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I think that this is a good title for my continued weight loss journey. I lost 30 lbs. over the course of 1 year and have gone up and down over the past 24 months. I lost some inches, and I found them back in other places. Exercise has helped. Exercise is just one piece of the puzzle. Sleep is an important piece of the puzzle, as is what I eat from day to day. My blood pressure goal was 135/85; today it is 131/82(and it has been lower) I still am working to loose the weight, but being healthier in all aspects is just as important.
The SparkTeams are a great way to gain support, and I absolutely love the MysteryReaders team. It is an active group and these ladies really keep you on your toes. and this is all true, so I am still on my journey.
The ultimate goal is to keep the focus on healthy living.


Member Since: 6/7/2008

Fitness Minutes: 52,663

My Goals:
My goal is to loose weight, keep physically active, and eat a variety of healthy foods. My goals, however, are in direct conflict with my motivation.


My Program:
I am attempting to live by the slogan "strive for five".



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I have lived in the same city for most of my life, except for college. I have worked as an Occupational Therapist for over 27 years. Home health is where I work, and I have done that the longest(17 years).


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I am basically shy, not quiet. I enjoy reading, mostly cozy murder mysteries. I am active in my church, mostly in the choir. I bowl, and I have taken bridge lessons for 4 years. And yes, I enjoyed cooking and baking.




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  • v RUTHIEBEAR
    "In A Bleak Midwinter"

    In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
    Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
    Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
    In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

    Our God, heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
    Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
    In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
    The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

    Enough for Him, Whom cherubim, worship night and day,
    Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
    Enough for Him, Whom angels fall before,
    The ox and ass and camel which adore.

    Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
    Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
    But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
    Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

    What can I give Him, poor as I am?
    If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
    If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
    Yet what I can I give Him... give my heart.

    One of my favorite Christmas hymns. Let us remember the baby in the manger who came to give us life, as we celebrate this season.

    Ruthie CML team

    357 days ago
  • v RUTHIEBEAR
    SOmetimes I feel so discouraged on this weight loss journey. I work so hard and get nowhere. It is those times I have to remember that through Christ I can do all things. this song, written by Geron Davis, says it so well.

    Every road I walked had led to nowhere,
    Everything I tried had turned out wrong.
    It seemed I'd lost a reason,
    To get up every morning.
    I had lot all hope and lost my song.
    Circumstances said I wouldn't make it,
    But that was all before I met The Man.
    He put His arms around me,
    I heard HIm say, "forgiven",
    And I knew I'd never be the same again.

    Chrous
    Then and there, settled and done
    Then and there, victory won
    No more walking on my own,
    No more facing life alone,
    No more struggling with guilt and despair,
    New life began, then and there.

    Now my heart is getting restless,
    Longing for the day he'll come.
    When we've fought the final fight,
    And our faith has been made sight,
    And we'll stand before the throne and hear Him say
    Well done, He'll say well done.

    Then and there, settled and done
    Then and there, victory won
    No more pain and no more fears
    No more death and no more tears
    No more walking through the night
    For the Lamb will be the light
    No more sin and no more burdens to bear
    New life began, then and there

    on you tube type in
    https://youtu.be/qAo2fCs9wHM

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    Ruthie CML team
    512 days ago
  • v DAP1313
    I love Laura Childs. She actually has responded to emails I've sent her. Love her books too.

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    525 days ago
  • v RUTHIEBEAR
    I have been thinking about Father's Day this weekend. I lost my Dad in 1980. I do not think I will ever get over missing him.
    But We also have an ever-present Heavenly Father. This song reminds me again and again of how much He loves each of us and how vast His love is. It was sung by a group called Sierra.

    YOUR LOVE
    Your love is an ocean
    Too vast to comprehend
    Your love is a mystery
    One I'll never understand
    You see what I can't see
    As You watch me from above

    Everything I'll ever need
    Everything I long to be
    The very air I breathe
    Is found in Your love
    Deeper than the deepest sea
    Your living water runs in me
    My very heartbeat
    Is found in Your love

    Your love is the rising sun
    That burns from dusk to dawn
    Your love is the silver moon
    In darkness Your light is drawn
    You hold eternity
    And at the same time You hold me

    I am consumed to think that You
    In all Your Majesty
    Would be consumed with me

    Written by:
    Austin Green; Jermaine Reid; Thomas Williams; Michael Morgan

    Ruthie emoticon
    533 days ago
  • v RUTHIEBEAR
    During this season of Lent, I always need a reminder to focus on WHO I am living for. This song by Francesca Battiselli spoke to me this week. I hope it will minister in a meaningful way to you also.

    "Write Your Story"

    They say
    You're the King of everything
    The One who taught the wind to sing
    The Source of the rhythm my heart keeps beating

    They say
    You can give the blind their sight
    And You can bring the dead to life
    You can be the hope my soul's been seekin'

    I wanna tell You now that I believe it
    I wanna tell You now that I believe it
    I do, that You can make me new, oh

    I'm an empty page
    I'm an open book
    Write Your story on my heart
    Come on and make Your mark

    Author of my hope
    Maker of the stars
    Let me be Your work of art
    Won't You write Your story on my heart

    Write Your story, write Your story
    Come on and write Your story, write Your story
    Won't You write Your story on my heart

    My life
    I know it's never really been mine
    So do with it whatever You like
    I don't know what Your plan is
    But I know it's good, yeah

    I wanna tell You now that I believe in
    I wanna tell You now that I believe in
    In You, so do what You do, oh

    I'm an empty page
    I'm an open book
    Write Your story on my heart
    Come on and make Your mark

    Author of my hope
    Maker of the stars
    Let me be Your work of art
    Won't You write Your story on my heart

    Write Your story, write Your story
    Come on and write Your story, write Your story
    Won't You write Your story on my heart

    I want my history
    To be Your legacy
    Go ahead and show this world
    What You've done in me
    And when the music fades
    I want my life to say

    I let You write Your story, write Your story
    Write Your story, write Your story

    I'm an empty page
    I'm an open book
    Write Your story on my heart
    Come on and make Your mark

    Author of my hope
    Maker of the stars
    Let me be Your work of art
    Won't You write Your story on my heart

    Write Your story, write Your story
    Come on and write Your story, write Your story
    Won't You write Your story on my heart"
    [x2]

    Ruthie CML team emoticon emoticon
    617 days ago
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