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“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware."
— Henry Miller

I just "discovered" Sparkpeople, and it seems like a wonderful companion in this stage of my life.

Much has changed in the past few years for our family. If they were not the best for more preassure, 2010 sure has started with tons of energy to change our habits: My son started playing squash, my daughter going to the gym... and here I am guys!

I'm 51 (though I haven't realized it yet...), used to like to exercise but hurt my knee pretty badly (2 knee surgeries under the belt), and the pounds have decided to join me since 10 years ago, and feel very much at home, I guess.

Yet, I'm sure this year will be an amazing one, where I'll go back to excercising, eating healthy, and looking the way I feel inside.

Member Since: 2/10/2010

Fitness Minutes: 3,203

My Goals:
* Be aware of what I eat.
* Plan ahead of time.
* Set small goals, and deadlines.
* Enjoy exercise... not there yet... TONS OF MOTIVATION AND HELP NEEDED HERE! I know once I get started, I'll be hooked, but starting haven't been that easy...

So, first real goal:
** Lose 5 pounds by April 10.

***Excercise 3 times per week


***Keep a positive attitude, and love myself during the journey. Arriving at my goal would be the icing on the cake of a new beginning.

My Program:
* Do exercise 3 - 4 times a week.
* Eat between 1200 to 1500 calories per day
* Exercise!
* Be a part of this amazing community. Give what I can to help others. I'm so thankful I'm not alone in this journey.
*And, hmmm: Did I mention...working out?......

Personal Information:
I'm from Panama (Central America). Love Art and cannot live without music, good books, my Havanese babies, and SPECIALLY, my daughter (26) and my son (20), the "sparks" of my life.

A lawyer, I quit practice to do what makes me whole. I have an Art Gallery, and we do workshops in History of Art and art for kids and grown ups.

Love to laugh and talk to my friends, but also enjoy being by myself, reading, and writing.

Other Information:
Recently single, my life has changed a lot in the past few years. It's been hard, but a rewarding learning experience too.

Now I need to take care of me. I want to look and feel my best.

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  • v JIBBIE49
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    The Virgo girl is born to a mother who isn't happy with the money the father makes, so the child grows up in a family with a critical parent, so she learns to be critical especially of herself. The father is a good man but rather passive so the shy little Virgo child goes inward for quiet as she doesn't like over-stimulation. She learns to be frugal as money has always been a worry in the home. She doesn't want to be criticized so she works hard to always be ready so she isn't found unprepared. This leads to a lot of stress for the Highly Sensitive Person. Virgo needs alone time and rest. Virgo works well behind the scene helping others look good
    Virgo gets along with Pisces, Cancer, Capricorn, taurus and Scorpio, but when a relationship goes bad she will walk out and not look back as she is very capable of living on her own. She often finds a man who is the "bad boy" so she can try to improve or change him, but that doesn't work since he finds her a "nag". She is better off staying with intellectual men who want to be a success and finding one she can help get to the top.
    Weight can be an issue for her as she can turn to sweets for comfort, but her sign rules the Sixth House of Health, so she makes a good nurse caring for others. She LOVES to show others the right way to live, so she can be a health coach.
    The symbol for Virgo is the Virgin, denoting the puritanical demeanor usually common to those of this sign.
    In Virgo the Sun is orderly and thoughtful. With the Sun in Virgo you are predisposed to be hardworking, conscientious, and well-organized. Modest, discriminating and thorough, everything you do, you do well. Practical and down to earth, you are a diligent worker with a competent, discriminating intellect. You are highly analytical and exacting, especially adapted to handling projects with painstaking perfection. Thus, you are fond of good workmanship and the utmost in quality. You are dependable because your approach is always one based on common sense and a realistic and analytical assessment of the problem.
    You give much attention to detail, but you can carry this to extremes, becoming fussy and critical, sometimes interfering. Large-scale projects can overwhelm you because of your insistence on perfection. Unless you can deliver such quality, you may become frustrated and discouraged. There is always the tendency and danger with Virgo that the big picture idea will be missed in search of minute details. You expect yourself and everyone around you to be perfect, often setting yourself up for disappointment. Your outlook is too negative and picky sometimes.

    Modest and unassuming, you are usually content to live in the background. Your attitude, at times, can become puritanical and prudish. You consider yourself an ordinary person, and you are never given to any airs of pretentiousness or showing off. There may be a tendency for you to see your role as one of service and "behind the scenes" support activity.

    You have a serious attitude toward refining your mind and acquiring knowledge. With your highly varied interests, you can gain a remarkable amount of data about different subjects. You instinctively know that you must grasp all parts before you can fully understand the whole. Systematizing and detail organization are your strengths. You are idealistic, but always practical and reasonable. You're not likely to make general statements based on too few facts.
    You may be somewhat health conscious, for you have an instinctive sense of balance in diet. You're very sensible in taking care of your health, and for that matter, the health of others. Often, the Virgo becomes exceptionally neat and orderly, even a bit neurotic about cleanliness. You're likely to be susceptible to stress related problems because you do tend to worry too much.
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    Happy Belated Birthday Hope You Had A Wonderful Day ! !

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    1950 days ago
    I hope you celebrated your birthday all weekend long!!
    Cheers to the new year of YOU, ahead!!

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    Happy Birthday Done Girl! Have a great day, and remember to keep on Sparking!
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    Happy Belated Birthday to You!!

    Hope your day was wonderful!!

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