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I decided since it is no longer Halloween to decorate my page with fall leaves, because they make me happy. I always struggle as the days get shorter and this semester has been particularly rough, and fall leaves make me happy. I remember my first year at college, I collected armloads of fall leaves around campus and taped them to the window of my dorm (probably wouldn't get away with it now, as it's probably considered a fire hazard). So I'm decorating my spark page with something purely for me for once.

I am a married graduate student in the process of trying to reclaim my health. I am hoping that Sparkpeople will help me get closer to where I want to be.

Member Since: 4/17/2009

Fitness Minutes: 108,304

My Goals:
My primary goal is to be healthier. I want to have more energy, less stress, less pain, and to be able to live the active life I used to have.

Sub goals:
1) Preferably, lose 30-50 lbs
2) Gain back muscle mass and improve cardio fitness
3) Eliminate hip pain
4) Eliminate headaches
5) Eliminate carpal tunnel and tendinitis problems
6) Better manage allergies and asthma

My Program:
1) Eat a relatively healthy diet without obsessing about food. I refuse to stress about whether or not I eat another slice of meat or treat myself to a bit of chocolate. I aim for moderation when it comes to food.

2) Try to work out 5 times a week, both strengthening and aerobic exercises, preferably for at least 30 minutes a work out session. These work out sessions include exercises and stretches specifically assigned by my doctor for reducing hip and hand/forearm pain.

3) Drink plenty of water, take the prescribed medications, and try to live responsibly in regards to my allergies.

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I am from Michigan.

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    Did you mention SCA? I joined society for creative anachronisms when at MSU years ago. I enjoyed the music and dance. Have since morphed into ballroom dancing. My friend and her fiancé are still active. His identity is a Japanese samurai.
    202 days ago
    I studied many years of Spanish in jr and high school plus a year at MSU. Had 3 months summer study in Mexico City when I was 15 yrs. It was wonderful! Podemos practicar un poquito. Si quieres.
    202 days ago
    How interesting that reading your blog on self care was timely for me as well. I just had retina surgery 10 days ago. Took all last week off from teaching piano lessons. It was the right thing to do.
    202 days ago
    Thank you adding me as a spark friend!!
    202 days ago
    Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my page. I read your response to a blog on self care, So thoughtful and respectful. Im gathering from some responses of your sparkfriends that we have some common interests, Spanish and Japanese. :-)
    203 days ago
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