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I joined Sparkpeople in about June 2012. I had got my weight down and staying down from 76 kilo to 65 (sometimes to 60), but was not succeeding in reaching my goal, which is 60 and under. Given my eating habits when I travel and can't control what food is put before me, and don't control the portions I eat, I need to have a normal weight of 57, to keep at 60 and under. (DONE March 2013!)
I am learning to enjoy Sparkpeople's encouragement about exercise, and much appreciate their ...
I joined Sparkpeople in about June 2012. I had got my weight down and staying down from 76 kilo to 65 (sometimes to 60), but was not succeeding in reaching my goal, which is 60 and under. Given my eating habits when I travel and can't control what food is put before me, and don't control the portions I eat, I need to have a normal weight of 57, to keep at 60 and under. (DONE March 2013!)
I am learning to enjoy Sparkpeople's encouragement about exercise, and much appreciate their information about nutrition, fitness etc.
I live in Albania, which is challenging, both for finding healthy food, particularly low fat, and for exercising (savage dogs roam loose or get out. I got badly bitten by the neighbour's Alsatian and the doctor didn't have enough sutures to give me more than 3 stitches). Also snow and ice, or thick mud afterwards are not conducive to walking - I strained my knee last winter...
This winter has been mild and I can easily get out with the dogs most days.
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Member Since: 6/5/2012

SparkPoints: 64,322

Fitness Minutes: 34,452

My Goals:
1. Maintain my weight, possibly reconsider.
2. Increase speed of jogging (to 9 km.p.h.) and walking (to 3 m p.h.).
3. AIm at some sort of cardio 5 times a week, video if I don't get outside.
4. Do proper pushups. 1 set of 10 for next stage



My Program:
1. Pray and read Bible BEFORE opening SP!
2. at the moment Jumpstart strength videos, plus walking and jogging programmes, alternating, and pushups the day the strength video is arms and upper body.

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Nicky.
Living in a small Albanian village for nearly 20 years. Share my house with one cat, and my balcony and yard with 2 large and bouncy Albanian sheepdogs!

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GOALS MET!
1. Burn more calories than I eat! NO LONGER SO NECESSARY, as I'm slightly under my goal weight.
2. Complete JUmpstart Bootcamp. DONE!
3. Reach 57 kilos at home, going up to not more than 60 when travelling! DONE!
4. Get rid of the flab around my middle! GOING DOWN GRADUALLY




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PIXIE-LICIOUS
9/7/2014 4:50:02 PM

"Whatever you want in life, start today.
Not tomorrow - today.
Let it be a small beginning - a tiny beginning.
Your happiness depends on starting today - every day."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
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Thanks for taking the time to comment on my "Fresh Start" blog. I appreciate the support. Have a wonderful day!

PS: Nicky, I'm sorry you have a trapped nerve...I've never heard of that before but it sounds painful. Take care of yourself, I am sending healing wishes your way.



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9/1/2014 10:38:47 AM

Just dropping by from the Pound-a-thon to thank you for participating, and to wish you a happy, healthy, beautiful and SPARK-O-LICIOUS September! Keep doing our best to reach your goals, because you are absolutely worth the effort!
Hugs,
Pixie
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S...“Self confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. How can anyone see how awesome you are if you can’t see it yourself?” – Unknown

E...“Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are.”
-Stephanie Lahart

P...“People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.”
— Salma Hayek

T..."The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person."
-Brian Tracy

E..."Every step towards your dream today is a step away from your regret tomorrow.”
- Steve Maraboli

M...“Make a pledge to yourself right now, to declare that you are worth your time and energy."
-Deborah Day

B..."Be the instigator of your own successful day."
-Ralph Marston

E..."Every morning is a new beginning, a new chance for you to rewrite the story of your life."
~ Tina Su

R...“Real beauty isn't about symmetry or weight or makeup; it's about looking life right in the face and seeing all its magnificence reflected in your own.”
— Valerie Monroe



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
8/22/2014 10:18:13 AM

“Have you started already? Keep it up! Are you getting tired? Don't give up! Did you quit? You can start again! Great accomplishments do not come with big steps; they come with little steps taken in regular installments! Do it and do it again and again!”
-Israelmore Ayivor
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TGIF, Pound-a-thonner! Hope your week has been a good one! Are you ready for a healthy weekend? I'm rooting for you!
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Pixie



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PIXIE-LICIOUS
8/18/2014 12:50:26 PM

"Your body is not an enemy to be conquered and wrestled into submission.
Eat well and exercise because you deserve to be strong and healthy.
Self hate is poor motivation.
Be patient and kind to yourself, for that will carry you through discouragement and frustration."
-Go Kaleo
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Happy Monday from the Pound-a-thon challenge...and me! I hope you had a fun and healthy weekend, and that you're ready to rock this week! Put forth your best effort, one day at a time, because you really are worth the effort!
Hugs,
Pixie




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8/11/2014 8:28:55 AM

"Making changes in your life is never an easy task.
The key, however, is not to get caught up in the distance you have to go to get to where you want to be.
Nor should you despair over the amount of control you have over your circumstances.
Progress is made in the small, intentional steps, and chances are, you have more power than you think.
By focusing on little steps you can take every day, the progress you make will motivate you to continue your journey, and eventually,
you can go wherever you want to go. The important thing is simply to begin."
-Stephen Cherniske
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Hey Spark friend, just stopping by from the Pound-a-thon to wish you an awesome week! Keep doing your best, one step at a time, to reach your goals. You really are worth your best effort!
Hugs,
Pixie



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