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I taught kids for 33 years.

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Hi, I'm Spirit!
After Roux N Y gastric bypass surgery in 2008, I sped 150 lbs, 95% of the weight I had to lose then gradually put it all back on again because of emotional eating and lack of movement.
Technically, I'm morbidly obese and malnourished as well. And I've had two back surgeries with have disabled me. Thank goodness for yoga, qi gong, aquatic, and chair exercises.
Also I take several medications that make it challenging to lose weight. And I comfort myself with food when unable to sleep as well as to try to energize myself.
I am a survivor, just a giant, economy size survivor! And as my body and mind come into better focus, I will find more joy and reach more dreams. Theoretically to tangibly.
My life is exhilarating, and I am so thankful to be alive. I am a published writer of a children's book, a photographer, a Reiki master, an award-winning poet, and a Florida Gator with a master's degree! I taught elementary and middle-school children for 33 years in public, private, and laboratory schools. Best of all, I have two loving sons who really care about me. And I have a new daughter-in-law and baby grand daughter!
Although it seems difficult sometimes, why give up?! Little by little, life moves on, and change is made. I am getting fit for life!

Member Since: 4/24/2012

Fitness Minutes: 2,474

My Goals:
to improve balance

to increase energy

to develop healthy ways to handle stress, boredom, anger, and loneliness

to find fun ways to exercise

to enjoy healthy eating

to decrease medical bills & prescriptions

to contribute

to increase longevity.

My Program:
Phase one:

to sign in to Sparkpeople 3-5 x/wk.

to eat 1200-1500 c. a day;

to measure proportions;

to eat 5 fruits & veggies a day:

to eat no less than 60 gmas. protein a day;

Phase Two:
to reduce my nighttime eating by one day a week;

to interrupt binge eating with healthy substitute foods;

to reduce stress by 20% in healthy ways;

to write a blog when I feel worried or stressed at least 3 times a week.

Phase Three:
to receive clearance to exercise;

to exercise 10 min./day;

to attend a yoga/qi gong/aquatics class 1-3x/wk.;

Phase Four:

to volunteer with children or animals;

to publish another book;

to practice public speaking;

to sing with a new band;

to try improv;

to travel
Glacier Park
Crater Lake
Devil's Mountain

Personal Information:
military brat
retired teacher
family geneologist
children's book writer
amateur photographer
Reiki Master
knitting, crocheting,
I live in Colorado
(N of Denver, S of
Cheyenne, Wy,
E of Boulder on
The Front Range by
Rocky Mountain Nat'l

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

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    We moved to Fort Collins from Indiana in Oct 2011. HI!!! emoticon
    2764 days ago
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    Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with blessings!

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    2790 days ago
    haven't seen you around for a while - I hope all is well
    2807 days ago
    Thanksgiving – All In A Word

    Author: Unknown

    T for time to be together
    Turkey, talk and tangy weather.
    H for harvest stored away
    Home, and hearth and holiday.
    A for autumn’s frosty art,
    And abundance in the heart.
    N for neighbors and November,
    Nice things, new things to remember.
    K for kitchen, kettle’s croon.
    Kith and kin expected soon.
    S for sizzles, sights and sounds,
    And something special that abounds.
    That spells THANKS – for joy in living
    And a jolly good Thanksgiving!

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    Happy Thanksgiving!
    2820 days ago
    Just a line to keep in touch
    Because you are on my mind so much
    And even though, I’ve nothing to say
    You’ll know I thought of you today!

    Have a Sparkly day!!!


    2827 days ago
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