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I am now a 60 something artist/advocate, wife and mom. I began my sparkjourney 10 years ago June, 2006 and it has been one heckuva journey thus far. I came here knowing that diet and exercise were tools and weight loss and nutrition were not my end game. I came here knowing what good nutrition was, and how to shop, save, prep and cook. I came here knowing that if I knew those things and experienced them, then there was something else I needed to deal with.

I came to realize that LIFESTYLE change is a Journey and it is ongoing, because we do not remain teenagers or twenty somethings forever, nor thirty nor forty nor fifty, God Willing. We change over time and so too does our capacity to acknowledge, embrace and respond pro-actively to those changes over the time we have been giftedis: That is the underlying foundation of Lifestyle Changes. I am thankful for finding SparkPeople, and for the tools, the information, the support and the overall balanced approach to Life offered here.

Keep on keeping on and never give up.

Member Since: 6/8/2006

Fitness Minutes: 39,810

My Goals:
Four Goals for 2016

RE-ESTABLISH and IMPLEMENT the 4 Goals below:

1.Adequate daily water intake
2.I ncreased Metabolism
3. Improve Heart and Lung Strength thru aerobics
4. Daily journaling/reading to create material for Themes of Expression

My Program:
1. Water at every meal and before, during & after exertions
2. Exercise at least 10 minutes every day.
3. Mindful Meals x5 daily
4. Track and Reward; the latter is a hard one for me! worthy challenge.

Maintain weight at or below 145 for 3 months;
140: new sneakers

145**: evaluate BMR/BMI, determine cal intake and adjust DONE
cal intake shld be 1350
** denotes need to be re-doing BMR in order to keep on track with what calories I will need as I go down to prevent plateauing on that score.

Personal Information:
I am from the land of Spark. :) or close by, really. I was born in PA, raised in Rochester area, and finished secondary schooling in Connecticut, moving to this area for college and been here ever since so this is my home.

I have my degrees in Visual Arts, Languages and Literature. I am an advocate for those with disabilities, wife to a wonderful man, and mother of two wonderful fellas who are now off on their own Life Journeys.

Other Information:
My favorite KEEPER books are: "The Road Less Traveled", and second time: both "A World Waiting to be Born", & "People of the Lie".
Each time I revisit his books, I realize I have become aware of another dimension of not only myself, but the world I live in.

ARTISTS: I admire David Hockney and Vasily Kandinsky both for their art and their thoughts on Art and its relation to the world. I discovered a 'new', to me, favorite landscape artist while traveling west in spring 2010! Jason Berger!

LANDSCAPING: I love to do this; it is a huge challenge for me, and I am wholly self-taught, which no doubt shows itself in my handiwork! I feel most content with my hands in the earth, or wrapped around a pencil, brush or clay tool!

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    Hi Kat - thanks for the comment! We would like to do some kind of "offline" SparkPeople projects someday after we get a little more established online. I'm not sure when that will be or which direction it will take. Keep in touch, who knows, there could be some kind of franchise-type opportunity!

    Good luck with your goals!

    5307 days ago
    Hi Kat! Found you on the Discuss SparkPeople Healthy Reflections Email Message Board. I want you to know that your comments encourage me. Have you found a buddy yet?

    I also have benefitted from Scott Peck´s writing. Next to my Bible, his "Road Less Travelled" helped me more than any other book I´ve read.

    I work with the deaf in a church where I live and I recognize that there is a different mentality of the deaf from the hearing mentality, not inferior in any way, just different. Probably this is due to differences in perceptions of the world and responses to it. I think I may never be capable of fully understanding, however, perhaps recognizing it will make a difference in how I am able to participate in the lives of these individuals.

    I can see that you have been working hard to change your lifestyle and are getting closer and closer to your weightloss goals. I am slowly changing and slowly losing weight - it looks like it will take much longer than at first I thought it would. I am determined to stick with it and I know this will work!
    5313 days ago
    Congratulations on your weight loss! You've obviously been working hard, and it shows! Keep up the good work!
    5320 days ago
    Hey, buddy! I was just stopping in to check out your page. I admire all your goals. Here's my favorite quote (I have it framed in caligraphy)

    Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent.

    Speaking of recycled lawn art, there's a guy who came to a local festival in May and I loved his stuff. www.ecoartbytim.com

    Best of luck!

    5347 days ago
    Hi! Doing the Spark Challenge of saying hi to ten new people!
    5348 days ago
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