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Raven in a rare majestic mood.

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Dock diving is pure joy!

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Sunrise from my deck

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The photo is of Raven, my wonderful Black Lab, who tries her best to keep me active and entertained. We live on one of the many islands in WA state and hike and walk regularly – even in the rain.

Friends frequently accuse me of taking up a “hobby of the month.” The indoor hobbies I’ve tried that have stayed with me are quilting, stained glass, beading, kumihimo, cooking, and reading. My outdoor hobbies revolve around nature; hiking in the mountains and on the beach, camping, wannabe nature photographer, going to dog parks with friends and their dogs, and just being outside with Raven. (I should include dog training too.) I’m hoping I can cure my ‘black thumb’ and grow a small herb garden this summer. We’ll see about that . . .

In 8 years I’ll be able to retire and like most nearing this stage of life I have lot of plans…all of which require some serious weight loss and healthier lifestyle to achieve. My hope is not only to succeed at this but make new friends through SparkPeople while doing so.

Member Since: 12/29/2010

Fitness Minutes: 40

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My goal is to lose 45 lbs before Christmas 2011.

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I’m not following a specific diet because that would definitely lead to failure on my part. No will power!!! I’ve always made healthy, fresh food choices, my problem is portion control. I eat more than a 300 lb quarterback! I simply cannot stop eating. I love food, both the cooking and the eating. I even like doing the dishes by hand afterwards. I am eager to get hints and tips from fellow SparkFriends to help me with portion control and will power.

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I am an avid reader of all genres except war stories and Harlequin romance-type novels. I'd love to get your reading suggestions. I read "old-fashioned" paper books, Kindle books and NOOKcolor books too. I have a collection of over 400 cookbooks and keep records of 90% of the recipes I’ve ever tried. Ok, TMI – my anal retentive nature has been exposed. Or is it OCD? .

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