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His lordship and me on a cruise around Nova Scotia in September 2005.

Hiking with friends in the high Uintah mountains in Utah.


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My husband and I recently had a weekend getaway to Jackson, Wyoming. While looking through cards at the Nature Center's gift shop, I ran across one with a beautiful picture of a misted autumn forest on the front and the text "Listen to the Earth... How softly it speaks in the misty, quiet woods." I was touched first by the picture. Trees are my most favorite things in nature. I feel more at home in a forest than anywhere on earth. And I KNOW that experience of listening to the earth, of hearing the earth speak to my heart in quiet whispers.

But more than the picture and the words on the front of the card, the name of the company on the back of the card took my heart hostage: The Journey Matters...

I NEEDED that confirmation that my life, my journey matters. That irregardless of whether anyone ever reads what I've written in a blog, I've given voice to the unique pilgrimage that has been mine, recorded my wanderings and my wandering-offs, so to speak, so that I won't forget that there HAVE been places on my path, forks in my journey where I've CHOSEN the right paths for me. Including this one at Spark People.

And so I have reset my goals and am recommitting myself to lose a REASONABLE amount of weight by our 40th anniversary in April 2012 when we are going to Hawaii.

Member Since: 12/6/2007

Fitness Minutes: 523

My Goals:
I had lost 43 lbs. and was feeling terrific. Having gained some of it back over the course of the last two weddings (I mean years), it's my goal to get back where I was and lose the 20 lbs. I was shy of my goal.

I'm not nearly as fit now as I was before I lost the weight, even though I weigh less, so I need to get back to the place where I feel physically more energetic and have more stamina.

I've realized over the last two years that sweets are my biggest problem. The meds I'm on for hbp and diabetes sap my energy and so I constantly feel like I need the carbs to pep me up. gotta get THAT under control.

My Program:
I'm staying away from soda and other sweets. This is a bad time of year to do that, but I'm giving it my best shot.

I've also gotta get out and take a walk every day. Before the weddings I was walking three miles every morning. Then I just stopped. Not good!

Personal Information:
I'm a devout Tolkien fan! I love to read the classics (Austen, Dickens, etc.), My favorite author is Clive Cussler (adventure novels) followed closely by James Rollins. And I cross stitch a lot.

I've had the luxury of trying my hand at many different things. I've been an office manager for RCA, a counselor at a Crisis Pregnancy Center, A kindergarten teacher, managed a small copy shop, and was a church secretary on the side for 22 years.

I've raised two great kids (Bran & Stef, both married now and relocated to the east coast) and have been married to my college sweetheart for 35 years. All three of them graduated from college together in May of this year. Yep, even my hubby!

I'm tired now. Time to focus on me for a while.

Other Information:
I ADORE anything Celtic!

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    I sure did not go far ! emoticon is horrible! Have a relaxing weekend. emoticon
    1231 days ago
  • v AANGEL3
    Yeah Caleb's Jr Varsity football coach could made a better call on that play then the Hawks coach. Tell HL Congrats for me emoticon

    Back is much better today. Chuck worked a full 24 hrs yesterday. He got home this morning as I was waking up to get ready for work. He's on what they call lay back today. He'll stay home and get paid for it. emoticon

    You know I almost emailed you last night. I'm working again on Taylor and Devon's story and having a heck of time deciding where I want chapter 14 to go. I wiped out 500 words last night because they just weren't saying what I wanted them too. Dev and Taylor on headed to Dublin at the end of 13. I'm thinking I may restart 14 after they get there, then at some point in the chapter I can fill in anything that may have happened on the road. Thoughts?

    Luv Ya!
    1235 days ago
    So far, I have been able to keep my fats in check, albeit on the high end of the requirements. I seem to lose better if I can keep the carbs controlled and I plateau or gain when carb heavy. That is why I am again trying to balance this out. Not always easy but...I know you deal with so much more and you seem to have a handle on it. I need your control. emoticon
    1236 days ago
    I have to eat 7 grams of protein to every 15 grams of carbs for a good balance. The protein helps hard the carbs, giving me time to use them for energy. If I overload on carbs, I crash and get so tired. I produce too much insulin naturally whose role is to break down the carbs and store them for future use, or so I am told. I am an easy keeper. LOL
    1236 days ago
    Morning Lady. :) I don't have diabetes. I eat for insulin resistance and hypoglycemia when I am working in smart mode. emoticon Anyway, that is what my tests had suggested was wrong. I over produce in insulin and have to watch my carbs.
    1240 days ago
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