#Introduceyourself: Hi I'm Chris. How I turned my life around ... and how you can too!

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Hey, this is me as real as it gets! 🤳 😀

I was told that it is good practice and common decency on Steemit that the newcomers introduce themselves to the community. So after about one month of hanging around on Steemit, I guess, it is about time to formally introduce myself. 😜

A short introduction

My name is Chris, I'm 34 and I am a Vienna-based clinical psychologist. I stumbled upon Steemit about a month ago. I have to thank @jerrybanfield for this, as his video tutorials on YouTube led me the way. A big shout-out to Jerry - thank you, Jerry!

I was also told that in order to have a good start in the community, it is of paramount importance to take the introductory post seriously and put a lot of effort into it. So, in order to impress you all, I even tried to be an artist and put back into use my coloured crayons which I had used in primary school. ;)

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I really tried hard to bring not only some colour but also some movement into this posting. hehe 😂
Please also look at my self-made Steemit T-shirt. 👍
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Maybe also a few words about my professional background are in order for a proper introduction:

My professional background

Currently I am working as a crisis psychologist in the area of psychosocial acute support in emergency situations. Previously, I have also worked in projects aiming to reduce violence and bullying in schools, and in psychiatry helping people suffering from various psychological disorders.
In my current job, my main task is to support people who have lost their loved ones in the hours after their deaths. Often, I help traumatized people to cope with their feelings of sadness, loss, shame, guilt but also to support them with organizational things such as calling the burial service and helping them in the interaction with coroners. I also collaborate with the emergency medical services.
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That should be enough for now about my work. This is not the proper place for a detailed description as I would like to focus on different things. I will in the future, however, certainly write a few postings on my professional experiences. So please stay connected! 👍

If you ask me, a good introduction should also include my previous actions on Steemit.

So what have I accomplished on Steemit so far?

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Although I have only been on Steemit for one month, I have not been lazy during this time!

  • According to www.steemdb.com, I have made 676 posts and comments so far. My reputation is currently about 42, and I have 169 followers. I have also voted for two witnesses (@jerrybanfield and @teamsteem) so far, are there any others I should vote for?
  • I have taken part in four five contests (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5 ) and in one poem contest (#1), and have won one bonus prize so far (yey!).
  • I have taken part in one real-life Steemit meetup in Vienna and have got to know really wonderful people! ❤️ (I hope that some of them can also verify that they have met me in real life! 👍 e.g. @mammasitta @flurgx @nicoletta @street.yoga and others)

However, I decided to take my Steemit engagement up a notch and have begun actively creating and organizing new things on Steemit:

  • I am organizing a real-life meetup for vegan Steemians (and those interested in a vegan lifestyle) in Vienna:
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    Click on the picture to read the announcement post.

    I am very happy that at the moment we are already six people - and counting! :) If you are interested, don't hesitate to comment!

  • I am also hosting a vegan contest right now called the #dailycupofcoffee challenge. I put a lot of effort in writing-up the contest announcement, so I hope that finally some people will participate (So please, participate. Don't let the contest die. 💥 😜). Btw, you don't have to be vegan to enjoy vegan coffee. ;)
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    Click on the picture to read the announcement post.

Coming back to the actual title of this post:

Let me now tell you why I chose the following title for this post: "How I turned my life around by making sustainable lifestyle choices... and how you can too"

This is a very recent photo of me now (as a matter of fact, I did it yesterday). Currently, I weight about 82 kilos (~180 lbs) and I feel totally healthy.

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However, it was not always like that...

This was me about 10 years ago:

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As you can see, since then, I have changed a lot. And I like to believe to the better!
About 10 years ago, I had about 115 kilos (~255 lbs) and my doctor told me that I was morbidly obese. I had high blood pressure and fat buildup in the liver. In a nutshell, my health was in a really bad condition. Although I was very active in science (spent a lot of time sitting in front of the computer), I was not active at all when it came to moving my body (my slogan was "sport kills").
As you can see, this is not about fat-shaming, it is about health and life quality!

So, you see, I have changed a lot during the last 10 years!

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You might ask: "That's awesome! How did you do it?"

  • Did I undergo liposuction?
  • Did I have to take a lot of medication?
  • Or did I just hire a Photoshop expert?

None of these answers are right! So, what did I do?

well I changed my lifestyle

This sounds very easy. However, it was not!

Almost nobody comes to an insight and motivation by themselves and overnight. It was a journey that took me years to change my everyday routines. In general, I think two sustainable changes were very important: 1) changing my diet and 2) incorporating more movement and sport activity.

One big obstacle is that most of us tend to see only the big goals. We visualize the big goals we want to achieve and we want to achieve them very quickly. However, this endeavour is doomed to fail. When thinking this way it is very likely that we succumb to quick fixes and short cuts that may not be sustainable and eventually makes our sitation even worse.

