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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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    Joined the Teddy Bear Team for the Spring 5% challenge. Thinking of you and hoping all is well! emoticon emoticon
    3118 days ago
    Stopping by to say hi! Haven't seen you on the status boards lately. Noticed you are starting a temp job! Hope you enjoy it! Have a wonderful week and keep on sparking! emoticon
    3147 days ago
    Hi Sheila,

    I hope you are well and thriving these days! Just thinking of you, and sending you lots of love and encouragement. Please remember what a remarkably good writer you are, what wonderful insights you have....

    Semper fidelis, my dear.

    3161 days ago
  • v SOULFISH80
    You hit the nail on the head for me today with your comment on my blog. That is really it, putting bits of ideal actions into the less than ideal situations of everyday life, that is truly what it is about. My fantasy was admittedly carried away, but the reality is, I want to achieve as much of it as possible, without being disappointed when it doesn't got "perfect". I really appreciate the thoughtful insight, I needed that. Thanks.
    3168 days ago
    Happy Monday!!
    Thanks for good thoughts on my blog!
    3168 days ago
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