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My painting of my beautiful Pomeranian pooch Max. Acrylics 8" x 10".

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'Green Tea with Mint' My acrylic painting 12" x 12".

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A warm welcome to my page. I've returned to SP after a gap of six years and I hope my diet will be as successful now as it was back then.

I live in the countryside in the UK with my husband, my little Pomeranian dog and our cat. We love to walk and ride bikes around the local lakes and through the woodland where I gather much inspiration for my artwork. I work in acrylics, watercolour and mixed media and paint realism, Impressionism and abstract.

Other interests include my love of animals, creative writing, politics and current affairs, as well as dabbling in cooking and gardening. Being a cancer survivor I make the most of everything that comes my way and really enjoy a good laugh with friends.

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Member Since: 6/1/2011

Fitness Minutes: 210

My Goals:
To be the best I can be, with gladness and laughter.

My Program:
To meet the above goals I grow my own salads and herbs in a polythene greenhouse and in various garden containers on the patio. Produce such as fruit and veg is locally sourced from Farm Shops and organically grown. I avoid anything that contains artificial sweeteners and am gradually managing to cut down on processed foods altogether. We eat fish three times a week and occasionally eat red meat once a month or so. I use a steamer for cooking and if using oil I prefer Olive Oil or Flax Seed Oil. We eat plenty of whole foods, but my enormous weakness is chocolate and ice cream, both of which cause me health problems such as sickness, Dumping Syndrome and acid reflux. You would think that this would be enough to deter anyone from eating those things, but as I said, I really do love ice cream.

Exercise is gentle – walking our lovely dog every day, Tai Chi twice a week and working out to a DVD once a week (when possible).

Personal Information:
I live with my wonderful husband and my cat and dog in the UK. My hobbies include cooking, art, creative writing, collecting crystals, reading, computer games and music – especially Native American music, rock and opera, so quite diverse. Health-wise my current status is ten years post cancer treatment, which involved chemotherapy and 8 hour major surgery to remove the oesophagus and replace it with the stomach. I can eat normally, but in smaller amounts and quite often experience digestive problems. However, my attitude is “Can Do” and I have a positive outlook helped by my husband’s sunny and easy-going nature. In spite of these problems, I consider myself very fortunate.

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  • v TCANNO
    You are doing ok.
    It does take time to find your way around but you can all ways ask if you get stuck

    1526 days ago
  • v LISA0517
    Hi Crystal! I'm one of the leaders on the Shooting Stars team in the Summer 5% Challenge. The challenge begins this Saturday, and I have sent your invitation to our team. Please let me know if you don't get it. Or if you have decided the 5% Challenge isn't for you, please let me know that too.

    Thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing you on the team!

    3564 days ago
    I love your Pom...My mom had a pom...the day she passed away in '06 her dog passed...they were so connected on so many levels...What's his/her name?
    I know it is so hard...Bunny looks so confused...she stares out the sliding me intently, follows me everywhere.
    I am taking her for lots of walks...Her appetite for her reg. food is not good...but she was really never a fan of dry food...
    Woofie was my heat rock that loved to snug up to me at night.
    Such a great dog...My heart breaks thinking of such a champion! Yes maybe one day I will get a playmate for Bunny she really needs one!
    I love animals...
    Thank you for all your loving comments and encouragements at this low time for me...
    I love you today, happy 4th of July!
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    3572 days ago
    Thank you for your kind words~Missing Joel and Woofie today...thank God I stilll have my little furry white Bunny Girl! Been paying lots more attention to her, and walking her daily.
    3573 days ago
    Thank you for the poem.
    3576 days ago
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