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"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
-- Michael Pollan.

"I longed to read everything I possibly could, and the things I read in turn produced new yearnings." -- Patti Smith

"Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts."- -Leo Rosten

I am Natalie and I spend my time in the midst of books and cats when I'm not sparking. Spark People has been the biggest positive change in my life in a long time. I'm down almost 50 pounds from ...
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
-- Michael Pollan.

"I longed to read everything I possibly could, and the things I read in turn produced new yearnings." -- Patti Smith

"Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts."- -Leo Rosten

I am Natalie and I spend my time in the midst of books and cats when I'm not sparking. Spark People has been the biggest positive change in my life in a long time. I'm down almost 50 pounds from my high point and I feel more energy and zest for life than I have in decades! I teach English literature and decades of a sedentary job have taken their toll. As I slouch slowly towards retirement, I want to be in better physical and mental condition. I am, at heart, a quintessential cat lady.

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I'm a reader, a cat-lover, a traveler, and a music-lover. I am a Democrat! I will respect your religion if you respect my atheism. I am politically progressive but culturally conservative in so far as I prefer older, more traditional art forms. I am a secular humanist.

My weight and my age are catching up to me and I want to prolong my life a bit.

My pledge to myself:

-- I will keep track of my mental health and not allow myself to spend too much time wallowing in the slough of despond. On the other hand, I will accept my social phobias and anxieties without too much self-hatred.

-- I will get at least 30 minutes per day of cardio at least 5 days per week

-- I will do a strength training circuit 3 times a week

--I will not follow a diet but I will try not to make crazy choices

--I will track records of my nutrition and my exercise

-- I will try to support all Spark Members to the very best of my ability

-- I will be cheerful throughout plateaus

-- I will aim to reach 190 pounds by the middle of April, 2014

-- I will listen to classical music more often--it helps.

-- I will read both good books and good escapist books

--I will spend some time away from the computer and the gym to write real letters to people I know.



I have a new spark-name. "Adagio Con Brio" makes more sense to me than the brilliantly happy "Allegro con brio". Adagio fits with my speed and my desire to be more deliberative and deliberate.

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I am here not merely to lose weight but to be motivated to:

work out consistently
make good food choices consistently
prolong my life a little bit longer
deal with my diabetes better
cope with congestive heart failure

Edit to add: yes, of course I am here to lose weight!




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BLC 25 registration for returnees is scheduled to begin some time in Week 10, around March 26. New member registration will begin April 9 and BLC 25 will run from April 30 through July 23.

BLC 26 is currently planned to start September 17 and run through December 10.

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Member Since: 3/16/2008

SparkPoints: 146,492

Fitness Minutes: 100,929

My Goals:
I want to get healthier and start moving more. I want to reduce stress and enjoy life.

"I must view food as a nutritional need and not a recreational opportunity!"



My Program:
Keeping track of my blood sugar and not permitting it to go high.

Exercise: treadmill, strength training, elliptical, water aerobics and more daily walking

Avoiding the siren-song of processed foods, meaningless carbohydrates (as opposed to meaningful carbohydrates), too much sodium, and too much sugar. I never use false sugars or sweeteners.


Spark Teams and their Challenges: I've joined several Spark Teams that have challenges. They provide extra motivation and a need for accountability.


Personal Information:
I have started a Spark Team for book lists, book reviews, book recommendations, book memories, and all things book related. You can use it to keep track of all of your 2013 reading.

The team is called:
2013: Spark People Eclectic Readers

Anyone is welcome! Please join if you would like to keep a running list of the books you have read in 2013. It's not a book club.

Other Information:
I deeply believe that, as Adam Kirsch says, “Art is the form in which the writer, and through him the reader, can face down the intolerable contradictions of history.”

I adore my cats. I am a happy agnostic, a political progressive, a bemused grandmother, and very GLBTQ-friendly.

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Member Comments:
GO_VEGGIE
10/20/2014 5:50:07 PM

Aww you're so sweet to leave me that comment on my blog! Thank you for your support!

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BROOKLYN_BORN
10/20/2014 7:15:09 AM

Thank you for the Goodie and the kind words. The Feminist team is the first one I turn too every morning.



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BECKYQUIGLEY
10/12/2014 11:06:35 PM

It appears that SP Mobile doesn't let me do emoticons. Here's a virtual hug and a huge thank you. Your comment on my blog about resiliency means the world. Thank you. Thank you.



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ZANNACHAN
10/5/2014 12:17:36 AM

Thanks for your comment on my BLC goals (I know, really late--it's been a really crazy spring followed by a crazy summer and apparently a crazy fall...). Yeah, sleep is soooo important. When I was younger I blew it off a lot--I got through my undergrad and my first 4 years of grad school operating on an average of 6 hours a night at most, sometimes less, and after 4 years I just crashed hard. Now I find I just don't cope well if I'm sleep deprived--I don't handle stress, I find it hard to make good decisions, etc.



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FORZACHANDMATT
10/3/2014 5:32:01 PM

Just stopping by to say hi and wish your team good luck in the rest of BLC26! I love Michael Pollan



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