Looking back, the most important strategy that let to my success was not overwhelming myself with one big goal, but structuring the way to this big goal by the consistent planning and executing of a series of small steps, that is, small achievable goals. Theses small goals were doable and reachable. This gave me motivation to carry on.


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One should never underestimate the power of small steps!

Remember the old adages:

  • Every journey starts with a small step.
  • A little step may be the beginning of a great journey.

I am really convinced that there is much truth in them!


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No matter how big the goal is that we want to achieve, we can only achieve it by beginning with the first small step. Without doing the first small step, our journey towards the big goal would never exist. Thus, dreaming big without ever starting with the first small step is not helpful at all. We should become aware that every journey consists of a series of small steps. Every single step of the journey is meaningful because without the next step we would stop our journey.

So, now you know it, the real reason behind my username SMALLSTEPSCHANGE.

My first big change: adopting a vegan diet

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If you ask me, the most important change in my life was moving away from my previous diet towards a wholefoods plant-based (vegan) diet. Again, before changing to a vegan diet, I had to do a lot of small steps, particularly when it comes to changing my perspective and actively introducing changes. This was a long process, also involving ethical considerations.

In this context, I would also like to mention one person that was very important for me in bringing about this big change.
It is Dr. Michael Greger. His goal is to find relevant scientific literature and make it accessible to the masses. For this goal he has founded a nonprofit charity organisation that hosts NutritionFacts.org a first science-based, non-commercial website with free daily videos and articles on the latest discoveries in nutrition science.

I had the pleasure to meet him and to talk with him in person. I have so far also contributed to nutritionfacts.org by translating some of his videos into German (i.e., providing subtitles). I am also a big fan of his new book "How not to die", which I can recommend to all of you. In this book he provides a recent review of relevant scientific literature on how to reduce the odds to die from the most prevalent diseases of our civilisation.

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Vegan recipes and meals

Now you may say: Vegan food? That sounds dull and bland.

However, I can asure you that this is absolutely not the case!
That is why one of my aims is to bring deliciously healthy vegan food recipes to Steemit!

Here is a short overview of some vegan meals - for most of them I have already provided a recipe and a step-by-step photo instruction (you will find them in my Steemit blog).

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And of course, you don't have to give up delicious desserts!

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My second big change: Move your body & Sports! 💪🏋️‍♂️🚴

I started slowly but steadily to introduce more movement in my daily life. I began with introducing more walks. Instead of meeting my friends in a pub, I asked them to go for a joint walk. Then, I started to introduce some further activities, such as swimming and riding on a stationary bike (Spinning). And after some time, I added weight training (Body Pump). You name it! :)

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One person, that was very helpful for this big change, was Scooby. You might know him from YouTube. 💪💪 I really liked this videos and this authenticity. In comparisons to others, he really doesn't want to sell you stuff. The only thing I disagree with him completely is diet. 😝 I also had the opportunity to get to know him. 😀

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Rounding up my introduction

In order to round up my introduction, I want to add that I really love nature! I love hiking and taking a walk in the woods.
I never get bored in nature and I always find a way to entertain myself - even in winter! 🤣

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I also have my small garden - consisting out of several planter containers outside on the pergola. I especially like my lemon balm and my peppermint plants! :)

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I also like to travel! I have already made a post about my trip to Malta.

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In the last months, I have also become interested into cryptocurrencies and in Bitcoin.
I have also written some postings here on Steemit about this topic.
Here you find, for example, a quite comprehensive list of different Bitcoin forks. Another example is my post about what you need to know about Ledger hardware wallets.

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Thanks for having me! If you are reading this and you are still interested, please reach out to me by writing a comment and following me!

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Hello Chris! I love your posts.

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Hi dinhtm,
Thank you! 👍
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

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I am new to this platform and will be posting content soon but this is why i joined steemit to engage with people who have a powerful message. love your post.

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Hi Glove-Hero,
Welcome on the Steemit plattform! Looking forward to see your content! Thanks for reading my post! 👍
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

Great Post 😁👍

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Hi xels,
Thanks for stopping by! 👍
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

What a great way to start Steeming! Congratulations!

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Hi Edwin, thanks for this compliment! 😂

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Hi Hiro, thanks for stopping by and leaving this friendly comment on my blog! 😄 👍

Now that's what I call a powerful intro. Congratulations to your progress and keep up your activity on Steem :) Looking forward to the next meeting in Vienna! Greets

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Hi Welcoming, thanks a lot for the resteem! 👍😀
Would love to meet you at the next meeting in Vienna. Have you also attended the last meeting? CU

Love this and all you have accomplished and done in life so far. It is refreshing to see people such as yourself here on steemit and really seeing the grand vision of it!

