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I have been struggling for the last couple of years with bouts of major depression. In that time I've been off and on various medications; between those and my penchant to eat when upset I've gained more than I liked.

I enjoy gardening, walking, hiking, cooking, writing and reading.

Member Since: 3/13/2012

Fitness Minutes: 1,075

My Goals:
My primary goal is to eat healthier and avoid emotional eating.

To come up with an alternative for those times when I am feeling depressed, stressed, scared etc instead of eating. Maybe go for a walk.

I want to hit is 190 by May 1st as my first target.

Feel comfortable with myself.

My Program:
To increase my exercise by doing at least 30 minutes a day 5 x's a week.

Get a mini trampoline.

Start jumping rope.

Current Challenge:

I am in! This will be my first challenge since joining Sparkpeople and I really want to connect with others and share our triumphs together.

My goals ~ To lose 20 pounds, gain more energy and feel stronger.
Start weight ~ 200
(4/22) ~ 196
Inside Out (5/16) ~ 190
(6/20) ~ 185
4th (7/4) ~ 180
Total loss aim ~ 20 pounds

Personal Information:
I am 37, married to a wonderful fella, live in Central Maine have three great step children ages 30, 25, 20 and one very challenging 17 year old adopted daughter.

Enjoy reading, writing, gardening, spending time with my chickens, and cooking.

I have two Pembroke Welsh Corgi's; Keegan is 9 and Mini is my 10 year old rescue baby.

A rescued Diabetic Savannah cat named Themba.

A flock of 20 or so chickens can be found at any moment wandering my yard.

Other Information:

Have participated in NaNoWriMo three years running and won the last two.

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    emoticon emoticon to Tips For Writing & A Healthier Us!
    Looking forward to the journey with you!
    698 days ago
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2013!!!
    Where are ya, Done Girl!? I hope no matter where you find yourself in life, you are definitely enjoying it this birthday!!

    All the very best,
    2655 days ago
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    Persons born on the Leo-Virgo cusp can either be a raging extrovert or very secretive. While this appears to be opposite, it is in fact part of the same thing. One can't reveal something unless it has been hidden. They have a good sense of timing. They have an innate sense of when to speak and when to keep quiet. This talent can be used to manipulate, wound or dominate others when needed.
    Leo-Virgo needs to let people really get to know them. Hiding away won't get them the recognition they long for. They may end up keeping secrets from themselves if they are not cautious. They need to let others into their lives to share their feelings and experiences.
    Decisive and direct, Leo-Virgo is sure they will succeed. They can exaggerate or overreact sometimes, but they are positive for the most part. They have a natural stubborn streak that prevents them from giving up on a hard task. They are cheerful and warm-hearted. They can be very selective and discriminating when needed. They make excellent students, and make sensible business decisions. Extravagant promises leave them skeptical. They do love taking risks, though. Gambling may be fun for them.
    Individuals born on the Leo-Virgo cusp are health conscious and very concerned with nutrition and hygiene. This helps them take good care of themselves, both mentally and physically. They like to play in groups. This may take the form of team sports or games. Like everything else, they strive to achieve perfection in their leisure activities.
    They can be jealous at times, but they are not really very flirtatious. They are creative and pay close attention to details. They show their love by doing things for their loved one. They are thoughtful and unique.
    This cusp is conflicted by Leo's drama and Virgo's lack of sociability. If they can pull themselves together for a cause they truly believe in, the strengths of both signs come together. They have to believe in what they are doing to let their passion show.

    Leo-Virgo is honest, unique, logical, creative, flamboyant, artistic, routine, practical, organized, ambitious, inspiring and dramatic. They like to have fun and are generally optimistic. They may also be stubborn, blunt, quarrelsome, cold, stuck on their own ego and a perfectionist. The Cusp of Exposure can be fun or harsh.
    Leo-Virgo is a hard worker and a logical thinker. They are earthy and appreciate what we get from the ground. They are very persuasive, which makes them good lawyers, physicians, and teachers. They are tactful, and don't often offend others. They appreciate the outdoors.
    Individuals born on the Leo-Virgo cusp may be very popular, with a crowd of followers all of their own. To create a good balance, they need to fulfill their own needs without losing any of their abilities to give to others. They are strong and tenacious. They may be artistically or musically inclined, and they may enjoy traveling.

    3014 days ago
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    Belated Happy Birthday Wishes to you!
    Hope the celebration was DONE just right!
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    3014 days ago
    Happy Belated Birthday!
    3018 days ago
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