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UPDATE 1/24/2015
Another year! I think I'm going to be a sparker for life! Haha... Looking back on my past year, I did some good emotional work and really had a lot of fun. Learning how to be more positive and just enjoy life. It's still a work in progress but life always is! I'm not sure what I weigh right now and I'm continuing to focus on my mind, how I think about food, and self love. Flexibility is back on the goal list too, this time with a stretching partner!

UPDATE 1/4/2014
It seems to be my trend to have to continue this process of losing and then gaining it back - almost back to my starting weight. 2014, here I come. My new goals are to learn how to deal with my emotions without food, get flexible, and to have more FUN this year!

UPDATE 2/6/2013:
After my mother's very sudden passing nearly 2 years ago, my struggle with grief sent me right back into an emotional eating spiral. My lowest weight of 135 skyrocketed until I found myself over 170, nearly back at my highest. I am ready to get back to my healthy habits again. I never reached my ultimate goal of 130, and I think 2013 is my year. :) Here's to new beginnings and new happiness!

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~Rabindranath Tagore

Story of my life: I've always been working on my weight and learning to love my body. I've already lost almost 30 pounds with sparkpeople's help, and I've been maintaining successfully for over a year now. However, with the routine comes a certain degree of boredom, loss of motivation, and return to old habits. I am realizing that it's not just about changing behaviors; that you have to address the real problem behind the behavior. So now I am about focusing on me: loving myself more, making time for myself, and developing healthy beliefs and activities that keep me from being bored and depressed. I will forgive myself more and love myself more, and work on getting to a healthy state of mind AND body.

I think making some mini-goals may help me be more careful this time about how I do this. I tend to get obsessive over diets, which is why I need to make sure I do this in a healthy, moderate way. In fact, I am giving up the word "dieting." A while back I became so obsessed that I couldn't get things in perspective and I began eating far too few calories. I was miserable, and it's taken me a long time to get back to feeling good again. In the meantime I've gained some of my weight back, but this time I want to focus more on the healthy aspects of recharging my lifestyle. So now I've focused on more whole foods in my diet and eating smaller portions more frequently. I feel much healthier that way and know it's much better for my body.

If I keep to my guidelines I will give myself a small reward each week, and every two weeks I will treat myself to a massage. I will re-assess the goals each month and make sure that I'm not becoming obsessed. If I start losing more than a pound a week I WILL increase my calories, and I will NEVER go below 1200 calories/day. This way I will keep my body and mind healthy while I strive for a healthier lifestyle.

Member Since: 6/15/2007

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Goals for 2015:
Do stretching every day! Increase flexibility.

Strive for a clean diet as much as possible, keeping vegetarian and mostly vegan.

Practice: eating without distractions and eating for hunger, NOT boredom or other emotional reasons.

Journal every morning, even if it's just one sentence!

My Program:
Try at least 3 new vegan dishes each week to keep things interesting with my diet.

Some kind of activity for 30 minutes each day.

Do affirmations 5 minutes each day.

At least 6 glasses water per day.

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"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle

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    I love reading your blog posts and seeing how self aware you are.
    1004 days ago
    Thank you for the add on buddyfinder:)

    Love your goals! I am struggling with the morality of meat eating (live with voth vegans and meat eaters). I would love to be vegan or vegetarian but can't commit to that right now, but it bugs me when I eat meat. I'm glad you are trying to eat mostly this way. Not sure if it is a morality or diet issue for you?

    I like you goal to stretch every day. I will have to think about adding that one. Also to eat out of hunger not boredom! That is a hard one for me too!
    1160 days ago
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    1217 days ago
    Thanks for the encouragement on my blog. I really appreciate it!
    1403 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page and commenting on my blog!
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