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September 25, 2012 marked my 4 year anniversary with Spark People! I cannot believe how fast the time has flown by and I am still Sparkin'.
When I started Spark People I believed that it was impossible (at my age) to reduce my weight by much. It certainly seemed that my metabolism was permanently stuck in low. My doctor even advised me to be realistic and accept the fact that I just needed to try to gain the least possible. In the first year I released 35 pounds, my waist became 7 inches smaller and I gained more energy and flexibility. I have continued to drink 8 glasses of water every single day so far and I am tracking most of the food I eat. The nutrition tracker has helped me make the best choices to keep my calcium, protein, and fiber intake up. This is a lifetime first for me! A BIG THANK YOU TO SPARK PEOPLE and to all you SPARKLERS out there who inspire me on a daily basis!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."
-Winston Churchill

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
-Les Brown
"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."
-Mohandas Ghandi
"Don't worry about the wind; adjust the sails."
-Ted Turner
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why it's recommended daily."
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."
-Albert Einstein, physicist
" The most thoroughly wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed."
- Nicolas de Chamfort
"Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly."
-Robert Schuller

Member Since: 9/25/2008

Fitness Minutes: 38,527

My Goals:
My overriding goal is balance. I want to be fit and full of vitality and yet find a way to achieve those goals in a patient and loving way without punishing myself. I am gaining insight into how my body works learning more about exercise and nutrition. I intend to continue on this journey
and lovingly go from lumpy to luscious.

My Program:
I started with small changes. I have been one of those people who overwhelm themselves with change and cannot sustain it. So, I began with a commitment to drinking 8 glasses of water a day, 10 minutes of exercise and sharing my goals with someone daily.

For 2010 add:
1. walk 10,000 steps a day. - Need more consistency on this one.
2. Do some form of Cardio for 45 min. 6 days a week.
3. Do strength training 3x a week.
4. Learn to play the harmonica and ukulele for fun!
5. Work my way up to a full Push Up this year.

Personal Information:
I am fortunate enough to live where it is possible to exercise outdoors most of the year. I find spending time in nature and with animals to be very nourishing to my soul. They are GREAT teachers.

Other Information:
I love collecting inspiring quotations and I try to focus on one daily.

"When things go wrong, don't go with them."

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could..."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul."
~Samuel Ullman

"I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace."
~Helen Keller

�What a caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.� ~ Richard Bach

�When thinking won�t cure fear, action will.� ~ William Clement Stone

"A man's errors are his portals of discovery."
~ James Joyce

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  • v WEDDWT
    We had our first measureable snowfall of the season, 6/10 of an inch, last nite. Everything has powdered-sugar-dust today, pretty. The leaves haven't even fallen off all the trees yet, so things seem a little out of whack. Snow two weeks before Thanksgiving...I think last yr we did not get snow til just before Christmas. But each year has its own rhythm. How are you doing? Out of whack, finding a rhythm, both, neither?
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    1470 days ago
  • v WEDDWT
    Hello my friend. The landscape has sure changed since I last wrote. It's yard cleanup day today. Taking advantage of no rain and not too cold to do all the Fall chores. Thank you for Anniv wishes. Not taking any of it for granted.
    How are you doing this season?
    Love, S.
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    1487 days ago
  • v WEDDWT
    The goldfinches are eating the seeds from the unsightly Echinacea. No pretty pink petals are left, but if the birds are eating the seeds how can I remove their food source just so my raised bed looks more tidy? The sedum has flowered and so I will focus on those. The squirrels are squirreling away nuts from the hickory tree, the lawn is polka-dotted from their buried treasure. The chipmunks are tunneling to deposit the acorns stuffed into their cheeks. The bunny is eating her way thru the hosta leaves, one at a time. Ever notice how rabbits never use their little hands to eat? The food goes in their mouths as if on a conveyor belt or a table saw. She'd better gain some weight before winter. I see her now at my neighbor's, only her ears and partial face are sticking up thru the grass; she's so tiny. We are all peacefully co-existing. That's the nature story for today :)
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    1535 days ago
  • v WEDDWT
    We have entered a new season, meteorologically speaking. Sept, Oct, Nov = Fall.
    My hummingbirds are beginning to ponder migration, I can tell by the way they linger at the feeder, they are "bulking up" for the long flight!

    Thinking of you as you enter a new season, figuratively and literally.

    "It is the image in the mind that links us to our lost treasures; But it is the loss that shapes the image, gathers the flowers, weaves the garland. - Colette , My Mother's House
    1539 days ago
  • v LOPEYP
    Hi Janet - How are you? emoticon
    1558 days ago
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