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11/18/16 1:34 P

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One of my tricks is club soda or lime seltzer, since the bubbles are fun. I get 12-packs cheap at Safeway.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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11/18/16 10:17 A

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I've read that people add fruit to give it taste, which I know I have issues with at times. I've got a water bottle that holds 3 glasses worth, so one in the morning and one in the afternoon gets me to 6. Plus I drink tea. But weekends are harder to do. Schedule's different and my water bottle's heavy when it filled up. Plus I've got the monkey's water bottle (my 7yo), and his epi and inhaler. Fun times.

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One step at a time is right! And while the water is easy for some, I can't seem to get in the recommended amount, especially in chilly/cold weather! Best of luck to you! Always happy to share those ups and downs and lend a supportive ear! emoticon for sharing!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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11/14/16 10:43 A

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Hello all! Merry meet and namaste. I've actually been on Sparkpeople for a few years on and off. I thought it'd be easy to drop the 30 pounds I was looking to lose, boy was I wrong! I had a lot to learn. Had some life ups and downs. I'm trying to limit my gluten to once per day, which worked very well, but then I had to go on some medication which brought the weight back. Grrrr. So I'm keeping up the gluten free, finished my first week of actively trying to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and getting back into exercising. Want to lose the extra weight but also tone up. Not sure if I want the extremely well-defined 6-pack, but I've started following some great fit mommas on Instagram. Also have to be careful of my diastasis recti. Lots of life stuff happening, some not so great, some good. One step at a time.

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11/13/16 11:06 P

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emoticon Anne Marie! So glad you joined our Gathering. Would love to hear more about what brought you to Spark, and about your path. I'm a wiccan/pagan without a structured practice, though I sometimes report some of the interesting Motherpeace tarot cards I turn during my readings for the festival holidays. Please join us in the daily chat thread (the top one, Merry Meet) if you'd like, and introduce any new questions or discussions as you wish, or read and respond to previous posts on any of the forums--and remember there are other discussions besides the most recent ones that show.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Namaste & Merry Meet! I'm Anne Marie and I have been on SparkPeople for just 2 weeks. I'm finding a lot of motivation for my fitness goals here. I'm very happy to find this team and look forward to sharing this path with you!

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emoticon and emoticon It took me over 2.5 years to drop 65 pounds, but I'm a firm believer in slow and steady. Or as I read once on Spark somewhere (and have oft shared with others) "don't do anything to lose weight that you aren't willing to do for the rest of your life." You have to find the tools that work for you, rather than trying in vain to use someone else's program that just doesn't fit you.

I hope you will find information, encouragement, inspiration and support here. Wishing you success and joy on your journey!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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10/2/16 8:26 A

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Welcome! It can be done!

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10/2/16 8:05 A

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I live in SE London. I am a single mum with 2 teenage boys and 1 adult young man who lives with his fiancée a few miles from me.

So here I am. All told, I need to lose just over 100 pounds to be at a healthy weight. I'm breaking it down though and focusing right now on making healthier food choices.

I've been a practising Pagan for 20+ years, and recently was tapped to be a priestess for The Cailleach. I'm in the process of defining what that means for me.



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(waving HELLO! to SOUTHTEXASSUN)! Blessed be and I hope your day goes well.

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Sleep well! Yes, I saw you posted on the wall, but hadn't shown up in the new members on the right yet. (I've noticed a lag there, before) Looking forward to hearing from you.

BTW, where in Texas? I lived in Dallas a few years, though I grew up in Oakland CA and have lived up here in Washington the last 10 years.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Namaste and Well Met!
Brand new member here. It is late and I have a very important, very early wake up, so I must sign off and hit the hay. I will be back ASAP tomorrow morning.
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Thanks for introducing yourself, Elspeth. It's lovely to find books that speak to you. I also appreciate wise and gentle teachings! I'm glad you found us, and hope you'll join us on various threads and tracking goals that are meaningful to you.

