CALENSARIEL   34,748
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His lordship and me on a cruise around Nova Scotia in September 2005.





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The Journey Matters

My husband and I recently had a weekend getaway to Jackson, Wyoming. While looking through cards at the Nature Center's gift shop, I ran across one with a beautiful picture of a misted autumn forest on the front and the text "Listen to the Earth... How softly it speaks in the misty, quiet woods." I was touched first by the picture. Trees are my most favorite things in nature. I feel more at home in a forest than anywhere on earth. And I KNOW that experience of listening to the earth, of hearing ...
My husband and I recently had a weekend getaway to Jackson, Wyoming. While looking through cards at the Nature Center's gift shop, I ran across one with a beautiful picture of a misted autumn forest on the front and the text "Listen to the Earth... How softly it speaks in the misty, quiet woods." I was touched first by the picture. Trees are my most favorite things in nature. I feel more at home in a forest than anywhere on earth. And I KNOW that experience of listening to the earth, of hearing the earth speak to my heart in quiet whispers.

But more than the picture and the words on the front of the card, the name of the company on the back of the card took my heart hostage: The Journey Matters...

I NEEDED that confirmation that my life, my journey matters. That irregardless of whether anyone ever reads what I've written in a blog, I've given voice to the unique pilgrimage that has been mine, recorded my wanderings and my wandering-offs, so to speak, so that I won't forget that there HAVE been places on my path, forks in my journey where I've CHOSEN the right paths for me. Including this one at Spark People.

And so I have reset my goals and am recommitting myself to lose a REASONABLE amount of weight by our 40th anniversary in April 2012 when we are going to Hawaii.
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Member Since: 12/6/2007

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My Goals:
I had lost 43 lbs. and was feeling terrific. Having gained some of it back over the course of the last two weddings (I mean years), it's my goal to get back where I was and lose the 20 lbs. I was shy of my goal.

I'm not nearly as fit now as I was before I lost the weight, even though I weigh less, so I need to get back to the place where I feel physically more energetic and have more stamina.

I've realized over the last two years that sweets are my biggest problem. The meds I'm on for hbp and diabetes sap my energy and so I constantly feel like I need the carbs to pep me up. gotta get THAT under control.

My Program:
I'm staying away from soda and other sweets. This is a bad time of year to do that, but I'm giving it my best shot.

I've also gotta get out and take a walk every day. Before the weddings I was walking three miles every morning. Then I just stopped. Not good!

Personal Information:
I'm a devout Tolkien fan! I love to read the classics (Austen, Dickens, etc.), My favorite author is Clive Cussler (adventure novels) followed closely by James Rollins. And I cross stitch a lot.

I've had the luxury of trying my hand at many different things. I've been an office manager for RCA, a counselor at a Crisis Pregnancy Center, A kindergarten teacher, managed a small copy shop, and was a church secretary on the side for 22 years.

I've raised two great kids (Bran & Stef, both married now and relocated to the east coast) and have been married to my college sweetheart for 35 years. All three of them graduated from college together in May of this year. Yep, even my hubby!

I'm tired now. Time to focus on me for a while.

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I ADORE anything Celtic!

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A_RARE_BEAN
8/27/2014 4:35:28 AM

Structure is a bit of a seesaw for me too to be fair. I realise that in general as a lifestyle I do much better without it, ie I die and wither having to do the same thing every day, be in the same place. I need the freedom to adapt and go with what I prefer that day. BUT that being said there are some things I need stable, like I have a better day when I'm up and busy by 8am, when I get the stuff I don't want to do done by 12pm then I enjoy the fun stuff more than if I do it the other way around.

So I think structure has it's place, and a loose structure is something I need personally but doesn't suffocate me like 'normal' structure does. Balance, it's all about the balance, which is different for each individual I guess. Others would find my loose structure a chaotic nightmare!



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A_RARE_BEAN
8/25/2014 2:53:22 PM

There's no need to worry, this is who I am, I don't find it exhausting being me emoticon

I meditate, I've mentioned before that I am simply unable to here, there is not a second I am alone nor is there enough quiet to be able to 'just be'. I am not yet Bodhisattva and able to do it despite the din and constant interruption, especially given my sensory problems. Therefore I have more 'pep talks' at the moment as other avenues are not as open, I do what I can and what is necessary to stay sane and not destroy my familial relationships by losing it with them.

I've had blogs before coming to the country, when my life was entirely my own, saying how I enjoyed just sitting in the park watching the world go by so yeah I'm all about those moments and the stillness. Blogs are just a snapshot, I don't spend all day running around with metaphorical boxing gloves ready to sock it to the world lol.

Take today for example....I didn't get up out of bed until 2pm because I was tired, no pressure, I posted a blog from a 1 minute thought that took barely 20 mins to write and expand out after correcting and rewording, then exercised for a bit, aaaaaand that was it, a sum total of an hour of being 'intense' from 2pm to 3pm.... so personally like I said I'm not worried as I don't do very much ALL day as an unemployed person who spends 80% of the day resting due to an autoimmune condition. So I don't concern myself with burnout from activity which takes up about 2 hours in an entire day, then vegging out with a jigsaw or killing dragons in my game, or reading the hunchback of notre dame.....most sparkers do crap tonnes more than I do and that is apparently normal life!

Don't worry about me, all is good. emoticon Hope you enjoy the week!



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LUCKYDUCK2
8/23/2014 8:50:47 PM

Thank you. I hope this next two weeks of tests yield some answers too. HUGE hugs




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AANGEL3
8/21/2014 6:32:09 PM

So far it's a good group. We have some back and forth about writing. One of the member's just had her second (I think) book published. I've been posting my word counts and asking some questions. I've talked about my BFF (that would be YOU!! emoticon ) acting as a "beta" reader and about my friend at work that;s reading it too. I did have one concern. but I'll mail you about that.

OH yeah..wanted to ask you..are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?

Forgot to say that the group is friendly, they do give good feed back when I post a question. I haven't posted any of the chapters there. I'm not ready for that and I haven't seen anyone elese do that either.

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AANGEL3
8/21/2014 5:24:02 PM

Oh I haven't given it up. I just had stuff to do Monday at lunch and then Tuesday was the all day training/workshop at work. So I decide to take a week off. So far I'm doing OK. I think I needed a little break anyway. emoticon



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