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June 2011 - My boy and his new GIRL

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My own sweet little bundle of a granddaughter - just born

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Granddaughter six months old now (Dec 2011)

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I'm a 71 year old schizophrenic (half clown and half serious) and a pig-headed philosopher. This equation equals a depressed person working hard at not being so.
It's not too bad, actually; no excuses; get up, get moving. !

Member Since: 8/7/2008

My Goals:
To be more and more open to life and shake off fears. AND, to get to 125 pounds and KEEP it that way. To resist thinking "I'm just fine" and falling into complacency about my health like I've done so many times before.

My Program:
I have stopped going to my yoga/pilates class so that I can save on gas money. I try to stretch several times a day and do the things I have learned from all my teachers.

Though I lost weight using the nutrition tracker when I first joined SP I don't believe I was really eating well. And watching the numbers with every meal became a self-centered hassle and a bore. After meeting my goal weight I stopped using the tracker and gained back more pounds than I had lost. I had started at 132, dropped to 118 and then, over time went up to 139. I looked for another way and found it in combining two eating plans: The Paleo Diet and the No S Diet. The two plans are "meant" for each other. One is about what, and what not, to eat and the other is about when to eat. This program feels natural and healthy and the pounds are coming off again

I don't work out with a PT any more because of financial considerations. I try to exercise at home but fail a lot; get too busy with life.

Personal Information:
I was born in southern California in 1946. I grew up there in and around (glad-to-not-live-there-anymore) Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. I was a hippy and it was a good experience. I ran away from all that in my late 20's seeking the beauty and peace of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I re-visited LA 20 years later and found it was just as bad as I had remembered and even worse.

I lived in the mountains of Colorado for 13 years. There, I met and married my husband. We moved to Oregon in '86 and here we are still. We have been married 33 years.

I love Oregon and miss Colorado.

We own our own portrait business and my husband also is an inventor/designer. Dh is the photographer/artist/engineer and I am the bookkeeper/cook/housekeeper-come-lately. My husband does all the worrying and I do all the shopping!!

I live 20 miles outside a major city in the Pacific Northwest on 3.5 acres with 2 cats, 5 ducks, 2 chickens and a lot of unwanted rats ou

Other Information:
I am a believer in Jesus as the incarnation of God and have been an active member of several church groups over the years. I became a believer through the Jesus Movement in the '70's. However, I have become tired, frustrated, disillusioned by what goes on in "church". After about 7 years of total non-attendance I have started going to church again. I have found a tiny group of believers meeting at a practically forgotten church building where the pastor is working at...uh, just getting our heads into the Bible and having sweet fellowship. "No money, no programs, no problems" is the pastor's recent favorite quote. I like this!

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    OK ok ok! Uncle! I will make my own mayo. I'm generally a real food person (as opposed to buying whatever in the grocery store) anyway, so I'll give in. Send me the recipe. Quick! I'm almost out of mayo & I have a couple of huge artichokes in the fridge, just waiting to be cooked & devoured!

    3054 days ago
    Annie, I seem to remember that you didn't think much of Vegenaise. I like it -- doesn't have as much of the heavy, oily taste as other commercial mayos do. However, I just figured out that it's soy based, & I'm on thyroid meds so need to stay away from soy.

    My question is: other than making my own (I'm toying with the idea), what mayo would you recommend?
    And can I come visit for a couple of days? Staring down the barrel of a 3 day run of triple digits here -- ugh!
    3057 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend! I'm toying with the idea of the Paleo Diet -- at the least it will get me off the prepared foods, which are all loaded with salt, fat, sugars and who knows what all else! I've learned over the years that I can't jump in & go gung ho on anything -- for me that's a sure recipe for disaster. So I'm taking it slow, trying to ease into this gradually. When I think about what I liked to eat before I started all this ... I can see that I've come a long way. Still have a long way to go, but progress is progress (like parts is parts).

    Your little granddaughter is so adorable! Cherish every minute with her -- tomorrow she'll be 12 or 13 and all preteen and not wanting much to do with grandma or parents or anybody but girl friends & boys.
    3111 days ago
    I'm not sure where you live but I know the farm share delivers to your door in Portland, Gresham, Salem, milwaukie and all surrounding areas. They don't deliver in Vancouver. It's a fantastic deal If you're picky about where your food comes from!
    3160 days ago
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    the baking actually worked out ok.................... I will have to admit the end of the baking came out alot better than the earlier attempts. As batches went into the oven --- they continued to improve. I tried making an ethnic cooke my Mom and grandmothers made for years.......................... its a Hungarian cookie called kifli......................... first few batches were ............... edible but not pretty at all. ....They got bette as time went on.

    Foot was swollen by the end of the day......... did too much............... Ah - such is life - will sit and read today with the foot up as much as I can. So boring.

    thanks Duck................... loving the pics of that baby girl. so pretty.
    3160 days ago
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