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I am an art freak (writer/performer/director/video maker/conceptual artisti) and jill of all trades (I pay the bills with all sorts of work from teaching art/theater/performance to data entry to nonprofit stuff).

I used Sparkpeople as part of a major push in 2011 to get fit and lose some weight as well as deal with some health problems. In 2012, as I bring other goals to the forefront, I have cut back time online. I used the trackers intensely for over five months, and they were very helpful. I recommend using them daily when folks first get started.

Now I don't use the trackers very often. I put in plenty of fitness minutes even if I'm not posting them here. I remain mindful of my eating and make choices based on the wealth of information I gathered by paying close attention to my eating for so many months. I am grateful for what Sparkpeople made available to me. But I have to be very careful about things that play to my compulsive tendencies. I am cultivating habits and systems that mean I eat well even if I don't have access to online tools.

Current short term goals:
Lose between 5 to 15 pounds, if my body wants to lose more weight. Since I actually am pretty happy at the weight and size that I am at, I am turning my focus away from numbers on the scale. Instead I am revamping/intensifying my commitment to strength training, cultivating a daily yoga practice and improving my running.

Member Since: 7/31/2011

Fitness Minutes: 12,685

My Goals:
Lose 5 to 15 pounds more, if my body wants to. I will not be brokenhearted if I stay at the weight I've reached.

Cultivate a daily yoga practice.

Revamp/increase strength training.

Build my base for running.

Continue to find lots of way to stay moving during the day.

My Program:
At least 30 minutes of cardio most days.

Running three to four days a week.

3 days of ST a week.

Biking, as much as possible, for trips under 4 miles (round trip). Once a month long (20 plus miles) ride.

Long form yoga 1 to 2 times a month. Cultivating a daily yoga practice.

Socialize by replacing some of the sitting at cafes with going for walks or bike rides.

Personal Information:
I live in North Central Florida in what gets called The Swamp by football fans (I am not a football fan, but I like moniker The Swamp).

Other Information:
A short list of some of the things I love: libraries, cats, fountain pens, black and white composition notebooks, books, my bike, cooking soup and my family.

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    Cruising through your page & you look grrrrreat in your size 10 dress. Way to go!!!!!!
    3319 days ago
    emoticon Hopping by to wish you and yours a wonderful Easter filled with blessings from above! emoticon
    3358 days ago
    So glad you checked in and let us know how you are doing. Sounds like you are a busy lady, but still taking the time to take care of yourself. I am so happy for you that you are where you want to be weight wise. I've got a few more pounds I would like to shed so doing the spring challenge. Would love to get to the point where you are and start doing this on my own and cutting back on spark time, but for now it works! Enjoy your spring and wishing you the best that life has to offer. Even though you are not in the challenge this spring . . . once a teddy, always a teddy! emoticon
    3374 days ago
    How are you? I did a major cutback, much as you described, to make sure I could function without being Spark-obsessive. Now I'm balancing things out, but no more teams. Otherwise doing well.
    3376 days ago
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    Hi ;-)

    was wondering how you were and whether you'd be a Spring Teddy... but now that I've read your intro, I know :-)
    Good luck with your new goals and finding the right balance!
    I miss you though, and it seems I'm not the only one ;-)
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    3383 days ago
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