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Life is quite the thing, isn't it? Before you know it, you've experienced and accomplished more than you would have imagined possible. Alas, while wracking up accomplishments, you can neglect your body.

I initially joined SparkPeople in early 2009 to assist me with getting down to my ideal weight for my career. At that time, I was primarily acting, writing and singing. I did eventually succeed at getting my body back into the shape I preferred, but by mid 2010, my career had changed drastically and I was working in an executive capacity. My active lifestyle went to the wayside and my physical form wasn't much of a priority. The more successful I grew, the less I paid attention to my body-- much to my chagrin. Of course, I gained weight. Well, in the past month and a half, I've used the world's forced break to begin remedying this mistake on my part.

Member Since: 1/4/2009

Fitness Minutes: 36,797

My Goals:
To get back into optimal health-- ideal blood pressure, able to walk 5 - 6 miles daily with ease, eventually down to between 140 - 150 pounds (with my mesomorph physique, this weight appears to be 120 - 130 to the eye), and back into size 6 or 7 pants.

My Program:
I am in my mid-40s now, so I have to be more gentle with my body than I used to be in my 30s. A combination of brisk walking for at least 100 minutes daily, bodyweight strength training (arms every other day, legs, waist and thighs everyday), freesstyle dancing, hoola-hooping and very controlled diet, has been working to encourage my body to shed excess weight at a good clip. Although I usually burn a significant amount of calories per day (800 - 1200), I rarely find myself hungry. I attribute this to not putting my body under undue stress with rigorous exercise, but instead going slowly and for a longer time. I haven't weighed myself in almost 3 weeks (don't want to grow scale obsessed), but since I've been able to fit back into clothing that I haven't been able to in over 4 years, I think it's working.

Diet-wise, I've been following the Spark nutrition guide, using mostly my own vegan recipes and staying within the caloric and nutritional guidelines. I try to eat 2 - 3 times a

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First, imagine it. Then do it!!

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    Miss seeing your colorful meals!
    262 days ago
    Your food/meals look phenomenal, colorful and very healthy! Thanks for sharing them! I hope you have a great week! 🙂
    373 days ago
    The root vegetable with the pink stripes is a watermelon radish. It's peppery and slightly sweet. It's a little tougher to slice than a plain radish so I use a mandolin.
    374 days ago
    Thank-you for your kind words. It saddens me when I see people with diabetes just sit back and accept their illness and wait to die, we can stand-up and fight back, I am living proof it can be done. emoticon emoticon
    394 days ago

    Ready for a challenge this Summer? The BL Challenge is there for you! We have ten teams that compete with each other in Fitness and Nutrition Challenges designed your promote positive lifestyle changes, and of course weight loss. There are different challenges each week for the duration of the challenge. Support and encouragement are a important aspect of the smaller individual teams. The larger team also gives you a chance to congratulate and get to know members from other teams. After all we are all in this together and together we are stronger. emoticon To join the challenge you can click on my username and then either click on the Blue Biggest Loser Icon, or leave me a message, or use this URL https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups
    _individual.asp?gid=25339 or use the search and search for “Biggest Loser Spring Challenge ALL Teams”. Once there join and add your name to the waitlist that is one the thread below the Spring into Fitness ~ Chit Chat thread.

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    403 days ago
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