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Here's to a healthier, happier new year ahead in 2018!

I've made many improvements since January 1, 2010, when I first joined SparkPeople, but I'm still working to be a better me. This program helps me to focus more on my health, and I have made many great SparkFriends whose strength, motivation, and encouragement have helped me along this life journey.

Thank you, SparkPeople!

Member Since: 1/1/2010

Fitness Minutes: 40,190

My Goals:
~ Get down to a lower weight that will allow me to be healthier and have more energy.
~ Feel better about myself when I look into the mirror.
~ Learn to choose and eat heathier foods for a life-long lifestyle.
~ Keep a positive attitude.
~ Be at peace with myself and my surroundings.
~ For 2018: Journal everyday & bind at least one handmade book a week.

My Program:
~ Earn Spark points by using web search to access "The Daily Motivator" on -- a wonderful resource!
~ Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night.
~ Exercise for at least 10 minutes every day.
~ Use one type of my home exercise equipment at least 3 times a week for cardio or strength.
~ Stay hydrated.
~ Practice portion control without cutting out favorite foods.
~ Read motivational quotes and articles daily.
~ Remember to be thankful for the progress I've made so far.

Personal Information:
~ I am a retired public librarian living in the hill country in South Texas.
~ I have 5 active and growing-up-too-fast grandchildren who call me Nonna Lou.
~ An artist wanna-be, I sometimes see myself as mainly a collector of art and art supplies. I'm still working to change that image!
~ I enjoy book arts, mixed-media collage, calligraphy, reading, poetry, gardening, and tea.

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"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." -- Pablo Picasso

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." -- Rumi

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    Hi, IMPROVINGME! Just wanted to let you know that the Zentangle SparkPeople team is up and running again. (AND that I love your teapot shrine!!!!) Hope to see you soon on our team page! emoticon
    11 days ago
  • v F8CONE8
    Thanks for the cuppa tea. I feel better already.
    29 days ago
  • v F8CONE8
    Thank you so much for the goodie. This has been a wonderful journey.
    38 days ago
  • v CAT-IN-CJ
    Oh! Thank you! for the link to Make it Artsy . . . you're right, I love the copper segment.

    I started out with a plumbers torch but its flame is too spread out for what I like to do, so DH has that in the garage, and I have a regular torch with a hose hooked up to a small canister (like you'd use for a propane BBQ).

    I've never used the gel flux . . . but it sure looks like fun, and I have some ordered. Can't wait to play with it!!!

    I have SOOOO much jewelry in sooooo many stages of completion. I really need to get focused on wrapping them up, photo-ing them and getting them listed in my Etsy shop(s).

    Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this link. And thank you even more for your thoughts and prayers during the final stages of my nephews battle. It's over now . . . time for healing and moving forward.

    You rock! emoticon

    52 days ago
  • v F8CONE8
    Love the sneakers. I need them!
    52 days ago
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