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In Medellin, Colombia! The flowers behind me are called "besos de poeta" (poet's kisses). :-)





In Cartagena, Colombia, October 2008.





With granddaughter Bea, Christmas 2011!



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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 ...
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.
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Member Since: 9/22/2007

SparkPoints: 44,801

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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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ROCKPORT9
10/16/2013 6:37:06 PM

I know sugar is inflammatory. I am curious too whether it correlates with less RA pain. Hugs, Laurel



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ROCKPORT9
10/13/2013 10:37:38 AM

Thank you for your comment on my daily list blog. Yes...I have had a few good arthritis days...a lot less inflammation. Yea! Have a great week! Hugs, Laurel

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BEATLETOT
10/6/2013 6:34:35 PM

I was up in Logan Square today...is that near you? It's not a bad trip up.



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ROCKPORT9
10/2/2013 8:49:21 PM

Thanks for responding to my blog about October goals. I really liked your ideas of how to reach and respond to the comfort seeker without resorting to unhealthy foods. I did so well yesterday, actively looking up sugar levels in foods I ate. Today, the new doctor day, went well even with frustration as to what can and mainly can't be done. I decided to take myself out to lunch and had a wonderful spinach salad and a chai tea. Then, I went to find this specialty shoe shop which turned out to be useless....out came the chocolate. I really need to find better ways to hug myself. emoticon and tell myself that all will be well. I will think about your journaling and your comfort jar. emoticon Hugs, Laurel



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BABY_GIRL69
9/26/2013 4:54:05 PM

Hey Beautiful!! I am hoping October will be less busy. He is getting better and better each month. He is spoiled rotten every where he goes and especially by his granny right here...lol

God bless & hugs!

Dee



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