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"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work, or family, or life. Whatever it is you're scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes. Next year and forever."

Neil Gaiman

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If I have learned ANYthing since joining SparkPeople in 2009 is that it is NEVER too late to start over. Now that I have entered my "40's", I have become ever more concerned about achieving balance--at work, at home--pretty much every area of my life and LESS about perfection. After gaining back 34 of the 54 lbs I lost in 2007, it's become increasingly clear that like before when I being WAY more consistent, reaching my goals will ONLY come from those little daily successes LIKE working out, getting enough rest, eating well MOST of time--basically making myself a priority again which is NOT the same as being selfish. But if it were THAT easy, it would already be done, right?

SOOO...Here's the deal folks. I'm not gonna make any WILD promises to myself except the following:

1. to accept the things about myself I cannot change and work like hell to change the things I can,

2. to regularly endeavor to demonstrate self-love and acceptance,

and lastly

3. to remember that whatever I send out into world may find its way back to me because karma is TRULY a b*tchslap and a half. LOL!

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Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. ~ Helen Keller

I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings. ~ Margaret Mead

Humanism will affirm life rather than deny it, seek to elicit the possibilities of life, not flee from it, and endeavor to establish the conditions of satisfactory life for all, not merely for the few.
~Excerpted from The Humanist Manifesto, 1933

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew. ~ Saint Francis de Sales

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn! ~ Kalidasa

Member Since: 6/22/2009

Fitness Minutes: 102,002

My Goals:
* to lose 100lbs withOUT developing latent homicidal tendencies

* be more optimistic

* not wait until i'm thin to take risks, try new things or revisit activities i "used to" enjoy...

My Program:
* eat well most of the time--no obsessing about every morsel I place in my mouth allowed!!!
* nurture my "inner athlete"
* forgive myself, love myself & laugh a LOT

Short term goals
GW: 220--struggling but determined
GW: 200
GW: 180

220 lbs: new scent from Bath and Body Works
210 lbs: Healing Turmeric Mask by Apto Skincare
205 lbs: Activated Charcoal Toothpaste by Moody Zook
200 lbs: massage
199 lbs: new FitBit--an expensive one--LOL
195 lbs: professional pedicure and massage
190 lbs: $100 of Fabletic workout gear
185 lbs: my passport
180 lbs: a "me" weekend in a local place as yet TBD
175 lbs: a Sonos sound system
170 lbs: new phone
165lbs: a bicycle
160 lbs: trip to the Grand Canyon
145 lbs: Athleta & Old Navy/Banana Republic wardrobe

Bonus round: 135 LBS--a new sunroof for my Kia Soul!!

Personal Information:
i hail from the LBC. (dig it!!!)

i'm a fan of the outdoors and hiking (like a lot)

i am now OFFICIALLY "almost 50" but thanks to good genes i don't LOOK it. LOL!

Other Information:
What you see is pretty much what you get...

I love the beach, pugs, Santa Cruz, banana slugs, hamsters, the sound of the rain, surf movies, bonfires and kickin' it with friends.

favorite fragrances: sandalwood, vanilla, cinnamon, nag champa, amber. and from the zents collection found on the treasured locks natural black haircare website: earth, ore, water and sun. in case you haven't noticed from the theme--i likes to keep it au natural.

favorite colors: black, grey, sage green, blue and all medium-dark earth tones pretty much.

I'm pretty damn cool--once you get to know me.

I refuse to be defined by my weight.

Sarcasm is my middle name AFTER Vichelle.

Fav quote: "... Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller

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    Thanks for reading my blog! Have a good, safe week ahead.
    7 days ago
    Have a fabulous week!
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    Work it girl! Work it! Yahoooo!!!
    26 days ago
    Hey you, thanks for checking in! Truthfully, it's been A WEEK! I think at least part of the weekend is saved tho and am looking forward to some sunshine walking with that. I'm on the rooftop of hotel 220, determined to stay in this ville! How's it going for you?
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