MYAKAYAH   159,012
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"People don't understand that to achieve the feeling of being alone and loving your own company is such a strong commitment to yourself and also an empowering step in your life. This is one important thing that every person must experience."

“You don’t learn from things going well, you learn from things when they don’t go well, there is a reason for that. It gives you the opportunity to make choices and grow from it.” Paul Michael Glaser

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"People don't understand that to achieve the feeling of being alone and loving your own company is such a strong commitment to yourself and also an empowering step in your life. This is one important thing that every person must experience."

“You don’t learn from things going well, you learn from things when they don’t go well, there is a reason for that. It gives you the opportunity to make choices and grow from it.” Paul Michael Glaser

"The Bad News! You cannot make people to like, validate, understand, accept or be nice to you, the good news is that it doesn't matter!"

“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz

"Open minded people do not impose their beliefs on others. They accept all of life's perspectives and realities, doing their own thing in peace without judgment!"

"The worst person to be around is someone who appreciates nothing and complains about everything!"

"Don't expect her to paraphrase her life for you; she was born to be a story! And if you can't understand that, then perhaps she's beyond your reading level!" Johnny Ox

I've reached a point in my life where I find it's no longer necessary to try to impress anyone. If they like me the way I am, that's good. If they don't, it's their loss. — Unknown

”There is no designated time for anything in your life. You don’t have to have your first kiss at any certain time, you don’t have to get married in your 20′s and you don’t have to do anything just because other people think it’s best. In fact, you will be much better off if you just do what your heart says. The day you stop caring what other people think is the day their opinions don’t mean anything, because you’re not there to give them weight.” ~ Brianna West

"No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it. Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Continue to persist and persevere." - Brad Gast

"If you want something you never had, you have to be willing to do something you've never done!"

"I'll tell you what hermits realise. If you go off into a very far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand you are connected with everything!" Alan Watts~

"Don't just teach your children to read, teach them to question what they read! Teach them to question everything!" George Carlin

"We must be our own before we can be another's." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never respond to rudeness. when people are rude to you they reveal who they are, not who you are! Don't take it personally it is best to be silent!

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.” Conrad Hilton

"When you dance to your own rhythm, people may not understand you, they may hate you! Mostly they wish they had the courage to do the same!"

"Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new."
Brian Tracy

"See the glass as half full and fill it the rest of the way up!"

"If you can't figure out your purpose find your passion because when you follow your passion you have your purpose!"

"I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health!"

"Remember if you only lose 1 pound a week for a year you will have lost 52 pounds!"

“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

"You don't know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have." Bob Marley~

Don't take on others problems because you likely have enough to deal with on your own!

"I don't hate people I just feel better when they aren't around!" Charles Bukowski

"Don't quit your daydream!"

"That moment when you feel like giving up, when it doesn't seem worth it. That's when change happens!"

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Paolo Coelho

"I am not sorry I am agnostic, don't be sorry for me :)~"

"The secret to getting ahead is getting started." Mark Twain

"Perception defines our reality!"

"Don't stop so you have to start over!"

"Your life is your story, write well, edit often!"

"A writer is someone who taught his mind to misbehave."
Oscar Wilde

"Being a writer is just a way for grown-ups to keep their imaginary friends." Brian A. Klems~

"Quality is not an act it's a habit." Mike Trout

"Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving their goal, nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude." Thomas Jefferson

"Once you choose hope anything is possible." Chris Reeve

"Love knows no reasons, love knows no lies. Love defies all reasons, love has no eyes. But love is not blind, love sees but doesn't mind."

"I often think that the night is more alive and more richly coloured than the day." Vincent Van Gogh

"You get out of life what you put into it! Stop being passive and get active, no more excuses!"

"Inhale Peace, Exhale Love!"

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know!" Ernest Hemingway~ Have Strength & Power in Self Love...

Eating vegan as much as I can to reduce the sodium further, walking at least 90 minutes a day and getting back to 6-9 miles 5 times a week. Working on my strength training and tracking my steps each day. Getting into hiking more since it is so fun & a nifty workout. I drink tea, water, coffee, some soy. Seldom drink soda, never smoke & very rarely drink, no white products, avoid sugar and pretty much all dairy. I don't care for sweets too much. Eating more of the fruits I can tolerate well like apples, peaches, strawberries, oranges, red grapes, bananas in breads or smoothies.

Not really looking to lose much more weight for the most part (in maintenance) since I am within the range for my height and my clothes are feeling and looking quite good lately. I started at 143 and I am at 127 pounds now which is about right for me. I feel stronger and have more energy and want to gain muscle and greater health.

I joined Spark People, to keep gaining motivation to stay with exercise & a good nutrition, its a lifestyle. Plus my mood is always great after I exercise and I can see and feel the benefits of working out regularly! Always trying to get in the right amount of sleep since I deal with insomnia.

