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Wish I had a watercolor of this photo from our trip on HWY 1.

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Taken in April 2011, Down, but shortly after my highest weight ever.

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From then til now! Life is amazingly different!!

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I am busy with changing my sedentary lifestyle to a more active one, eating a healthier diet, and having fun while doing so... time to quit looking at numbers on a scale and to start living life and enjoying it as I make healthy changes for me! Anyone want to go snowshoeing?

This is my time.
It is time to focus on my needs
not to ignore others,
but to stop always putting myself last.

This is my body.
It is the only body I have,
if I don''t take care of it now,
when will I?

This is my desire.
The desire to break the chains
of those habits holding me down.
To be free, to soar.

This is my life.
There are a myriad of ways to live it.
The choice is up to me,
And I am determined to live it healthily.

Member Since: 8/23/2012

Fitness Minutes: 86,128

My Goals:
To get to know God in a more intimate way.
To get down to a "normal" BMI.
To "find" myself as I transition from full time mom to an empty nester.
To recapture my dreams and live my life to the fullest.
To be able to run a 5K again.

My Program:
When I started my healthy lifestyle journey my weight was 286 pounds, and I was completely sedentary. Much of the food I was consuming was fast food or packaged prepared foods, and other quick and easy choices. The first thing I did was to cut out most of my fast food consumption. Next I added in drinking more water. Finally I added in exercise to the equation (thanks to Spark Guy and his "you can do 10 minutes" concept) I am now down over 50 pounds. I love the energy I have, and the ability to do so many more things!

I am currently transitioning to a Whole Foods Plant Based food plan. My desire is to jump start my body into healthy eating, to get over some of the illness issues I have with food, and of course, to lose some weight in the process.

Personal Information:
~From Colorado Springs, CO
~Certified Sunshine and Warm Weather Fanatic. Certified Snow Fanatic too! That's why I love Colorado~you get it all!! Maybe even on the same day!
~Just gotta get outside!
~The mountains are calling and I MUST go!

Other Information:
My favorite podcast? Glad you asked. It's WhysAdvice with Mike Dagget, aka as FatDag.
You can even download his free app and never miss a show. Great advice as we walk along this health journey we are on. And nope, he isn't paying me for this shoutout, lol! Just sharing what I love.

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    Thank you for adding me as a friend--I've added you right back! What a cool bunch of pics you have, I really enjoyed them. Especially the first one, the bathroom scale!
    3191 days ago
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    “Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time.
    Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest.
    In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings and opportunities for positive change.
    Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite future! Today is a new day!”
    -Steve Maraboli
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    Every day is a new chance to take steps towards reaching your goals! Just keep doing your best, and never give up. Always remember that you are worth the effort!
    3192 days ago
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    "There are admirable potentialities in every human being.
    Believe in your strength and your truth.
    Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me.'"
    -Andre Gide
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    You're in the drivers seat, Sparkfriend! And whether you get there fast or slow, all that matters is that you get a healthy way! I know you can do it, and I'm right there with you!
    3197 days ago
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    “Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter.
    Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day.
    Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.”
    -Og Mandino
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    Thank you for the flower bouquet goodie! Have a healthy day!
    3198 days ago
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