Always nice to hear what you are up to, Paula. I was trying to figure out where our new member was, but as you've been with us for some time, I'm guessing you are not in the newest to join section for that reason.

I enjoy hearing from both new and seasoned goddesses. Blessed Be to all!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hello again yes I have had another name change. Being part of Hogwarts Team I have changed my name to suit what I am doing on that team. Guess who I am!! Yes Head of House Hufflepuff.
You will all know me as Paula and I drop in from time to time and join in the monthly topics. I just wanted you all to know that despite the name it is still me.

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Hi Team,
I've been here before under another name but I've been hibernating for a while. I will be turning 60 this December and am the mother of 2 grown children and 1 step-daughter, with a total of 3 grandkids. My husband and I no longer work but I find him a full-time job (LOL?). I bought the Warrior Goddess Training book and workbook today and joined the sparkteam. I'm looking forward to reading it. I did read part of The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz and I see I bought The Fifth Agreement but haven't read it yet. I'd really like to get through both of these before we begin Warrior Goddess Training but I'll see what happens. Toltec wisdom seemed very wise and gentle to me. Namaste to you all.

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Paula, I'm glad you re-introduced yourself--I didn't recognize your new user name!
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Some years ago I took over as co-leader of the GGs, as the team was not very active. My co-leader Lisa helped design the new look and forums. Then when Lisa got busy with other things, Eva came along and took over the more active leadership--like thinking up the wonderful monthly challenges, as well as the revamped welcome message which she shared with the whole team.
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I'm a solitary without an established practice. I do a lot of parts journaling and affirmations, feel a great appreciation for and connection with nature. I love my MotherPeace tarot deck and books (round, multi-cultural, matriarchal cards), which I use for readings on the 8 festival days.

Hope to hear from more members! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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My name is Paula and I have been part of this team for a while now. My spiritual path is based around the Hearth and Home. I love cooking and making things for the home, family, friends and charities.
I have a few health issues that I work around like osteo arthritis, IBS, Dizzy spells, a Cholesterol level that is like yoyo, cataracts forming and Macular Degeneration in both eyes.
I find ways around my exercise by using walking as my main exercise, I am determined to make improvements in my health both physically and spiritually.
My interests are wide and varied. I love reading, writing prose and poetry, knitting, cooking, gardening, nature in general, learning new things and incorporating what I learn in my life.
At the moment I am learning more about Moon Magick and keeping a nature journal that includes both New and Full Moon goals. I have written my own rituals and have adjusted things to suit me.
I live in England with my Husband who supports and encourages me in all I do.



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emoticon Jackie, and emoticon We do encourage each other, and accept the many paths we follow. I find it a supportive and affirming group. I'm happy you've joined us.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Hi Jaclyn!

I'm sorry to hear you've lost your mother.

You are here for pretty much the same reason I joined. I only have one child, Brenna and she's 7. I can say that I think you'll find yourself home here.

I hope you find your philosophy on a healthier you. I found my own journey to be mental, spiritual, and physical. I may be maintaining but I'm still on that journey.


I've been an eclectic pagan for about 20 years now. I found my path when I was just over 15. If you ever need anything, just ask.

"What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself." Hecato, Greek philosopher

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3/11/16 11:16 P

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emoticon Jaclyn, and emoticon for sharing yourself with us. I'm happy to hear you are looking to develop your "spiritual muscles" as well as your physical ones. emoticon It really is all interrelated.

I love how you concluded your intro, about wanting to "become the best version of me I can be. Because I deserve it. I am after all, Divine. And because my kids deserve to have a mother who loves herself and is a good example for them." emoticon emoticon

It took me ~2 1/2 years to drop my weight from my obese high of 215. And I've since been struggling to shed the excess weight of my clutter. I deserve to live in a lovely, comfortable and welcoming home. Now believing we deserve to live well, and acting like it--taking the concrete steps to get from here to there--can be a little different, but with mutual support the journey is easier and more enjoyable! emoticon

Hoping you find support and inspiration here. Wishing you joy and success! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Hello,

I joined a few days ago, but haven't had time to introduce myself.

