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I have arrived! Retired. House in COLD north sold. Lifetime of "stuff" is distributed. Moved to fabulous Franklin TN. I have time,spirit, energy and drive.
I am at the time of my life when I can chose what I do. I can choose who and what is in my day. With the help of Spark and Spark friends, I am choosing a life of health, activity and happiness.

Good bye to grief and woes. Good bye to 12 hour days and unrelenting pressure in mental health counseling. The rest is what I make it, and I'm ready to make it fine.

Member Since: 6/30/2007

Fitness Minutes: 16,997

My Goals:
I want to become the strongest and healthiest woman I can be.
My goal is to maintain vegetarian/vegan food plan and become a healthier weight.
I want to continue to enter races, I want to continue to enjoy physical exercise and be "nimble and quick" into my later years.

My Program:
1. Aerobic exercise 4 days per week - 40 minutes or more.
2. Strength training - alternating upper and lower body exercises - x4 weekly (2 days each)
3. Add a FUN activity like dance class weekly
4. Stay within nutritional guidelines from Spark
5. Build a streak on turning around a life time habit of eating before bedtime.
6. Increase gifts of time and money for humane treatment of all animals.
7. Increase meditation and prayer time daily.

Personal Information:
My roots are in Western Pennsylvania. I have lived in Japan, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Illinois. I'm a widow learning to fly solo. My best asset is a sense of humor. If I don't have a good laugh every day, I know I'm not trying hard enough to live well. I am an activist for healthier school lunch programs for children and for humane and compassionate care for all animals.

Other Information:
I've had affiliations with West Virginia University. University of Pittsburgh, Aurora University and Bradley University.

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    Welcome to the Veggie team. Glad to have you wth us. I'll gladly accompany you along your journey whether you stay 75%, 25%, or some other number.
    3069 days ago
    Hi there, I saw your post on the boards and thought I'd send you a note. I've struggled w/my weight my whole life and this spring I finally found something that is taking the weight off. I've lost 25lbs in 9 weeks and I feel so wonderful. If you're interested let me know and I can tell you more about it. Also, thank you for the hospice care you've provided. My dad died in March and was in hospice for the last 5 days (he went downhill fast) and my mom and I were so thankful for the love and support from the hospice folks. You all our doing a truly amazing thing!
    3128 days ago
  • v 1GRNTHMB
    Welcome to the Gluten Free and Healthy Team. Feel free to join in.
    3128 days ago
  • v CATNAP45
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I sometimes do my wash in hot water, but usually do so in summer (we have a solar hot water system so we have plenty of hot water in summer but have to use the electric boost sometimes in winter). I always dry my sheets on the line (I don't own a dryer). I've been told that an hour is the sunlight also kills dustmites. I try to put our mats in the sun every month for the same reason.

    All the cleaning and washing was tough on my asthma, but in the end it was so much better. For the last 10 years I've been using microfibre for my cleaning and dusting and it is so much easier on my asthma. My doctor always quizzes me on asthma triggers in the house when my reliever isn't working, so it's easier to do what I can to eliminate them before I go to the doctor. I don't like having to go on the preventer medications unless I have to anyway.

    You made me laugh with your story about the dust mites in the freezer. I'd heard about that method, but it always said to put them in a plastic bag and I'd wondered why a plastic bag was needed. Now I know and will remember to seal a plastic bag if I can ever clear enough space in my freezer to try it. (I tend to use the sunshine and then vacuum them).

    Good luck with your program.
    3450 days ago
    I saw your comment on the boards about working for hospice and how our "stuff" either ends up on the curb or family fighting over it. That is so true!! I watched it happen when my grandma died. It was very sad.

    I also want to thank you for the job you do with hospice. We had hospice for my grandma and they taught me so much about life and death. Being with my grandma when she died was THE MOST incredible moment of my life next to giving birth to my children. The hospice workers were incredible with both her, and I. It's been 4 years since her death, and the experience still touches me deeply to this day. The hospice worker made all the difference in the world to me. They showed me how even death can be a beautiful and peaceful event.

    I can't thank ALL hospice workers enough for the job they do. emoticon
    3518 days ago
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