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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 CHAIRUL
    I LOVED the cartoons! And your name-I am also an artist. Did you draw the cartoons? emoticon
    2766 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "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!
    Hugs,
    Pixie
    2770 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "I believe in waking up every day and taking a good step toward health, and honoring your body." -Troian Bellisario
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    "In terms of days and moments lived, you'll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun. Do something important. Love somebody extra. In one sense, you're just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless."
    -Victoria Moran
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    Just stopping by to encourage you to make the most of each day, my beautiful young Sparkfriend! Keep your goals in mind, and do something every day that will move you one step closer to attaining them. Don't ever forget that you are always worth your best effort!
    Have a healthy week!
    Hugs,
    Pixie


    2790 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "I believe that we are who we choose to be.
    Nobody's going to come and save you. You've got to save yourself.
    Nobody's going to give you anything. You've got to go out and fight for it.
    Nobody knows what you want except for you.
    And nobody will be as sorry as you if you don't get it.
    So don't give up on your dreams."
    -Unknown
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    Just stopping by to encourage you to keep doing your best, Sparkfriend! You don't have to be perfect in order to make progress. Be your own hero today and every day, and keep fighting to reach your goals. It isn't easy, but you are worth the effort!
    Hugs,
    Pixie
    2798 days ago
  • v no profile image PIXIE-LICIOUS
    "Transformation is not five minutes from now; it's a present activity. In this moment you can make a different choice, and it's these small choices and successes that build up over time to help cultivate a healthy self-image and self esteem."
    -Jillian Michaels
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    "Make a pledge to yourself right now, to declare that you are worth your time and energy."
    -Deborah Day
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    Just stopping by to wish you a happy, healthy and fun Summer, Sparkfriend! Keep making those daily choices that will help you move closer to your goal, one step at a time. Right now there are just a little over 90 days until the first day of Autumn. Imagine how much progress you can make by then if you just keep doing your best each day this Summer! Don't forget....you are worth the effort!
    Hugs,
    Pixie
    2811 days ago
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