I'm Jaclyn, and I'm a teacher, mother, wife and so much more. I practiced Wicca in college but have since been a bit untethered spiritually. I lost my mom to cancer at the age of 23 (she was 55 years old) and that really did a number on me in many ways. Since then I have been dealing with depression and anxiety that makes it difficult for me to connect with people, though I did find a wonderful husband and have two beautiful children (son 7, daughter 3) despite all of it.

Since my daughter was born three years ago, my depression worsened and my weight... well it didn't go up, but I gained nearly 60 lbs between the two kids and haven't lost a lick of it yet. Which, as one might imagine, has not helped my depression any.

In addition to trying to lose weight, I am also trying to reconnect with my spiritual self, as well as provide some grounding for my kids. Fortunately, my husband shares at least most of my views, so I do not have any sort of spiritual conflict in the family (there is, of course, the typical stuff couples tend to argue about...)

Anyway, So, I'm here to lose some weight, become a fitter, healthier person, connect with people who share similar ideals (eventually I'll reach out locally), and basically become the best version of me I can be. Because I deserve it. I am after all, Divine. And because my kids deserve to have a mother who loves herself and is a good example for them.

You can make it a great day or not. The choice is yours.


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emoticon and emoticon Kim! Thank you for introducing yourself. I have found the emotional and spiritual work *really* aids the physical work. Committing to our own well-being and spending time and energy on ourselves is *so* vital! Looking forward to celebrating your progress with you--remember, as many of us like to remind ourselves: Progress, not perfection!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Good morning,

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I'm Kim from Las Vegas. I have been on SP off and on for several years. I just turned 57 last week and have decided heart, soul, and mind that this is going to be my year! I know I can't do it by myself so I decided I need to de-lurk and become an active participant here. I am not new per se, I joined the group some time ago and have popped in on occasion. I have not had the umph or motivation to commit myself...again... to taking care of me. Having finally come out of a deep depression I know that now is the time!I know it is not just my physical self I am working, but my Spiritual self as well....

Like so many, I have fought my weight my whole life. I'm bone weary of fighting. So here I am and I am excited...really, truly, excited from the inside out to finally take care of myself. I am doing this!

Bright Blessings,
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Welcome Lisa! And thank you for sharing!

I'm with Amanda (blessedbeing) That our journey is 3 fold : Mental, Physical, and Emotional. Sometimes the mental and physical drags up stuff we never knew were there.

For me the program began with the 10 bootcamp that was here on spark. I'm not sure if that challenge exists anymore, but it was a slow process, easing into the workouts. My final total is 66 lbs to date. It's been a fun journey with these goddesses. Now I'm at about 30 minutes on an average day. mostly walking. I practice Yoga and belly dance as well. Yoga is more for my emotional self than my physical self.

I suggest with the warrior goddess book, grab yourself a journal or a notebook. You'll want one along the way for the exercises in the book.

I'm glad you found us!



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So good to hear from you, Lisa. emoticon And thank you for sharing about where you are. My weight loss began with the fitness piece: taking a 10-minute walk at lunch, then adding another during my morning break, and later, an afternoon one as well. So pretty much every work day rain or shine, I walk for 30 minutes. Of course it also helped that I gave up alcohol, so did less mindless snacking when I lost all sense.

I also believe the emotional work is a big part of it--what we tell ourselves and how we treat ourselves. Finding support and encouragement can really help, which is why I check in every day. I wish you great joy and success on your journey, and look forward to continuing to get to know you! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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Hello Wonderful Goddesses! I am Lisa, a recently-turned-53 year old wife, mother, grandmother, full time secretary, and life-time yo-yo dieter. I live in Florida with my husband of almost 5 years and 4 dogs and 4 cats.

