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My name is Melissa and I have a lot to accomplish in my life, starting with getting healthy!

As cliche and repetitive as it sounds, I've never really been a skinny girl, but I actually used to be somewhat healthy in high school. I've just recently found why I've gained so much weight in the past 8 years, and it took a while to realize why it was happening to me. Like a lot of people, things like parents getting a divorce, loved ones moving, the economy, college and other things ...
My name is Melissa and I have a lot to accomplish in my life, starting with getting healthy!

As cliche and repetitive as it sounds, I've never really been a skinny girl, but I actually used to be somewhat healthy in high school. I've just recently found why I've gained so much weight in the past 8 years, and it took a while to realize why it was happening to me. Like a lot of people, things like parents getting a divorce, loved ones moving, the economy, college and other things are all factors for why I've fallen. Instead of these things keeping me depressed, I looked for food and other comforts like trying to be the cool friend in college who buys everyone drinks and makes everyone else happy but herself. I got into financial debt because of this which made my depression even worse. I finished college because I had to and I didn't have any career goals and wasn't confident enough to find a real job.

I spent years working in different fields, trying to make a living with or without my degree...the economy made it worse. I gained over 80 pounds in a year after college and then some since. Off and on, I've tried to get back on track with diet and exercise, but something would hit me financially and put me right back to the beginning.

This past year was a turning point for me. I made the hardest decision of my life and started going back to school to become a Registered Nurse. I'm getting straight A's which is helping boost my confidence and I've been able to keep my finances under control. As a future nurse, I feel it's even more important to get healthy and fit and be a role model for others.

I'm so excited for this journey and I'm really hopeful that I will be able to find friends in the Spark community who can support me and who I can also support.
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Member Since: 6/4/2012

SparkPoints: 1,420

Fitness Minutes: 1,305

My Goals:
Small goals:
1. Run a 5k -- 5.4.13!
2. Drink 32 oz of H2O a day
3. Do cardio 5 to 6 days a week.
4. Sleep 8 to 9 hours a night.
5. Prepare meals a week in advance.

Large Goals:
1. Run a marathon.
2. Lose 140 pounds.
3. Be completely healthy (mind, body, soul)

4......LOOK SMOKIN' HOT by age 30!

My Program:
EXERCISE
Monday AM: HIIT cardio
Monday PM: Arms/shoulders strength training

Tuesday AM: HIIT cardio
Tuesday PM: Legs/abs strength training

Wednesday AM: 5k training

Thursday AM: HIIT cardio
Thursday PM: Arms/shoulders strength

Friday AM: HIIT cardio
Friday PM: Legs/abs strength

Saturday AM: 5k training

NUTRITION
*Eat clean
*Juice at least once a day
*50% of diet should be raw food (fruits and veggies)

Personal Information:
I'm from Western New York State (yes, there is life outside the city! ) and lived close to Amish communities. Although I grew up in church, I went through college studying science and philosophy, so I question things a lot more. I feel guilty asking for help and support as I'd rather be the one to give, but I'm hoping to start asking more because I really need it! I love discussing topics about all religions and the afterlife as well as holistic/alternative healing.

Other Information:
Things that make me happy:

*aromatherapy
*Halloween
*rescuing animals
*crafts (my shop: www.etsy.com/shop/carnivaloftheanimals )
*sewing, knitting
*soccer
*music (I love bluegrass, classical, Indie, Bollywood, and reggaeton to get me going)
*Christmas
*thrifty shopping
*antique hunts
*genealogy

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Member Comments:
JEMLOVA29
6/9/2014 2:28:00 PM

I'm back! For good this time. I promise! Please hold me accountable lol... feel free to scream at me if you don't see me here.

Are you back too? Say yes!

How've you been and what's new in your world?



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JSAMMONS1981
12/13/2013 9:12:36 AM

Here to invite you to visit my page winter challenge week 1 , just stop by leave a comment, emoticon, or give a goodie, Thanks in advance!!

Team Amethyst
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JEMLOVA29
6/19/2013 5:21:28 PM

Mel! Oh No!!!!! I just came back to Spark after falling off the wagon and came by to snoop you out but there's no recent blogs! I hope you didn't fall off the wagon too!! Come back if you did, we will do it together. Although I find cheeseburgers delicious, this time it's happening.




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TRAVELNISTA
5/13/2013 9:05:26 PM

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Kudos to you for joining us here on the Raw Foodies Team. This will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. Sparkers come here and join this great team for a multitude of reasons. They may be curious about the health benefits of Raw Food and join to learn all about eating Raw. Many join for the weight loss. Many join the Team for a Detox. There are a great many people who do the Raw Food Diet as a Detox but then they realize how alive they feel and how the pounds melted away so effortlessly they decide to continue to eat this way. There are others who will join this Team for the health benefits of a Raw Food Diet. A diet based on raw food can reverse diabetes, arthritis (I personally have experienced this. I went off all of my arthritis meds after only a few weeks), heart disease, cancer (that is how I became involved with the Raw Food Diet when my sister was diagnosed with Lymphoma), eliminates migraines, the list goes on and on.

So join us and learn how to make the transition from SAD (Standard American Diet) to a healthy Raw Food Diet. You will be happy you did!
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RUSTYANCHOR
5/5/2013 11:08:09 PM

Hi, vegan pal! Cooking vegan food can be hard at first but once you get a few go-to recipes under your belt it's not so bad. To be honest, I'm don't normally do a whole lot of raw stuff, except for salads probably but it seems like a good idea! Where do you currently get your recipes from? There are so many awesome blogs and websites (including raw vegan ones), let me know if you want me to give you some of my faves! Hopefully it will make cooking a little bit easier :)



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