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I believe 'life is too short to spending washing dishes.' Or doing or feeling anything other than what we really want. With your support, I want to lose the 20 lbs I've gained over the last 20 years. I live in Oregon and love the outdoors. I'm a gardener, a fly fisherman, a breast cancer survivor and a traveler. I retired as a physician 4 years ago to pursue my passions. Life is short.

Member Since: 3/12/2009

Fitness Minutes: 12,216

My Goals:
My goal is to Free Dawn. The best person I can be is trapped inside extra pounds, unhealthy habits and poor motivation. I want to make exercise something I crave, not something I endure. I want to make healthy eating a joy, not a deprivation. I want to learn to "look at myself with eyes of understanding and love."

My Program:
1 Drink water
2 Do some kind of exercise daily
3 Eat at least 2 real meals daily, no starving.

Personal Information:
I live with my husband in Eugene, OR. We retired a few years ago, and have been traveling, something I was always too busy to do when I was working as a child psychiatrist. I love gardening, and am a master gardener. I have been fly fishing for years, and have been involved in fishing/conservation organizations. I love hiking and camping, and any activity that gets me outdoors.

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Since retiring, which was related to having breast cancer diagnosis, I have traveled to Patagonia (to fly fish), China, Tibet, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and through central America. Last summer we spent camping and fishing in the Yukon and northern British Columbia, and this year we have been doing more local Oregon adventures, with a trip to Hawaii and New York thrown in.

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  • v CANNIE50
    Thank you for commenting on my blog. I remember when it dawned on me that I did not "deserve" to sit down and proceed to have a mini-binge on junk. What I deserved was to sit down and rest and re-fuel. It was a definite mind shift. I used to think I "deserved" cheap wine and cigarettes as a reward. 26 years later, I am grateful to remain sober and cigarette-free. I wish you a peaceful, grace-filled day, week, month, year...... emoticon
    2622 days ago
  • v CANNIE50
    My sister is visiting for my mother's b-day celebration and she is from Eugene so I told her about the Eugene SP group and that there is a nice woman in the group, and that she should join SP. I will let you know when she does. As I was excitedly telling her about SP, she said I was "sparkplugging" - I guess that is exactly what I was doing. You are definitely not alone - let's stay in touch. emoticon
    2627 days ago
  • v CANNIE50
    I really appreciate you supporting my blogging efforts. I feel a little better about revealing my "menopause madness" since kind souls like yourself have admitted to relating to my struggle to withstand the attacks our hormones seem to be launching at us. Sheesh - what did we do to deserve this? Aging is not for wimps is right - my 90 year old mother taught me this and she would certainly know. Hang in there - you've got company. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2628 days ago
    Hello! How are you doing? I see you're making progress1 Thats wonderful and good motivation for me to keep going! emoticon
    2630 days ago
  • v CANNIE50
    Thank you so much for taking time to read my blog and for your comments. As you know, I can relate to you. I will say that since I have been eating protein immediately after waking up (which takes some planning ahead, some strict talking to myself, and some strategic placement of sticky notes as reminders) I feel way better equipped to avoid trigger foods. I have also learned how crucial it is to NEVER eat sugar on an empty stomach. If I eat protein before, or with, a small serving of something sweet, I have been finding I am better able to walk away without diving back into the sugar over and over. It is kind of amazing to me, actually. You are quite the inspiration, by the way. Take care! emoticon
    2632 days ago
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