. But an injury has kept me from working out for about a year now...
But I'M BACK! And I have some new goals.
I've started ChaLean Extreme this week. It's a 90 day program and here are my goals for the end of the program (Jan 31, 2012):
-1" smaller for each waist & hips
- Feel stronger and more energetic
-Decrease body fat by 10% (for total of 20%)
(Also, an ultimate goal of 18% by May 31. 2012)
(Also, by May, I would like to have reduced my resting heart rate to below 70 again)

I'd ask you to wish me luck, but I'd rather you held me accountable!

06/06/09 Since signing up for SparkPeople I've come to the surprising realization that I *can* do this. I've reached my weight goal and have been setting higher and higher fitness goals - I am probably in better shape now than ever before in my life!
But the challenge remains - I still have to strive to make my own health and happiness a priority. My weight still drifts up when I am busy and tired, and don't take the time to take care of myself.
I am now determining to reward myself - not to make up for doing something unpleasant, but to take action to remind myself that I am worthwhile. And I am allowed to enjoy my self!

Aug 08: I've struggled with me health for as long as I can remember. I've often felt that getting out of bed in the morning, and maintaining a positive attitude in the midst of pain, was enough.
I have realized that now is the time to move forward and improve myself. Because I'm worth it. Because it is not an accident that I am this person in this time and place, and that I am worth taking care of. (cliche, yes, but also a profound revelation for me)
So here I am. Where are you?

Accountability: (I never got around to this... )
Measurements coming soon.
Icky photo coming soon. Really. I mean it. I can do this.
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 current weight: 192.0 

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Member Since: 8/1/2008

My Goals:
March 2014
155lbs by Oct 20
Eat stomach soothing foods
Drink Water
I will run again (Couch to 5K)
Me time
Music, Worship, Gratitude

May 2013
Lose 1.5lbs per week to reach 155 lbs by September 15

Eat healthy quantities of healthy foods. Remember, if it doesn't make me sick, it's fair game.
Target: Balanced 1200-1550 calories/day

Move my body. Outdoors.
Love my body.
Learn to take care of, even pamper myself. Teach others to take care of themselves.


170 lbs by Dec 25, 2008.
(Final goal, 159lbs, spring 2009)
Healthy - less arthritis pain, healthy skin, digestive tract
100 modified pushups by 31/12/08
100 real pushups by 15/03/09
Size: less than 14
Big beautiful muscles, that you can actually see.

My Program:
Eat well (no gluten, corn oats, eggs (or other allergens)) when hungry.
Daily deficit of 600-800 calories
Stretch, stretch, stretch.
Walk/Run Intervals
Daily Walk
Cardio Videos
Getting Ready to Chalean Xtreme in the fall!

*100 pushups program
*get stationary bike and pedal while checking email.
*increase steps/day by 10%/mo
*Geek out (it makes me feel good, and fuels my workout)

Personal Information:
I thank God everyday for my family - my husband and my son (who has special needs).
I live in a beautiful home in BC, Canada.
I love music, animals, the outdoors.

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6/13/2014 3:19:35 AM

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6/12/2014 5:18:40 AM

Thank you so much for my seedling! It is lovely to wake up to something good in the morning. Today is a new day. The sun is shining, my mood is much improved, onwards and downwards (on the scale that is!). I hope you have a good day, filled with wonderful things x

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6/10/2014 8:57:17 PM

Welcome to the 10K Steps a Day team! Looking forward to getting to know you. Spark research has shown that people who use the threads and posts tend to lose more weight on average than those who do not. So what are you waiting for? Start posting and get your weight loss going!

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9/9/2012 6:02:36 PM

Thanks for your comments on my blog and wall. Its nice to know there is another mom out there going through some of the same things. :)

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8/16/2012 4:23:33 PM

JELLYBEAN! I'm so glad you're still doing well despite the, well, crap that life throws out sometimes! I've been pretty slacking the last few months (I've been busy, although thats a pretty lame excuse!) and I too am struggling with having to mostly begin again. Sigh. Oh well. I rode my bike to work yesterday for the first time in a while, and put more air in the tires (which would have made sense to do first, but whatever) so hopefully I'll get my butt back out there on it in the really near future and re-grow all of the 'get up big hills' muscles I had a the beginning of summer!
Its sounds like your in a pretty good mental place, keep up the good work and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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