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Phase one of my journey began in December 2005. The first year I took a big step and decided to make some changes in my life. I started an exercise program. My goal was simple: for three days per week, for a minimum of 30 minutes I would move. This has become a habit and is now the foundation of my exercise program.

I also began to make some changes in my diet, making healthier choices; eating more vegetables and fruits, eliminating soda and sugary drinks and preparing more meals at home. These also have become lifestyle changes.

But even more important are the changes that I've made on the inside. As I began this journey, I met a wonderful group of women "The Consistent Divas" who are not afraid to tackle the difficult issues that for me resulted in the excess weight and the difficulty in letting it go.

Phase II of my story started in December 2007. I realized that I was ready to make even more changes.

At least I thought I was but what I realized is that the more I diet the more I weigh. At first I lose, very slowly and eventually I stall and finally I start to gain, ending up weighing more than when I started. This process tears me down and leaves me feeling like inadequate. Yet in other areas in my life, I am successful.

2008 proved to be an eye-opening year. I have learned a lot, cried a lot and gained 30 lbs. Yet I am not depressed, angry or feeling any of those negative emotions that used to come with weight gain. I feel very capable, calm and excited. The biggest lesson of the year: Trust Yourself. That's right I am learning to trust myself, trust my choices, trust my instincts, and I firmly believe that by doing so, I will achieve all my goals!

Member Since: 2/27/2006

Fitness Minutes: 11,872

My Goals:
Be present.
Eat to live.
Listen to my body.
Do what is right, for me.
Be kind.
Love me!

My Program:
Listen to my body.
Check in with my body often.
Listen some more...

Eat when I am hungry.
Eat what my body wants.
Enjoy my food!
Move my body.
Enjoy moving my body.

Drink water.
Rest when I am tired.

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  • v no profile image PJ1478
    hello F.SILVI's hello my name is stacy ann and i join the sparkpeople to lhelp with my diet but i know i see how you make your mind up you give me the motivation to stick with this i just join toda emoticon y
    2716 days ago
    Just thought I would say Hi!! We share a team in common and I think we could be very supportive of each other, so I added you as a friend, I hope you will do the same!!

    2903 days ago
    emoticon to the Green Smoothie Lovers Team!
    Drinking green smoothies is the quickest, easiest way to obtain incredible health results. Simply by adding one Green Smoothie to your diet every day will start to bring about amazing positive change in the body. When the body gets the foods it needs, it can heal itself. Green Smoothies are fast and extremely easy to make. No matter what your schedule is, you can manage making a Green Smoothie. From start to finish, it takes less than 5 minutes, and that includes cleaning up!

    3434 days ago
    I just wanted to say that I like your background image -- where was this picture taken?
    3533 days ago
  • v no profile image MAUITN
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