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My goal is to be healthy, happy, and active in retirement. My main reasons for losing weight are to relieve the arthritis in my knees and to feel better as there are many activities I want to enjoy.

My philosophy:

There is so much beauty and inspiration in the world around us. Sometimes we just need to slow down and take deep breaths and appreciate all that we have.

We are, each and every one of us, unique and valuable people in this world, and we deserve to take care of ourselves and be as healthy as possible.

Once we search our souls and acknowledge the reasons and excuses preventing us from taking care of ourselves and losing weight, we are ready to take a step forward. One step at a time, one pound at a time, and no more looking back to things in the past we regret and cannot change. THIS IS NOW!

Right here, right now we can say:
I AM WORTH THIS TIME AND EFFORT to change my habits, my behaviors, and my routines. Imagine how much BETTER I am going to look and feel with each new step forward!! I CAN DO THIS!!!

Having a more positive attitude will help us on our path to better health. We can choose to spend our time doing the things we enjoy and are no longer held back by feeling sorry for ourselves or trying to use food to make us happy. When we are feeling good we can also share this good feeling with others. It's contagious!


For those interested in my paintings/drawings/photos:
I started to paint in 2009 since retiring after being away from it for many years. The drawings are with felt pen or watercolor pens. The paintings were done in a landscape painting class, in acrylic or oils, are either 18x24' or 24x36'. I used scenic calendars or teacher's photos for subjects. I paint them quite fast in two sessions in class. I am a procrastinator, have problems focusing and sticking with things, but I am learning to change and I will keep on painting and taking photos.

My photos were taken with a Panasonic Lumix digital camera. I had a small show at a bookstore in May 2011, sold 11 framed photos, and received favorable comments. Since then I have been selling photo note cards and the occasional framed photo at a vendor cart outside our historic St. Lawrence Market on Thursdays-Fridays in good weather, Spring through Fall. Avg sales are 15-25 cards and I don't make much money but a bit extra helps add to my pension and I enjoy meeting tourists and locals.(As of 2015 the market vendor program was cancelled due to construction and space issues but I am hoping it will be revived soon as I have many return customers).
My photos are on my website

Member Since: 1/18/2010

Fitness Minutes: 3,082

My Goals:
MY 2015 GOALS:
- to continue to focus and follow thru on new habits and behaviors to create permanent changes in my home and in myself!

My Program:
1 - keep my focus on making healthy food choices and eating at regular intervals

2 - walk daily and do exercises to help the arthritis in my back and knees

3 - spend more time
taking care of myself and my home, more time with friends and family, and less time on TV and computer (even Sparks)

Personal Information:
I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have a small condo in the lively "Old Town" district near Lake Ontario.

Originally from the USA - born in Massachusetts, lived in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland & on beautiful magical Kodiak Island, Alaska

Other Information:
I love nature and art, all beautiful and inspiring aspects of life.

I am single, retired in May 09, and now enjoy landscape painting, digital photography, and taking various courses of interest to keep busy and keep on learning

Favorites: books and movies, art galleries and museums, flower gardens, anywhere with trees and water

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    HI Allie I was just thinking about you.

    I hope you. are well.

    Hugs and much love Pat in MAINE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1409 days ago
  • v SUSANNAH31
    Happy 2014 to you! I cannot believe a whole year has gone by. By all measures for me it was a good one. I'm looking for another good year again!

    1533 days ago
    ALLIE, you gave me so many tips from your decluttering. Needless to say i have also discovered but just recently, I must clear my sink before I go to bed.
    I had thought we might see a neighbour or friend so i tried to pick the house up but we only saw one German friend for a short visit and it was already a rough start since DH had SHINGLES in his mouth throat ears and face that was in November it had not been a winter of fun that is for sure.
    We went to Portland and I just sat by Fred's bed and then went back to the hotel I stayed in. Happily it was close by and they had shuttle service so that was just a very new experience for me so it was an education. At least i looked at it as a challenge I must deal with and I did.
    I must go fix supper hugs Still look for you and miss you.Pat in Maine. (((((HUGS))))
    1872 days ago
    I have not found you again in a while DH had a replacement hip January 15th I blogged it all if you are interested in what we are emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon up to.I do miss you HUGS Pat in Maine. Stay well, HUGS Pat
    1872 days ago
  • v SUSANNAH31
    Wishing you a healthy and happy 2013 ahead, dear friend!


    1910 days ago
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