RUTHXG
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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 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: 33,377

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!



Personal Information:
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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    1013 days ago
  • v ROCKPORT9
    Ruth- I thank you for the stability ball goodie and for adding me as a friend. emoticon You will do great focusing on your needs, your plan. I am glad your sister is doing well with RA. I had 10 easier years with this disease. Now on to adjusting to changes. Have a great week! Hugs, Laurel
    1020 days ago
  • v ROCKPORT9
    Thank you for your kind comments. I don't feel like I am as positive and proactive as I know I can be. I am not as trusting of doctors and the ugly medicines for this disease. I agree that water is a good exercise for arthritis. Have a great week! Hugs, Laurel emoticon
    1030 days ago
  • v BABY_GIRL69
    Just stopping to check on you... Got my grandson this week and its been challenging but also refreshing to have such a little baby around. They are filled with so many smiles and looks of wonders you just want to smother them and hold them in that place of under 1year old forever.

    God bless & enjoy this weather.

    Dee
    1036 days ago
  • v MTULLY
    Hi, Ruth,
    Many thanks for your encouraging words and support. You help keep me going! I am looking forward to hearing about your success with your Starfish Challenge. - Maureen
    1040 days ago
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