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Improving Me!

Are you spending your time doing what you really want to do? I know that I wasn't -- and a good part of the reason was that I didn't have enough energy. I had been especially disappointed in myself for gaining extra weight over the past few years, so when I woke up one morning in December 2009, I decided that it was high time to quit procrastinating. I needed to make some positive changes in my life. So here I am, trying to improve myself!

Fast forward to January 1, 2014 ~~ I've ...
Are you spending your time doing what you really want to do? I know that I wasn't -- and a good part of the reason was that I didn't have enough energy. I had been especially disappointed in myself for gaining extra weight over the past few years, so when I woke up one morning in December 2009, I decided that it was high time to quit procrastinating. I needed to make some positive changes in my life. So here I am, trying to improve myself!

Fast forward to January 1, 2014 ~~ I've made many improvements over the past four years on SparkPeople, but 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!
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IMPROVINGME needs to let the quote by Ralph Marston sink in: "The more you focus on what's truly important in your life, the less you'll be knocked off your task by distractions."
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Member Since: 1/1/2010

SparkPoints: 69,641

Fitness Minutes: 27,325

My Goals:
~ Get down to a lower weight that will allow me to fit back into some of my nice clothes.
~ Feel better about myself when I look into the mirror.
~ Learn to choose and eat heathier foods for a life-long lifestyle.
~ Keep a positive attitude.
~ Declutter at least one drawer, box, or area per week.
~ Go to bed before midnight at least 5 times a week.
~ Complete at least one art project per week.
~ Be at peace with myself and my surroundings.

My Program:
~ Earn Spark points by using web search to access "The Daily Motivator" on greatday.com -- a wonderful resource!
~ Drink at least 6 glasses of water per day.
~ Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night.
~ Exercise for at least 30 minutes 3 times per week.
~ Use one type of my home exercise equipment at least 3 times a week for cardio or strength.
~ Practice portion control, portion control, portion control!
~ Eat more protein and fruits.
~ Read motivational quotes and articles daily.
~ Practice a daily meditation.
~ 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 South Texas.
~ I have 5 adorable grandchildren who call me Nonna Lou.
~ An artist wanna-be, I sometimes see myself as mainly a collector of art supplies. Must change that image this year!
~ I enjoy book arts, mixed-media collage, calligraphy, reading, poetry, gardening, and tea.
~ I especially enjoy having my grandkids visit me for "Nonna Camp." We make arts and crafts, cook, read, put together jigsaw puzzles, play cards and board games, and just have fun.

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"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

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SUSANNAH31
8/14/2014 6:08:25 AM

Thanks for the comment about Volkssport. I had learned about them once before - but had forgotten all about them.
I now have the organization's page bookmarked, and will see what is local. It has also led to other sources-- all very helpful.
Thanks so much, my friend!




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SATCHMO99
8/13/2014 4:31:21 PM

Thank you, my dear Sparker, for your relaxing music goodie. It was greatly appreciated, as were your encouraging words.

I see that you like motivational quotes. I especially like these two:

1. Life doesn't come with a remote control. You have to get up and change it yourself.

2. What would you get, if all you got was what you gave thanks for?

Thanks again,
Monica (Satchmo99)



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SUSANNAH31
7/26/2014 3:10:47 PM

I have also started to track again. It will get me in line more quickly.

It sounds as if you have been busy with grandkids too. What a treat they are!

Here's to downward progress again for both of us.

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7/15/2014 11:14:08 PM

Thank You for stopping by my page and viewing my wreaths and the wonderful comment on them. i enjoy making and especially decorating the wreaths. sue emoticon



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BA5454
7/14/2014 6:33:51 AM

Thanks for the friend add--have added back. Hope your week is terrific ;-)!



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