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After a hiatus on Spark, I decided to fully come back on Spark because it works! It has worked for me when I first joined in 2008, and it will work again. This website has it all: the tools, the resources, the teams and their challenges, and the amazing support!

I am not going to restart or start over; I am not a tape: I cannot rewind or forward my life. I am going to continue my journey from where I am now. After setting some achievable goals for this upcoming year, I�ll do my very best to be proud of me.

A few facts:
In 2011, I quit smoking. I was given a generic drug that has jeopardized my health and upset my thyroid levels. From the combination of both, my weight has never been so high in my entire life. Exercising is now very challenging; I can easily faint due to a sudden low blood pressure.

Few things about me:
*I used to be thin and very athletic. My struggle with my weight is quite "new" to me and is due to a hormonal disorder (since 2007).
*It seems like an emotional eater.
*I am very competitive with myself, and I am always up for a challenge. Feel free to challenge me or to ask me to join a team-challenge.
*My friends are important to me that�s also why I am on Spark�I have met many amazing persons here, and I am honored to be able to call them "friends."
*I am in my mid-forties. Feminist, vegan, green activist, evironmentalist, anti-specism, atheist, pacifist (uniforms don't turn me on at all, on the contrary), anti-war, nonconformist, against all animal experiments (even in the name of "science"), not married (but live with my partner of 9 years), childfree, and much more. --- I mention it here one for good, so you know me a bit better, but I'll never ever ever bother you with my convictions on your page or in teams not related to the subject. I don't have any hidden agenda, or don't recruit. My only mission here is being healthy while having fun. I expect the same from you. ;)
*I am French and have lived on different continents and in several countries (can't wait to discover a new one!)
*I love, in no particular order, gardening, golf, skiing, cooking, cook books, country dance, Eddie Izzard, TV series, movies, cats, reading, new technologies, talking, games, Wii, spa, traveling, meeting new persons. I am a shoe-addict (I could open a store with all my shoes!), and a hardcore fan of the Brazilian brand, Melissa Plastic Dreams. I am also a devoted Lush customer (a British fresh handmade cosmetics) since their beginnings.

Qualities: optimistic, open-minded, easy-going, laugh a lot, cheerful character, supportive, trustful,... When I set my mind to something, I am success-oriented and stubborn.

Shortcomings: impatient, can sometimes have an "all or nothing" attitude, very busy with life and cannot always have the time to answer others, or to take care of my needs. Can sometimes sound blunt.

My goals for 2013-2014:
� Tracking my meals, and everything that goes in my mouth.
� Cardio: at least 10 min every day. Must make it up the next day if not done.
� Using FitBit to track my steps and activity
� Following BeFit in 90 Workout System on Youtube
� Being vegan
� Track my spending and save more money
� Declutter my house and follow FlyLady Program
� Follow the A Complaint Free World program and be a better person by reducing my stress level

� Being a size 42 (US 8/10) by June 2013 DONE
� Quit smoking DONE (March 2011)

Disclaimer: I understand that we all have our little superstitions or imaginary friends, but I�d really appreciate that you do not quote the bible or any other myths on my page. And, should you feel the urge of praying for me, feel free to do ten jumping jacks instead.
Blame my age, experience, or hypothyroidism, but my tolerance for this nonsense is now close to, if not, zero. I might not be as polite as I used to be if you cross me on that subject.

Member Since: 10/15/2008

Fitness Minutes: 83,436

My Goals:
It is never too late to be what I might have been.

For the moment, I'll be happy to be able to wear my clothes. Back to a size 10 is my short term goal.

My Program:
� Tracking my meals, and everything that goes in my mouth.
� Raw Vegan - 80-10-10 Douglas Graham's program
� Cardio: at least 10 min every day. Must make it up the next day if not done.
� Creating a Calorie Differential of -500 per day
� Using FitBit to track my steps and activity
� Following BeFit in 90 Workout System on Youtube

Personal Information:
My name is Val�rie. You can call me Val (or Valerie if you cannot type the accute accent.)
For more details, please read my Introduction Text.

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    Ray got a new Heart Valve Feb 27, 2015 and it gave him a new lease on life - he also got a pacemaker in Oct 2015 which helped! He had trouble on the blood thinner and this past March he was finally taken off the Coumadin and instead of dying, he did a complete turn-around! It's slow but he is living again. (Twice this year he was basically sent home to die.)

    I see you've become a Raw Vegan! WTG!! I am thrilled it is helping you!

    I am not vegetarian, but have discovered I have little desire for meats anymore, preferring dairy products. I just go with it as I feel and am doing ok. I believe the body will call for what it needs if given the chance. Sadly I don't believe I really need the chocolate cakes, lol. But yum anyway.

    I know what it's like - if you think of me, I'd love to hear from time to time and will do the same. But my days are not my own right now as I deal with Ray's needs.

    Love ya,
    5 days ago
    I think of you often - was glad to find your link through another page.

    Be well and Be Happy!

    5 days ago
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    Randomly stopping by to say hello. emoticon
    130 days ago
    Hi, are you still around? I've come back after 2 years!!
    132 days ago
  • v DDOORN
    How wonderful to hear from you! I hope all has been as well for you as it has for me! :-) Don
    251 days ago
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