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Fruit & vegetable stand we came across during Cultus Lake summer vacation 2012

At a Vancouver beach, summer 2010.

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Dec. 21, 2014 update: New Beginnings!

Soon we'll be celebrating New Year's, and I'm going to get serious about healthy eating in 2015! Having said 'serious', I think it will be an adventure, and hopefully a lot of fun with a lot of great benefits!

I really want to turn around my "living to eat" / "eating what I want because it tastes good or is convenient" mentality to that of "eating to live" ... learning more about what my body needs for optimal health and finding healthy and tasty options to fulfill those health needs -- "eating to live"!

Hi, fellow Spark People members. This is such a GREAT site and community.

However, I must confess to not being consistent in using the site, or sticking with my goals, in the past. BUT .... 2013 is a NEW YEAR, and I am making a NEW BEGINNING!!!

Here is my plan. I hope I can share with many of you along this journey.

+ Incorporate a lot more organic, whole and home-cooked foods into my diet, and reduce processed foods down to a minimal amount.

+++ Keep busy in the evenings to AVOID UNHEALTHY SNACKING. This is the DIFFICULT ONE for me. I snack out of boredom --- but I know there are so many other, better ways to spend my time.

+ Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead! Planning my meals the day before is a HUGE factor toward success, I find.

+ Start taking my lunches to work. This will be hard for me at first (just due to sheer laziness (!) and the abundance of cheap but generally unhealthy food on the university campus where I work) -- but I know that this will help my goals a lot, as lunches I take from home will be healthier, and portion controlled.

+ Log in to Spark daily to receive motivation and to interact with my fellow Spark'ers.

+ Cardio exercise minimum 3 times a week. My home exercise equipment or the local gym are both good options.

After years of a relatively sedentary lifestyle and WAY too many bags of potato chips and other assorted junk food, and snacking my way through the evenings, I am making a goal to get back on to the right track, and to start looking after my health through nutritious eating & exercise. From some short periods of time when I have succeeded in the past, I believe that Spark People will be a REALLY big factor in achieving success!

In addition to feeling better about myself and improving my health, a huge benefit from being part of the SP community is getting to know many of you along the way. This is really what keeps me coming back to the SP website day after day. I appreciate the openness, honesty, and support of my fellow 'Sparkers'.

I'm happy to have the support of SparkPeople friends, and am looking forward to connecting with people on this site.

+++++ I AM GOING TO DO THIS --- 2013, HERE WE COME!!!!! ++++++ Let's achieve our goals together!!

Member Since: 9/17/2006

Fitness Minutes: 3,575

My Goals:
Through healthy eating and exercise:

Get to 130 lbs.

My Program:
Plan meals ahead.

Choose fresh and organic as much as possible, within reason.

Cardio min. 3 times a week.

Consider my body's nutritional needs when choosing foods, instead of consuming empty calories.

Eat whole foods, not processed foods.

Min. 8 glasses of water a day.

Interact on SparkPeople daily.

Personal Information:
I live in Canada, and am single. My cat, Roscoe, is curious about everything and makes me smile every day. I love music, reading, patio gardening, finding the humour in everyday situations, and spending time with friends.

Other interests include word games, walking (although not consistently enough!), and trying new recipies.

I recently bought some art supplies, and want to start playing around with art projects, just for fun.

I enjoy interacting with other Spark members -- feel free to add me as a friend if you like!

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  • v ANGIEN9
    Glad you are back. I haven't been doing the best the past 6 months. I am planning my goals for 2015. One is to track my food everyday. Eating more fruits and veggies is also on the plan. emoticon at least 8 glasses a day! Thanks for checking out the photo. It was the only professional one I have had in years.
    518 days ago
  • v WATOGA17

    Thanks so much for you lovely comments to me. I'm so glad you have added me as a friend and I look forward to sharing our journeys together!

    858 days ago
    Thanks for the friend add! Back at ya!

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    ♥ Keep Spreading the Spark!
    862 days ago

    Thanks so much for your kind words on my Spark Page about my blog “Dear Self”

    I’ve been doing really well since I wrote that note to myself and am so glad it’s having such a positive impact so many other Spark People!

    Please consider following the link in my latest blog, “I Double Dog Dare You!” The simple little “tweak” I’ve learned there has changed my life in many positive ways in only two weeks - I am so excited about it and really want share this science with as many as I can!

    I hope you feel the same way!
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    864 days ago
    Dropping by to give you a emoticon
    and to wish you a Happy New Year!!!
    876 days ago
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