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I have an herb garden and several flower beds. I am a bird watcher. I keep feeders and water in the backyard for them. I love cats. I have two indoor only cats. I am a musician. I used to play the oboe. I am trading it in for a clarinet. I am sick of reed making, and I'm not going to spend my time on it anymore! I enjoy a variety of exercise, but swimming is my favorite.

I love everything about food. I love growing it, canning and freezing it, and eating it! I love to feel full, and I have quite an appetite. I am at a turning point in my Spark journey. I would like to lose about 20 more pounds, but I am ambivalent about making still more lifestyle changes that would take the weight off and keep it off. My doctors are thrilled with my weight as is. This weight is easy to maintain. What to do?

The problem is, this weight makes me feel mediocre. I look good, but not great. My fitness level is good, but not great. I want to be great, but I'm unwilling to make the long term changes that it will take to achieve that goal. The drama continues. What will I decide? At this point not even I know the answer to that question.

Member Since: 7/28/2012

Fitness Minutes: 10,157

My Goals:
Weigh 135 pounds by August 1, 2013.
Swim 1 mile, 3 times a week.
Strength train twice a week.
Bike 30 minutes once a week.
Walk 50 minutes twice a week.

My Program:
I am tracking my food, eating 1200-1500 calories a day.
I am swimming 3 times a week, a half mile a day.
I am using my physical therapy exercises for strength training twice a week.
I walk twice a week for 50 minutes.

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I am a Star Trek fan. I love all of it, but my favorite is still the original series.

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  • v SPARKS07
    Oh it was so nice to get a note from you today! Your thoughts on things getting better but tougher with life were thought-provoking. I'm feeling a bit adrift these days so it was great to get a note from you. I hope you are doing well -- and I hope to see your smiling face and helpful comments more often!
    684 days ago
    I was so excited to hear from you on SP today! Does this mean you are back to Sparking more? How have you been? Not seen much of you on FB either! I assume you are just really busy with summer. New living arrangements take a lot to get used to.
    I am going to try to make my own veggie burgers using the recipe that FatManRants has on his FB page via a video. I'm not a fan of the grocery store, frozen ones due to unhealthy additives but they do in a pinch. The homemade ones are baked, or pan-fried in a non-stick skillet, then you can grill them for the "feel" if you want...or not.
    That's awesome that your niece trying to eat such stuff! I hope that is going well!
    Wishing you an awesome summer!
    685 days ago
  • v SPARKS07
    Oh glad that you are still here -- that's great about the new kitty. I've been trying to talk my mom into getting a new cat -- one of theirs escaped the house last year never to be seen again. Poor thing. This has been quite a year. As if there wasn't enough crazy things happening, my company decided to close our department in the spring with no warning whatsoever -- sadly, all of my colleagues ended up moving to new states for new jobs, as did I. Although I landed back in Tucson -- I lived here for 12 years previously and loved it. It's a great job, but it was quite a shake-up this year. I feel like I'm finally settling down a bit, but I will feel more settled once I find a house to buy and can get all my stuff out of storage from ABQ. Luckily, my house sold very quickly in ABQ. This job opportunity popped up right at the most perfect time too -- I'd say someone was looking out for me. :-) Hope you are well and happy holidays. I'm planning to be a more steady presence here at Sparkpeople again.
    918 days ago
  • v SPARKS07
    Hi! How are you?? Long story but I managed to delete my old username, and now that I'm back on SparkPeople -- I'm missing my sparkfriends! Hope you are doing well. Happy Holidays!
    919 days ago
    Yeah, that music group is not one I listen to. Too hard rock for me. My tastes are more like yours. That lyric line about depression really nailed it in my mind as well. I've really discovered that my weight issue is just a symptom of emotional issues, really. When you struggle with things like depression or low self-worth, it's too easy to wrap yourself up in a cocoon of food and inactivity. Thankfully, I have learned to deal with both and am emerging, although there are often set-backs. Just doing the cha-cha forward. LOL.
    I love your weekend plan! And I'm glad you are still here! My SP world be not be the same without you, friend. Wishing you an amazing weekend!
    1165 days ago
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