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I have a good life and have always been a pretty healthy eater, but haven't been consistently, physically active for a couple of years. It's time to get motivated and make a commitment and set attainable goals. I am hoping this site will help me to do this!

I am pretty tall (6 foot) and tend to not look as heavy as I am. This is both a blessing and a curse, as I put on a lot of weight in the past few years without really realizing it. Now, all of the sudden, the weight is really ...
I have a good life and have always been a pretty healthy eater, but haven't been consistently, physically active for a couple of years. It's time to get motivated and make a commitment and set attainable goals. I am hoping this site will help me to do this!

I am pretty tall (6 foot) and tend to not look as heavy as I am. This is both a blessing and a curse, as I put on a lot of weight in the past few years without really realizing it. Now, all of the sudden, the weight is really showing and I can't wait to got rid of it! I have never really been overweight before this and it is hard to think of myself that way. Some days I feel really good and am happy with how I look, but other times it is a whole other story.

My favorite motivational quote right now is this:
“Real change is an inside job. It starts with our attitude, our efforts, and our energy. It takes intention and action on a daily basis.”

Another quote that has been very meaningful and true to my life is this:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
~ Marianne Williamson

This is something I have struggled with and continue to struggle with in my life. But, I am getting there!

Thanks for reading this and have a wonderful day! Feel free to add me as a friend or contact me if you need some support!!
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I know this says I've been a member of this site for a few years, and that is technically true. I joined this site but never used it at all, other than to read a couple of articles.

My true start date was on January 2, 2012! I have been going strong since then and plan to keep it up!!

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I am tracking my food and nutrition daily and aiming for 1200-1550 calories a day. I'm also drinking 8 cups of water a day - which is a huge change for me!!

I am doing cardio and strength training at least 3 times a week. This is pretty much all done at home and seems to be going well so far!

Tracking my progress online has been a great motivator so far and has really kept me accountable and on track with my goals!!

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NIXY72
4/17/2012 7:44:11 AM

We live on an incredible planet. It is full of magic and beauty and has the ability to take our breath away... literally. This planet we call Earth is my home. It is your home. It belongs to all of us. How amazing that we get to live in such an awe-inspiring place. Just please remember, when you come into our home, would you be so kind as to be on your best behaviour, put the trash where it belongs, turn the water and lights off when you're done, and for heaven's sake, wipe your feet...

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This is our home:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWMUX3ugaRU

and this coming Sunday (April 22) is Earth Day. "Earth Day reminds us we all share the same planet. Sharing Earth means taking responsibility for what we use and how we use it. It is a day to think of the environmental challenges we face and how to solve them. Protecting Earth is every person’s and every country’s responsibility...
Earth Day is the largest, most widely celebrated international environmental event."

Want to help?
Here are 49 Simple yet very funny things you can do to save the earth: (written from a husband's perspective in dedication to his wife)
www.mattneuman.com/49simple.htm

and 50 More Practical and consequently less funny ways to help the planet:
www.50waystohelp.com/

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The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. ~Proverb

To leave you with a smile inspired by the inhabitants of our incredible home, please watch: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ssXJtzFOjA

Now, go outside. Appreciate, celebrate, and make a change. After all, we all live here together.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not."
~Dr. Seuss
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NIXY72
4/10/2012 9:26:54 PM

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." ~ Audrey Hepburn

This coming Saturday, April 14, 2012 is International Moment of Laughter Day.

Seriously. You can't make up this stuff.

"International Moment of Laughter Day is certainly a day to put a smile on your face! ... Laugh loudly and laugh often. Watch a funny movie, read an amusing book, or just be silly with your friends. It is not the cause of the laughter that matters… but the effect.
Researchers have begun to examine positive emotions and their impact on a person's health and aging process. Based on the results from a scientific study at the University of Maryland Medical Center, laughter may give a jolt to circulation and have positive effects on the heart. In addition, laughter may increase the body's production of nitric oxide (a chemical that helps dilate blood vessels).
All of these positive impacts on your health are reason enough to laugh not just today, but every day! So go ahead and be silly and laugh at your own jokes. And don't forget that laughter is contagious!" (http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/interna
tional-moment-of-laughter-day)

"A day without laughter is a day wasted." ~ Charlie Chaplin
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For ways in which to spread laughter be sure to read this wikiHow article: http://www.wikihow.com/Spread-Laughter

And if you need a helpful start on getting your laugh on, you absolutely must watch this amazing award winning 3-minute animation. Trust me, the irony of posting this on a weight-loss support site is not lost on me!
http://vimeo.com/27256955



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NIXY72
4/4/2012 3:37:41 PM

Happy Almost Easter!

Ever wonder where the easter bunny and easter eggs came from?

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"The name “Easter” was likely derived from Eostre, the name of the Anglo-Saxon lunar goddess, as was as the name for the female hormone estrogen. Eostre’s feast day was held on the first full moon following the vernal equinox — a similar calculation as is used for Easter among Western Christians...Two of Eostre’s most important symbols were the hare (both because of its fertility and because ancient people saw a hare in the full moon) and the egg, which symbolized the growing possibility of new life. Each of these symbols continues to play an important role in modern celebrations of Easter."

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And by the way, before diving into your easter basket this year you might want to take note of the following:
One Cadbury Easter Creme Egg (*yum*) is 150 calories, contains 6 grams of fat, 21g of sugar and only 1 gram of protein. Not so bad, right?
However, One Hard Boiled Egg (painted or unpainted) is approximately 70 calories (depending on the size), has 5 grams of fat, 1g of sugar, and 6 whopping grams of protein. Not only that, but did you know that eggs help boost brain health, reduces inflammation, provides our body with much needed Choline, promotes weight loss, helps with heart health, improves your cholesterol profile, prevents blood clots, and protects eyesight? Whew! Lets see our little chocolate cream egg do all that! So what are you waiting for? Release your skinny, creative artist and get colouring those easter eggs!

**For more info on all the specifics the little miracle egg can do go for you to: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=f
oodspice&dbid=92
**To grab recipes for some great Natural Egg Dyes check out: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/diy-natur
al-egg-dyes.html

And no, I'm not on the Egg Council... :)




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4/1/2012 4:02:21 PM

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APRIL FOOLS
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Gregory K.

Someone took my toothpaste tube and filled it up with jam.
Someone changed my sandwich into fluffernut-and-ham.
Someone laced my sneakers so they tie down by my toes.
Someone changed the vacuum so it doesn't suck, it blows.
Someone poured the sugar out and filled the bowl with salt.
Someone messed up all the clocks and made it seem my fault.
For me today, I have to say, it's nervousness that rules....
Since all that happened yesterday and now it's April Fools'!
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NIXY72
3/28/2012 9:29:04 PM

I know I'm a couple days early, but I may not have time to post on the weekend, so...

~~ If only for today: smile a little more, sing a bit off key, laugh loudly and long, dance, skip, jump, play. Eat with your hands, hug every kind soul that crosses your path. Finger-paint, face-paint, body-paint. Do something brave. Squash a fear. Get out of your shell. Wear something sparkly. Be wild, be strong, be silly. For being foolish can make you happy but being happy will never make you a fool. ~~ Michelle

(A little history on April Fool's Day: http://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-tr
aditions/holidays/question604.htm)

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(On April Fool's Day, I encourage you to leave a fish on your friend's pages - better yet, don't explain why! -- but if you want to know, read the history of April Fool's linked above)

"wholly to be a fool while Spring is in the world" - e.e.cummings



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