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I decided since it is no longer Halloween to decorate my page with fall leaves, because they make me happy. I always struggle as the days get shorter and this semester has been particularly rough, and fall leaves make me happy. I remember my first year at college, I collected armloads of fall leaves around campus and taped them to the window of my dorm (probably wouldn't get away with it now, as it's probably considered a fire hazard). So I'm decorating my spark page with something purely ...
I decided since it is no longer Halloween to decorate my page with fall leaves, because they make me happy. I always struggle as the days get shorter and this semester has been particularly rough, and fall leaves make me happy. I remember my first year at college, I collected armloads of fall leaves around campus and taped them to the window of my dorm (probably wouldn't get away with it now, as it's probably considered a fire hazard). So I'm decorating my spark page with something purely for me for once.

I am a married graduate student in the process of trying to reclaim my health. I am hoping that Sparkpeople will help me get closer to where I want to be.
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Member Since: 4/17/2009

SparkPoints: 76,963

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My Goals:
My primary goal is to be healthier. I want to have more energy, less stress, less pain, and to be able to live the active life I used to have.

Sub goals:
1) Preferably, lose 30-50 lbs
2) Gain back muscle mass and improve cardio fitness
3) Eliminate hip pain
4) Eliminate headaches
5) Eliminate carpal tunnel and tendinitis problems
6) Better manage allergies and asthma

My Program:
1) Eat a relatively healthy diet without obsessing about food. I refuse to stress about whether or not I eat another slice of meat or treat myself to a bit of chocolate. I aim for moderation when it comes to food.

2) Try to work out 5 times a week, both strengthening and aerobic exercises, preferably for at least 30 minutes a work out session. These work out sessions include exercises and stretches specifically assigned by my doctor for reducing hip and hand/forearm pain.

3) Drink plenty of water, take the prescribed medications, and try to live responsibly in regards to my allergies.

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I am from Michigan.

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SAPHRAEL
9/1/2014 8:09:04 AM

Yeah, the Whole 30 suggests portion sizes and three meals a day. But there's nothing stopping me from using the grocery list and making my own choices about frequency. There seems to be a lot of cooking involved too, so people tend to get good at batch cooking. I think I'd rather stick to eating raw. It's so much simpler! Realistically, I will seek something in between, so my husband and I can share a warm evening meal together.

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CIPHER1971
8/30/2014 12:29:23 PM

Thanks for commenting on my 'Who is the girl in the mirror' blog - at least I have a goal that will keep me busy for the next decade or so

And I would never have thought I would run for it's own sake, so that was a big surprise to me, and just shows how we change over time emoticon



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8/28/2014 4:21:26 PM

I know what you mean about cutting people off when they'll need it most, should they return. But I'm hoping they'll look me up when they come back since I'm still their friend on their page. I just want to do a better job staying connected with the people that are still here, you know? I also changed my friend feed settings to remove most of the notifications, so I can see blogs easier.




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SAPHRAEL
8/26/2014 10:17:28 AM

As always, thanks for the encouragement on my blog, Zanna.
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HILLRUNNER
8/20/2014 9:21:01 AM

Thanks for stopping by my COLOR RUN blog! I hope you could tell by the photos how fantastic it was!!! YES, you could still do it even with hip issues....I HAD to walk it due to my eye and I am so glad I didn't miss it! emoticon



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