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Goodbye 2020 and Hello 2021!

I've made many improvements since January 1, 2010, when I first joined SparkPeople, and I'm still working to be a better me. This program helps me to focus more on my health, and I have made many great SparkFriends whose strength, motivation, and encouragement have helped me along this life journey.

Thank you, SparkPeople!

Member Since: 1/1/2010

Fitness Minutes: 70,919

My Goals:
~ Maintain my goal weight and a normal BMI, which was reached March 31, 2020.
~ Learn to choose and eat heathier foods for a life-long lifestyle -- more vegetables and less sugar.
~ Take time for daily creative play.
~ Keep a positive attitude.
~ Be at peace with myself and my surroundings.

My Program:
~ Earn Spark points by using web search to access "The Daily Motivator" on -- a wonderful resource!
~ Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night -- and try for 8!
~ Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day and average at least 45 minutes per day for the whole year.
~ Go for a walk at least 3 days per week.
~ Stay hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water a day.
~ Practice portion control without cutting out favorite foods.
~ Read Bible chapters, devotionals, motivational quotes, and positive articles daily.
~ Remember to be thankful for the progress I've made so far.

Personal Information:
~ I am a retired public librarian living in the hill country in Southcentral Texas.
~ I enjoy book arts, mixed-media collage, calligraphy, reading, poetry, gardening, and tea.
~ I have five grandchildren, ages 14-20, miss them terribly, and I look forward to seeing them again after my vaccination waiting period ends.

Other Information:
My word for the year 2021 is "Hope."

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." ~ Pablo Picasso

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." ~ Rumi

"Age should never define your dreams." ~ Priyanka Gupta

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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    Hi,It's just at a stand still me. Can't figure out why I can't lose anymore. I'm so frustrated. I did post some of my crafts on my SP photo section. I don't eat when I'm crafting so guess I'll be busy for awhile. Have a great week end. emoticon
    4029 days ago
    Hello, I just came in from the patio. It is so nice outside, warm, but windy. I made myself walk 16 min.
    We are leaving on May 29 from Colorado to the east coast. Our first stop will be Omaha, NE, then Chicago, Niagara Falls, Boston and then NYC. Then back home a different route where we will stop in St. Louis for two nights. I am looking forward to this trip as I have never been east. Not looking forward to trying to eat healthy but will do the best I can. I do intend to try Chicago pizza and NY pizza! We are still trying to find a hotel in the NY area and the Boston area that we can afford. Impossible. We found one that looks promising on Staten Island.
    I hope all is going well for you. Are you still working on your craft room? I haven't even started. emoticon
    4032 days ago
    Keep up your progress in decluttering when you can. Do not worry if it goes very slow. Took hours for me just to go thru a few drawers but that is because I am actually doing something with the stuff, put it in a garbage bag to throw out or in a box for the garage sale, not back in the drawer. Now one drawer has all my sewing supplies (forgot I had an electric scissors) and knitting needles and the others are mostly empty. Now to put in new scented drawer liners and put in my underwear, nighties, T - shirts, socks, etc instead of left piled on top of the washer, looked like Flylady says "Mt. Washmore".

    If you like Gregorain chants you will also like Hildegard of Bingen's medieval music with women's voices
    4033 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/2/2010 10:15:31 PM
    Happy Birthday to your grandson! I hope you make healthy choices this evening. It's ok to splurge just a little now than not at all and bindge a whole lot later. Stay strong, I know you can do it.
    Have fun - Stacy
    4035 days ago
    Thanks for your encouragement. I needed it...
    4035 days ago