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Right about the time I I joined SP. (My daughter's 1st b-day). 3/3/09



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I am radiant and joyful! I love being a woman who does not say, "Oh I could never imagine..." I take chances, constantly stepping out of my comfort zone. I dance and laugh freely. I surround myself with people who bring out the best in me. My work is my passion, my bliss. I thank Goddess each and everyday that I may be so blessed to be in the best time of my life.

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going".

It has been five years since I joined SP. I fully believe that this site has helped me evolve into the heath conscious woman I have become.

When I eat well and am active, I feel wonderful. I can enjoy life without so many self imposed limitations. (And be real... aren't all limitations self imposed)? It makes me want to maintain this as my lifestyle. I see no negative outcome possible from making my (and my family's) health a priority.

I am a yogini. Yoga found me in 1997. The rest is her-story. I have never had such a powerful influence in my life that was not another sentient being. My practice could be stronger, I think all teachers struggle with that. Typical work life balance. But it is yoga, so it is not exactly typical. Opportunities to learn everywhere.

I am a runner. There are days when nothing feels quite as wonderful as being able to literally run my troubles away. When the weather is warm I try to get at least one 10-13 miler in every week. Nothing like being out before 6 am on those sticky Summer mornings. In the Winter I run when I want, and sometimes even when I don't. I only really want to run outside, so just I bundle up and remember I'll be warmer if I run faster.

I like being strong, it is practical so I usually lift three times a week. Gardening reminds me that it is very helpful to have the muscle to haul dirt, dig holes, plant shrubs, and pull weeds. My daughter gets bigger everyday. I want to be able to still scoop her up and twirl her around for a long time. Plus, definition is sexy.

I have recently committed to eating more raw foods. When I eat raw, I do notice a difference in the way I feel and look. It gives me so much more energy and clarity. It might be tough in the winter. I am seeing that already, but I am committed to consuming ever more alive food.

My daughter is eating better than she ever has in her ripe 5 years of age. It really is as simple as making sure she sees me eat well, and have healthy options for her within reach. A bowl of fruit in the middle of the table, and offering the healthiest option first. She might spit it out, but she always tries one bite.

For me it all comes down to figuring out what works for me and my family. There is a fair amount of making it up as I go along. It seems to be working though, and when it doesn't, I adjust.

As Winter arrives I am ready to rack up some miles pounding the pavement and get back in a routine for lifting.

"Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life".
Herbert Otto

Jai ma!

Member Since: 3/18/2009

Fitness Minutes: 70,065

My Goals:
**UPDATED 11/10/13**
(in no particular order)

*Recommit to tracking food
*Physical movement everyday
*Be in the best shape of my life
*Reignite my love of running
*Join a new gym
*More intervals when running
*Personal yoga practice

Getting started-New Haircut
130 lbs- New Gym
125 lbs- New Winter Clothes
120 lbs- Spring Vacay

My Program:
Daily- Yoga
Sunday- Run

*Eat a rainbow. More real food, less processed rubbish.
*Eat raw
*Drink plenty of water
*Begin the day with a sexy breakfast & a vitamin
*Weekend only coffee
*Get a grip on sugar cravings.

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Living in the heart of Illinois with a supportive husband, radiant daughter, and rascally cat.

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May the ancient sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you, guide you on your way.

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