Goes to show you what small changes daily can have such a huge amazing impact on your own goals providing you with a healthy more fulfilled life you can enjoy for longer.

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Hi Sean, thanks for stopping by and leaving me this nice comment! 😀
Thanks for having me on Steemit! 😁
It is so important to commit to daily small changes! I am so happy for what I have achieved regarding health and I am working to keep it this way. :)

It's so beautiful to have you here on steemit. I took time to come welcome you and I know you will love it here. Welcome to our family. @greatness96

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Hi Greatness96, thanks for welcoming me! 👍
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

@smallstepschange keep on Steeming!!!

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Hey thetruth36, thanks for stopping by! I certainly will keep on steeming! 😆

Wow thanks for sharing your story

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haha, r351574nc3, thanks for answering on my behalf! 😄 😅 😆

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Hey kjnk, thanks for the time you spent reading my story! 👍👍

Wow...what an amazing transformation!! Thank you for sharing. Dr Greger is awesome as well. I love reading about the vegan diets seeing I am close to getting there and hearing others stories makes me more certain I can do this as well.

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Hey Jonathan, thanks for leaving your comment! Love seeing that you also know Dr. G.! The fantastic thing is that his sources are scientificly sound! Keep on investing in your health, it will certainly pay off! 😉
CU around!

The small step is very important in every one life. Any small steps can change the whole life. We called 'Anuvrat' in Jain religion, means small commitment to life . Anu means Small and vrat means commitment.
Looks great that you enjoy your life with steemit.

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Thanks mehta, you are right, that is the same idea! Nice! :) 👍CU

Really amazing job on the post man. Very impressed. The length is good as well.

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Thanks braxton! Good to hear your feedback! I was a little bit afraid that my post was too long. 👍😄 Thanks!

Welcome to Steemit! Very informative posts!

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Hi Jay, thanks for your comment! 😀

Hi Chris! What an enjoyable introduction post to read, you seem such a positive person and write with a true passion, it's just so great to see! I'll definitely stick around for your upcoming posts :)

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Hi Jasmin,
thanks for stopping by and for posting this nice comment! I am really happy that you took the time to read my somewhat lengthy post! 👍 Thanks for sticking around - I will also follow you.😉
Greetings to Finland! 😀

Welcome to the most enthusiastic family 😌God bless you, hope you will enjoy being here

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Hi Thanks for coming over and leaving a comment! 🤩CU

Thank you smallstepschange for making a transfer to me for an upvote of 17.74% on this post!

Half of your bid goes to @budgets which funds growth projects for Steem like our top 25 posts on Steem!

The other half helps holders of Steem power earn about 60% APR on a delegation to me!

For help, will you please visit https://jerrybanfield.com/contact/ because I check my discord server daily?

To learn more about Steem, will you please use http://steem.guide/ because this URL forwards to my most recently updated complete Steem tutorial?

welcome sir, good to have you

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Hi David, thanks for stopping buy! I've seen that you have made a post about the bugs in our colon. I think that our microbiotic flora is very very interesting! CU

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Wow, thanks for the time to look at it, you may likely take out time to look at the more recent posts.

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Certainly will, thanks! 👍

This post has received a 5.06 % upvote from @boomerang thanks to: @smallstepschange

welcome to steemit .... greeting from indonesian (^_^)

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Hi Cak, thanks for saying hello! :)

Sneaky Ninja Attack! You have been defended with a 12.21% vote... I was summoned by @smallstepschange! I have done their bidding and now I will vanish...Whoosh

Hallo Chris! Hab selten so eine gute Vorstellung gelesen hier! Toll deine Verwandlung wenn man die Fotos vor 10 Jahren sieht :) Habe auch in Wien gelebt bevor ich nach Südkorea gezogen bin. Nach so einem tollen Post kann man ja nur followen, freue mich auf mehr Content von dir!

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Hi Michael, schöne Grüße zurück nach Seoul! Folge dir auch. 😀

Hi!
Great to have you around. Looking forward to reading what you have to share, Followed and Upvoted!
(Follow me back and together we can improve the community at Steemit.)

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Hi precision, thanks for stopping by.

You got a 1.37% upvote from @postpromoter courtesy of @smallstepschange!

Want to promote your posts too? Check out the Steem Bot Tracker website for more info. If you would like to support the development of @postpromoter and the bot tracker please vote for @yabapmatt for witness!

Hello @smallstepschange and welcome to Steemit!

This is a great place with a great community -- glad you’re here! See you around!

