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Hi, everyone. My name is Alyssa. I'm 32 years old. I recently decided to start taking control of my health, so I went to the doctor. He told me that I have high enough blood pressure that I need to be on meds...and that my cholesterol levels were awful, so, again, meds.

Both of my parents died of heart disease. My Mom died November 3, 2005 of her first heart attack. She smoked about 3 packs a day and was on some major medicines. She was such a beautiful woman on the inside, and ...
Hi, everyone. My name is Alyssa. I'm 32 years old. I recently decided to start taking control of my health, so I went to the doctor. He told me that I have high enough blood pressure that I need to be on meds...and that my cholesterol levels were awful, so, again, meds.

Both of my parents died of heart disease. My Mom died November 3, 2005 of her first heart attack. She smoked about 3 packs a day and was on some major medicines. She was such a beautiful woman on the inside, and her smile and laughter lit up the room. She was one of my best friends. My Mom was so kind-hearted and beautiful. Her sense of humor was top-notch. I am exactly like her.

My Dad had had several heart attacks, and even underwent quadruple heart bipass surgery. He had Type 2 Diabetes, awful cholesterol, high blood pressure, and many more issues. He was a great father in his own way. He was a great support and loved us kids. He had half of his leg amputated and obtained an infection from the procedure (or from not taking care of it, I'm not sure). He was recovering in a nursing home and flat-lined on March 2, 2012. My brother, sisters, grandma, aunt, and uncles had to make the decision to take him off of life support, and on March 4, 2012, my Dad died. I was 29 years old.

I am following in their footsteps, and I do NOT want to do that at all! I want to be around for my kids and my grandkids for a very very long time.

At first I wanted to lose weight because I wanted to feel sexy and look fabulous in clothes. Now, it's turning into a matter of life and death. How did I get here? I put myself here.

My inspiration is my sister and my brother. My sister is my hero. She has (obviously) been through the same things I have been through when it comes to our parents. She has lost over 100 pounds (several times), and while she's figuring things out and helping others reach their health and fitness goals, she is also being a great role model for me, for her kids, for herself, and for many, many other people. I am so proud of her.

In this journey, I am hoping to be able to follow in my sister's footsteps. I want to be like her. But, most of all, I want to be genuinely happy and healthy. I have been in an abusive relationship that has knocked me on my behind. I am looking to get up, dust myself off, and improve myself in so many ways...and to get back in touch with God.

I am looking for friends to go through this journey together. If you'd be interested, please add me as a friend, and I will add you back! Happy Sparking, everyone!

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I LOVE to read! I love to dance (even though I'm not good at it) and sing. I love writing, just miscellaneous stuff. I have a Bachelors Degree (that I worked super hard for as an adult student) in Criminal Justice. I'm waiting to find my ideal career!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77
11/11/2014 3:46:42 PM

How is your day going? What is your favorite part of the 21 day fix so far? For me it was the food planning....it was hard at first but now I find when I'm making things I will use the containers as my measuring cups. LOL



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KIM_POSSIBLE77
11/9/2014 4:56:08 PM

I'm glad that I found your blog today and added you as a friend. It is always great to find new friends that will share this journey with you. I am VERY determined to get this weight back off and keep it off.



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TJOHNOCONNOR
10/30/2014 3:46:54 PM

There is a lot to learn and really very little at the same time. Lol. I have learned the hard way by twice weighing over 350 pounds. The first time I lost 110 pounds and then put it all back on, in a very short period of time. Four years later I tried again and lost 170 pounds and have kept it off for 3 years now. I get a little overboard at times at weight loss and nutrition because of that failure to success ratio. I am working towards reducing my body fat to 15% @ 180 pounds by January 2015. I'm currently at 189 pounds and 18% body fat. I do know it is hard to do alone and that is why I try to help others as much as I can. But I have to rein in on my enthusiasm sometimes by not bombarding people with TMI. I just started my Phase II Nutrition course studying micro nutrients and as always I share what I learn. Thanks for the Goodie emoticon



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
10/12/2013 5:11:21 PM

"Sometimes victory seems so far away because we measure it only by the goal. And end goals can seem overwhelmingly huge, daunting, and just plain hard to reach. But if we start measuring our victories by the smaller choices we make each day, victory won't seem so impossible.....
It's amazing the chain reaction that can start in your life with just one good choice.
Big things are built one brick at a time.
Victories are achieved one choice at a time.
A life well lived is chosen one day at a time.
Oh sweet friend, you are closer than you think to victory!"
-Lysa TerKeurst
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Be your own hero, one choice and one step at a time! You might not see visible signs of progress right away, but as long as you keep doing your best, you will make progress and you will be victorious! I'm rooting for you! Remember, you're worth your best effort!
Hugs,
Pixie



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