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Had to do it. My first official "Before" picture. New flab (since Apr 2010) highlighted in red.

Me at 163.5, less ten pounds from first pic.


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I'm a member of the Yurok Tribe in northern California. The Yurok were a hunter/gatherer society even halfway through the 20th century and those living on the Reservation still rely heavily on traditional foods. They are hard to get but are excellent sources of healthy nutrition, particularly when it comes to salmon and acorns, which are primary staples. Basically though, individuals from hunter/gatherer societies tend to be very energy efficient because there is less regularity of food availability and those who can survive on the least food prosper and reproduce while those who can't, well, don't.

This means that dieting is not going to do it for me. I can easily live off of 1200 Cal without losing significantly and so cardio exercise and muscle building will be the keys for weightloss and fitness.

Member Since: 6/12/2007

Fitness Minutes: 8,093

My Goals:
I've updated my goals twice now, over the past two years. I have not met them, though I have progressed. My attitude in the past has been to set a deadline to shoot for. I suppose this time it will be to remain consistant, in exercise and healthy eating habits, and my body will respond in its own time.

My Program:
Exercise 6 days a week, cardio, strength training, or a combination, and one day of 30 min of stretching. Water, water, water.

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I'm working in my Tribe's burgeoning wildlife program which is very exciting to me as it gives me an opportunity to help restore creation to what it was meant to be. I am well content in life and am grateful I've been blessed in it.

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Part of the purpose of getting fit for me is to be more intune with what's inside of me, with the eventual goal of increasing my connection to God through inspection of self. I was created in the image of God and to disrespect the body I was given is to disrespect Him. Personal fitness is to me a matter of honoring God through preserving what I was given.

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  • v JUSTYNA7
    I run and B&B and right now we have a Cree hunting family staying here on a goose hunt. The house has smelled amazing as they have cooked a couple up. I have learned a few words but don't know how to spell them... Wakiya Coocum (Welcome grandmother)... Meetsu (eat) and Maycoach (thank you)

    Zumba, walk, spin or swim
    Freggies on half an eight inch plate
    Pilates, plank, push or pull
    What we do to transform this weight!

    A cheer for the torquoise from the Indigos (I don't claim to be a poet, lol) Justyna

    1495 days ago
  • v JSAMMONS1981
    Stopping by from Amazing Amethyst before the weekly challenge is over. Good luck on your goals!!
    1495 days ago
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    Happy Hump day! I am wishing you much success in reaching your goals and rocking the BL Spring Into Action Challenge.

    -Jenn from the Black Panthers team.
    1495 days ago
  • v MINDFULME2017
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    “One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you dont feel like doing it.” - Unknown

    Good luck on with your healthy lifestyle journey from the White Tigers ~ ROAR!
    1497 days ago
  • v LORIE2014
    Everyday is a good day to SUCCEED ~ wishing you success with the BL Spring Into Action Challenge!
    Lorie from Black Panthers team
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    1497 days ago
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