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Hi Jaja, congratulations for your bachelor's degree! :)

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Thankyou so much! We’re on the same medical field sir! Followed you sir. 🤗 see you on your next post! Hope you could follow me back :)

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Hi Jaja, I have already followed you back. Looking forward to reading your posts! ‍👍🤩

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Thankyou so much. I’ll post my travel adventures soon. 🤗

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This is such a great introduction!!! I am a about a week old in this platform and have yet to post my introduction. I pray that I'm able to come up with one as creative and interesting as yours.

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Hi Martin, welcome! I put about four days of effort and many hours (looking after and searching the photos, etc.) into it. I am not that talented, but I know how to compensate it with time. ;) Wish you good luck for your introduction post! :)

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thanks @smallstepschange i'm going to need all the luck I can get. lol

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Hey Martin, thanks for coming back! Still looking forward to your intro post! :) Keep me updated.
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Wao I enjoy all your work of art and the video is great

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Thank you very much, Aqeel! Very nice comment of yours! 👍😃⚡

What a fabulous introduction great information, have bookmarked the nutrition website to check out later.
Not surer if you know about the #makeithealthy tag on steemit your vegan and health posts would really help the community in that tag.

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Hi Biglipsmama,
Thanks for reading my post and stopping by! 👍 I'm glad you bookmarked www.nutritionfacts.org - believe me, the information you will find there is life changing. The sheer number of videos there might be a little bit overwhelming at first, but it is definitely worth regular visits. 😀
Thanks for making me aware of the makeithealthy community!
Greetings to New Zealand and CU around!
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

@promo-nigeria is a group of Steemit promoters in Nigeria. We are excited that you are here, welcome to Steemit! Hope meet more of you. We encourage you to stay committed and consistent. Good luck!

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Thanks, greetings to Nigeria! 👍😄

Nice
Vote n follow me steemians Indonesia @fadhluns.kom

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👍👍 Thanks fadhluns.kom! :)

Excellent intro, Chris [aka @smallstepschange]! Thanks for being open about you, your background, your present, & your involvements.

The Steemian Collective is looking for active participants. Interested in getting readers? Well, the door is open for you, come on in and be listed!

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Hi tim, thanks for your posting and your compliments! 👍

Welcome to Steemit! Awesome introduction post, and congratulations on your impressive lifestyle changes!

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Hey Trogdor, thanks for reading my introduction post! 👍 following you. :) 😄

@smallstepschange I love your name and I agree no small steps ever wasted. Welcome from a philippine raised friend

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Hi Gratefulayn, you are so right! Thanks for taking the time to read my post! :) CU 👍

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Hi Jenn,
Thank you so much. 👍
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

a very inspiring post.
giving you an upvote.

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Thanks for your comment, guruvaj! Very much appreciated! 😃☀️

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Your welcome.

Hello Chris. I love your personality already. Love your vest, impressive work you do, I love your gif too. There's so much you can achieve here on steemit.

You are welcome...

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Hi tolustx,
Thank you so much for reading my introduction post! 👍 It is very rewarding that you like my work and the gifs. Looking forward to seeing you being around on Steemit! :)
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

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Hi BitGeek, thanks for this very interesting comment! I visited you link, and now I know that I am not dust, but a user. :) Keep on posting the statistics, very interesting. 👍
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

hahah I love all your art work and the video is perfect!!

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Hey Kilbride, thanks, I really tried hard to impress you all! haha 😂🤣

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Hey sakhe, thanks for the warm welcome! 😁
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

Hallo, auch Chris, auch aus Wien, auch vegan :D und ich glaub ich hab dich bei der Vegmed in Berlin gesehen? LG Chris

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Hallo Chris aus Wien! Ja, ich war in Berlin, war total super! 😃Vielleicht magst du ja zum nächsten Viv-Meetup (Vegans in Vienna) kommen? Hier der Link: https://steemit.com/vegan/@smallstepschange/vegan-steemians-of-vienna-let-s-unite-vegane-steemianer-in-wien-und-umgebung-tun-wir-uns-zusammen
Würde mich echt freuen, mich mit dir zu vernetzen!

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Ja, bin fix dabei! Hab eh schon bei dem post kommentiert, sonst muss man sich nicht irgendwo anmelden oder? 😁

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Hey Chris, das passt schon so! Hab aufgrund der vielen Kommentare hier ein bisschen die Übersicht verloren! Werde eine Woche vor dem Treffen nochmal ein Posting machen - werde dich dort verlinken.
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Perfekt, danke, bis dann 😊

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bis dann, freu mich schon! 😀 😁

Welcome and inspiring post !!!

