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Hello everyone! I'm back on the fitness bandwagon. Like (probably) most of you, I have been on and off said wagon many, many times - with occasional successes. This time for me, is very very different.

This time I am honestly not at all concerned with "weight loss" as a goal. I currently work two jobs, have a son and a boyfriend, and all of the tasks that come along with these things. One of my jobs is very physically (and kind of mentally) challenging. I have to be on my feet, running around, multitasking and keeping a bunch of things straight in my head, lifting the occasional heavy object ... all things that lead to me collapsing on the couch when I get home, completely unable to do any of the other things I need to do. Like, make dinner, or do laundry, or wash the dishes.

I realized that I need to make an active effort to be strong, and fit so that I can get through my day without feeling completely spent at the end of it. I need to build up my stamina, and endurance. And of course, it wouldn't hurt to be carrying around a little less weight through the day as well.

But, this time the main focus is on consistency over the long term. I'm focusing on what I will do, instead of what I won't do. And, working specifically on creating positive habits that become so natural I just can't help but continue them for a lifetime.

That said: I'm a 33 year old, gluten free (for about 9 years now), mom who loves yoga, raw foods, being barefoot on the beach, socializing, reading a good book, and all things hippie/geeky/nerdy.

Member Since: 2/4/2008

Fitness Minutes: 9,909

My Goals:
- to build consistent, healthy habits.

- to gain strength, and endurance so that I can get through my workday without collapsing with exhaustion at the end.

- to do more hiking!

My Program:
- hit the gym daily. It doesn't matter what I do once I get there. I just need to show up. I'm challenging myself to 365 days without missing the gym.

- start with salad. When I'm eating a meal, my new default is to start with a bed of greens, and build from there. I can put whatever else I want to on it, but that base tends to point me in the direction of adding lot's of fresh veggies (which is the ultimate goal.)

- be mindful. Because the truth is: unhealthy habits feel bad, when you really stop to observe how they effect you. And healthy ones feel AMAZING.

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    I read your comments on The Good News Thread!!!

    Wow!!! I'm so happy for you (and I don't even know you) but it is GREAT to hear that so many good things are happening for someone out there!

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing...

    3871 days ago
    hey girl! how's your week been going? I had a hard time sticking to my raw goals the last few days- I was camping with no power, and no fridge. It's hard to keep food from spoiling with no fridge, and no blender makes it rough too. Oh well, today's another day :) Anywho, just wanted to get back at ya about that sunflower pate- it's super easy. I just throw 2-3 cups of soaked & sprouted sunflowers in the food processor or blender with 1/2 -1 cup tahini, some lemon juice, garlic, onion, chives, dash of celtic salt, and anything else I have lying around. Spinach, red peppers, etc... Pretty much just adjust it to taste. It keeps well for about 5-7 days. Hope you like it :)
    3903 days ago
    Thanks for the comments! I bet your little guy would get a kick out of doing a Bhangra video.

    I hope you are having a great weekend! emoticon
    3982 days ago
    I loved your secret so much that I wrote up my healthy lifestyle resume on my blog. Check it out!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    3984 days ago
    Hey girl... I'm on Spark but I don't look at my page that much. I just noticed your comment.
    4219 days ago
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