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Hallo from New Zealand. Interesting people are giving me a buzz so come and join me. My world is also abuzz with change... I am eager to try new things, to explore. I have learned that exploring recipe books and cooking food from all cultures in the world is not good for the waistline as it is encouraging us as a family to eat more.

In the culinary world, Vegs are my bestest friends, followed by limited portions of fruit, then legumes and yes, I eat meat but I stay away from refined carbs including flour and added sugar.

I do love a couple of squares of dark chocolate from 70% cacao upwards.

My favourite exercises are walking and the Elliptical.

A good movie is something I prefer to theatre. A good book make my heart sing and my bed...never puffed up or angry, never any back chat, it is just there ready to give me what I want. One day I will write a poem about my love relationship with my bed. Ha -ha.

Member Since: 6/21/2010

My Goals:
To love and be loved.

To promote love, peace and harmony, with other members of the human race, the animal kingdom and our wonderful planet but mostly with myself.

My Program:
Abundance of good nutrition...I am a firm believer of "nushi gusui" Japanese for "may your food (and lifestyle) heal."

I eat plain food with limited human intervention.

Doing exercise 6 days of the week.

My Guru is Dr. John Tickell of Australia with the Great Australian Diet. Long life Dr. John!

Personal Information:
My name is Maggie and I am happily married to Roelf, the love of my life. My children (3 boys) are adults now and I have time to look after myself and time to record what I do. I like that.

My grandchildren are also boys, and the two of them living in South Africa with their parents.

We are ex-South African but living in New Zealand for 18 years.

Other Information:
"Hakuna Matata" No worries... as life is at times too negative and life is so short.

I love reading and have a huge knowlege of nutrition. I hope with the help of Spark to put it into action.

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    Sending you some beautiful red roses today! Thank you for being such a wonderful spark friend! Thank you for being you! I hope you and your honey have a week full of lots of Love, Laughter and Happiness!
    Hugs and Love! xoxo

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    2169 days ago
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    2178 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon I see your Spark Friend, KELLIEBEAN is The Motivator of the Day. What an honor. emoticon
    2180 days ago
    Hi maggie.

    I am not fond of the summer heat at all. I'd love to have a pool.

    Have you explored the north? We have lovely lakes north of Dargaville in the Taharoa Domain...Kai iwi Lakes. Good for camping and not too crowded now, after the Christmas rush. A friend and i have each a little caravan and stayed at Promenade Point at the lakes, 26 Dec to 1 Jan. Every day was better than the last. Even at my weight I managed to dress up in togs and wade into the water!

    We are off to Rotorua beginning of Feb and I'm quite concerned about how hot it might be! Crossing my fingers. :)

    Nice you are in the north now. emoticon LOL Are you liking it compared with Christchurch?

    Cheers, Clare

    2198 days ago
  • v PHOENIX1949
    Hi Maggie -

    Thanks for comment/question on Activity Feed.

    Have done okay. Drank LOTS of water and had a NutriBlast shake of kale, cucumbers, carrots and blueberries. In fact, it is now 9 p.m. and I still have 200 calories to reach minimum in range. We got up to 70F today after a week of very cold, very wet weather (for us at least).

    Spark on,

    2198 days ago
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