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ATV tour with friends & hubby in Bryce, Utah for my birthday.

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Red Canyon -- another favorite spot near Bryce Canyon National Park.

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My husband Shannan and I at our winter job at Big Bend National Park, Texas. Thanksgiving 2015


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For the past five years I have traveled the US with my husband Shannan. I worked at many resorts within the National Parks including at North Rim Grand Canyon and most recently Bryce Canyon in Southern Utah. In the off-season, we travel to visit friends and family.

Often, winter is a time of deep introspection and also for my creativity to have free reign. However, I tend to deal with winter weight gain from less activity. I want to get back on track so I will be ready for more adventures in the coming months.

I enjoy creating art, especially art that helps heal emotional wounds, trauma, etc. I am currently studying Expressive Arts and hope to get a certification in the next few years as a facilitator. My travels have definitely broadened my perspective and contributed to personal growth.

Member Since: 11/29/2010

Fitness Minutes: 3,321

My Goals:
I want to lose at least 10-15 lb a month. I would like to reach my goal weight by next year.

My Program:
Track calories daily on Spark People app.
Make changes weekly that allow for a more healthy diet.
Create 1 habit monthly.
Move at least 15 minutes a day.
Continue processing root issues that cause self-sabotage, unhealthy eating patterns etc. I do this through journaling and art.

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Art is my passion. I enjoy hiking & spending time in nature. I am pursuing a certification in Expressive Arts. I am also developing online classes focusing on goal-setting, emotional healing and inner child work. I love collage, mixed media, journaling of all kinds and traditional fine arts.

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    Hi! I just saw your collage and its amazing! WOW! What creativity! I hope that your journey is going well... emoticon
    1403 days ago
    thanks for visiting my blog: mud pies and other thoughtful gifts.

    -- it was mostly a matter of me needing a pick me up and one Divinely being placed at my door. It was a gentle reminder of something I did well in my past. Thanks for your support =)
    2079 days ago
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    emoticon Great to see your Spark Friend, emoticon KACEYSW as The Motivator of the Week. emoticon

    Have you Bill Bryson's wonderful book "A WALK IN THE WOODS?" Oh, he hiked the trail and it is such a funny read. He didn't make it all the way the first summer, so he had to go back and finish the next summer, but even my husband who isn't much on reading LOVED the book. (Bill's wonderful book "A Short History of Nearly Everything" is one of the best books ever.)

    Do listen to the lectures of Richard Bernstein M.D. on YouTube as he has 18 new ones. I got his book "The Diabetes Solution" as he has a wonderful full chapter on women with PCOS, and he says ALL obese people are Insulin Resistant. He has Type1 diabetes and is now a healthy 78, as he was diagnosed at age 12.
    2086 days ago
    thanks for visiting my "men .... and comic relief" blog. They say laughter is the best medicine and DH is my daily dose =)
    2091 days ago
    TY so very much for the sweet words this morning and my balloon goodie! I am wishing you all the skinny belly feelings all day long! emoticon

    Congrats on dropping the amount of sodas you are drinking! I know personally how difficult just one step can be.....Small steps my friend will win this race for both of us!
    2106 days ago
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