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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: 136,702

Fitness Minutes: 92,684

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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IMPROVINGME
7/8/2014 12:16:29 PM

Hope you're doing okay, Natalie, and that you're having a great summer!
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CORKYTHEMOM1
7/7/2014 1:12:03 AM

Natalie, I didn't know if you heard about the head-on collision accident that I was in. I posted an updated blog about my current injuries. I'm so proud of you for making daily healthy choices and permanent lifestyle changes, resulting in fulfilling positive results! I'm giving you a STANDING OVATION for the goals you have achieved and the progress you continue to make! You are:


emoticon * S * P * A * R * K * T * A * C * U * L * A * R * emoticon


S = Set goals! Develop plans! Take action! Make progress! See results!
P = Promote regular medical checkups to achieve optimum health!
A = Approach each goal with optimism, dedication and completion!
R = Reduce stress! Eat healthy! Drink water! Exercise regularly! Sleep better! Have fun!
K = Keep track of nutrition intakes, fitness minutes, weigh-ins and body measurements!
T = Trust your choices, decisions and actions in all that you do!
A = Add variety to nutrition plan, fitness activities and personal well-being goals!
C = Create a non-food reward system for working hard to achieve healthy results!
U = Utilize behavior modification to break bad habits and challenge yourself to change!
L = Live life embracing healthy choices, positive changes and individual growth!
A = Assemble a support system to help one another stay on track!
R = Record emotions, setbacks, adjustments, progress and achievements in a journal!


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MINEA999
7/2/2014 5:48:48 PM

Hey you! Haven't seen you around lately! Where are you?



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FITNHEALTHYKAL
6/10/2014 10:15:43 AM

Reboot or you need a boot? emoticon

Hope you are enjoying summer!

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JANEDOE12345
6/1/2014 4:46:45 PM

Thank you for the compliment paid to my cat, Chauncey. If he seems to be old Hollywood and sultry, consider the photographer's good luck. He's a pretty average guy, but I always seem to catch him in his attractive mode. He is a terrific subject -- and so is his adopted sister, Betsy. Cats are easy to photograph since they are absolutely beautiful at any time. I will blog about Betsy one of these days and you are welcome to visit then, as well as any other day you wish to drop by.

All the best,
Pam

Slowing down is a good thing. I still keep thinking allegro di molto e con brio works for me, and sometimes have to admit that maybe I really am 62 years old and not all that peppy these days. (sigh)

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