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I never know what to say on these things. I guess, with the holidays coming up, I'm more in tune with what my body needs in comparison to what my head says is okay. I want, so badly, to be thin and healthy and fit. I know I'm on my way. Since going vegan in June, I've lost 25 pounds and many inches. That's just from eating right. The gym is another story. I suck at motivation. I just feel like I can be doing so many other things than spending time at the gym. I know that's wrong of me. I know ...
I never know what to say on these things. I guess, with the holidays coming up, I'm more in tune with what my body needs in comparison to what my head says is okay. I want, so badly, to be thin and healthy and fit. I know I'm on my way. Since going vegan in June, I've lost 25 pounds and many inches. That's just from eating right. The gym is another story. I suck at motivation. I just feel like I can be doing so many other things than spending time at the gym. I know that's wrong of me. I know that it would be time well spent and, once I actually get there, I'm fine. I love working out. It's stirring up the motivation to get in the car and drive to the gym. It's putting on my workout clothes. It's coming home after a long, long day at the office and not passing out on the sofa. I know that integrating workouts into my routine would shed the pounds and I want that for myself but, at the same time, I don't.
I'm scared. So, so, so scared. From the day I met my husband, he's always told me that the thing he loves best about my body is how curvy it is. I'm terrified of losing that and, in turn, he won't be happy anymore. Now, he tells me all the time that I'm his wife and he loves me, so don't go thinking that he's said any different. These are my own insecurities sneaking up and causing me to feel foolish. I know they're ridiculous, even as I'm typing this, but I can't seem to shake the suspicion.
I've never considered myself a Godly person. Spiritual, maybe, but not necessarily in the Christian sense of things. I believe in a higher power and I believe that there's something or someone looking out for me (because if there wasn't, I should be dead now), but I've never been thoroughly convinced of Heaven or Hell. I've never operated on pure faith alone. I'm a very realistic and analytic person, but I swear that some evil SOMETHING (the Devil, if you will) is putting these thoughts in my head. That's the only conclusion I can come up with because there's nothing else. My husband is supportive. My friends are supportive. I WANT this. The only thing lacking is my motivation and I've got to change that. I can't move forward with that weight around me. I need to let it go because, once I do, weight loss is on the other side of that and I WILL reach my goals.
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Member Since: 3/30/2013

SparkPoints: 6,252

Fitness Minutes: 530

My Goals:
~Working out at least three/four times per week

~Completing my 30-day juice fast

~Eating clean; plant based diet with no meat or dairy

~Taking my daily vitamin, spirolina, maca, chia seeds, B12 and flax

~Start and finish a 5K

My Program:
Gym 3-4 times a week for cardio and strength training

Juicing for at least 2 meals a day with, maybe, a light dinner of soup or salad

Integrating protein powder into my diet

Personal Information:
My name is Ashley. I'm a vegan, married, working mother of two. My life is crazy hectic. I'm the office manager for the largest home inspection company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I have an amazing support system in my husband and all of our fabulous friends and I love my new, healthy lifestyle!

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“Being vegan is easy. Are there social pressures that encourage you to continue to eat, wear, and use animal products? Of course there are. But in a patriarchal, racist, homophobic, and ableist society, there are social pressures to participate and engage in sexism, racism, homophobia, and ableism. At some point, you have to decide who you are and what matters morally to you. And once you decide that you regard victimizing vulnerable nonhumans is not morally acceptable, it is easy to go and stay vegan”
― Gary L. Francione

Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.
~Johann Gottfried Von Herder

Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.
~W. C. Doane

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