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My goals to be met by the time of my annual doctor visit in September 2017:
1. Lose 18 lbs.
2. Have a fasting blood sugar below 100.

I also plan to accomplish these 16 things in 2016. This is my third year of doing a list and I love them. Some of the items have been on the list before. Either I didn't get to them or I like them enough to do an encore. As always, I reserve the right to change any item on the list for any reason. The goal is and will be to just do new things or things in a new way. Update: I have changed some because circumstances have prevented me from doing some. But that's okay, I can try to accomplish them another year.

1. Read 52 books. A book a week. So far, I'm on target..
2. Try a new type of yoga. Yoga Nidra class started 1/19/16
3. Make a wine kit. I got one for Christmas 2014 and haven't had an opportunity to make it. I will in 2016!!
4. Take an essential oils class. 4/2/16
5. Try Bollywood Zumba. First class 9/21/16
6. Pie at Norske Nook.
7. Make soap. 4/3/16 I made a kit that I had purchased from Amazon. I used a glycerin base and it was quite easy. In retrospect, I wish I had not bothered with the dye. I am hoping I did not add too much scent. It came with lavender and I used about half of the small vial.
8. Play cards at the senior center. Ours was demolished in 2015 but I found out they are meeting at the mall.
9.Tour a cranberry bog at harvest. 10/7/16
10. Try geocaching. 8/9/16 and a few more times after that but so far I haven't found anything.
11. Take a painting class. They are offering classes now where a teacher takes you through making a picture step by step. All experience levels are acceptable. We'll see if no talent is acceptable. 2/11/16 The class was so much fun and I am amazed at what the teacher coaxed out of us.
12. Teach Tony a trick. Thank you EABL81 for the idea. It will definitely be more challenging to teach the cat than it was to teach the dogs. 9/10/16 I'm calling this one. Tony does this for peanut butter and I don't suppose he'll have transferred the skill to other settings. On the day I'm calling it, Tony waited for the peanut butter with a paw raised. Now we are trying to teach him "up."
13. Read Lemony Snicket's books "A Series of Unfortunate Events." Finished in June and I am so glad I read these books. I loved all the play on words and who couldn't love his thought of 13 books made up of 13 chapters each. Those Beaudelaire children rock. Though I must admit, as a retired Speech Therapist, I was beginning to worry about Sunny's speech skills. Her siblings spoke for her way too much.
14. Try adult coloring. Bought a book in January and sat down to color for the first time 2/9/16. It is relaxing.
15. Volunteer in a new way. When I imagined this one, I forgot that I would begin doing my volunteer time for Master Gardeners. I've signed up to work in two places, one is at the zoo and the other is a garden area in a parking lot. I have to complete 24 volunteer hours by the end of October and I got my first few hours 4/6/16 when I volunteered to help count seeds to make packets for the Children's Festival in late April.
16. Visit a new Wisconsin city. An oldie but a goodie.

Member Since: 7/22/2008

Fitness Minutes: 337,826

My Goals:
Lose 25 lbs.

My Program:
Eat a healthier diet -- with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables.

Walk/bike/Spark videos for a total of 120 fitness minutes per day.

Drink my water!!!

Learn to think before I eat.

Personal Information:
I live in Central Wisconsin. I retired from my job as a speech therapist for a local school district in June 2008. Then I worked part time until June 2012. Now I am fully retired. I have been married for 30+ years. We only fur kids. Mostly we have owned dogs but in November 2013 we decided to give a kitty a chance. Tony is quite an experience.

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I love to read, cross stitch and crochet. My favorite thing to do is to walk the dogs. My husband was diagnosed with celiac disease in January 2011 so we have had to change the way we cook and eat. For the most part, it has been a positive change. He has other health problems that limit his mobility so I care for him as needed. I also share the care for my aging father and my stepmother who has dementia.

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  • v EABL81
    I don't blame Molly for not liking to go outside when she can hear guns going off. It always makes me nervous, too. I have friends whose dogs hide under the bed during thunderstorms. I haven't resorted to that, yet :-).

    It was a busy weekend for me. Between the usual chores and errands (grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, etc.) and that large stack of grading, I had a work event to attend on Saturday night. But I always set aside Sunday morning for me, so I still get a break. I almost always go out with my friends on Friday night for dinner as well. Didn't make it to the movies this weekend (the dratted Saturday night work event got in the way), but enjoyed dinner with my friends as well as hanging out at home with the cats this morning.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your stepmother. I know she hasn't been easy to deal with in her illness, and it's been hard on you and your father, and I'm sure this is very upsetting for all of you. I hope that if she is nearing the end of her life, it will be as peaceful as possible. She is very lucky to have you and your family close and able to be with her. Sending good thoughts your way.

    8 hours ago
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    Right NOW is the most important moment of your life. Gail Lynne Goodwin
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    22 hours ago
    Thank you for dropping by... I really enjoy reading your comments.. emoticon
    22 hours ago
    Let's see... I did 4 loads of laundry, repaired (sewed) a rip in a shirt, changed the sheets on my bed, cleaned the bathroom, and made 3 button garlands today. It's amazing what you can get done on a rainy day!
    1 day ago
    Thank you for well wishes for the weekend. Things are progressing. Remembering to put in my eye drops 4x a day in the surgery eye. Hope you weekend is going well and that your dh is improving.
    1 day ago
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