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Me. This is a couple of years old, I think, but a lot more recent than that other profile pic. :-)

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This is my current "before" picture--Christmas 2015, in the mountains outside of Medellin, Colombia.

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My book of Colombia poems! Published in 2015. And available on Amazon. :-)

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Trying to be fit AND sane (not one at the expense of the other). I have a very full life--full-time job, teaching 3-4 times/year, church involvement, writing poetry, writing (& soon illustrating!) children's books, Latin American solidarity work, being a mom & grandma. And a few other things that get fit into cracks here & there. And a tendency toward insomnia . . .

So I'm never going to be one of those people who devote hours every day to working out at the gym. But I need & want to lose some weight & get stronger--super important as I age. It's an ongoing struggle. I'm thankful to have many good resources available for learning here at SP, & many good friends to help keep me on track.

Member Since: 9/22/2007

Fitness Minutes: 35,277

My Goals:
* be strong & reasonably slim

* get 7.5-8 hours of sleep per night

* get to 150 (or less) & maintain

* make excellent use of the abundant veggies & fruits I get early June to late October through a CSA (community-sponsored agriculture) project

My Program:
* get to bed by 10:30-11:00 each night (it makes a big difference when I do!)

* cardio & strength training 5 times per week

* eat within my recommended range

* cook good food at home & eat out less (I've been doing this & it's kind to my budget as well as my waistline)

* give myself small rewards to keep it fun!

Personal Information:
I'm a writer (poetry + children's books) & editor & visual artist. Also love to sing harmony, read, folk dance, & just contemplate beautiful things.

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  • v no profile image YIZZLE
    Hi, Ruth!

    It's Jessy from 43T. Thanks for posting about this site. I love it!

    It's been a busy weekend, so I have not had time to post on 43T or to do much with my page here. But I have recorded my food here and have already lost 2 pounds.

    Your progress is amazing--way to go, girl!

    Catch ya later,

    Jessy/Yizzle/Whoever the heck I am : )
    4622 days ago
  • v no profile image IWILL175
    Thankyou for the sparkmail and blog. I will write something more meaningful next time. I am trying to make sure I get everything done that I'm supposed to have already been doing.

    4656 days ago
  • v no profile image AJMANG23

    Thanks so much for your help... I think that I've gotten things set up.. Still not sure about my own personal BLOG page - so may need your help. But at least I've got most of it done..

    Thanks again, you're awesome!!!

    Let's go Crispa Chicks!

    4658 days ago
    Thank you so much for sending me that link. I do love looking at transformations, for some reason it gives me that added push!!!! HOpe you are having a great day!
    4659 days ago
    Hey! I hope you are having a good day so far. I love before and after photos, but like you, i really don't have any of myself either yet. I suppose it's never too late to take your before!! :-) I have one from like 2 years ago that would probably do just fine....I keep telling myself "Must exercise today!!" Have a great day! Don't forget to check in!
    4663 days ago
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