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My goals to be met by the time of my annual doctor visit in September 2017:
1. Lose 18 lbs.
2. Have a fasting blood sugar below 100.

I also plan to accomplish these 16 things in 2016. This is my third year of doing a list and I love them. Some of the items have been on the list before. Either I didn't get to them or I like them enough to do an encore. As always, I reserve the right to change any item on the list for any reason. The goal is and will be to just do new things or things in a new way. Update: I have changed some because circumstances have prevented me from doing some. But that's okay, I can try to accomplish them another year.

1. Read 52 books. A book a week. So far, I'm on target..
2. Try a new type of yoga. Yoga Nidra class started 1/19/16
3. Make a wine kit. I got one for Christmas 2014 and haven't had an opportunity to make it. I will in 2016!!
4. Take an essential oils class. 4/2/16
5. Try Bollywood Zumba. First class 9/21/16
6. Pie at Norske Nook.
7. Make soap. 4/3/16 I made a kit that I had purchased from Amazon. I used a glycerin base and it was quite easy. In retrospect, I wish I had not bothered with the dye. I am hoping I did not add too much scent. It came with lavender and I used about half of the small vial.
8. Play cards at the senior center. Ours was demolished in 2015 but I found out they are meeting at the mall.
9.Tour a cranberry bog at harvest. 10/7/16
10. Try geocaching. 8/9/16 and a few more times after that but so far I haven't found anything.
11. Take a painting class. They are offering classes now where a teacher takes you through making a picture step by step. All experience levels are acceptable. We'll see if no talent is acceptable. 2/11/16 The class was so much fun and I am amazed at what the teacher coaxed out of us.
12. Teach Tony a trick. Thank you EABL81 for the idea. It will definitely be more challenging to teach the cat than it was to teach the dogs. 9/10/16 I'm calling this one. Tony does this for peanut butter and I don't suppose he'll have transferred the skill to other settings. On the day I'm calling it, Tony waited for the peanut butter with a paw raised. Now we are trying to teach him "up."
13. Read Lemony Snicket's books "A Series of Unfortunate Events." Finished in June and I am so glad I read these books. I loved all the play on words and who couldn't love his thought of 13 books made up of 13 chapters each. Those Beaudelaire children rock. Though I must admit, as a retired Speech Therapist, I was beginning to worry about Sunny's speech skills. Her siblings spoke for her way too much.
14. Try adult coloring. Bought a book in January and sat down to color for the first time 2/9/16. It is relaxing.
15. Volunteer in a new way. When I imagined this one, I forgot that I would begin doing my volunteer time for Master Gardeners. I've signed up to work in two places, one is at the zoo and the other is a garden area in a parking lot. I have to complete 24 volunteer hours by the end of October and I got my first few hours 4/6/16 when I volunteered to help count seeds to make packets for the Children's Festival in late April.
16. Visit a new Wisconsin city. An oldie but a goodie.

Member Since: 7/22/2008

Fitness Minutes: 343,299

My Goals:
Lose 25 lbs.

My Program:
Eat a healthier diet -- with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables.

Walk/bike/Spark videos for a total of 120 fitness minutes per day.

Drink my water!!!

Learn to think before I eat.

Personal Information:
I live in Central Wisconsin. I retired from my job as a speech therapist for a local school district in June 2008. Then I worked part time until June 2012. Now I am fully retired. I have been married for 30+ years. We only fur kids. Mostly we have owned dogs but in November 2013 we decided to give a kitty a chance. Tony is quite an experience.

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I love to read, cross stitch and crochet. My favorite thing to do is to walk the dogs. My husband was diagnosed with celiac disease in January 2011 so we have had to change the way we cook and eat. For the most part, it has been a positive change. He has other health problems that limit his mobility so I care for him as needed. I also share the care for my aging father and my stepmother who has dementia.

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  • v EABL81
    Oh boy! I'll bet you'll get even more of an earful once Tony gets back home! I'm sure he'll be even less happy after that experience.

    I know what you mean about the wildlife. I rescued a chipmunk from one of the feral cats that used to live around here. She was really determined not to give it up, but I really went after her. She did finally drop it, and the little guy scurried into my flower bed. I went to look for him a few minutes later after I finished chasing her off the property, and he was gone, so I guess he was okay. I love cats, but also wild critters. Mine are strictly indoor kitties, so I don't have to worry about it. A bell might help, but if Tony is a really good hunter, he may not give them a chance to react to it before he grabs them.

    I taught my last of three labs this week, and that finishes lab for the semester. I have a review session tomorrow night, a class on Friday, and then a final on Wednesday and Thursday next week (and grading, of course). So, I'm really getting close to done until January. I'm really looking forward to it :-)

    Hope you have a great day tomorrow, and that Tony behaves himself :-)
    1 day ago
    emoticon emoticon Sorry he was mad. Hope he can eat soon.
    Have a good day.

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    Comment edited on: 12/7/2016 11:54:03 AM
    Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
    ~ Richard Steele ~

    Have a wonderful day emoticon
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  • v BARBARAJ73
    Thanks for your comment on the boys... they had just returned from the groomer so they were all spiffed up!
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