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Hi all! I'm a Southern girl whose bad habits & diet are starting to take their toll on my health. I'm only 30, and I want to be around for many, many more years. So I'm making a commitment to start improving my health now while my body is still able to easily repair and heal itself.

Risk factors for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, colon cancer, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are a reality in my family. I am currently watching an aunt with type 1 diabetes suffer and waste away while dealing with huge medical bills and too many meds to take per day. I don't want that for my life, and I don't want to be a burden (financially or otherwise) on my family. My fiance and I will not be able to consider having children until about 7.5 years or so from now. That would make me nearly 38. With later pregnancies increasing the risk of breast cancer and other issues, I want to be in the best health possible if we do decide to have children.

My hope with SparkPeople is to reach out to others who are trying to make positive changes in their lifestyles. it will probably be easier and more fun meeting other like-minded individuals along the way. So here I am! If you're serious about taking charge of your health like I am and you keep your focus on the positive side of things, I hope we'll get to meet and become friends!

If you'd like a glimpse into my mind, feel free to check out my personal health journal:

http://innasenshi.wordpress.com


Member Since: 10/25/2013

Fitness Minutes: 9,887

My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to lose weight, not necessarily because of looks but to improve my health. I have 62.5 lbs to lose, and I'd like to do it by May of 2014!

I have not been diagnosed with any chronic illnesses yet, but feel that I am at least in the pre-diabetes range and feel that I likely have high cholesterol (though my blood pressure isn't particularly high). I want to move myself safely out of any pre-chronic-illness ranges so that I don't have to live a life where I'm bound to medications and chemical treatments just to mimic a healthy state.


My Program:
I am doing 6 main things to reach these goals. First, I have begun a semi-nutritarian lifestyle. I juice monthly and am focused on reducing the animal products I take in while increasing the high-nutrient veggies and low-sugar fruits I consume.

2. I exercise for an hour at least 4 days per week. 2 days are high-impact cardio (speed-walking via the treadmill) and the other 2 days are strength training and Pilates infused with cardio.

3. I have learned that my body operates best on 9.5 hours of sleep. So I have begun focusing on making sure I get at least 9 hours of sleep each night.

4. I have mostly removed sodas, alcohol, caffeinated teas and sugary juices from my diet. I will enjoy a soda occasionally if I'm out and about with friends, but I drink water, V8, oat-based protein shakes or my juiced veggies exclusively at home.

I am trying not to focus on weight as a number. That causes you to get too caught up in the wrong thing. Instead, I am focusing



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  • v GINGERRA1980
    Thank you so veryyyy much for your time to tell me such beautiful words. I know half of those words I already know and you are right it is easier said than done. I hope to one day see clearly!

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    2474 days ago
  • v SWEETRACHEL313
    Thanks for adding your experience on my blog post! You are right- we are doing something about our fitness levels! I know that it is a slow process, but it will happen for us if we just keep going! Like those (dreaded) mile-runs of our childhoods, we'll finish this by putting one foot in front of the other. Before we know it we will be there!

    Keep in touch!
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    2477 days ago
  • v LADYBUG546
    Hi Thanks for commenting on my blog...skinny fiber so far I have had a lost and I just started so we will see
    2478 days ago
  • v LYNNBELTONLOSES
    HEY GURL??? THIS IS A VERY SISTAHLY WELCOME FROM ME TO YOU HONEY. AN I JUST ADDED YOU GURL SO FEEL FREE TO ADD ME TOO.
    YOU ARE INVITED TO GET SOME INSPIRATION IF YOU WANT BY COMMING TO MY PAGE, BY READING MY BLOGS, LOOKING AT MY PROGRESS PICS, ETC.
    ANYWAY I CAN HELP YOU LOSE THIS WEIGHT GURL JUS LET ME KNOW HONEY K?
    I'M HERE FOR YOU GURL N YOU CAN REACH ME MORE ON A LIVE BASIS ON MY YAHOO IM WHICH IS;
    belton_lynn
    GURL, I'M ON THERE DAILY SO IF YOU EVA NEED TA TALK TO ME HONEY JUS HOLLA AT ME UP ON MY YAHOO IM GURL.

    ALSO HONEY DON'T FORGET TO PUT UP YOUR WEIGHT TICKER,

    GOOD LUCK GURL N DON'T WORRY HONEY,
    YOU GONNA LOSE ALL THAT WEIGHT!

    SINCERELY,
    YOUR NEW WEIGHTLOSS SISTAHGURLFRIEND,
    ~lynn
    (yahoo im: belton_lynn)

    2480 days ago
  • v DS9KIE
    Hi I’m glad you have joined Eat to Live team. Feel free to look all the message boards and ask many questions. You can also check out the link and the announcements for more info.

    Come and eat lots of fruits and veggies.

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    2481 days ago
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