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I am a fifty something artist/advocate, wife and mom. I began my sparkjourney 6 years ago June, 2006 and it has been one heckuva journey thus far. I came here knowing that diet and exercise were tools and weight loss and nutrition were not my end game. I came here knowing what good nutrition was, and how to shop, save, prep and cook. I came here knowing that if I knew those things and experienced them, then there was something else I needed to deal with. I cover that in my blog Sixth Year Sparkiversary.

I love to landscape, have gathered discarded chairs to convert into colorful, alternatively functional flower 'pots'...garden art! I believe in the act of Transformation, and the ability to take what others see as useless and make it into something not only useable, but celebrated and beautiful.....this is what LIFE is about to me.

LIFESTYLE change is a Journey and it is ongoing, because we do not remain teenagers or twenty somethings forever, nor thirty nor forty nor fifty, God Willing. We change over time and the capacity to acknowledge, embrace and respond pro-actively to those changes over the time we have been gifted, is the underlying foundation of Lifestyle Changes. I am thankful for finding SparkPeople, and for the tools, the information, the support and the overall balanced approach to Life offered here.
Keep on keeping on and never give up.



Member Since: 6/8/2006

Fitness Minutes: 39,682

My Goals:
Four Goals for 2011!

RE-ESTABLISH and IMPLEMENT the 4 Goals below:

1.Adequate daily water intake
2.I ncreased Metabolism
3. Improve Heart and Lung Strength thru aerobics
4. Daily journaling/reading to create material for Themes of Expression


My Program:
1. Water at every meal and before, during & after exertions
2. Exercise 3-5 x week
3. Mindful Meals x5 daily

REWARDS:
Maintain weight at or below 145 for 3 months;
VACATION!
140: new sneakers

NOTES:
145**: evaluate BMR/BMI, determine cal intake and adjust DONE
cal intake shld be 1350
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** denotes need to be re-doing BMR in order to keep on track with what calories I will need as I go down to prevent plateauing on that score.



Personal Information:
I am from the land of Spark. :) or close by, really. I was born in PA, raised in Rochester area, and finished secondary schooling in Connecticut, moving to this area for college and been here ever since so this is my home.

I have my degrees in Visual Arts, Languages and Literature. I am an advocate for those with disabilities, wife to a wonderful man, and mother of two wonderful fellas.


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My favorite KEEPER books are: "The Road Less Traveled", and second time: both "A World WAiting to be Born", & "People of the Lie".
Each time I revisit his books, I realize I have become aware of another dimension of not only myself, but the world I live in.

ARTISTS: I admire David Hockney and Vasily Kandinsky both for their art and their thoughts on Art and its relation to the world. I discovered a 'new', to me, favorite landscape artist while traveling west in spring 2010! Jason Berger!

LANDSCAPING: I love to do this; it is a huge challenge for me, and I am wholly self-taught, which no doubt shows itself in my handiwork! I feel most content with my hands in the earth, or wrapped around a pencil, brush or clay tool!




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  • v PKCTTS
    Well, look who just popped out of the woodwork!! How are you? What's going on with you?
    389 days ago
  • v MARTHA-ANN
    Hi Kat,
    lt's so lovely to hear from you, hope last year was good for you and this year will be even better.
    Happy New Year to you and yours x

    Thankyou for the lovely comments, it's so good to have someone believe in me. l really don't think l'm any different to a whole lot of other people but l do feel very pleased and proud to have come so far.

    My health is flourishing, l'm back with my walking and enjoying it too.
    My lovely family has expanded and l couldn't be happier.
    l've just had the first Christmas in a long time where l've felt well enough to enjoy it and all that goes with it...l had fourteen for dinner Christmas day and Boxing day and l loved it...

    l hope your health is good, are you working full time now?
    Is your hearing up to full now?
    Have you any new additions to your family?
    Sounds a bit like twenty questions...lol...but l can't wait to hear all about your life emoticon

    637 days ago
  • v MARTHA-ANN
    Hi Kat, good to have you back, l've missed you too. emoticon

    The past year or so has been very good to me indeed.

    l finally got my health sorted out.
    l've just hit sixty six and feel fantastic for the first time in years!
    l'm so fit and healthy, my confidence has soared and l'm enjoying life so much that l'm determined to keep it this way from now on. emoticon

    And my weight loss is on going...so far l've lost 8 stones 4lbs.
    Just another two and a half stones to lose to be where l want to be.
    l was also voted 'Woman of the Year' at my' Slimming World' group...that's the new picture on my page.
    (Check out my blogs entitled 'l can't believe it' and 'Not quite Miss Slinky 2014).) emoticon

    And best of all l became a grandma again.
    That's five beautiful grand children now, three girls and two boys. emoticon

    l hope life's treating you well, can't wait to hear all about it emoticon







    677 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/23/2014 6:11:03 PM
  • v SLAYINGDRAGONS
    Dropping by to give you a emoticon
    and to wish you a Happy New Year!!!
    1000 days ago
  • v GINGERSTARDUST
    Happy New Year to you! My wish for you in 2014 is that you find your Happy Place where ever that may be! I found mine in 2013 and so this year I expect a lot of Happy times! Hope the winter is short and you are well! emoticon Ginger
    1001 days ago
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