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“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” (Walt Disney)

I started working toward becoming a healthier version of me on January 18, 2013. At that time, my goal was to consistently use the gym membership I've been paying for and to curb my mindless snacking. I've never been a huge binge eater. But I am definitely the girl who would forego a normal dinner to eat an entire bag of Doritos.

After losing 18 pounds and then hitting a three-week plateau, I decided to jump in and start using some more of the Spark tools. I had only been using the weight tracker, but thought why not go for it and see what else I can find to motivate me. I haven't lost my motivation; I just figured some more couldn't hurt. So for some reason, I hit the "reset" button and now I have 11 pounds to go.

I'm trying not to get sucked in to the message boards. I believe there is a wealth of information to be found there, but previous message board experiences have not been kind to me so I probably won't be posting there. Just a personal preference for my own sanity. I'm a shy, quiet person and tend to sacrifice face-to-face interaction for online conversation and I'm trying to get out of my comfort zone... which includes meeting new people and going on new adventures.

I am walking the Color Run on August 17th and my goal weight is to be at 135 at that point. I have since modified by goal weight to 130, but original goal of 135 on 8/17 remains.

Member Since: 6/22/2013

Fitness Minutes: 1,793

My Goals:
Original Goal: 135 lbs by 8/17
New Goal: 130 lbs by 9/15

Ultimate Goal: BE HAPPY!!

My Program:
Trying to follow the 80/20 rule.... it's probably closer to 65/35 at this point, but that is amazingly better than it was a year ago!

The biggest changes that I've made that have had the biggest impact were:
- Eating breakfast every single day, no exceptions!
- Limiting pop
- Completely eliminating mindless snacking

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"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." (Walt Disney)

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    "It is rewarding to find someone you like, but it is essential to like yourself.
    It is quickening to recognize that someone is a good and decent human being, but it is indispensable to view yourself as acceptable.
    It is a delight to discover people who are worthy of respect and admiration and love, but it is vital to believe yourself deserving of these things."
    ~Jo Coudert
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    I hope you're having a good weekend so far, Sparkfriend! I just wanted to stop by and share a couple of great quotes with you. Keep pushing to reach your goals, one day at a time. Always believe that you are worth your absolute best effort...because you are!
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    "My invitation to you is to begin living every moment as though you are miraculous and deserve to live an extraordinary life.
    Fake it if you must and keep faking it until it’s real to you. The gift you will be giving yourself is a lifelong journey of discovery, one that is infinite and infinitely rewarding. Begin the journey. Today. This moment. Now."
    -Robert White

    2263 days ago
  • v DEEGIRL50
    What will you do today that's "just for you"?
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    2297 days ago
    "One of the most difficult parts of changing how you live and how you eat is believing that change is possible.
    We all say we believe that, but many of us, deep down in our hearts believe that it's possible for other people, but not for us.
    That other people can do it, that the glowy warm life we imagine is for other people, not for us.
    We have an unconscious belief that we can't do it, it's hopeless, and so, on some level, we stop making an effort.
    We lapse into the way it always was or is. But change really is possible.
    And it really does take a fierce kind of longing, and a fierce kind of love for yourself.
    For the life you know is possible. Ask yourself what you love most of all.
    Do you love your life? And are you willing to take action on your own behalf?"
    -Geneen Roth
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    TGIF, Sparkfriend! I hope your week was a good one and that you're ready for a fit, fun and fantastically healthy weekend! Keep your goals in mind and keep taking steps towards them. Remind yourself that you are capable...and love yourself enough to know that you are worth the effort!
    2300 days ago
    "The past doesn't define you, your present does.
    It's okay to create a vision of the future because it affects your behavior in the "now," but don't dwell on past mistakes.
    Learn from them and focus those lessons in the moment. That’s where change can really happen."
    -Jillian Michaels
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    Thanks for commenting on my "I Finished the 30 Day Shred" blog. Have a fun and healthy August!
    2302 days ago
  • v DEEGIRL50
    Yoga done outdoors near water... sounds heavenly.

    Today I stopped at a nearby shopping center and saw a rainbow of colored workout clothing in motion. There was some sort of exercise class going on in the parking lot. I didn't have time to drive over and investigate, but I was amazed at the sight. Tomorrow I'm going to stop and see if something new (perhaps a gym) opened up!
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    2307 days ago
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