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





Another shot on hubby's Chopper bike. I felt like I was 10 years old again. A good day. ;-)





Riding my hubby's new Chopper bike early Fall 2013. He turned it into a motorized bicycle.



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One Step at a Time

I re-joined Spark People last November, and started moving forward and feeling healthy and strong. Then I found myself in a rut once again. However, my husband and I made a decision a couple months ago to get ourselves out of that rut and go on a big adventure. We're now walking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine...a dream I've carried in my heart for four years. I'm not the fastest hiker, but I'm enjoying each day and meeting new people. We're seeing beautiful scenery and visiting ...
I re-joined Spark People last November, and started moving forward and feeling healthy and strong. Then I found myself in a rut once again. However, my husband and I made a decision a couple months ago to get ourselves out of that rut and go on a big adventure. We're now walking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine...a dream I've carried in my heart for four years. I'm not the fastest hiker, but I'm enjoying each day and meeting new people. We're seeing beautiful scenery and visiting interesting towns. It's changing my perspective, and I'm doing it....one baby step at a time!

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Member Since: 11/29/2010

SparkPoints: 4,915

Fitness Minutes: 1,127

My Goals:
I want to lose at least 90 lbs. for better health. I want a healthier heart, and I also hope to heal my body of PCOS/infertility without medication or surgery. (Weight loss increases chances of fertility and shrinks cysts.)

My approach this time around is not based on a timeline, but rather making specific goals to change my eating habits and establish an exercise routine. I also want to create goals for better self-care, such as taking vitamins, reg. visits to dr., etc.

My Program:
Heart Healthy Meal Plan with focus on fresh foods, organic when possible. Low-Sodium, Low-Cholesterol, and Low-Sugar.

Exercise: My doctor wants me to walk or do low-impact aerobics at least 30 minutes 5 days a week. I am also stretching, doing some pilates, and toning exercises. I am saving for an elliptical.

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

My changes in eating habits including eating more meatless meals, and also eating lean meats, poultry and fish. (Spark calls this being a "flexitarian"). I want to cut most gluten out of my diet. I want to continue eliminating caffeine and sugar from my diet and eating healthy fats.

Personal Information:
I'm a mixed-media artist from Indiana with a passion for old things...anything from kitschy retro to shabby chic Victorian elegance. I love using my art (and sometimes poetry) to explore ideas, emotions, and my faith. Even something as simple as creating an art journal page can reveal something hidden about myself or even the mysteries of God. I love sharing this passion with others, and often create works for others as a form of prayer and blessing.

I'm married to a supportive husband who is on his own journey for better health and fitness. He helps coach basketball to youth and plays on various sports leagues. He loves me and tells me I'm beautiful all the time, no matter how much I've gained (or lost). He's my best friend.

Other Information:
"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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PIXIE-LICIOUS
6/22/2013 4:14:55 PM

"Transformation is not five minutes from now; it's a present activity. In this moment you can make a different choice, and it's these small choices and successes that build up over time to help cultivate a healthy self-image and self esteem."
-Jillian Michaels
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"Make a pledge to yourself right now, to declare that you are worth your time and energy."
-Deborah Day
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Just stopping by to wish you a happy, healthy and fun Summer, Sparkfriend! Keep making those daily choices that will help you move closer to your goal, one step at a time. Right now there are just a little over 90 days until the first day of Autumn. Imagine how much progress you can make by then if you just keep doing your best each day this Summer! Don't forget....you are worth the effort!
Hugs,
Pixie



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DEMIOURGOS
6/19/2013 10:23:39 PM

Happy Birthday !!!!!!!! What a wonderful hubby. Enjoy with caution:) Have a great birthday. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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MISSG180
6/18/2013 10:23:27 AM

Thanks for all the support! The swim part was definitely tough, and the next one I'm planning is in open water on Lake Erie, so I am really in need of more swim training!



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DEMIOURGOS
6/17/2013 10:16:42 PM

I found you through 60 day juice fast team. I have read your bio and love your spirit. I was wondering if you are actually juice fasting now? I am also an artist and have just decided to start writing and illustrating some children's books for my one and only Grandaughter:) I have been juicing only for 9 days...I'd like to make it to the 60 day mark. Well, have a great week.



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
6/11/2013 6:35:05 PM

"Every day of our lives we are faced with a choice.
The choice to BE, or to be truly AMAZING.
Ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.
No matter who you are, or what you do, you absolutely, positively do have the power to TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE."
-Lorna Jane
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Hey Sparkfriend, I hope your week is going great so far. Make the most of each day as it comes, and choose to be amazing! Put forth your best effort....because you are worth it!
Hugs,
Pixie



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