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Spring 2008




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"The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for." - Louis L'Amour

The real key to weight loss? Learn to love and respect yourself! And enjoy the journey you're on, because life isn't something that's going to happen, it's the breath you take right now!

In the past three years, I've officially become hooked on healthy living. What goes in my body supports the intensly physical lifestyle I've chosen and I savor life and the world around me as a place of amusement, bliss and calm.

I eat well every day - clean, local and organic foods are my main goal. I try to eat mostly raw and try not to be too fanatical about it. I definitely believe that "we are what we eat" and learned it the hard way, suffering through years of osteoarthritis, fibro-pain, joint and muscle pain and regular headaches. For me, the fix isn't any drug, but diet and exercise.

I love to work out every day. LOVE IT! I run, swim, bike and hike on my own or with friends and family. I also take pilates and kickboxing classes at a studio nearby. I've ran two marathons in the June 2010 and I swim severak miles a week during the summer. Working out gives me the energy I need for the rest of my day and helps relieve the stress of dealing with teenagers and elderly parents who live with us.

I meditate. Every day first thing in the morning. I find a calmness has descended upon me that gives me patience I never knew I had. I still have my moments, but feel like a whole new level of self has been opened up to me. All I can say is, try it for a month and see if it's not the best thing you ever did for yourself. In fact, meditating on my highest self almost always enhances all of the other things I do for myself. It supports my healthy eating and my workout goals. And when everything is aligned, there's no telling what I can do.

So watch out.

Member Since: 9/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 36,122

My Goals:
Rock and Roll Marathon in June . . .

Walk the 3-day in DC in October with my little sister!

My Program:
Eat Well
Meditate every day
Be present

Personal Information:
I choose a very anti-inflammatory diet of mostly raw veggies with a small amount of protein every day. No dairy, no eggs (I'm allergic to both) and a gallon of water. I also choose to work out daily in a variety of ways.

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For exercise, I switch off between a pilates reformer, walking and running and interval training of squats and short sprints. Truly love the running! I'm also a fan of kick-boxing and have started weekly classes that are a blast.

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    emoticon I have lots of reading to do. That site is wonderful and I'm sure will answer my questions. I overheard a trainer talking to someone about his, saying to take shorter strides, too. Hiking. I miss that - there's nothing to hike here. I'm nostalgic now.

    Gonna hit the pavement. :P
    2896 days ago
    I had strawberries in almond milk last night. I think it's about shifting expectations, too, this change from 1/2 and 1/2 all creamy goodness. *sigh*

    I forgot about coconut milk(!), even had some in the cupboard. I don't have a source, nor have I ever tried raw dairy ... it's on my bucket list. lol For me, I bet I'm on the autism spectrum - those kids love their gluten and casein proteins. It gives them a opioid high of sorts. Me, too? Gluten was hard for the first couple of weeks, but once I started feeling better, there was no going back. I have to continue the course.

    I appreciate your support, thank you. emoticon (It's tulip time up there :)).
    2899 days ago
    emoticon It's all okay, me neither. Wish I was perfect, but I'm so not. I'm a work in progress. You do give me inspiration though, cause you've done more right than not. Me, too.

    We should sip some green tea sometime if I ever get to your neck o'the woods.
    emoticon Hope your day is sunny.
    2928 days ago
  • v TAMTAM64
    Welcome to the Sparky Marathoners!

    I see you are planning to run your first marathon in June! Woo hoo! :)

    I just completed my first marathon on Feb 28th - it was a wonderful experience.

    Please join us on the forum with your questions & comments. Wishing you the best as you train for your marathon.

    2938 days ago
    emoticon Wanna be SP friends?
    2944 days ago
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