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Summer hiking, July 2009. Healthy, happy me!





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~ Mindfulness & life balance ~

This page is a reminder to me: live mindfully, authentically, in the present, and enjoy every moment. Life is beautiful!

+++ YR 2 UPDATE, summer 2009 +++
Maintaining well this last year: started running last summer, did my first 5K, still hiking and eating (relatively) healthy. My main challenge is portion control. For now I've taken down my ticker though, to concentrate on life's most important challenge yet: growing our first baby (!). We're expecting in January 2010. ...
This page is a reminder to me: live mindfully, authentically, in the present, and enjoy every moment. Life is beautiful!

+++ YR 2 UPDATE, summer 2009 +++
Maintaining well this last year: started running last summer, did my first 5K, still hiking and eating (relatively) healthy. My main challenge is portion control. For now I've taken down my ticker though, to concentrate on life's most important challenge yet: growing our first baby (!). We're expecting in January 2010. It's gonna be tough to watch those pounds pile back on. So I want to focus on gaining weight in a healthy way, keeping active, and choosing the best possible foods. I know SparkPeople and BabyFit can help me do it :)

+++ YR 1 UPDATE, summer 2008 +++
It's been over a year since I started sparking. Lost 30 lbs - then in the past couple months I gained 5 back, distracted during some new life changes. I seem to be stumbling, yet I remain positive and determined. I realize I need to adjust my approach with time, to stay active, aware, and engaged, but in a way that suits my life. Let's see how it goes! Step one was making some updates to this page. And now I'll focus on some personal streaks to get back at it. See ya 'round & warm wishes to all for great health, inside and out !!!

+++ STARTING OUT, summer 2007 +++
Had trouble controlling my weight in my late 20s, and feeling sorry for myself, I chalked it up to being "naturally chubby". Yeah, whatever ;) When I lost all the excess on a year-long trip several years ago, it reminded me I can be perfectly fit and healthy.

Then over the last couple years, I devoted less time to exercise and more to comfort munching. My weight crept up slowly, and I didn't see how big I'd become. Until some photos shocked me... But I've licked the personal albatrosses that were dragging me down, and re-found the motivation to nurture my health. I had a mental picture of myself as slimmer & fitter than I looked. Now I want to be that same girl I was before, that I am inside... The exact numbers don't really matter. Rather, I want to feel energetic, fit, and strong! I want to be *my* own best, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically. And I wish the same for everyone else, too.

YOU CAN DO IT! Every day is a fresh opportunity to make good choices & to be happy :)

~Nature Girl
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* MOTIVATION & INSPIRATION *

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

--- " 'I have done my best.' That is about all the philosophy of living one needs. " --- Lin Yutang

On why life experience is beautiful...

--- "The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain." --- Kahlil Gibran

--- "If my muscles ache, it's because I've used 'em...I got a few wrinkles here and there, but I've laid under thousands of skies with sunny days"
--- Maggie McGlone, in The Guardian

"Scars hurt, and they take time to heal. But they make you look fierce and sexy" --- my friend Antonia

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*CELEBRATION *

Signs of PROGRESS, independent of the scale ~
(to remember, when discouraged -- these came from my first few months of super-enthusiastic sparking!, summer '07)

* posture is better because my core is stronger * recently felt comfortable in a bathing suit, for the first time in forever! * enjoying my new outdoor club, hikes in the city, and time with my walking buddy * I feel good about taking better care of me * Mom commented that my face looks thinner, my best friend noticed my hips look slimmer, work friend said I look 'so together & fantastic' (!) * my shorts feel looser * I'm not feeling as stressed, despite being busy * all of these healthy habits are becoming easier, second nature * this is amazing...one day I noticed that my long-term knee pain is almost gone! I guess my body enjoys having less weight to schlep around =} * Jeans that gave me a "muffin top" (ugh) are now loose, hooray! Down two pants sizes, and I have a "normal" BMI !!! * while grocery shopping, I notice the junk is less tempting, and I'm craving the good, real food. When I do eat some treats, I don't pummel myself so much anymore, just get back on the horse. * Made it to Stage 4 -- what a great feeling, to set goals & stick to them =) * Wow - my old favourite Levis that I haven't worn since I was 20 actually fit! Well, I can do the buttons up at least...
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WILD GEESE by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
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Member Since: 6/20/2007

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My Goals:
BE HERE NOW, with a spirit of optimism.

Improve my physical and spiritual health.

Say goodbye to needless worry, guilt, time travel, and negative self talk.

Trade these rolls for tone.

+ reach a healthy BMI. DONE! Sep07.

+ Lose 30 lbs (165 to 135). DONE! Feb08

+ Revised goal weight = 127, to aim for maintenance range of 125-130 lbs. DONE! 18Nov08

+ summer 2008: do the couch to 5k program. DONE! 28Sep08

+ run a 5k race in 2008. DONE! 5Oct08

+ run a 10k in 2009? Better make that 2010, post-pregnancy ;)

+ spring/summer 2010: lose the baby weight and get back in shape post-partum!

My Program:
+ start day with positive thoughts, a small set of exercises, and meditation.

+ fill fridge and cupboards with whole grains, fruit and veggies, and healthy snacks

+ eat many small, healthy meals per day, and guzzle water

+ track what I eat (quick track, now) and limit portions.

+ strength & cardio 3x / wk. Get outside, every single day.

+ don't get bummed by plateaus or dips...keep the faith: 1 step back, 2 forward =)

Personal Information:
38 years young

I like fresh air, creativity, and sharing good food and times with people I care about.


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REWARDING my progress:

:: 25% goal, early Jul07 = new hiking boots, woOT!

:: @ 140ville & half-way mark, early Aug07 = massage

:: Pants loose = new jeans, down 2 sizes! (end o' sep07).

:: Switched ticker dude to runner...130s here I come! (earlyOct07)

:: met 75% goal + 4 months of sparking = nice moisturizer (midOct07)

:: 140s are tough; Joined 130ville team to tempt me (end o' Nov07)

:: 130s! Subscribed to an outdoors magazine. (4dec07)

:: Just because: I fit into new, single digit jeans (11jan08)

:: Beautiful new underthings, for my b'day (jan08)

:: Treat for reaching goal weight...a sweet lululemon outfit for walking (mar08). YAY!

:: fab new runners for couch to 5k action :D (aug08)

:: Caribbean cruise with my brother booked for Xmas08. A long-planned celebration of a major life goal (done my PhD). I will be fit and healthy for it! =D

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ABQUEST
6/27/2010 5:05:10 PM

Hi I just recently got back on Spark and I 'm catching up! Congratulations on your new baby!!!
Risa



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DESTINYE
5/11/2010 12:49:13 PM

Congratulations on your baby. Motherhood is wonderful!



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WILSOCA
2/26/2010 8:52:04 PM

Great to hear from you !!!!
What's his name and how are the 3 of you doing ???
So ... a c-section, huh ??
CONGRATULATIONS !!!
C



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WILSOCA
2/4/2010 9:54:12 PM

Hi Ya,
So ... is there a new little one in your life ??
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I'm hoping that if so, all went well !!!!
C.J.



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WOODHEAT
12/24/2009 11:57:46 PM

I haven't talked to you in a long, long time, but wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Hope Santa is good to you!
Life is good!
Wood




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