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Me. This is a couple of years old, I think, but a lot more recent than that other profile pic. :-)

This is my current "before" picture--Christmas 2015, in the mountains outside of Medellin, Colombia.

My book of Colombia poems! Published in 2015. And available on Amazon. :-)


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Trying to be fit AND sane (not one at the expense of the other). I have a very full life--full-time job, freelance work, church involvement, writing poetry, Latin American solidarity work, being a mom & grandma. And a few other things that get fit into cracks here & there. And a tendency toward insomnia . . .

So I'm never going to be one of those people who devote hours every day to working out at the gym. But I need & want to lose some weight & get stronger--super important as I age. It's an ongoing struggle. I'm thankful to have many good resources available for learning here at SP, & many good friends to help keep me on track.

Member Since: 9/22/2007

Fitness Minutes: 34,319

My Goals:
* be strong & reasonably slim

* get 7.5-8 hours of sleep per night

* get to 150 (or less) & maintain

* make excellent use of the abundant veggies & fruits I get early June to late October through a CSA (community-sponsored agriculture) project

My Program:
* get to bed by 10:30-11:00 each night (it makes a big difference when I do!)

* cardio & strength training 5 times per week

* eat within my recommended range

* cook good food at home & eat out less (I've been doing this & it's kind to my budget as well as my waistline)

* give myself small rewards to keep it fun!

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I'm a writer (poet) & editor. Also love to sing harmony, read, folk dance, & just contemplate beautiful things. I'm a sporadic visual artist too & look forward to returning to a couple of picture-book projects when my schedule allows.

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    Thanks for the comment on my blog. After I wrote it, things got much better at showed me my part in what was going on. I mean, how it started wasn't my fault, but my reaction to it had an effect. Or it was just a coincidence, and they got tired of being awful the next day. I'll take it either way, but I'll keep the lesson, regardless! =)
    1097 days ago
    No, no work today. Even if there were, I was going to call in freezing. I am NOT driving in/on this, and I wouldn't walk in below-zero temps, either.
    1110 days ago
    Thanks for the continued support -- sorry to hear I won't be "seeing" much of you around SP, but I wish you the best in your "real" life :-) emoticon
    1114 days ago
    We do need to get together! Today is yucky and I don't know when it's going to get better. I'm staying home today with a horrible headache, so at least I don't have to go into it today, but tomorrow I imagine will be worse.
    1114 days ago
    Happy New Year to you! May it be filled with much peace, laughter, and love. ~hugs~ Carly
    1114 days ago
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