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2012 - That elusive Sparkle... I know its in there.

2008 - I was just thinking that the other day on the way to work... What happened to my "sparkle" that joy in my approach to each day, that dash of wonder at each experience, that energy that kept me happy, healthy... I remember saying to myself in that moment... "I need to find my Sparkle"

Three days later, I found this website. I am a single mum with limited resources, debt up my yin yang, and way to many pounds on this poor body of mine... I quit smoking (yeah!!!) about four years ago and compounded with some health issues that slowed me down I very quickly put on over 80 pounds!!

I am so glad to be here and to meet you all... If I can support you in any way in your journey, or you in mine, lets take these steps together... Thanks for taking the time to read... :)

I want to be able to cut my toe nails again...
I want to be able to wrap a single towel around me again.. and actually cover everything!!
I want to feel comfortable with myself
I want to be active and to move easily
I want to have fun with my kids
I want to wear regular socks again and not cut off my circulation!
I want to wear pretty clothes again.
I want to feel good about myself and proud of my appearance.
I want to add more to this list as i think of it...
[edited Aug 7 2008]
~Drink at least 5 x 8oz of water/day
~Stay within Calorie Range
~700 Calorie difference between consumed & burned
~Exercise at least 30 minutes most days
~Log My Calories and Fitness
~Eat at least 5 fruits and Veggies
~Take my Multi-Vitamin
~Watch my Vitamin and Mineral Intake
~Get 7 Hours of Rest Each Night
~Participate on SparkPeople website Daily
Goal Weight Loss 18+ lbs
Starting Challenge Weigh-in = 236

Wk 1: July 22 - 28 Weigh-in = 236
Wk 2: July 29 - Aug. 4 Weigh-in =
Wk 3: Aug. 5 - 11 Weigh-in =
Wk 4: Aug. 12 - 18 Weigh-in =
Wk 5: Aug. 19 - 25 Weigh-in =
Wk 6: Aug. 26 - Sept 1 Weigh-in =
Wk 7: Sept 02 - 08 Weigh-in =
Wk 8: Sept 16 - 22 Weigh-in =
Wk 9: Sept 23 - 29 Weigh-in =
Wk 10: Sept 30 - Oct. 06 Weigh-in =
Wk 11: Oct. 14 - 20 Weigh-in =
Wk 12: Oct. 21 - 27 Weigh-in =
________ Oct. 27- FINAL WEIGH-IN =

Goal is to be 218 by Challenge end! I CAN Do this!
~12 WEEK CHALLENGE GOAL (218 by Oct/27/2008)
~2nd goal Medium Range (180)
~3rd goal Medium Range - Pre-EE (150)
~Long-Term realistic goal (135)~
~Dream goal - 123
Current Weight: 231 lb
Goal Weight: 123 lb
Weight Loss: 108 lb
DailyCalorie Deficit: 700
Time to Reach Goal Weight: 18 months

Member Since: 7/21/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,295

My Goals:
I want to be here to enjoy my family and be here for their families. I want to feel good about myself and proud of my accomplishment. I am seeking to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, body size and BMI

My Program:
Eat to Live 6-Week Plan

From the book Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
UNLIMITED (eat as much as you want):

all raw vegetables, including raw carrots (goal: 1 lb. daily)
cooked green vegetables (goal 1 lb. daily)
beans, legumes, bean sprouts, or *tofu (minimum 1 cup daily in total of these)
fresh fruit (at least 4 daily).
eggplant, mushrooms, peppers, onions, tomato and other non-starchy vegetables, cooked and raw (unlimited)

*Beans should be eaten daily; tofu should be eaten less frequently.
LIMITED (not more than one serving):

cooked starchy vegetables OR whole grains–Maximum 1 cup per day (butternut or acorn squash, corn, sweet potato, brown rice, cooked carrots, whole grain breads*, whole grain cereals*)
raw nuts and seeds (1 oz. or 28.5 grams a day) or 2 ounces avocado
ground flaxseed (1 tablespoon a day)

Personal Information:
I live in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. I am 48 years old, single mum, with two fantastic boys now aged 14 and 20. We have two black cats and our Peke-a-poo Clan: Murphy, Tara Belle & Eilidh!

Other Information:
"Food is the most widely abuse anti-anxiety drug in America, and exercise is the most potent yet underutilized anti-depressant."-Bill Phillips

~ËœThink in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night~ William Blake

~When my will power is failing at least I have my CONSISTENCY to rely upon~

~We teach best what we most need to truly know~

~Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another~

~Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence~
Calvin Coolidge

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    Kudos to you for joining us here on the Raw Foodies Team. This will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. Sparkers come here and join this great team for a multitude of reasons. They may be curious about the health benefits of Raw Food and join to learn all about eating Raw. Many join for the weight loss. Many join the Team for a Detox. There are a great many people who do the Raw Food Diet as a Detox but then they realize how alive they feel and how the pounds melted away so effortlessly they decide to continue to eat this way. There are others who will join this Team for the health benefits of a Raw Food Diet. A diet based on raw food can reverse diabetes, arthritis (I personally have experienced this. I went off all of my arthritis meds after only a few weeks), heart disease, cancer (that is how I became involved with the Raw Food Diet when my sister was diagnosed with Lymphoma), eliminates migraines, the list goes on and on.

    So join us and learn how to make the transition from SAD (Standard American Diet) to a healthy Raw Food Diet. You will be happy you did!
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    2109 days ago
    Thanks for the blog comment. I usually don't have a problem with water but lately I'm craving pop again. I use True Orange or True Lemon to flavor my water when I'm having difficulty or need flavor. I also sometimes use a bit of 100% juice to add flavor. Iced tea is a common alternate around here. Hope you had a healthy day!
    2135 days ago
    OhMyGosh, thanks so much for commenting on my Forget You! vlog :) My son is always by my side supporting me in some form, which is good since I started this journey for and because of him! LOL You are most welcome for the smile. Thank YOU for making me smile with your note and sweet words! XO Have a fantastic weekend!
    2139 days ago
    I love your comments on my blog. You are not the first person to mention THAT accomplishment and I can definitely relate. I hope you don't mind my friending you. Together we can do this thing. I'm going the vegan route, too, but lean toward Dr. McDougall. emoticon
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