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October 2020 Time to update.... about 6 months ago (blame it on Covid-19?) My scale started moving in the wrong direction. I had not changed the way that I ate, still low-carb/keto, good probably not being as active. I don’t know.

Then with the quarantine, then with the do-over of my shoulder replacement surgery, then the forest fires/evacuations, etc. Im up 8 pounds.... technically still in maintenance, but closer than I wanted to ever be.

Part of the deal is finding a healthier way to eat, low carb, without so much fat, and more freggies. Having been a vegetarian for 25+ years, I really miss the fresh fruits and vegetables. (Can’t believe I’ve missed out on two Summers of ripe fruit season!)

Well, I’m out to discover my “new normal” without tossing the baby out with the bath water....


Since beginning my SparkJourney in 2012, I've been doing the yoyo.... down and up, up and down, mostly up, up, up, again.
.... December 2018 I hit my all time high weight. That's when I started low carb (Keto, if you will, though I do not track the macros, etc.) My aim was and is 20 net carbs each day.
.... The target weight given by my Primary Care Physician seemed to mock me from miles away! But as the weeks and months ticked by, so did the pounds.
.... In September 2019, that seemingly-impossible-to-reach goal weight finally showed up when I stepped on my scale! And I've hovered below it ever since.
..... The secret to success, along with my awesome SparkFriends and Teams, has been replacing the stuff I loved to eat with low carb alternative recipe that satisfy my "must haves" like chocolate, pancakes, morning mocha, cakes, etc.

When I saw my Primary Care Physician in December 2019, he said my numbers (weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar) looked great . . . and so did I. Woohoo!
.... Now comes the rest-of-my-lifetime goal of maintaining. . . or maybe losing some more.

Feb 2020: Still on it, but Adjusting my food intake, not adding extra carbs, binging, etc., has also increased my calories.... and added a few extra pounds. Maintaining is a delicate balance. But I can do it!

Member Since: 10/2/2012

Fitness Minutes: 121,284

My Goals:
Remember that I am doing this for me.
I want to have quality of life as well as quantity of life.

My Program:
Working at a healthy, low carb program.

Personal Information:
I love living in the beautiful forested Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon.

Married to my best friend. Still newlyweds after 10 years. We do everything together. God definitely saved the best for last.

I'm mom to three...yes, three! spunky Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkies) . . . one is 15 year old, 6 pounds of love and cuddles named Bad Leroy Brown; and 4 year old Buster Brown, who keeps us on our toes . . . and in stitches. And our newest addition “Charlie Brown” is 1.5 years old.... What a bunch of crazy characters!

They also push me to get outside. We have one fenced acre (inside the 5 acres) with paths around where we walk and romp. Every day.

I love making jewelry, especially copper and am learning metalsmithing, etching, wire working, etc. I have three Etsy shops.... CatManDoStudio and TheISawBigfootShop. Stop by and see if anything rings your bell.

Still hoping my shoulder issues are resolved so I can ride my motorcycle again!

Other Information:
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather skidding in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'WOW, what a ride!' "

"It's never to late to live happily ever after."

The best is yet to come!

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  • v KIMPY225
    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog - I really appreciate it. I never tried growing a garden - so your one pumpkin sounds like a success to me! I love the pup picture on your profile. Let me know if you need any help or support! Keep Sparking!

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    2903 days ago
    I listened to that segment about desk activity on the new spark people radio app. I'm in a very small office with one bathroom, two male bosses and myself. I do get up at least once every hour and when at least one of them is in the office and the weather is decent, I walk on my morning and afternoon breaks. Otherwise though, I have no privacy. I don't even have to walk to the copier because it is right next to my desk. It has to be because it is hooked up to my printer.

    I am however, walking around more at home now that I have my FitBit. Up and down the stairs more. I go out back with my dogs more too. Still, I want those 10,000 steps a day so I'll have to get even more creative!
    2903 days ago
  • v SUNNY332
    Just coming by to say Hi...

    Hope all is well.

    2904 days ago
  • v LENLEN3
    Thanks for popping by my blog! :) Also: Bad Leroy Brown is SO CUTE! ahhhhhh!
    2905 days ago
  • v LOSINIT52
    The kale chips were a little higher in calories than I would have expected. I could have eaten the whole batch in one sitting. Instead, because I had to track it, I ate 2 servings (half the batch) and put each of the other servings in separate zip locks for future days. I'll bet my grocery bill will be down just because I am eating half the volume.
    2905 days ago