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I'm pleased as punch to have found SparkPeople! I'm a recently retired, 22 year elementary teacher in the city school district. I've been in Philly since 1987, purring with MeowDaddy for 22 plus years and together we live with the now 5 Philly Phurballs, our only "children": Our big baby: Jesse James Junior, aka "Manly"-a frisky little all black boy kitty, who came here to escape becoming an appetizer for a kitty-eating Shar Pei. Our Blonde Boy, Sparky, who appeared a couple of ...
I'm pleased as punch to have found SparkPeople! I'm a recently retired, 22 year elementary teacher in the city school district. I've been in Philly since 1987, purring with MeowDaddy for 22 plus years and together we live with the now 5 Philly Phurballs, our only "children": Our big baby: Jesse James Junior, aka "Manly"-a frisky little all black boy kitty, who came here to escape becoming an appetizer for a kitty-eating Shar Pei. Our Blonde Boy, Sparky, who appeared a couple of dark and cold December nights ago, hungry and friendly as could be. He's very entertaining! Little Gingersnaps, a beautiful tortoiseshell, rescued from the streets of West Philly when she was a wee tot, is my LoveBug. Big Purrrrchouli is the queen of the castle, and Tumby Tumbo, aka Frantic Boy, is a sweetie once he slows down. Those 2 are mixed gray, black and white Tabby cousins, born to alleycat sisters behind our old house 12 years ago.
I have a lot of weight to lose. Thanks to stubborn, if slow, determination, the resources here, and SP's fabulous supportive community I'm making changes....the perennial turtle, but I AM making changes!
I've been using my Nutrition Planner and the Recipe calculator since joining SP. They keep me focused on planning what I eat and balancing what I eat. Planning is KEY! The food part was not too hard for me. Thankfully I already had a lot of good eating habits that I see a lot of people struggle to change. For me it's curbing emotional eating binges, grabbing the wrong foods when I'm tired and/or in a hurry and portion control, that darn portion control!
The hardest part for me is exercising on a planned basis. I have knee, heel, and back pain and a lazy streak. I know what I have to do but I don't always do it. I have a long way to go, one day and one decision at a time!
Thanks, SP and all you wonderful Sparkers, for propping me up along the journey!
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Member Since: 4/18/2009

SparkPoints: 39,469

Fitness Minutes: 10,641

My Goals:
Eat healthier, lose weight, gain strength, feel more energetic, move without pain and panting.

Chip away at these pounds wjavascript:%20void(0);ithout giving up.

My Program:
-Finding a better Mind/Body balance
-Learning from and leaning on my Sparkfriends.
-Drinking TONS of water.
-Eating more whole grains, fruits, veggies, beans and less meat.
-Learning the true meaning of portion control.
-Dodging the villainous sodium.
-Coping with diet sabotaging triggers.
-Cooking more at home, healthier and tastier!
-Tracking it all at SP.
-Learning how to exercise again...and making myself move!

Personal Information:
I LOVE cats, reading, football, music, cool people, history, classic movies.
I'm nearly 2 years into retirement from teaching....but I still go to work 6 days a week! I share a custom embroidery business with my best friend at her cleaners.
I have a passion for vintage and indigenous textiles and I'm just beginning to learn to sew and quilt.

Other Information:
I am a collector of many cool and interesting vintage items and lovingly refer to my home as
"The Clutter Dome". On days when it's not quite as cluttered as usual, we call it "Chez Gatos" in honor of the pussycats who run it.

I have a wicked sense of humor and a pretty quick wit...I also speak my mind and, as my parents always told me to, I don't take any crap from anybody!


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FITLILA
1/23/2015 11:27:39 AM

Thanks so much for your empathy and encouragement! This making healthy choices thing is tough, and isn't exactly a habit yet. I am sure looking forward to the day when it comes naturally and I don't have to work at it so hard!

Have a terrific weekend and keep up the great choices you've been making! I am so glad us Lovely Limes are in this together! emoticon

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FLORIDASUN
1/14/2015 8:22:03 AM

Hey there lovely friend! It's been too long since I've popped by your page to tell you "Keep on Keepin' ON" and serious hugs for the week ahead. It's BOOM time in sunny SW FL we are now working 6 days a week...ghhhhghhh...I HATE working 6 days a week at this age! But we do what we gotta do right?

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FITLILA
1/8/2015 10:24:34 PM

Way to go this week! You melted off the pounds!
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BARBIEE52
1/6/2015 7:58:48 PM

Hi.. emoticon Kim,
I'm Barb ...and am from the Grey Wolves Team. I am dropping by to send some "HOWLING" good wishes for a very warm, willing, "Wintry", worthy, and wonderful Winter Freeze Challenge!!
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LMB-ESQ
1/5/2015 6:22:04 PM

Hah... as much as it pained me to do that cleaning out work, there's no way I would let anyone do it without me. I can't imagine how you didn't kill your cousin!

Thanks on the pic... that pic is actually close to 4 years old. I ran across it while I was looking for something else. But I like it too. It actually shows me happy! I need to get back to that....



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