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The time has come. The time is now... -Dr Seuss

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. -Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; Freedom is something that people take and people are as free as they want to be. -James Arthur Baldwin

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance. -Bruce Barton

To keep the body in good health is a duty. . . otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. -Buddha

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. -The apostle, Paul

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life Is the source from which self-respect springs. -Joan Didion

The scale doesn't lie. My thoughts lie. They tell me that I have done something terribly wrong. That I have been wasting my life. That I should have known better.

But the scale is telling the truth.
I have not been treating myself well for far too long.
I am sick. I am tired. I am stressed. And I am not living the life the I want to live. I am not being the person I dream to be.
I seem to have forgotten that I am a child of God and am worthy of love. Of time. Of care.

And so I am back. I am back to learn to care for myself. To remember how to dance in the rain. To savour small moments. To say no. And to say YES wholeheartedly when it suits me. To give myself fully to the life that is waiting for me, but has been put off for another day.
Let's pick it up today.

It's 2014 and my life is still a mess of taking care of everyone else. My weight has continued to rise.
Today, I'm starting some basic movements to recover from a fractured collarbone - but I don't want to settle for walking.
Our church was looking for cyclists for a fund raiser in June. I want to participate, but if I start training tomorrow, I won't be able to be ready by then.
So it's time for change.
It's not about the weight. It's about living my life for me.
This coming fall, I will be hitting 2 milestones in my life, and i want to meet them strong, and full of hope.
I am powerful and creative and my life matters. It's time to live accordingly.

July 2012 - I'm back. I've gained about 15lbs over the winter. It all started with the kidlet spending a long time in the hospital. I stopped eating properly and din't have time to exercise. That's OK for a week or so, but after a few months, you start to feel tired and sick, and have lost the habits.
Even though it's been half a year now, I just never found my rhythm again. Now that I'm homeschooling (instead of the computer programming I was doing before) I feel like my time is not at all my own. And some added food allergies have improved my health, but left me at a bit of a loss in the kitchen...
SO I'm back after maintaining my weight for more than 2 1/2 years!
I am relearning how to take care of myself. To make time to plan my meals. To take time to for friends, resting, and praying each day. To exercise every day, to slowly build strength, to do what I can and accept what I can not do... yet. To treat myself with gentleness so that I do not need to make excuses.
I expect that the weight will come off..

Oct 2011 - Still maintaining. I'm back at my orginal goal weight, which is a bit disappointing, since I dropped 10 lbs. below without really trying. I have not visited SP for quite some time, because well, I didn't really need to. But an injury has kept me from working out for about a year now...
But I'M BACK! And I have some new goals.
I've started ChaLean Extreme this week. It's a 90 day program and here are my goals for the end of the program (Jan 31, 2012):
-1" smaller for each waist & hips
- Feel stronger and more energetic
-Decrease body fat by 10% (for total of 20%)
(Also, an ultimate goal of 18% by May 31. 2012)
(Also, by May, I would like to have reduced my resting heart rate to below 70 again)

I'd ask you to wish me luck, but I'd rather you held me accountable!

06/06/09 Since signing up for SparkPeople I've come to the surprising realization that I *can* do this. I've reached my weight goal and have been setting higher and higher fitness goals - I am probably in better shape now than ever before in my life!
But the challenge remains - I still have to strive to make my own health and happiness a priority. My weight still drifts up when I am busy and tired, and don't take the time to take care of myself.
I am now determining to reward myself - not to make up for doing something unpleasant, but to take action to remind myself that I am worthwhile. And I am allowed to enjoy my self!

Aug 08: I've struggled with me health for as long as I can remember. I've often felt that getting out of bed in the morning, and maintaining a positive attitude in the midst of pain, was enough.
I have realized that now is the time to move forward and improve myself. Because I'm worth it. Because it is not an accident that I am this person in this time and place, and that I am worth taking care of. (cliche, yes, but also a profound revelation for me)
So here I am. Where are you?

Accountability: (I never got around to this... )
Measurements coming soon.
Icky photo coming soon. Really. I mean it. I can do this.

Member Since: 8/1/2008

My Goals:

175 lbs by Nov 29, 2015
160 lbs by April 1, 2016

My Program:
Drink Water
-not sugary pop or caffeine
Get Up Early
-make music and exercise every morning
Walk every day (Run soon?)
3:00 Tea Time - JUST FOR ME
Journal and stretch every evening
Go to bed by 11:00

Personal Information:
I homeschool a child with special needs in Northcoast BC, Canada.
I love music, and play with the local amateur symphony, and do music and movement with young children.
I love music, animals, the outdoors.

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