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What amazes me most about folks who are making the effort, yet again, to achieve a healthy weight, is that we are still optimists about our personal potential to make change in our lives. I have struggled with weight my entire life, either trying to lose weight or worrying abut staying thin (the few times I have actually been relatively thin). Yet I haven't given up. That, quite frankly, amazes me. Just goes to show how important this goal is for me and for all of us who share it.

Member Since: 3/15/2009

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My Goals:
To achieve and maintain a weight which is healthy and allows me to feel good about my appearance.

To get off my blood pressure medication.

Not have to buy clothes in the Plus size section ever again.

My Program:
1) relearning correct portion sizes
2) tracking my nutrition
3) getting and using Wii Fit
4) reading and posting in my groups to broaden my social support system

Personal Information:
I am a single woman, just turned 59, who lives with three dogs and a cat in a little house on a acre of fertile ground. I love to garden--especially yummy heirloom tomatoes. I get a lot of satisfaction out of cooking and preserving what I grow. Photography, beading, reading, and camping in my T@b are how I like to spend my (limited) leisure time.

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I'm something of an egghead who values rational thinking much more highly that faith, though I don't discount the value of faith in other people's lives. NOVA is my favorite television show, and I prefer movies focused on human interaction and endeavor to action film blockbusters. I read mostly nonfiction--essays on science and nature topics are a particular favorite.

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    LOL! No, hedgehogs aren't generally kept as pets in the UK (at least, I've never heard of anyone doing so). They're wild creatures that roam around hedgerows (hence the name) and gardens. The picture was sent to me by a friend who works for the Forestry Commission. The e-mail was asking drivers to look out for baby hedgehogs and try not to squish them. I just thought he was a cute little bugger and fancied him for my profile pic for now.
    2978 days ago
    Hiya, the pic is of a baby hedgehog. Isn't it sweet?
    2979 days ago
    Hi there! Yep, it seems like there were a number of people that I just *assumed* were already on my friends list, but somehow weren't... I guess I'm thinking SP is reading my mind?


    2986 days ago
    Hi. I am in Texas, not Iowa but I know there is a walking club in your area if you are interested in participating in local events on a regular basis. I do similar walks every weekend. We are not "fund raising" clubs, we are for fun, fitness and fellowship. Our clubs are family oriented and most events are baby stroller, and pet friendly. Our object is to keep a record book and collect a stamp for each event that we do. I've done over a 1000 of the 10K events in Texas and in 46 other states. Visit my blogs and see my recent adventures. Here is the information on our local club:

    Club Name: Greater Des Moines Volkssport Assn.
    Address: PO Box 110
    City: Des Moines
    State: IA
    Zip: 50301-0110
    Contact: Deb Gaskins
    Phone: (515) 238-2486

    In 2011 there is going to be a walking convention in Iowa. here is the link for information:

    Best Wishes
    2994 days ago
    emoticon to the Spark Des Moines team! We've got a great team and have some exciting plans to rally and get together some walking teams. I encourage you to visit the team page daily to check in on new challenges and meet other members! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
    Co-leader of the Spark Des Moines team
    3013 days ago
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