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Occupation: Mother. Wife. Jill of all trades.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with your self. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - everyday begin the task anew.
~Saint Francis de Sales

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
~Friedrich Engels

You can succeed if nobody else believes it, but you will never succeed if you don't believe in yourself.
~William J.H. Boetcker

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
~Johann von Goethe

~Just be~

My goals have evolved quite a bit since I initially joined Spark.
Currently I am trying to develop myself as an athlete. Also, I have found the joy of eating cleaner than ever. I have been a pesco-vegetarian since June of 2006 and have come along way in learning about vegetarian sports nutrition.
Food is a major piece of the puzzle for me, it can make the difference in whether or not I have that water gain pooch or if I can see the definition in my abs that I've been working so hard for; it can also make the difference in how I sleep, how much information I retain on a daily basis, my moods (I'm bi-polar) and how much energy I have.

Being Bi-polar:
At the age of 13 I was diagnosed as bi-polar/manic depressive. I have taken many, many medications and seen many therapists and doctors over the years to over come the constant, dark cloud that followed me around; all that the meds did was make me numb and steal my ability to feel real happiness (or sadness for that matter). I had lost anything that resembled self-confidence, I had lost faith in myself, I was weak, I was tired and counted the hours each day until I could just go back to sleep. I was on and off meds through my late 20's. I also was a vegetarian for most of that time on a very high carb, low protein and iron deficient diet, my lack of knowledge on how to be a healthy veg didn't help my cause. In my late 20's I started eating meat and researching better more natural ways to eat; I thought I was leading a natural and healthful life, but I had no idea how wrong I was! The knowledge I gained helped me to piece together the link between diet, exercise and how my body reacts each to them. Because I did and do try to live as naturally as possible I made the decision to get off the chemicals for once and for all, and try to heal myself, that was over 6 years ago.

Over the years I kept journals and documented my ups and downs pretty well, the one common thread that made me feel happy, confident and strong was exercise. I gave up my eating habits (disorders actually) and starting eating better, not perfect but better. I reminded myself everyday that "I choose strength over weakness and I choose to be healthy over being sick". I decided on a goal, my physical goal was to achieve the physique of a figure competitor...I'm still trying to reach that goal (even though I still wouldn't have the confidence to compete!!!) Through constant reading and training I eventually fell into a routine that has now replaced medication, and makes me feel like a completely different person. I now keep to a very clean pesco-vegetarian diet plan and I exercise 5-6- days a week allowing myself to rest when I need to. When I fall out of my routine the effects are undeniable; once my body's chemical levels are imbalanced it takes me several days to get back in order, but the point is that I can and I do. I finally know real happiness and peace, and can give true testimony on how eating clean and exercising can truly save ones life.

Learning one's own body is the key to health, fitness and meeting your own personal goals, even outside of fitness. I have learned to pay attention to my instincts and to what my body is telling me and I encourage others to do the same and to find their own way.

Books to Consider:

The Eat Clean Diet and The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook, both by Tosca Reno.

Making the Cut by Jillian Michaels.

Clean Eating Magazine. Great magazine with realistic plans and recipes. This magazine offers a simple explanations for making your new clean eating choices. This is also a family friendly magazine, offering grocery lists and suggestions for the whole family.

Supplements that I recommend:
Isopure - Vanilla Zero Carb Protein
Designer Whey NATURAL - Vanilla
JayBar by Jay Robb - no junk!!!!
Jarrow Vegetarian Creatine (best creatine I've ever tried!)
Advanced Ferrochel - suggestion for vegetarian athletes
Turmeric Force by New Chapter - helps any achy joints, naturally
Renew Life Ultra Digest - digestive enzymes

All of my choices are vegetarian/vegan friendly, these all can be found in non-veg formulas. I suggest you find what brand works best for you.

also make simple changes in your food choices:
*Use Agave nectar instead of sugar. If you need sugar, use unprocessed, raw sugar. or a natural sweetener such as "Z Sweet" or Stevia
*If vegetarian: there is a relatively new meat alternative that is out of this world called "Quorn", find it in your green/natural frozen food section.
*If you are a meat eater, try being a vegetarian one day a week.
*Buy organic, seasonal and regional when possible.
*Try Quinoa- it's the wonder food!
*Stay away form refined "white" products: white flour, white rice, white sugar, etc.
*Slowly cut back on salt - consider first how much salt is already in your food before you salt it.
*Try one small piece of a really good chocolate (or preferred sweet) instead of the disappointment of lower quality or even low fat sweets which lead you to eat more hoping to find satisfaction, which can only lead to a binge.
*Treat yourself to only the highest quality foods.
*Don't deprive yourself, and be open to trying healthier alternatives, you never know you may find that you are a health nut at heart!
I have rock and alternative and the occasional techno remix on my ipod...
What's on YOUR workout mix?
I'd love to hear what gets your heart pumping!

My Latest list:
Mercy - Duffy
The Beginning of the End - Nine Inch Nails
Army of Me - Bjork
The Fantasy - 30 Seconds To Mars
Die Another Day - Madonna
Life is Beautiful - Sixx A.M.
The Pretender - Foo Fighters
Deathstar - Sevendust
I'm Sorry - Flyleaf
My World - Emigrate
Sweet Sacrifice - Evanescence
Stromata (red Swan Remix) - Charlotte Martin
Volcano Girls - Veruca Salt
Unbreakable - Fireflight
Train - Goldfrapp
Toxic - Hard-Fi
Are you Gonna' Be My Girl -Jet
Enter My Mind - Drain sth
Kerosene - Miranda Lambert
The Joke - Lifehouse
More Human that Human - White Zombie
(Adding more daily)

Member Since: 4/13/2006

Fitness Minutes: 2,478

My Goals:
Be consistent.
Be strong.
Be healthy.

My Program:

Personal Information:
Atlanta, Georgia.
Grant Park to be specific.
I've been married for almost 7 years.

I have an amazing 2 year old boy that inspires me everyday.

3 cats (Beso, Baci & Belly)
3 dogs (Bradshaw, Boris & Blue) & 1 lizard named Art.

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    just stopping by to offer a word of encouragement and welcome...remember, baby steps add up to big can do this...we at the SparkAtlanta team are rooting for you...

    you ARE a success story waiting to be told...

    ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ *miracles and blessings...

    4407 days ago
    Thanks for the note! I am feeling great so far....just extremely exhausted! I guess my body is just getting me ready for "Mommy mode"! ;)
    4505 days ago
  • v MDK.360
    emoticon didn't mean to post again
    4521 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/4/2008 12:14:26 PM
  • v MDK.360
    Welcome to the MCS team!!!!!

    My workout mix - Bum Ba Bat Bum! Shake it

    No Doubt: Tragic Kingdom
    Alien Ant Farm
    Rosin Murphy!!!!
    KT Tunstall
    Modest Mouse
    Radio Head (for Yoga)


    4521 days ago
    many thanks for your comment. I totally agree withcha...who doesnt love pin up toons?! Keep up the great work! :D
    4542 days ago
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