About 8 years ago I started to train for walking/running events and, over the course of 3 years, I lost almost 80 pounds. The training started getting to be a little overwhelming, though, and I decided to quit the events at about the same time as I met the man who is now my husband. Since quitting the training and getting married, I have put a little over half the weight back on again and I'm not sure how to turn that around. I still work out most days but for a half an hour, not the hour and a half that I used to do. I've also passed into the Crone time of my life and my metabolism and energy has quieted down.

I've read that if you want to lose weight, diet is 80% and fitness is 20%. When I lost weight before, I flipped those two. I need to flip it back. I've been eating a lot more whole foods and locally sourced produce and cooking 99% of the meals we eat. I have this vague thought that if I am more connected to the food that I eat, I won't eat so mindlessly and I will magically be transformed into a "responsible eater." Okay, so I'm being a little facetious, but you never know....

I read the messages about the "Warrior Goddess Training" book and ordered the kindle edition, so I will start reading that. I've been feeling like I'm not in control of anything in my life anymore, so getting back to being a warrior goddess will be a good thing!

I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you.

Lisa


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Welcome Remmie and Walkfit!

I hope you both join us in the monthly challenge. For the first part of the year we'll be working with a new element each month. The goal is to work together on what fits each of us individually.

I'm a full time SAHM but my daughter is in public school. I volunteer a fair amount at the school. I did home school for pre-k and would be open to it again if the need arises.

Walkfit I've been on spark going on 6 years in march. It's a nice place to be and this is a wonderfully supportive group of women.

"What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself." Hecato, Greek philosopher

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emoticon Remmie and WalkFit!

Sorry I missed your post earlier, Remmie. Where in Idaho are you? I was born in Idaho Falls, though I grew up in California, and have been in Washington state going on 10 years this March. I love tulips. I moved up to Washington's Skagit Valley when I relocated from the Bay Area, where they have an annual Tulip Festival. I loved the story of the International Peace Gardens, are you familiar with them? www.ipgf.org/about/ourstory.asp I am not a fan of monarchy, but I love the story of how the Canadian Parliament declared the hospital wing where the Dutch queen in exile from the Nazi terror in Europe was about to give birth to be Dutch territory, so that her daughter could inherit the throne when her homeland was free again. It chokes me up everytime!

And WalkFit, glad you found us after all this time! We are very eclectic. There's a cool "challenge" you can participate in based on the Element of Earth, in the Maiden Forum. We are big on encouraging members to make tools fit them, so you always get to decide how you will participate.

Oops, timer going off--time to get laundry!

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So glad I found a like minded group of goddesses! emoticon
I've been on and off SP for about 9 years. It's been a great resource for me. I look forward to getting to know the team.

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Hi everyone! My name is Remmie and I am from Idaho. I am a wife and stay-at-home homeschooling mother. I am also new to the spirituality / alternative religion path and thought this team would be a good place to help me grow. I am looking forward to taking this journey with all of you!

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Nature is where I feel most connected to Spirit and the Divine. But I have an active mind, and do enjoy reading also. Being open to possibilities and connections, recognizing similarities, and respecting diverse paths and traditions is an overall approach I enjoy.

Sorry, I'm yawning up a storm. Time to turn in soon! emoticon

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I'm glad you've joined us!

Each of us has our own spiritual path and many of use, myself included, started out in the Christian path of our parents. And many that I know take the early path of the Christo-Pagan, the blending for a period of time made the transition easier. In any case each of us knows what it's like to be finding our way. If you have any questions please ask. You'll always find someone ready to help.





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I just bought the kindle version of that book and am digging into it. It is hard for me to answer about what materials or methods work best for me. I am on such a new journey that In just don't know. But I look forward to learning and figuring it out. Reading, time in silence and stillness, or time out in nature are what I tend to lean towards for spiritual growth, but I am excited to be on this journey!

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Spiritual journeys are wonderful! I'm glad you are choosing to make us part of yours. Are there particular books, paths, tools that speak to you? One of our newer members told us about a book, Warrior Goddess Training, which is wonderful. I'm going to be going back to that, after taking a detour to read various parts of Growing Up Again, which my therapist recommended when I asked her about reparenting. Lots of insights, affirmations, and compassionate, practical advice; I returned the library copy and bought my own. I love sharing inspirational resources & like to hear what has helped others.

