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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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