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Hi tjcrypto1,
Thanks for welcoming me! Hope to see you around. 😃
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

Step on brother. So awesome to see you here on Steemit

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Hi Nathan, Thanks! I really like your profile picture. 😉
CU on steemit!
Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

Wow over 600 posts. You have been busy :) I've been on since August and I've only just broken 500 posts.
All the best on your journey!
Lizelle

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Hi Lizelle, don't worry, you will catch up! It is all about quality and not quantity. 😉 👍
Thanks for taking the time for reading my post!! 😀
Hope to see you around on Steemit,
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

Guten Morgen Chris,

wow!!! Small step kann man hier ja nicht mehr sagen! ;D
Wir kennen uns ja schon. Ich wußte gar nicht, dass du ganz frisch bist, zumindest halbfrisch :D

Bin ganz froh, dass ich deinen Vorstellungspost gerade gesehn hab. Dann weiß ich wer hinter dem Namen steht. Find das immer komisch mit Menschen relativ privat zu sein und nicht zu wissen, wie sieht der aus, was macht der so?

Auf jeden Fall hab ich jetzt einen Eindruck von dir gewonnen und find das voll spannend! Toller Post!!!!! Dem Erfolg steht nix mehr im Wege!

Auf bald! :D
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Hi Monja,
Danke für deinen Kommentar!
Du hast recht, im Ganzen gesehen, ist ein ein großer Schritt, aber wenn man genauer sieht, merkt man, dass dieser große Schritt aus ganz vielen kleinen Schritten (Entscheidungen, Tätigkeiten, Gedanken, etc.) besteht. :)
Danke für dein Lob, freut mich echt!
Auf bald!
Lg, Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

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Hallo chris,
hehe.. klar, bei dir auf jeden Fall!! Du willst ja deinem Namen alle Ehre machen!!
Ich geb dir Recht, dass es normaler Weise so ist.
Aber ich möchte auch darauf bestehen, dass es manchmal Schritte gibt, die riiieeesseeengroß sind. Am allergrößten ist der Schritt der Entscheidung...
😂 Zumindest kenne ich das so!
Den großen Schritt habe ich auch auf deine vielen Votes bezogen 😉
Freu mich von dir zu hören, wir werden uns bestimmt über den Weg laufen!!
LG Monja

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Hi Monja! Haha, stimmt, der Schritt der Entscheidung ist schon ein großer Schritt. Aber bei genauer Betrachtung gibt es auch hier im Vorfeld schon viele Gedanken, Überlegungen, Auseinandersetzungen, Gespräche. Man trägt immer eine Vorgeschichte mit, die aus vielen Einzelerlebnissen besteht. Auch diese haben alle eine Wirkung. 😉 haha
Aber es fühlt sich natürlich wie ein großer Schritt an, weil die Konsequenzen potentiell groß sind!
Ich freue mich sehr über die Votes. 😃
Bis bald auf Steemit! 😀
Lg, Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

welcome to steemit @smallstepschange awesome!im @gyn greetings from phillipines:-)

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Hi gyn, thanks for stopping by! Greetings to the Phillipines from Vienna, Austria!
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

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Thanks! 😀
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

That is a fantastic introduction. Enticing, interesting and fun. Whoohoo!

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Hi VeeDeshNee,
how nice that you visited my intro post and left a comment! 👍 Thanks for the compliments! Hope to stay connected. 😁
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

Wow !
It took me a while for reading this lengthy post.
But it was truly worth it. :)

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Hey aniketmore1925,
Thanks! Absolutely like your playlist! 🎵🎵🎵♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
CU

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Thanks a lot! :)

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you're welcome 😀

Super Comprehensive intro, thumbs up bro... welcome

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Hi elpadjo,
thank you so much!
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

hi and welcome .... nice to see and read your introduceyourselfpost .... love food blogging but not mutch vegan, but love to try vegan recipes to taste it.

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Hi Timo, danke für deinen Kommentar! Ich habe mit dir vor ca. 6 Tagen bei der Neulingschallenge mitgemacht und habe auch bei deinem Beitrag einen Kommentar geschrieben.
Ich finds super, dass du auch mal vegane Rezepte ausprobierst! 👍 Ich freue mich immer, wenn ich von Köchen höre, die bei vegan nicht gleich das Handtuch werden! 😉
Man sieht sich!! LG

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Ups, hab grade erst gesehn das du das kommentiert hattest, sorry ;)

Das mit dem "Vegan" ist ja leider immer so ne Sache. Viele Leute verurteilen das bevor sie es probiert haben. Allerdings ist das ja eigentlich garnicht so, als einfachstes Beispiel kenne ich viele Leute die gerne einen guten Salat oder auch marinierte Früchte essen ohne darüber nach zu denken das das ja auch Vegan ist. Viele Urteilen da sehr Vorschnell.

