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Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth. ~Katherine Mansfield

I am doing the hardest thing on earth for me - taking a break from all the expectations I place on myself and that others place on me. I am taking the time I need to heal. I am focusing on learning how to let go and forgive.

I am not losing weight so that I can love myself. I am learning to love myself. Right now. Exactly as I am. I expect that when I release my pain, I will release the unhealthy habits that brought me to this place and will lose the weight as a natural consequence.

Each healthy decision is an act of kindness towards myself.

Member Since: 3/10/2010

Fitness Minutes: 58,381

My Goals:
To create a healthy lifestyle one small choice at a time.

My Program:
Above everything else, I try each day, each moment, to make the healthiest choices I can for myself.

I had RYN surgery Feb 2016 & am learning how to eat healthy on a bariatric diet.

I do body weight exercises for ST and walk for cardio. I also compete in monthly horse agility competitions and ride 2-3 times per week.

Personal Information:
I'm 48 years old, happily married with a grown son & two grown step-children. I'm an Island Girl - Vancouver Island - with access to some of the best outdoor recreation in the world.

Other Information:
Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure. Don Wilder and Bill Rechin

No matter how slow you run, it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch. Joe Kelly

For my Sunny Gals:

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. �Joseph Addison

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and follow where they lead. �Louisa May Alcott

True friendship brings sunshine to the shade, and shade to the sunshine.

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    Looking to stay focused through the upcoming Holiday Season? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle? If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early December. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For the Fall we had Cardio Hoedown, World Series and Sleepathon. I hope that you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Winter challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.
    341 days ago
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    I adore your about me blurb. It is quite inspiring and it is unbelievably relateable! Thank you for sharing your journey!
    429 days ago
    Hi! I hope you don't mind me adding you as a friend! emoticon I've been away from the site for quite a while and have made my way back. Starting over...Again! Looking for new friends. Your journey is incredible and you look fantastic but more importantly happy and healthy. emoticon
    934 days ago
    Hey Lady! emoticon

    I just wanted to personally reach out to you to let you know that I'll be closing my SP account within the next couple of weeks. I'm really just not that connected to the community anymore. I'm glad that we had the opportunity to connect, and I have appreciated your support and encouragement down through the years. I will miss checking in and seeing how you're doing along your journey. But I know that you're going to continue to do great!!! (If you have FB or IG, and you'd like to stay connected, please feel free to inbox me and give me your account names and I'll send friend requests accordingly.) In the meantime and and in between time, God bless and Happy Healthy Living!!

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    957 days ago
    Thanks for the U.N. ideas! I LOVE the first one!
    960 days ago
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