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Kicked Cancer's Ass... Now Focussing on the Rest of Me!

Hi! I'm Michelle and I've known about this site since 2008 but only started using it to achieve my goals as of September 19th, 2011, fell off the wagon again and am starting fresh in 2014. I'm 41 (but am permanently stuck at about 24) and a professional photographer which has me unfortunately sitting behind a computer for 70+ hours a week. 8 years ago, when I began my business I was at what I felt was my optimal weight (though my BMI would have still shown me as overweight) and now have over 70 ...
Hi! I'm Michelle and I've known about this site since 2008 but only started using it to achieve my goals as of September 19th, 2011, fell off the wagon again and am starting fresh in 2014. I'm 41 (but am permanently stuck at about 24) and a professional photographer which has me unfortunately sitting behind a computer for 70+ hours a week. 8 years ago, when I began my business I was at what I felt was my optimal weight (though my BMI would have still shown me as overweight) and now have over 70 pounds to lose from a combination of sitting so much and of the stress of running a one-person business (amongst a sloo of other things). I am well educated in nutrition, have a part time job as a yoga instructor and in my (very sparse) spare time I am a foodie and have a not-so-secret desire to get my chef's papers. My problem is simply motivation to continue with a healthy eating/fitness plan!

On January 20th, 2012 I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. My full thyroidectomy surgery was on March 8th 2012 and I completed my RAI in August. On August 20th, 2012, I was given the good news of being cancer free and had it confirmed at my one year check up last summer. My weight-loss efforts got put on the back burner for a while while I dealt with all of this plus the backlog of work that it caused resulted in gaining practically all of the weight back but I will get through this and achieve my goals. Slowly... but surely.

I look forward to meeting you all! Feel free to message me so we can keep each other motivated!
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Member Since: 3/15/2008

SparkPoints: 18,492

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My Goals:
My goal was to hit my goal weight before my 40th birthday in late April but due to some factors out of my control (damn you Thyroid Cancer) and a couple months of backsliding I will get there. Slow and easy wins the race

My Program:
I'm using the spark people food tracker and trying very hard to follow their guidelines. I recently bought a FitBit which I absolutely adore that really gets me moving and my rebounder gives me an intense cardio workout without having to pack up each day to go to the gym. I'm trying to take a little bit of time for myself each week without guilt (running your own business seems to go hand in hand with a LOT of pressure and guilt)

Personal Information:
I am an Ontario & Destination Wedding and portrait photographer with my own photography business: Captured Soul Photography. I am also an avid traveller, coffee addict, and a multimedia & social-media maven. I love all things food related, teach yoga in my "spare" time, am a slave to iTunes apps and believe that there is no such thing as coincidence.

I hope that one day Apple, Mini-Cooper, Nikon, Adobe, Google, and Starbucks will one day amalgamate forces and take over the world.

I have a BFA from York University with a concentration in Creative Writing and a "multidisciplinary minor" in photography, theatre, english literature, and multimedia. I have studied yoga and Thai Yoga massage, worked as a singing clown, and have ambition to pursue the culinary arts, achieve my pilot's license, become a published author and embrace any musical talents I have before the next decade passes.

When I dream, I dream big.


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I am currently squirreling away money for my one-day sailboat.... though not very successfully. Should you wish to help my cause, donations and/or new opportunities will be happily accepted. *wink*

www.capturedsoulphotography.com



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LISAN0415
7/10/2014 2:11:26 AM

Hi Michelle,

So sorry I have been away from spark. I was excited and blessed to get pregnant last summer, I had some chalenges and setbacks with my weight loss journey BUT it has turned out for the best- I posted a blog about my pregnancy, crazy birth story and my re-start in May..

How have you been doing? Are you still following a healthy Lifestyle plan?

I am happy to restart on this healthy lifestyle journey. I just restarted May 22nd, and I am already seeing some results, but I have more to go.

Please keep in touch and update me on how you are doing!

-Lisa



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OHSOSVELTE
6/26/2014 7:20:53 AM

Michelle: Happy New Year in (almost) July!! Soory to be gone for too long, but returned, found your message and want to return the motivation you sent me right back your way! See you soon.



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5/31/2014 10:33:56 AM

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I see you are a Taurus. Taurus rules the throat so having had Thyroid cancer is very much a Taurus illness. The Taurus girl is born to a mother she can never live up to so she learns to be stubborn in order to have some control over her life. (Many actresses are Taurus women.) Taurus is ruled by Venus and she loves all things beautiful and the Arts. She can have a weight issue as she loves to cook and feed others. Taurus can be lazy, thus she does well working with a partner who keeps her on task, such as a Virgo who can follow a routine. Taurus makes a good business woman, especially running a hair salon or in real estate or banking.



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5/31/2014 6:46:40 AM

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5/31/2014 1:57:52 AM

emoticon on being chosen Motivator of the Day.'
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