Ein befreundeter Kollege der ein Restaurant besitz hatte zum Beispiel einen Gyrosteller mit Überraschung auf die Karte geschrieben, welcher gut angenommen wurde. Nach dem der Teller leer war fragte er die Gäste ob es geschmeckt hat und die meisten waren durchaus begeistert. Als Überraschung gabs dann die Wahrheit über das Gericht, welches komplett Vegan gekocht wurde. Anstatt dem Fleisch benutzte er Soja-Schnetzel (wirst Du sicher kennen!?). Und auch alle anderen Zutaten entsprangen der Veganen Küche. Fast keiner der Gäste wollte dies zuerst glauben und waren dann positiv Überrascht.

Leider sind noch viel zu viele Leute der veganen Küche skeptisch gegenüber, was man unteranderem bei uns im Restaurant merkt. Schreibe ich t auf die Karte das das Gericht vegan ist wird es fast nicht wahrgenommen.Lässt man den Vermek weg wird es bei weitem öfters verkauft.
Allerdings merkt man das "Vegan Trend" stark am ansteigen ist. Jeden Monat sind ein paar Veganer mehr die bei uns zu Gast sind. Und da weiß ich ja dann was wir anbieten können.

Immer wieder finden sich natürlich Köchen denen Vegan ein Dorn im Auge ist. Da liegt aber glaube ich wenig am veganen, sondern eher daran das diese kein interesse daran haben sich weiter zu bilden und "Neuem" gegenüber eher skeptisch sind. (Was der Bauer nicht kennt, frisst er nicht!)
Aber Irgendwie sollte doch gerade bei Köchen der Gast und dessen wünsche im Vordergrund stehen? oder denke ich da falsch.

Auch wenn ich bis auf weiteres nicht vegan leben werde intressiert mich das Thema sehr, da es sowohl für meinen Leidenschaft als Patissier als auch für mich viele viele leckere Sachen zu entdecken gibt.

Lieben Gruß, man ließt sich =)

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Hey Timo, ja du hast recht.
Viele Dinge sind von vornherein vegan, und viele Leute essen diese Dinge regelmäßig ohne drüber nachzudenken und es abzulehnen. ;)
Soja-Schnetzel kenne ich. Wenn man mit diesen kocht, ist es wichtig, sie gut zu würzen bzw. einzulegen, weil sie von Natur aus ziemlich geschmacklos sind. Wenn man sie gut würzt, sind sie total lecker.
Je nach Publikum und Vorlieben kann der Vermerk vegan abschrecken. Manche Restaurants schreiben in die Menükarte, dass es auch eine vegane Karte gibt. Dort stehen dann nur die Gerichte, die vegan sind (also diese Gerichte befinden sich auch auf der normalen Menükarte, aber ohne vegan-Vermerk). Das könnte ein Weg sein, um die Leute nicht abzuschrecken. Aber ist natürlich wieder mehr Aufwand, weil man zwei Karten hat, die man ev. auch updaten muss.
Ich denke, jeder Veganer freut sich, wenn in einer Menükarte zumindest ein Gericht ist, das vegan ist. Ich denke, das freut man sich schon über Gemüsepfanne mit Reis. :)
"Was der Bauer nicht kennt, frisst er nicht." -> haha, das ist sowas von wahr! :D
Bei manchen Männern habe ich das Gefühl, sie befürchten, durch vegane Ernährung ihre Männlichkeit zu verlieren, oder ganz still und leise selbst zum Veganer werden könnten - und das müssen sie auf jedem Fall verhindern. ;)
Ich habe das auch schon erlebt, dass ich mit Freundin in Lokalen war, die bei Nachfrage gesagt haben, dass sie leider keine veganen Optionen bieten können. Das ist natürlich zu akzeptieren. Aber zu diesen Lokalen sind wir dann eben in Zukunft nicht mehr gegangen, dafür habe ich mich eingesetzt.
Man sieht sich!
Liebe Grüße

Great post and what an inspiring lifestyle change you have made, The animals thank you. Here's to your continued success on Steemit.

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Hey Moonunit, thanks! 👍😀
Greetings to Ireland. 🐑🐑🐑Once I lived there in the South (Cork 💚) for a few months! :) CU

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What a beautiful part of the world you found yourself in! Thanks for getting back and so glad to hear you are getting on so well on Steemit!

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Welcome! Yes, great job on your intro post. It's obvious you'll be an asset to the Steemit Community because your passion to inspire others to grow is evident. I look forward to following you.

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Thanks for your very uplifting comment! As you say, I really love inspiring others to grow. But as a crossfit coach you certainly are doing the same thing! 😉 👍 CU around!

Hi 👋🏻 there @smallstepschange welcome to steemit. Nice sharing on vegan and good luck your ventures! Follow me @cathmot cheers!

