Bacon and me.

Karen at work... dreaming of Florence, Italy.

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I was always fairly thin without much effort and then I hit 45. It's been a struggle ever since. I have three grown children, a bull-terrier mix puppy and three cats. I've lost ten pounds since joining SparkPeople and would like to lose another ten.

I like to walk my dog, Bacon. She needs the exercise and so do I. I also walk as much as possible at work and take the stairs instead of the elevator. When no one else is in the stairwell, I take the steps two-at-a-time.

Member Since: 6/5/2007

Fitness Minutes: 90,050

My Goals:
2009 goals:

Maintain current weight range 115-120.

Continue to walk at least 1 hour every day.

Plant a vegetable garden.

Stop spending more than I make. Deferred comp and retirement contributions will give me something to live on in retirement, but credit card debt needs to be eliminated.

Enjoy and nurture my relationship with Christopher.

2008 goals:
Lose ten pounds by my 50th birthday.

Look better than my ex for our daugher's wedding on August 23, 2008.

Be in great shape for my 50th birthday on October 19, 2008.

My Program:
Eat a low fat, high fiber diet. Keep total calorie intake around 1200 a day. Skip the salty stuff and alcohol until I reach my goal.

Reward myself with books, instead of food when I lose weight.

Personal Information:
I live in Sacramento - was born here and have lived here all of my life.

I work for the state and am looking forward to retiring in about 10 years. I've worked for the state for 25 years. I also sell Avon and books on

I have a 26-year old daughter and sons, 20 and 18.

I am twice divorced and comforably single now.

I love shopping at thrift stores. The prices are great and you never know what treasures you might find.

Other Information:
I love to read any and everything. I love to garden, write and take pictures (although I'm just now transitioning from film to digital.)

I welcome book recommendations! I also enjoy trying healthy recipes that would also appeal to my boys.

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    Haven't seen any book reviews from you lately. Hope all is well.
    2538 days ago
    Just popping in to say hey. We're finally getting a break in the weather here (Illinois) and I think I can go out without looking like a mummy. I'm ready for Spring.

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    2562 days ago
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    I see I am echoing another Bookworm's comment below, but inquiring minds want to know: how do you find time for so much reading? If I read as much as you, I'd have to stop doing anything else!

    I also see you are at your goal weight. Congratulations on a tremendous achievement! Someday I hope to be where you are now. Slow and steady . . . I will get there!
    2565 days ago
    Hope all is going good for you!! Stopping in to say hello to you!! Happy Valentine's Day to you!!

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    2567 days ago
    I haven't read the YA books you mentioned, but I'll keep an eye out for them. I promise I will not do this again, but these YA books were so good I wanted to let you know they're out there.

    Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn (abusive relationships)

    Nothing to Lose by Alex Flinn (abuse and mystery)

    Trigger by Susan Vaught (teen tries to commit suicide and fails)

    Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught (teen, size 5X, defends her fatness and demands her rights as a human being)

    Sold by Patricia McCormick (13-year-old girl sold into prostitution in Nepal)

    Gifts by Ursula K. LeGuin (children inherit special gifts from their parents)

    Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles (teen becomes friends with the girl he crippled in drunk driving incident - you won't see the end coming!)

    Monster by Walter Dean Myers (young black man on trial for murder - written as though it's a screen play)

    If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan (young girl in Nazi warrior gang time travels to the Holocaust)

    Ana's Story - A Journey of Hope by Jenna Bush (President Bush's daughter writes about a woman named Ana who has AIDS, but doesn't really understand it)

    Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Immigrants to America and what they suffered - based on the actual Triangle Factory Fire in new York)

    Crank by Ellen Hopkins (a teen's introduction and addiction to crack - told in prose)

    47 by Walter Mosley (slave meets alien - sounds wacky, but it was good)

    Remembering Raquel by Vivian Vande Velde (story of a dead teen told from the perspectives of people who knew her)

    Peak by Roland Smith (young man's attempt to climb Mt. Everest)

    The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven (teens end up in hell and try to save the world)

    I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree by Laura hillman (memoir of a Schindler's List survivor)

    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (teen makes 13 cassettes explaining her suicide)

    2570 days ago
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