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hi everyone. I have been on SP in the past, but it has been a long time, and many things have happened in my life since then. Went through a scary and stressful divorce, found a new love, move to a different state, and even changed career fields.

Life is definitely better than it use to be, but I still feel something missing. I grew up Christian, and while I still prefer to myself as such, I know modern Christians would disagree. After what I went through with my divorce, my eyes were really opened up and now I find myself on a spiritual journey like I've never been on before.

I know that as I grow in my spirituality, the rest of my life will fall into place, including my health. I really look forward to being apart of this team!

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Welcome, Divya. After a long time of trying to connect with Deity(ies) I finally feel like I've made a connection with Brighid, and find myself going in a Celtic direction. It's hard to imagine having a relationship with that many at once!

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emoticon Divya, and thanks for introducing yourself. emoticon
I grew up in Northern California--Oakland, but live now in Washington state, myself.

Cool how you have a relationship with a number of Goddesses. I'm not familiar with Kali Ma, but would love to learn more.

So glad you've joined the Gathering!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hello! emoticon I'm Divya, I live in Los Angeles, CA. This is not my first go round with SP but I am hoping to make this one really count.
Spirit: Many Goddesses live in my home, I have altars, icons, and deities from everywhere. Kali Ma is my Mother Goddess but Hekate, Santa Marta, St. Martha, Laxmi, Radha all live with me. My heritage is Romanian Gypsy and I feel this is why I communicate with them all the way I do.
Body: I have been heavier in my life and I am trying to avoid getting to that weight again. I do very well in the winter and get motivated to move more. My problem is when it starts to get warm, I just stop. Its so hot that I cant imagine exercising and getting warmer.
Mind: I am hoping to find some like minded folks to inspire and encourage me and that I can offer the same in return and probably a laugh along the way as I love joking and being funny.
Looking forward to meeting you!!! emoticon

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Bonnie, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you better with a detailed introduction! It took me over 2 years to very gradually shed my excess weight (I had gotten up to 215 and stayed there for a number of years). But the slow consistent steps are the ones most easily maintained. As I read once here on the site and have often repeated, "Don't do anything to lose weight that you aren't willing to do for the rest of your life." Every person is different, and you need to experiment and find what motivates and works for you.

So glad you've joined us. Please join the Merry Meet chat & update thread whenever you wish, and any other thread, or start your own discussions.

Wishing you joy and success on your journey! Blessed Be emoticon

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Welcome to our gathering Bonnie. and don't apologize. I enjoyed the introduction.

I'm glad you found your guide, or at least one of them.

We'd love to see your work if you ever want to share. Mrs. paula Autumn shares her work with us often. :)

Most of us here know what you mean by feeling energy. It's in our blood.

I look forward to getting to know more about you as you travel on and leave the pounds behind.

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Greetings to all and a happy November too!

I'm Bonnie from Washington State and I'm on a spiritual journey of discovery. Through this journey I hope to gain an understanding of events that occurred during my childhood. Some of these events were very scary and my parents chalked them up as a child's overactive imagination. About a year ago the identity of one of the nightly visions was revealed. She is one of my guides. As a small child I was afraid of her. I didn't understand and thought she was a witch grimacing at me from the room she was in; now I know that she was smiling. Some recurring dreams are still a mystery, though I feel as if I'm getting closer to an understanding.

I've always been sensitive to vibrations around me and have a connection with Nature. In my younger years I would sit outside for hours, even in the rain and wind. During these times I would often draw animals, trees, mountains and rivers, whatever I felt led to draw. I don't do too much drawing anymore though; I've picked up a camera instead. My dreams and visions are usually of wolves, horses and trees or meadows. I hear nature music when my husband and I are in the woods.

