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Hey there! Time to update my introduction. As of April 2013 I committed to becoming a healthy vegan. I had been a vegan in the past, and although it always helped initially, I still ate quite a bit of junk foods and sweets and not enough fruits and veggies, which made it difficult to get truly healthy with. I also had trouble sticking with veganism even though I knew it was the best choice for me for a variety of reasons.

When I was diagnosed with some severe health problems-high ...
Hey there! Time to update my introduction. As of April 2013 I committed to becoming a healthy vegan. I had been a vegan in the past, and although it always helped initially, I still ate quite a bit of junk foods and sweets and not enough fruits and veggies, which made it difficult to get truly healthy with. I also had trouble sticking with veganism even though I knew it was the best choice for me for a variety of reasons.

When I was diagnosed with some severe health problems-high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, and close to being pre-diabetic, as well as having iron deficient anemia (mostly unrelated to my eating habits, but thought I'd mention it anyhow) I recommitted to veganism, and vowed to cut down on the amount of junk I ate. I also signed up for sparkpeople and followed my plans religiously.

Now, as of November, I have lost more than 60 lbs, have reduced my hemoglobin a1c results (for diabetes testing) down -.1 (my doctor says I am now nowhere close to being pre-diabetic), have improved my blood pressure, and have started running for longer periods of time than I ever thought possible, as well as exercise about 6 times a week.

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Member Since: 4/27/2013

SparkPoints: 21,444

Fitness Minutes: 12,902

My Goals:
-Lose at least 50 pounds
-Stay vegan
-Lower blood pressure
-Exercise more
-Ride my bike to places
-Be more sociable

My Program:
-Eating vegan
-Tracking my calories and keeping them within a lower range
-Exercising regularly
-Portion control
-Way less sugar than I ate before, and no soda or artificial sugars

Personal Information:
Send me a message on sparkpeople if you'd like my email or facebook or something first...I may not give it to you right away though, would prefer to communicate through sparkpeople a bit first.

I have polycystic ovarian syndrome...it can be a pain in regards to weight loss but I'm trying to get past it. I'd be interested in meeting more people with this condition.


Other Information:
I love to cook my own meals.
I love animals, I have three cats.
I am a student in college.
I have many academic and general interests. I am very intellectually curious.
My favorite show is Game Of Thrones.
I sometimes spend too much time online...
I love my iphone.
I'm a feminist.
I proofread and am aware of my writing, I love to write and am decent at spelling although it took a lot of work to get to be good at it when I was a kid. I know some French and very minimal Spanish but I love languages and learning from other cultures.
I have three cats in my home, love them. But I equally love dogs, I just don't have any.


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GYPSYGOTH
11/27/2013 9:19:30 AM

My latest go-tos for super-hungry moments are a stir-in fiber supplement from Trader Joe's (straight-up plantago husks) which is kind of gross but actually works, and Yogi's Healthy Fasting tea, and as always I will make myself do the work of chopping pepper or cucumber slices, because I know I can eat THOSE until the cows come home and not get fat.
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GYPSYGOTH
10/19/2013 11:12:45 AM

Rents are crazy expensive in Boston, yeah. I might be looking for a roomie who is cool and not a stranger, at some point; in general larger shared apartments can be pretty affordable if you split it (just not one-bedrooms!); I'm one town over from Cambridge where Lesley is (I think?). Just a thought ;)

Long-distance is SO HARD; I don't envy you!

I did night school while working full-time for 16 years to finish my bachelor's, and do night classes now as well. (Harvard Extension is surprisingly affordable compared to others!) It is hard, but do-able.




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10/19/2013 9:38:38 AM

Thank you for the gnome! Amelie is a great film :)
MOVE TO BOSTON FOR SCHOOL!! YES!! I need more cool chicks in the area!



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10/12/2013 10:02:56 PM

"Sometimes victory seems so far away because we measure it only by the goal. And end goals can seem overwhelmingly huge, daunting, and just plain hard to reach. But if we start measuring our victories by the smaller choices we make each day, victory won't seem so impossible.....
It's amazing the chain reaction that can start in your life with just one good choice.
Big things are built one brick at a time.
Victories are achieved one choice at a time.
A life well lived is chosen one day at a time.
Oh sweet friend, you are closer than you think to victory!"
-Lysa TerKeurst
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Be your own hero, one choice and one step at a time! You might not see visible signs of progress right away, but as long as you keep doing your best, you will make progress and you will be victorious! I'm rooting for you! Remember, you're worth your best effort!
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Pixie



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9/26/2013 3:38:52 PM

“The difference between stepping stones and stumbling blocks is not in the event itself but how you think about it and what you do after it.
Every failure and setback can become part of your success or an excuse for quitting or failing.
People who develop the discipline of positivity are both happier and more successful."
-Michael Josephson
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Just dropping by to say hello, Sparkfriend! Remember, you don't have to be perfect on this journey in order to make progress! As long as you keep trying...and never quit...you are already a success! Keep doing your best, because you are worth the effort!
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Pixie
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"Part of abandoning the all-or-nothing mentality is allowing yourself room for setbacks.
We are bound to have lapses on the road to health and wellness, but it is critical that we learn how to handle small failures positively so that we can minimize their long-term destructive effects.
One setback is one setback—it is not the end of the world, nor is it the end of your journey toward a better you.”
-Jillian Michaels



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