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I'm a 48 yr. old wife and a mother of three (all grown now!). It's been a while since I have been on Spark People, but now I'm back and hoping to make a new start! My daughter and my neice have been encouraging me and some of my other family members to be a group on Spark People, and it's been very motivating and encouraging.

About 12 years ago, I lost close to 150 pounds. Through calorie counting, healthy eating, much exercise, and a lot of support from my family, I went from 275 pounds to 126 pounds. I was able to keep the weight off for a long time. Then I developed a knee injury from running and arthritis in my back. This has limited my ability to exercise and I have gained some weight back over the past few yrs. Although I've been able to keep about a hundred lbs off, I am hoping to lose some of the weight I've gained back by having a healthier diet and reasonable exercise.

I've been trying out a plant based vegan low fat diet and it has been working very well for me. I have also been doing strength training, low impact aerobics, and yoga.

I don't want to gain back all the weight that I worked so hard to take off, so I'm going to try to stay consistent and stick with it this time. I hope it works!


Member Since: 5/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 9,683

My Goals:
My goals are to get to a healthier weight and get into better shape despite my setbacks. I plan on getting more control over my diet and lose 45 pounds, and to do strengh training, light cardio, and yoga in a smart way in order to be able to keep up an exercise routine without pain.


My Program:
DIET:
Vegan
Gluten free
Low calorie
No sugar
More whole grains
Low fat
Lots of veggies
Eat fruit everyday
Drink water

EXERCISE:
Strength training
Light Cardio
Stretching/Yoga

KEEP ACTIVE:
Walk dogs
Gardening
Yardwork




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Other Information:
My favorite hobby is organic gardening and my backyard poultry flock (chickens and geese). I love drawing, craft projects, and reading (mysteries are my favorite). I also have 5 cats--plus a pitbull/border collie mix and two corgis that help me to walk every day!





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  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "The difference between stepping stones and stumbling blocks is not in the event itself but how you think about it and what you do after it.
    Every failure and setback can become part of your success or an excuse for quitting or failing.
    People who develop the discipline of positivity are both happier and more successful."
    -Michael Josephson
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    Just dropping by to say hello, Sparkfriend! Remember, you don't have to be perfect on this journey in order to make progress! As long as you keep trying...and never quit...you are already a success! Keep doing your best, because you are worth the effort!
    Hugs,
    Pixie
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    "Part of abandoning the all-or-nothing mentality is allowing yourself room for setbacks.
    We are bound to have lapses on the road to health and wellness, but it is critical that we learn how to handle small failures positively so that we can minimize their long-term destructive effects.
    One setback is one setback...it is not the end of the world, nor is it the end of your journey toward a better you."
    -Jillian Michaels
    2674 days ago
  • v KARASU_888
    Thanks for the comment on my blog... It's true! I would rather have loose skin than the extra weight!

    Thanks so much for the support!
    2677 days ago
  • v KARASU_888
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    2678 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "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!
    Hugs,
    Pixie
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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

    2693 days ago
  • v CLAIREINPARIS
    I am sorry it has taken me all this time to thank you for your kind message on my blog 'Enjoying my vacation'!!! It got a bit crazy after that, until tonight when I can finally rest and spark a bit!
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    2718 days ago
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