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2017 was a rocky year for me - though only in First World terms. It marked the huge change from workin' grl to Laidy of Leeeezure. Yes. I retired in September (like, duh, who hasn't heard me'n'TheBrains yammer on about that ad nausea). Getting to retire was a gift. Being retired is a joy. But getting to retirement was a hard struggle and I wonder if I made it harder than it had to be. Oh well. The good news. I got there At Goal! Yippee.

2018 will be a year of reflection and regrouping for me. I am sure goals will arise. I am sure new pathways will tempt, new horizons will inspire. But what they'll be ... not so sure. I had a spate of medical check-ups in Dec. and Jan and it turns out I am a good bit shorter than I was. 1.25 inches in fact. I am thinking of dropping my goal weight down a few pounds. I want to become a better artist. I do want to take a fancy schmancy vacation. But mostly I am just going to savor this first time without a schedule or a boss since I was 5 years old. Feels durn good.

Member Since: 10/1/2009

Fitness Minutes: 70,854

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2017 GOALS

1. Be within 2 lbs of 150 every month of the year

2. 2 upper body strength training workouts, 20-30 minutes long, every week

My Program:
Still workin' it out but:

1. Take my time

2. Follow the Weight Watcher Program and attend meetings

3. track track track what I eat - any way I can, every day

4. Drink enough water - 6 glasses a day

5. Eat plenty of vegan meals - they're delicious!

6. Start out with a smaller portion. It might be all I really want!

7. Keep active every day - and do formal exercise 4 or more days each week

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Married boomer librarian from VA who knits, spins, tells stories and lets dogs get up in the Big Bed.

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My Other Life is on my blog

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  • v DEBVNE
    55 Days?! Gulp...five inches of more snow here. Spring will come...thanks for the countdown. Major Hazel snuggles over the weekend for us, did our hearts soooooo much good. Life is grand...
    10 hours ago
    In our thoughts and dreams we have infinite power, unbounded potential, and complete freedom. Christine Ranck
    10 hours ago
    Bess. You will always be working on it. It is a lifestyle change not a diet. Whether you are working to lose or working to maintain, it is work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1 day ago
    Exactly! After a while, my hand was doing what the painting wanted, not what I wanted! Weirdest feeling ever!
    1 day ago
    Visual art is definitely practice and talent - but I often find that a drawing or painting takes on a life of its own at some point. Really, I'll be working on something and somehow the painting itself takes over and becomes something other than what I had in my head. Rather like characters writing their own parts in a book or movie - I've heard authors say that. I find the same is true in visual art.
    1 day ago
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