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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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BABY_GIRL69
8/30/2013 12:34:58 PM

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



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MTULLY
8/26/2013 6:58:01 PM

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



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STRONGDJ
8/16/2013 4:07:11 PM

Ruth,
Thank you for stopping by to read my blog. I believe you came up with the perfect name for my mission, conscious happiness. LOVE THAT!
DJ



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HONDURASDONNA
8/15/2013 8:08:57 PM

Thanks so much for your very encouraging note and the gift of a door! Sorry it's taken so long to respond, but it's just been a pretty packed couple of weeks.

Yeah, it's been very difficult to come to the decision to leave our mission. But when we look at the legal and ethical issues that have come up, we feel like we really have no choice.

Our sending church is looking into putting us on staff and processing donations for us, and they are also looking into another organization which might process the donations. We're still praying about the options.

Thanks so much for all your encouraging posts.




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MONAKIN314
7/24/2013 2:23:14 PM

Welcome Back to the Starfish Team!!
Here's to making this the best challenge yet!
Let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
If you haven't already, don't forget to stop by the introduce yourself thread (cause we have several new Starfish).
GO emoticon !!!!




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