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April 2014

Hey Peeps,


I hope this quote is true:

You canít focus on weight loss Ė thatís not something you can control. What you CAN control is the PROCESS. Your choices. And enough good ones built up over time will lead you to your goals. Work hard and accomplish the healthy behaviors, let the rest fall into place.

I am hoping this is the best year yet for me in everything, Life, Love and weight loss.

But I know it is up ...
April 2014

Hey Peeps,


I hope this quote is true:

You canít focus on weight loss Ė thatís not something you can control. What you CAN control is the PROCESS. Your choices. And enough good ones built up over time will lead you to your goals. Work hard and accomplish the healthy behaviors, let the rest fall into place.

I am hoping this is the best year yet for me in everything, Life, Love and weight loss.

But I know it is up to me to make this happen. So my goal is to get back in the gym, watch my nightly eating and reduce my stress.

If I can lose 1/2 a pound to a pound a week I will be back to my goal weight by the end of the year.

Wish me luck and please visit my page often with your kind support.

Cheers,

MJ-

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Member Since: 4/7/2008

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My Goals:
2013- This year I need to work on losing the 40 pounds I have gained since last fall. I am trying new things to learn what will work the second time around.

2012- This year I am going to continue to challenge myself (more intense workouts) and work on getting leaner. 25-20% Body fat is the goal!

2011-I turned 40 this year (Jan 24th) and in Jan finally reached my goal of getting down to a size 12/10 (it is an amazing feeling to finally be at my goal!)

2010- This year's goal is to finish what I started back in 08'. (50 pounds and 180 lbs.)

2009- My goal this year is to be fit and toned. To lose inches all around and so I can fit better in my clothes.

Yr. 2008
I would like to lose all my weight I gained due to depression. I lost 45 pounds and gained it all back over the past two and a half years.
* update 12/30- I lost 40 lbs. for 2008

Yr. 2005-2007
Exercise and diet were such a struggle during my depression. My goal

My Program:
1. Reduce Calorie intake especially for dinner and nightly snacking.

2. Try to make most of my meals. 2nd half of 2013- doing a gluten free Paleo food diet.

3. Change my routine to keep my body guessing and start losing weight again.

4. Be both mindful and kind to my body. Stressing out over things I can not change will not help me.

5. Have fun and stay busy on the weekends.



Personal Information:
My real name is Majella but some of my friends call me MJ or MB-

I love art and music.

I enjoy creating playlists and CD of Chill out/ Lounge Music for my friends and myself. (I am completely obsessed when it comes to making the perfect CD.)

I also write poetry and have been published on Poetry.com.

I would like to master the Haiku and spoken word. But generally write in free verse.


Other Information:
I love Kickboxing with a heavy bag and boxing with mitt work training. Currently I am taking a few exercise classes at Stanford to try to continue my fitness lifestyle. I generally work out anywhere from 3-6 times a week.

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LIS193
2/25/2014 5:18:52 PM

MJ, sorry to hear you've been sick - hope you are well again soon!
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2/21/2014 11:02:14 AM

MJ- just checking in to see what's new in your world. Hope to chat soon!



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Q: What do squirrels give for Valentine's Day?
A: Forget-me-nuts.

Q: What did the valentine card say to the stamp?
A: Stick with me and we'll go places!

Q: What did the stamp say to the envelope?
A: I'm stuck on you.

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A: Because it couldn't get a date.

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2/4/2014 11:10:17 AM

Hi Girlie,
How're you feeling? Better I hope. Well, the news is Primal Starts Today! It has caused me more than a little anxiety I can tell you. I was supposed to start yesterday but needed one more day to get mentally prepared and better prepared in the kitchen. Let me tell you this venture has been a HUGE expense. But I am committing myself as best I can until Easter, almost 11 weeks away. Roommate says she doesn't know if we'll last 2 weeks but I'm going to give it my best to be prepared with food so that doesn't end up being my excuse to go off. So far I've made a tortilla substitute using eggs are arrowroot flour, a ranch dressing ( I think it's a little garlic heavy but I'll have to learn to adjust), Srirachi sweet potatoes,(more for the roommate than me), a beef roast, green beans with bacon, and cauliflower "fried" rice. I also made some chicken fingers that Did Not turn out anything like the picture even though I followed the recipe perfectly. Not sure what happened there. I'm going to make a cabbage soup this weekend, again, more for the roommate than me but I'm hoping I will develop a taste for all this stuff as time goes by. Also, in my supper tonight I have have a piece of parsnip that I cooked in the slow cooker with the roast. That's another first for me.

That brings me to another question. Do you make your own condiments or just cheat and use stuff like mayo, ketchup, BBQ sauce? I tried a homemade BBQ sauce but didn't like it. I have another recipe to try later. I made my own mayo which then went into the ranch dressing. Very heavy stuff for someone used to buying light products. I am currently out of ketchup and don't know if I should try to make it or just cheat and buy it. Just trying to figure out what to do. I'm def. trying to reduce sugar and grain carbs, mostly for weight loss but also to see if it has any effect on my joint pain. But I don't feel like I'm one of these people I've read about that are so autoimmune that any little bit affects them. Thoughts?

Let me know how you're hanging in there and if you're starting to feel better .

Hugs, Sheryl




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1/28/2014 11:43:43 AM

Losing inches is better than losing pounds! Way to go on being down a pant size!!
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