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Hiking in Vermont, September 2010--one of my favorite places!





Merrell Down & Dirty 5K mud run October 2010--getting down and dirty!





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Regaining my balance...

After losing my spark a while ago, I am returning to this community that got me started, and am on my way back to a (re)new(ed) me. Or me, still... only better! I cannot describe it as starting over, because I learned so much the first time around, and connected with so many, and plan to build on that further. If I am going to make it work, however, and for the long term, I have one last lesson to learn: how to find my balance.

That goes beyond the food, the exercise and the hours ...
After losing my spark a while ago, I am returning to this community that got me started, and am on my way back to a (re)new(ed) me. Or me, still... only better! I cannot describe it as starting over, because I learned so much the first time around, and connected with so many, and plan to build on that further. If I am going to make it work, however, and for the long term, I have one last lesson to learn: how to find my balance.

That goes beyond the food, the exercise and the hours I sleep. If any of that is going to work, I need to learn to understand what truly nurtures me. As I seek to reconnect with myself and others, to strengthen my body and regain my confidence, and to attain that balance of which I speak, I propose to be more present of moment, more aware of my body, and more attuned to what I am feeling. No doubt I will stumble, and it may be harder and take a little longer, but I come to this now, the second time around, knowing this is a journey and not a destination--a journey which I plan to enjoy to the fullest!

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Following some personal challenges over the last year, I slowly came to understand that there was somehow more to me... when there was less of me. Not because the size of who I am matters, but because the size of my life, and my self-esteem, had started to decrease as my waistline steadily increased--and the insecurities, anxiety and frustration with myself along with it. I've tried many a "diet" program and learned the hard way that there's no magic formula, and no external motivation stronger than my own. So I've decided to do it for myself this time, by myself, but accompanied by this community of familiar "strangers". In setting my goals, I realized that my healthy weight loss goal, and a realistic one, is the same number as my next birthday--a fitting goal to reach, and all the more reason to celebrate once I get there!
- October 2007
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Member Since: 6/4/2007

My Goals:
140 for the 40's

10 lbs = mani/pedi -- check!

20 lbs / half way there = facial + mini shopping spree to update closet

30 lbs / 10 lbs left = 90 min massage

GOAL! = mini-vacation!

My Program:
- Eat breakfast!
- Track food and caloric intake, every day, and make better choices as a result.
- Up my fruit and veggie intake.
- Take my vitamins!
- Take the stairs!
- Floss more often!
- Move more. Reintroduce exercise into my life, slowly and steadily, so the habit sticks.
- Try exercise classes, integrate yoga into my routine.
- Water, agua, H20!
- Hold myself accountable, but forgive myself this time when I falter along the way... I'm only human!
- Tap into greater support when needed, and don't be afraid to ask for help!

Personal Information:
Christine
40
Brooklyn, NY
5'2"+

"Toca viajar!"

...road runner, nascent yogi, avid hiker and a lover of African and Bollywood dance class...

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Notes to self --

Eat healthy, consume less, be mindful...

Move more, push your limits, listen to your body...

Breathe deeply, slow down, be present...

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TAYGETSSTRONG
7/17/2014 11:15:41 PM

Hello Hello!!
Seems like a return to spark is in process! I've been away for a long while too! Have a great week!



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LAURAKINS
7/15/2014 1:28:26 PM

Hi there! How are you? I haven't been on Spark in almost a year, but decided to login today! What is new?



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3/29/2014 10:31:24 PM

emoticon on being chosen Motivator of the Day

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3/29/2014 8:03:33 PM

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3/29/2014 10:47:59 AM

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