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Shannan and I on Blood Mountain in GA during our hike on the Appalachian Trail. All smiles.

Fall 2013 with one of my paintings donated to ministry "Broken Vessel"

My husband Shannan and I at our winter job at Big Bend National Park, Texas. Thanksgiving 2015


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Nomadic life has provided unique challenges and plenty of adventure. I took advantage of hiking trails or simply walking wherever I needed to go when I worked within National Parks. This Fall 2016, we moved to Cashiers, NC to work at a country club. For whatever reason, I've been less active here and gained back a lot of weight I've lost.

I'm 39 years old, and will be 40 in June. Although I may not reach my ideal weight by that time, I'm committed to beginning the process AGAIN to lose weight and make healthier choices. My fitness journey begins today.
~Sandra Martin, December 4, 2016

Member Since: 11/29/2010

Fitness Minutes: 1,782

My Goals:

My Program:
Whole Foods with focus on fresh foods, organic when possible.

Low-Carb, Low-Sodium, Low-Cholesterol, and Low-Sugar.

Walk 5x a week minimum for at least 30-60 minutes*.

Other cardio with focus on toning, endurance, etc. 3x week.

Strength training 3x a week.

Stretch daily to help with pain issues and achieve greater flexibility.

*I will also include hiking and backpacking. Also, as I drop weight, I may do intervals of light jogging in my walking routine, and I also want to try doing a little trail running.

I want to use the Food Tracker as my daily food journal and record how foods make me feel, what agitates heart palpitations, spikes blood sugar, etc. I want to eliminate foods that hurt my overall health.

I want to overcome caffeine and sugar addictions, and also eliminate processed foods & refined carbs, etc. from my diet.

Personal Information:
I'm a mixed-media artist from Indiana, married to my best friend for 15+ years who never hesitates to tell me I'm beautiful no matter how much weight I've lost or gained. I volunteer my time and resources helping charities in East Africa. I enjoy hiking with my husband and a local backpacking group. I have dreams of being a nomadic artist at some point in the near future.

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"In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing."
~Vincent van Gogh

(Good philosophy for many things in life!)

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    What you GET by achieving your goals is not as important as what
    you BECOME by achieving your goals. -Henry David Thoreau

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    610 days ago
    thanks for visiting my blog: mud pies and other thoughtful gifts.

    -- it was mostly a matter of me needing a pick me up and one Divinely being placed at my door. It was a gentle reminder of something I did well in my past. Thanks for your support =)
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    Spring is in the air... a time for planting and nurturing the seeds of health
    and trust in the magic of beginnings. We got this! emoticon
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    emoticon Great to see your Spark Friend, emoticon KACEYSW as The Motivator of the Week. emoticon

    Have you Bill Bryson's wonderful book "A WALK IN THE WOODS?" Oh, he hiked the trail and it is such a funny read. He didn't make it all the way the first summer, so he had to go back and finish the next summer, but even my husband who isn't much on reading LOVED the book. (Bill's wonderful book "A Short History of Nearly Everything" is one of the best books ever.)

    Do listen to the lectures of Richard Bernstein M.D. on YouTube as he has 18 new ones. I got his book "The Diabetes Solution" as he has a wonderful full chapter on women with PCOS, and he says ALL obese people are Insulin Resistant. He has Type1 diabetes and is now a healthy 78, as he was diagnosed at age 12.
    632 days ago
    thanks for visiting my "men .... and comic relief" blog. They say laughter is the best medicine and DH is my daily dose =)
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