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Hi, everyone.

I'm a 42-year old woman, living in Dallas, TX. I prefer to think of myself as a teacher, but with no teaching jobs available, I pay the bills by doing tech support. I have two kitties, Hatshepsut (Soot) and Cleopatra (Cleo), two brothers, and a constantly growing Kindle library.

I write stuff, usually for my own amusement. I sing in my church choir. I work at a job that is, for now, just a job. I look forward to improving my lot.

Part of my life long difficulty with weight has been all the other health problems I deal with. These include depression, ADD, and PCOS. One of my coping methods is to read every iota of information on these conditions.

Member Since: 10/18/2007

Fitness Minutes: 9,777

My Goals:
My goal is to live a physically and mentally healthy life. Currently, this means keeping up with my chronic illnesses - depression and PCOS - as well as making sure I accomodate my ADD. It means exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and being more physically adventurous than I am comfortable with. I hope to lose weight, but that is not the end all and be all of my goals.

My Program:
Exercise three times a week.

Be kind to myself. The right kind of kind, where I am compassionate towards myself, not self-enabling my worst habits.

Stretching and other stress reduction as needed.

Sunlight every day.

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Favorite authors: Robin McKinley, Neil Gaiman, Barbara Hambly, Terry Pratchett, Jim Butcher, Caroline Stevermer.

Favorite song: In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

Currently reading: The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia C. Wrede, a Regency fantasy, third and last of a series I fell in love with during college.

Currently writing: a multi-crossover Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfic. Characters are dropping like flies.

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  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon How wonderful to be celebrating your five year Sparkversary. Keep going. emoticon

    Do watch the YOUTUBE series "THE SKINNY ON OBESITY" with Robert Lustig M.D. whose book "FAT CHANCE" comes out in December. It is so helpful.

    I'm reading Richard Johnson M.D.'s book "THE SUGAR FIX" and have learned so much about Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin Resistance. He has a wonderful lecture on Youtube.
    1485 days ago
    join me for a buddy if you like,hang in there emoticon
    1823 days ago
    Hey, anyone who laughs at my jokes is automatically a friend!
    1974 days ago
    Hey there -- I read your response on the "What gets you through" message board, and it cracked me up! ("ANYthing but the elliptical!!!") You're very amusing. We're close in age, and I also went gluten-free, and have PCOS and depression-type issues. Is it okay if I add you as a friend? (Just to warn you, I write VERY honest blog entries that are not always happy, upbeat or positive...but of course you're completely welcome to NOT read them. I won't be offended!) Have a great day! emoticon
    1975 days ago
  • v IAM_HIS2
    Hello: So happy to welcome you to the Autoimmune Team. The team is full of caring, supportive members and I just know you will feel at home. I want to personally welcome you and let you know that I am here for you.
    2098 days ago
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