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I am a 38 year old woman who has let years and pounds add up. I am finding a balance between whole foods/sorta paleo/nourishing traditions living, hiking, outdoor activities and reality of single parenting, working full time and having a life full of adventure!

Life seems to be changing drastically as I refigure out who I am. When I began Sparkpeople a year ago I was living in Arkansas, had a house full of foster children and my own children and was working towards my first 5K. July of this year my children were in a terrible accident which precipitated a huge change of events. Now, I am living back in Oregon, in a cottage by the sea and only have two children with me. Life has changed!

SO! I have joined the gym, I am going 5-6 days per week, spending a lot of time hiking outdoors, I am determined to get fit by FORTY! but Now... even more pressing... The love of my life is relocating from Arkansas to Oregon in March! I want many many wonderful years with him.... SO fitness has catapulted to the top of the priority list!

What a journey...

Member Since: 5/12/2013

Fitness Minutes: 2,557

My Goals:
Detox my body from the chemical invasion I have put it through!

Lose 60 pounds

Be fit and fab by MARCH when my one true love relocates to Oregon!!!

My Program:
Not following a "diet", I am too oppositional. Following a mixture of Weston Price and Michael Pollan. Eat food, not too much, mostly plants! Eating healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil) and only pastured meat. Keeping my calories reasonable and exercising daily!

Personal Information:
Single Mama, living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest once again! Living the outdoors life, engaging in hiking, beach walking, rock climbing, bicycling and stress reduction.

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The best way to predict your future is to invent it!

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    Hi! Welcome to the Fabulous by Forty Team! You have a lot going on in your life and you are looking to add some cardio. I found it easier to make a commitment of 10-20 minutes per day during the week on the tread mill, elliptical, or outside. But it should be a time that you know you can commit to. I started running last January when I got my FitBit. It is addicting to see how many steps I can get per day. Maybe it is something you want to try. Hope this helps.
    2150 days ago
    "It is rewarding to find someone you like, but it is essential to like yourself.
    It is quickening to recognize that someone is a good and decent human being, but it is indispensable to view yourself as acceptable.
    It is a delight to discover people who are worthy of respect and admiration and love, but it is vital to believe yourself deserving of these things."
    ~Jo Coudert
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    I hope you're having a good weekend so far, Sparkfriend! I just wanted to stop by and share a couple of great quotes with you. Keep pushing to reach your goals, one day at a time. Always believe that you are worth your absolute best effort...because you are!
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    "My invitation to you is to begin living every moment as though you are miraculous and deserve to live an extraordinary life.
    Fake it if you must and keep faking it until it’s real to you. The gift you will be giving yourself is a lifelong journey of discovery, one that is infinite and infinitely rewarding. Begin the journey. Today. This moment. Now."
    -Robert White

    2234 days ago
    "One of the most difficult parts of changing how you live and how you eat is believing that change is possible.
    We all say we believe that, but many of us, deep down in our hearts believe that it's possible for other people, but not for us.
    That other people can do it, that the glowy warm life we imagine is for other people, not for us.
    We have an unconscious belief that we can't do it, it's hopeless, and so, on some level, we stop making an effort.
    We lapse into the way it always was or is. But change really is possible.
    And it really does take a fierce kind of longing, and a fierce kind of love for yourself.
    For the life you know is possible. Ask yourself what you love most of all.
    Do you love your life? And are you willing to take action on your own behalf?"
    -Geneen Roth
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    TGIF, Sparkfriend! I hope your week was a good one and that you're ready for a fit, fun and fantastically healthy weekend! Keep your goals in mind and keep taking steps towards them. Remind yourself that you are capable...and love yourself enough to know that you are worth the effort!
    2270 days ago
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    Hi! I think it so great we have a lot in common and I love being a part of this summer's challenge with you! I love my at home fitness programs- they are just so convenient for me. I'd rather workout at home instead of spending money for a gym membership and all the time it takes to drive there. I noticed that you mentioned you live in a rural area? I grew up in the country in a town of 300 people. I love small town life, mountains, and country roads! Theres really nothing like it.

    You should totally tackle P90X when you're ready. I love the variations in all the different workouts and the supportive nature of Tony Horton is truly amazing. I know you could definitely BRING IT!
    2272 days ago
    emoticon A bolt of Yellow Lightening to energize the rest of the season! Keep going you are worth it!
    2274 days ago
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