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Hi, I'm Alexandra, also called Amaranth online, and I've been on this website since June 2008. Unfortunately the first time and many after those it didn't quite work, but one of the things I've learned on here is never give up. So, always restarting, always trying again. I'm working on getting my eating under control with my therapist and have recently given up diet soda, which helped with cravings. I am doing a keto diet on days I can avoid binges.

I live in Salem, Oregon and my hobbies are reading books, re-enacting (SCA) roleplaying (mushes and Amtgard) and playing music. I also write songs and do a lot of other creative stuff.

I work at a local Department of the State and deal with some mental health issues like PTSD and a Dissociation Disorder and on the physical front I deal with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Diabetes. Sometimes that makes exercising really difficult but when I'm doing well enough I bicycle to work on an electric bike and that makes a huge difference!

Member Since: 6/21/2008

Fitness Minutes: 15,141

My Goals:
Reach 270 lbs by my 45th bday, August 24!

Lose 0.5 lbs a week

Have no more than 1 less healthy snack a day

My Program:
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Medium carb with
most fruit allowed
almost all veggies allowed
one high carb snack a day

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I was born in the Netherlands, but now I live in Salem, Oregon, and I feel at home here. If you want to talk to me, my email is sometimes my spam filter gets the wrong things). I work a full time job, so when it's busy I can't write much and then when my life is a bit quieter I do a lot online.

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    emoticon S ee your goal.

    emoticon U understand the obstacles.

    emoticon C lear your mind of doubt.

    emoticon C reate a positive mental picture.

    emoticon E mbrace the challenge.

    emoticon S tay on track.

    emoticon S how the world you can do it.
    45 days ago
    There is SO much you can let go of! We all carry around baggage that weighs us down. But we don't have to! Those old regrets? Leave them behind! Those self-doubts? Ditch them! Those worries and what-ifs? Cast them aside! They're in the past. And now you're free to live your beautiful future!
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    75 days ago
    Having a dream... Courage. emoticon

    Visualizing your dream... Persistence. emoticon

    Physically moving towards your dream... Guts. emoticon

    Letting go of the "cursed hows"... Wisdom. emoticon

    The look on your friends faces when they see your lovely organized home... Priceless. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Yeah, that oughta light a fire -
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    96 days ago
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    Welcome to the Conquer Your Demons group. We all battle daily with our demons and I hope that we can support each other. Feel free to reach out at any time, we are all in it together
    397 days ago
    Alex--I think we made connections at some other point--I have been with SP since '07 and I started a SP group called Biggest Loser Couples in Jan. '08 (it has been inactive for quite awhile, as have been I). I thought we should connect, because we are having some of the same issues with diabetes struggles and I live near you (in Woodburn). I will send you a PM with more info about me...but in the meantime--Hi! emoticon

    BTW--my Sparkpage has not been updated since 2010...
    420 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2015 12:21:55 AM
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