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Hi Cathmot, Thanks for the warm welcome! ⭐ Thanks for the resteem. 🌈 Really appreciate it! :) 👍👍👍

Welcome to this community. A great story the change you have achieved in your life. I like your recipes for healthy food. Thank you for your contribution to this community. God bless you

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Hi Jose, thanks for reading my posts! I'm glad that you like my recipes! Have you already tried to make one of them? Would love to hear from you. CU 😀

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Hi. It is a pleasure to talk with you in this way. I love cooking to share with friends and family, although I am not a professional in that area. However I like to prepare recipes that are easy and fast. Today, for example, prepare a baked pumpkin stuffed with vegetables and rice .....it was delicious.

I am an electrical engineer, working in logistics area and I currently live in Venezuela. I like nature and animals and growing plants.
Thanks for taking the time to write me. God bless you

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Hi Jose, nice!! 👍 Hope you liked the stuffed pumpkins! Hope to stay connected! CU

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I will be watching your publications and I hope you share with me your recipes and tips to grow in this community

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I certainly will! Thanks for following! CU around. 👍

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Thanks for your help

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Welcome to Steemit. We are both in the right place at the right time. I honestly believe Steemit is going to be the future of social media.

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Hey Maricon, sending you greetings to Hong Kong! Thanks for your comment! 👍 CU

Welcome to steemit family.At last you came to the most amazing community in the world.Wishing you all the success.I am following you to get more updates , hoping you will follow me too...

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Hi simisto, thanks! Now I have two families. 😀 Thanks for following me, will follow you back.
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

I think we have a lot in common

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Hi seaotterrodgers, thanks for stopping by! Glad to hear that we have similar interests and a similar view on life! 😉 👍
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

Great introduction @smallstepschange. Those vegan desserts look delicious. Welcome to this great community

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Hi buona4tuna,
Thanks for your comments! Hope you try to make some of the desserts and taste them. 😀
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

I haven’t become a vegan... yet but I have stopped eating meat. Wow! What a difference in energy, sleep quality and joint movement!

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👍Glad to hear!! :) ‍⭐⚡💥

@smallstepschange I am amaze on how you change your lifestyle. Yes! It's an easy word to say but hard to materialize. The sports you engaged really suit you well. Thanks for sharing your life story you did motivate someone on keep moving. Indeed, small steps make a change 🙂

I'll be following you for your next life changing story.

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Hi Grace, thanks for leaving me this nice comment! Thanks, I am very happy that my post has motivated you keeping on! 😀 Thanks for following!! 👍👍

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Hi Helz15, thanks for appreciating my post! 👍👍☀️

Great Introduction thanks, I found it amazing how you have built up your reputation so quickly, being only a newbie here at a reputation score of 25, i am keen to know what your secret is? perhaps its another article!

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Hi Irishlady,
I think the secret is posting a lot of high quality content. The reputation score is calculated by a formula. And as far as I understand, the main input for this formula is the author rewards you have received thus far.
Especially at the beginning, this can be a long way, as most posts earn between 0 and 0.01 $. As you can see on my profile, I have posted so far more than 700 posts and I have invested quite a lot of time.
I think the secret here is again consistency and perseverance. Keep on posting and look for a series of small aims that are achievable. You will see, they will add up! :)

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Very helpful thank you smartstepchange

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you're welcome :)

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Hi Jahid, thanks for welcoming me! 😄

I love the creativity of your introduction. I too joined about a month ago and have been figuring out what my focus will be on my steem. I’m similar to you in the sense that I am attempting the lifestyle change to vegan from the more sedentary animal protein, high starch diet. Cheers to you.

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Hi jwez2018, thanks for stopping by! 😁 Wish you success and luck on your endeavor to change your lifestyle to a more healthier version! 👍👍😉

Aha! Now, this is interesting. Fellow member of the psy world joins steemit. I to work in psychology. Prison psych! Great intro btw!

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Hey withinfit, thanks for your friendly comment! 👍 It is a pleasure to meet people with the same occupation al background. I am sure working in a prison is quite tough! Greetings to the US, Chris :)

It is unfair you are a victim of a bully @grumpycat.

Spread the word!

WE WILL RESIST!

https://steemit.com/life/@firedream/resist

FD.

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Hi firedream, seems as if grumpycat does not like people using the sneakyninja bot. I think I have not understood the reason behind this so far... Maybe you could explain? thx! 😀

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He has no reason...

He's made up a self enforced rule and is trying to get people to conform to it. Using the guise that it will help clean up spam when in fact it does nothing of the sort.

