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I would like to get rid of excess body fat, rehab weak areas of my body, and make a successful return to running! In the past, I've tried eating, exercising, and sleeping better... and just about everything else generally recommended. I'm trying again, this time making many wise choices simultaneously rather than hoping something will prove to be a "magic bullet." I've noticed small changes for the good as of late, which gives me hope. For example, I have recently enjoyed fresh, green, leafy salads - something I previously felt the need to drown in creamy dressing, bacon, and cheese! Maybe with a few healthy changes taken all together and a bit more dedication, I can finally reach my goals of weighing 135 pounds and running a pain-free 5k. My favorite healthy things include group Zumba workouts, roasted vegetables, laughing at clean comedy, and hiking/walking/jogging/trail running with my dog. Steps I'm taking to get where I want to be include the following: focusing on quality sleep, crafting an exercise plan utilizing primarily my own body weight, following my physical therapy plan after a knee injury, and following the GAPS nutritional protocol. Let's do this!

Member Since: 4/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 23,089

My Goals:
Get to 125lbs.

Get to a point where I'm sleeping well.

Run a 5k without pain. (This will involve working up slowly and faithfully stretching/treating, as I have some hip/knee/foot issues.)

My Program:
Find a medication or supplement that helps me sleep soundly.

Make exercise something I do for fun in my free time.

Walk for transportation when possible.

Follow "Run Your Butt Off."

Find delicious ways to incorporate lots of vegetables into my diet.

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  • v BARBIE176
    emoticon just dropping by to share a quote by Buddha:

    "No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.:

    and wish you a fabulously successful rest of your week! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1616 days ago
    Hello, and welcome to the Dealing With Depression Team. We are glad to have you join our group. Best Wishes in reaching all of your goals. Take care, and keep in touch with the team. We are very supportive, and we are here for you.

    1717 days ago
  • v BARBIE176
    My quote for today by ~ FM Alexander ~

    "People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures."

    So, I guess that means we should start making habits that will create the future we want! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    1740 days ago
  • v BARBIE176
    Today's quote is by an anonymous source:

    "Sometimes we need to climb too high up in the mountains that we don't hear the world shouting 'Come down!'".

    So, get your climbing gear on and do not ever give up! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1742 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a sparkfriend! I've added you right back. Good luck with Nanowrimo this month. This is my first time trying it -- so far I'm off to a good start, just hoping I can maintain this pace throughout the whole month!
    2178 days ago
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