Making sure I am tracking, calories out are more than calories in for the day, keeping calm and even, practising meditation, deep stretching and proper breathing. Each month I will have short term goals and set long term goals. Also making sure I have time for my writing, journaling, reading, cooking, learning foreign languages, making sure I am taking care with my emotional health and having fun with my life~

"Your happiness is up to you. Whatever happened in your life to make you who you are up until this point is irrelevant. It is your responsibility now to take control and change your life to be what you want it to be. Energy and persistence conquer all things. Make time, not excuses."

Sometimes the greatest mystery in life is who we truly are~

"Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity." - Coco Chanel Hehehe!

I speak English, Spanish, Italian & Russian. I can read and write Portuguese & French passably!
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 current weight: 120.0 

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Member Since: 5/20/2011

SparkPoints: 159,012

Fitness Minutes: 90,013

My Goals:
Learning to be more positive and grateful instead of dwelling in negative thoughts and feelings!

New Goal-Hiking & Kettlebells!

Continue to gain core balance, energy, strength & flexibility! Practising Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, Walking, Fitness Blender, Zumba (yeah, going back to it) & Belly Dancing.

To gain the maximum health benefits possible by staying a life long exerciser!

I would like to stay round 120 pounds. Its more important to me to feel good about my appearance. I am achieving a leaner build and muscle from strength training!

7 hours of sleep!
keep reducing sodium!
eat vegetables & fruit!
reduce bread servings!
drink water and tea, 64ozs a day!

120 minutes of exercise in a day!
Walking 12,000 steps 5 days a week!
Yoga 4 times a week!
Strength Train 3 times a week!
Cardio 4 times a week!
Dance training 3 times a week!

My Program:
Practising getting in more movement in a day. Practising Yoga, Pilates, Belly Dancing and Strength Training on those two days.
Getting in proper stretching every day for 30 minutes minimum!

Getting the required 7 hours of sleep in a sleep session. (I work overnights so it can be a challenge some days.)

Eating properly & mindfully! Getting at least 64oz of water and proper liquids daily!

Tracking progress in my blog and in my daily planner!

Eating mainly vegan, getting enough calcium and all the vitamins I need to function properly!

Reducing sodium levels substantially is my main food goal. Also eating fruits and vegetables with every meal~

Maintaining good habits all year around as not to lose any ground!

Personal Information:
kayah from Planet Earth in a place called California where I was born and raised.

I bleed Bronco Orange & Angel red~

I have an SO and he has 2 young ones & we're married now. Don't believe in "religion" but have respect for everyone and their beliefs & thoughts. I do believe there may be a higher power and I follow many ideas of Buddhism.

"If we were doomed to live forever, we would scarcely be aware of the beauty around us." Peter Matthiessen

Other Information:
I like documentaries, action movies, travel and travel programs, sports and dancing. I don't watch much TV but I keep up. I have over 400 DVD's and rarely go to the movies.

I love amusement parks and will go on many rides unless it jerks you round. I can't do it.

I read, write and listen to a lot of different music a great deal of the time. I read Non Fiction, History, Linguistics, Medicine, Literature, Religion, Spirituality and cooking related books.

I have a cat Smokey a Russian Blue and I think he has me trained pretty well.

This FitBit battery was changed 5/25, 8/14, 11/7, 1/23, 4/10, 5/11, 7/27

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10/7/2015 3:23:18 PM

Hi Kayah:

This is Lisa AKA Chickeybabe from BLC maintenance team. I have changed my name but wanted to stay in touch with you. You bring peace and enlightenment to my life and that just happens to be what I am in search of. Love you!!!! Lisa

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9/29/2015 2:31:52 AM

Oh I know it was from a quote. I just didn't know if you whole heartedly agreed but there's never anything wrong with sharing your beliefs or having a difference of opinion. I definitely surrounding yourself with too much violent media can be depressing though!

I hope you have a fabulous week too! :)

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9/28/2015 7:37:54 PM

Tomato powder is kind of a by product of doing tomatoes, the skins when dry and powdered in the food processor are very concentrated tomato taste, they are good added to all kinds of dishes to give them a stronger tomato taste.

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9/28/2015 2:35:29 PM

I saw that the broncs were playing the lions yesterday. That is my other team. I grew up in Detroit. However, this year I am not following it, due to my stance on the players injuries. (The latest is they studied the brains of over 470 ex-players who had died and found a 96% prevalence of traumatic brain injury.) I know! It's really hard for me to believe also. Glenn

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9/27/2015 6:07:43 PM

McDonald's is one of my weaknesses. Thanks for your comments. How are the Bronc's doing? Glenn

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