U are an inspiration for all the chubby guys out there. Keep going :)

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Hi tomista, thanks for reading my post! I'd say everybody has the right to be as they wish to be. I have friends that are skinny and friends that are well-rounded (as I was). However, I love them all the same. The problem for me was that I was not feeling well in the body I used to have. And my health was objectively deteriorating. Keep on posting on Steemit! 💪 CU

Welcome to steemit and i wish you all the best. Feel free to check out my blog, this way we can support each other! :) upvoted and followed :D

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Thanks Abdul, greetings to Pakistan!

What a great introduction. I am planning on setting up a vegan warrior guild to upvote vegan sweet and flag posts which be have pictures of dismembered animals. But that approch is not for everyone! Looking forward to your posts.

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Hi Danny, thanks for your feedback - I'm glad you liked my introduction! Would love to stay informed about your plans - hope you write about it on your blog.
Let's stay connected!
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

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Hi Tracy,
Thank you so much!
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Hi Chris, welcome to Steemit! I somehow stumbled upon your post (great post btw) and saw that you mentioned about giving support to people who have lost their loved ones; I’d love to chat with you on that.

Again, great post! Enjoy your time on Steemit!

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Hi Eric, thanks for your comment! If you ask me the most important aspect for people having lost someone is finding real life people whom you trust and with whom you can speak openly and also feel ok sharing your emotions. And then, it is important to know that this situation ( and other unusual problems such as sleeping problems, depressive feelings etc.) are here to stay for some weeks and least. If they are here for a longer time, it is of utmost importance to search for a local professional that can help!
CU,
Chris aka smallstepschange

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Thanks for the input Chris, yup I’ve been losing sleep for almost 2 years now. I do have a significant other and a group of friends whom are like family to me, but I still get overwhelming flashbacks from time to time. Not a very pleasant feeling 😣

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Hi Eric, I am really happy to hear that you have a significant other and friends that are like family! This is so important! Have you had the possibility to talk openly withthem about your flashbacks? Two years are quite a long time, have you ever considered getting professional help. It is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. When a loved person dies, this is a very serious and abrupt change of your life. It is totally comparable to a deep physcial wound. And if people have a physical wound, they would immediately go to a physician.
I can totally believe you that getting flahsbacks is not very pleasant at all! If you have the feeling that it limits and restricts your life and if you feel psychological strain, you should really think of letting others who are trained to do such things (e.g. psychologists) help you.
Would love to hear your opinion on this. And thanks for being that open! It is highly appreciated.
CU,
Chris

That's a long and well written introduction post! Welcome to Steemit!

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Hi Phil, thanks, love your feedback. :)
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

Glad you turned your life around, and it really isn’t about fat-shaming but quality of life even at an old age. It took 5-6 million years for the Grand Canyon to attain its impressive sight of today, so volume is not that important, but persistence is.

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Right! Constant dropping wears the stone. Staying motivated and planning and appreciating the little goals and steps is key! 👍💪
And this is especially true for food - you do it usually several times a day. A little change each at each meal adds up! :) 😀

Hi Chris! Nice story! You have a full and enjoying life, very nice! Doing sport in general helps you be so active and mentally healthy, good for you! I appreciate the people who show interest in a healthy life, by eating what nature give us and exercising by using the weight of your own body. Liked your post.
I invite you to my introduceyourself story, I think we can mentally connect in terms of how we see life. https://steemit.com/introduceyourself/@laviniatherapist/my-journey-from-an-international-model-to-a-licensed-therapist-personal-development-adviser-trainer

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Hi Lavinia,
Thanks for reading my post and inviting me to read your post!
I really love the coincidence that you found the Brain Lock book and that it led you to Psychology. Also love that your parents supported you in your decision. As you say, you do not seem to be a quitter and I love all your persistent small steps that led to a higher goal!
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

Greetings, Chris! You are a very interesting person, a bright personality. Good luck on Steem!

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Спасибо! 👍
Hi Olga, Thank you very much for this compliment! 😆
Greetings to Western Siberia.
CU around, Christoph

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I gave my regards to Siberia. Siberia can send snow and frost to your land? You do not want)

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Hi Olga, haha, it is currently quite cold in Austria (for Austrian standards). So no need for further snow and frost. 😆 CU

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What a pity, Chris) I'll have to keep the snow on the balcony - until the summer :) 17 янв 20018.jpg

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Haha, thanks for your picture! Although it really looks like nice and bright view, I would prefer if you keep the snow. 🤣
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Wow, very inspiring story! Thanks for sharing. I have to lose weight myself. This is very inspiring and motivational for me !

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Hi Stefan, thanks for this positive feedback! Love that you find my post inspiring and motivational! Wish you success! Hope to see you around on Steemit!
Cu Chris aka smallstepschange 🐾

You'll enjoy it here. Welcome :)

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Thanks, Maryarez! 👍😀