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Here's to a healthier, happier new year ahead in 2018!

I've made many improvements since January 1, 2010, when I first joined 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!

Member Since: 1/1/2010

Fitness Minutes: 39,625

My Goals:
~ Get down to a lower weight that will allow me to be healthier and have more energy.
~ 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.
~ Be at peace with myself and my surroundings.
~ For 2018: Journal everyday & bind at least one handmade book a week.

My Program:
~ Earn Spark points by using web search to access "The Daily Motivator" on -- a wonderful resource!
~ Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night.
~ Exercise for at least 10 minutes every day.
~ Use one type of my home exercise equipment at least 3 times a week for cardio or strength.
~ Stay hydrated.
~ Practice portion control without cutting out favorite foods.
~ Read motivational quotes and 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 South Texas.
~ I have 5 active and growing-up-too-fast grandchildren who call me Nonna Lou.
~ An artist wanna-be, I sometimes see myself as mainly a collector of art and art supplies. I'm still working to change that image!
~ I enjoy book arts, mixed-media collage, calligraphy, reading, poetry, gardening, and tea.

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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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  • v SUSANNAH31
    School shootings are nightmares. And I understand how any threat these days could produce an unbearable amount of tension for family members. I am glad that everything turned out well at your grandkids' school.
    28 days ago
  • v CAT-IN-CJ
    Thanks for responding to my 'recycle' blog . . . The twist tie I found in the garage, had never been used. While walking my dog, I began to roll and twist it . . . then the creative side of my brain says "what if I drip alcohol in on this" . . . .

    Since it is paper (not plastic), it soaked it right up. I used ultraviolet and a deep blue. Then let it bake in the sunny window. They drizzled some opal or pearl in a couple spots. let it dry again.

    After completely drying, I used some Vintaj sealer (tho verathane or most anything would have worked too)

    I've worn it several times (i always do a few 'test runs' just to make sure) and it is quite sturdy.

    Thanks for having some fun with me! I love to recycle, especially when it can be beautiful. In fact have a whole line of jewelry made from recycled stuff.

    Did you see the turquoise earrings I made using the metal washers from the oil filter gasket of my motorcycle?
    28 days ago
  • v F8CONE8
    I love the tube and now I am inflated. Humor keeps me on top of everything. emoticon
    44 days ago
    I'm thinking the bluebonnets are still a bit early (cold winter) because they looked a bit sparse to me.... Saddest thing to lose that giant voluptuous patch there where the construction on Loop 337 has obliterated its potential (Loop 337 and River Road)

    I have been missing our Craft Play Day SO MUCH! I could use some art therapy! And the therapy that comes from enjoying good friends!

    45 days ago
    Thank you for the blog love!

    Peace & Love,
    48 days ago
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