I was a reclusive kid and still am to a degree. I have a hard time fitting in with people yet am completely comfortable around animals and the great outdoors. As a result I started a hobby photography business called Spiritwind Photography and it is mostly pets and nature. I enjoy poetry and occasionally write. Eventually I will put together a book of my writings with my photography. It's therapy for me and a way to remain connected to the elements around me.

At this point of my life I am approaching the end of my Mother age. I still feel young (most of the time). Over the years my weight has crept up and I'm at my all time high of 182 lbs. I'm usually an energetic person, although these last few weeks I've felt sluggish and have had to force myself to do any extra fitness. I'm hoping to reignite the spark that will help me in my daily routines both at work and at home so I can achieve my healthy weight once again. I know that by doing so I will have less ankle and knee pain which will in turn help to increase my energy. I owe it to my two young energetic dogs Eli Buddy and Emma Rose.

Long introduction, my apologies. emoticon

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Amanda, thank you for your warm welcome.

I've just looked it up, A Linden-Tree is called lime tree, too. Yes, they shed their leaves each year. it is wonderful to see, how each soft breeze helps a leaf to fly to the ground. - And to know, that this is not a loss, but part of a cycle.

I can relate to your experience, of walking around and watching trees through their year-cycle. Isn't it amazing how many shades of green, yellow, red and brown exist?

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emoticon to our Gathering, Marie! Thank you for sharing the story of your tree friend! I make a point to walk around the block in our industrial park area on every break, and enjoy watching the trees through every season. I love how the leaves are starting to turn colors on some emoticon and how the different species and individual trees turn at different times. I'm not familiar with a linden tree. Is it an evergreen or deciduous (?) that will lose its leaves? Oh, and when it's hot, I love how cool the shade is from the trees, and the sound of the leaves in the breeze.

I hope you will join our Merry Meet chat thread sometimes, and let us know how you are doing, or post on any established or new threads depending on your interests. emoticon for introducing yourself!

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Hello lovely team,

I'm a member for quite some time, but I think I've never introduced myself.

I'm in my midfiftys (spelling?) and live with a sweet and loving cat.

About eight years ago I started a new path in life, where I was able to follow my passion for ancient times. That turned out well and filled a lifelong longing.
Other decisions I made at that time and during the following years did not lead to the outcomes I hoped for (marriage, job and finances). While I write I have to smile. This is a journey to rock bottom put into one sentence.

Meanwhile I am recovering, my strength(s) return!

So while shedding superfluous pounds and things (aka clutter) I am enjoying the good things that are already happening and preparing for the good things that are to come and I am willing and able to create! YES!

Close to where I currently work grows a beautiful and tall linden-tree. Whenever that job feels frustrating, I take a break, walk to my tree-friend and lean on her. We talk about life, the year's cycle and she shares her strength with me. Her life has not been easy. She has lost branches, some have been cut back, yet she grows stronger and stronger each year and new branches emerge. She is a great teacher!

I'm looking forward to being part of this team!

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I have several decks, but my favorites right now are the Witches Tarot and Wisdom of the Hidden Realm oracle deck :-)

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Welcome Noyagirl!

I hope you find what you need here with the GG's

It's easy to let ourselves go in an effort to care for everyone around us. I've had to subscribe to the philosophy that i can't take care of anyone else if i don't take care of myself. It was a bitter pill to swallow.

please join us in the Merry Meet and Greet the day chat thread. If you need anything just let a fellow goddess know and we'll be happy to help.

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emoticon NoyaGirl! Sorry I'm late seeing this. As you may have picked up from my posts, I've been devoting *lots* of time and energy to job hunting for a better position in a healthier work environment.

I'm glad your home situation has improved, that you are getting positive guidance through tarot (what deck do you use?), and that you are putting energy into nurturing yourself again. Please feel free to contribute to any of the threads, or start your own. Some of us like to update each other in the Merry Meet thread at the top of our team page.

Thanks for introducing yourself and reaching out! Blessed Be, emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

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But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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