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This is my second attempt at sparking. i was successful the first time and lost over 15 pounds but with stress and shifting priorities, I am back at square one.

With 2009, I am claiming the year as one I will approach prayerfully. I am starting the year with a primarily vegan approach (I don't plan to keep this up, but I need to rethink my eating habits and simplifying meals for a while will help). I am also doing the SP Bootcamp and hope to lose 7 pounds during the 4 weeks.

i have a lot of starts, but little follow through. i lack discipline. when it comes down to it, if i could prove to myself that i have the ability to be disciplined that would be reward enough. discipline in terms of organization and stuff... i live to excess and need to purge not only weight, but things. i want to be healthier and have a more balanced life: physically, mentally and spiritually. you know, work too hard and rest too hard does not leave time to play hard and enjoy other parts of life. i like my life, but it is a bit more about survival than balance. i need motivation i need discipline. i need balance.

To beat my plateau (in decluttering and health), I need more energy so I am going to try to do 50 min of walking a day and walk a total of 10,000 steps. The walks help me with energy, but even more help me refocus my mind.

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Harold Whitman

"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?" -Isaiah 43:19, NIV

According to pickle industry research, the average American prefers 7 'warts' per square inch, Europeans prefer pickles with no 'warts.'

"Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"All of you together are Christ's body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part." 1 Corinthians 12:27

I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards. - Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is
translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you
in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will
never exist through any other medium and be lost." -Martha Graham

Everything in moderation, including moderation.
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Member Since: 2/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 3,952

My Goals:
1. No Pop
2. Quiet time daily for reflection/prayer.
3. Go to gym at least 2x per week.
4. Eat 1 whole grains /legumes/veggies combo daily.
5. Eat out no more than 2x per week.

Be healthy and have a more balanced existence. I need to strengthen my spiritual and physical life (which includes the physical space I spend time in and its clutter). Overall lifestyle health and balance is my focus.

Current short term goal Lose 20 pounds by March 5.
Next 10 pounds =new workout clothes

Clean coffee table for 2 weeks= Silver Pom box

My Program:
Think small, incremental changes. Mini goals.
Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Go for walks with the dog daily, to reach 10,000 steps.
Time with God Daily.
Intentional Acts of Kindness toward Husband.
I lost 15 pounds my first 4 months on spark, doing a lifestyle approach rather than "dieting." Gained it all back after I let my priorities shift.

Personal Information:
I am in my early 30's, married for 6 years, no children but an amazing and spoiled dog. I teach high school English. Love reading, writing, graphic design, photography and taking on more projects than I can ever finish!

Other Information:
Fitness Personality Profile from SP: The Independent Thinker

You trust your intuition and value the time you can spend alone. For you there is also a spiritual side to fitness that helps you connect with your mind and body. For the Independent Thinker type, exercise is a great way to reflect and learn more about yourself. For you, exercise is important to help you grow as a person and each new physical experience is meaningful. Many people of this type use meditation and breathing exercises to help them relax, rejuvenate and detoxify from the day�s stresses. You can be a loner, but the bigger factor is the independent streak in you that makes you different. You value efficiency and how this gives you more time to do the things you enjoy. Also important is the balance you bring to most things in life - this holds true for your fitness routine as well. The thing to watch out for is making sure you sufficiently challenge yourself.

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