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





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2015 ~ Time for a Reboot. Time for Recovery.

Back again with a fresh motivation to conquer bad habits and build new healthy ones.

I "joined" SparkPeople in 2010, but things didn't click for me until 2012 when I had a wake-up call. At my heaviest weight, I dealt with heart palpitations and night-time panic attacks which led to ER visits, all kinds of tests (incl. a 30-day heart monitor) to see what was going on. I lost roughly 12 lbs. over several months just making small changes. Then when I joined SP, I lost another 12 lbs. ...
Back again with a fresh motivation to conquer bad habits and build new healthy ones.

I "joined" SparkPeople in 2010, but things didn't click for me until 2012 when I had a wake-up call. At my heaviest weight, I dealt with heart palpitations and night-time panic attacks which led to ER visits, all kinds of tests (incl. a 30-day heart monitor) to see what was going on. I lost roughly 12 lbs. over several months just making small changes. Then when I joined SP, I lost another 12 lbs. within several weeks of faithful tracking. My nutrition improved, and I cut my salt and sugar intake. My heart thanked me, and I started to heal. This was a huge accomplishment, since PCOS makes it so hard to lose weight.

Later in April-May 2013, my husband and I went on a life-changing adventure on the Appalachian Trail. Due to a leg injury (a contusion in my shin), we had to quit in Hot Springs, NC. This 6-week "boot camp" helped me lose another 22 lbs. I started feeling more vibrant and alive, as well as seeing improvement with PCOS conditions.

Fast forward two years later, and I've returned to my original weight before getting serious in 2012. As I packed on the pounds, I felt I lost all the progress I fought so hard to achieve. The last few months, I've been through moderate to severe depression as well as insomnia (again). I started feeling like giving up entirely on my health.

However, something inside me is starting to emerge. Maybe it's the courageous warrior that first started emerging on the A.T.
All I know is I'm not a loser. And I'm worth fighting for!

I want to live a long, healthy life and be a good partner to my husband. We want to have more adventures together, and I want to increase my confidence and live an abundant, joyful life.

So I'm ready for a Reboot, and I'm kicking all this extra weight and depression to the curb!

2015 - a Time for Recovery!!!
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Member Since: 11/29/2010

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My Goals:
New Goals Feb 2015

~I want to lose 60 lbs. by August 1, 2015. This is 20% of my overall body weight.***

Weekly Weigh-in FRIDAYS
Starting Weight 290
2/13/15 288.4
2/20/15 285.2
2/27/15 284.2

current weight loss: 5.8 lb.

~I want to fit into my hiking clothes by by 38th birthday, June 19, 2015.

~I want to get my insulin to normal range (not pre-diabetes) before 2016.

~I want to reverse pre-diabetes and hypertension.

~I want to balance my hormones and heal my body (PCOS, hypothyroidism, insulin resistance)

(***I will then make a new weight loss goal to lose the remaining weight to have a healthy BMI.)


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

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

Exercise:
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.

Diet:
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.



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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MISSG180
12/26/2013 1:05:33 PM

Thank you for the goodie and the prayers.



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
9/7/2013 6:42:49 PM

"It is rewarding to find someone you like, but it is essential to like yourself.
It is quickening to recognize that someone is a good and decent human being, but it is indispensable to view yourself as acceptable.
It is a delight to discover people who are worthy of respect and admiration and love, but it is vital to believe yourself deserving of these things."
~Jo Coudert
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I hope you're having a good weekend so far, Sparkfriend! I just wanted to stop by and share a couple of great quotes with you. Keep pushing to reach your goals, one day at a time. Always believe that you are worth your absolute best effort...because you are!
Hugs,
Pixie
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"My invitation to you is to begin living every moment as though you are miraculous and deserve to live an extraordinary life.
Fake it if you must and keep faking it until it’s real to you. The gift you will be giving yourself is a lifelong journey of discovery, one that is infinite and infinitely rewarding. Begin the journey. Today. This moment. Now."
-Robert White




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PIXIE-LICIOUS
8/2/2013 4:35:32 PM

"One of the most difficult parts of changing how you live and how you eat is believing that change is possible.
We all say we believe that, but many of us, deep down in our hearts believe that it's possible for other people, but not for us.
That other people can do it, that the glowy warm life we imagine is for other people, not for us.
We have an unconscious belief that we can't do it, it's hopeless, and so, on some level, we stop making an effort.
We lapse into the way it always was or is. But change really is possible.
And it really does take a fierce kind of longing, and a fierce kind of love for yourself.
For the life you know is possible. Ask yourself what you love most of all.
Do you love your life? And are you willing to take action on your own behalf?"
-Geneen Roth
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TGIF, Sparkfriend! I hope your week was a good one and that you're ready for a fit, fun and fantastically healthy weekend! Keep your goals in mind and keep taking steps towards them. Remind yourself that you are capable...and love yourself enough to know that you are worth the effort!
Hugs,
Pixie



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
7/14/2013 12:18:37 AM

"I believe in waking up every day and taking a good step toward health, and honoring your body." -Troian Bellisario
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"In terms of days and moments lived, you'll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun. Do something important. Love somebody extra. In one sense, you're just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless."
-Victoria Moran
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Just stopping by to encourage you to make the most of each day, my beautiful young Sparkfriend! Keep your goals in mind, and do something every day that will move you one step closer to attaining them. Don't ever forget that you are always worth your best effort!
Have a healthy week!
Hugs,
Pixie





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DEEDAYE
7/8/2013 2:16:44 PM

emoticon for stopping by my page with prayers & encouragement. I truly appreciate it!
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