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Goodbye 2020 and Hello 2021!

I've made many improvements since January 1, 2010, when I first joined SparkPeople, and I'm still working to be a better me. This program helps me to focus more on my health, and I have made many great SparkFriends whose strength, motivation, and encouragement have helped me along this life journey.

Thank you, SparkPeople!

Member Since: 1/1/2010

Fitness Minutes: 72,964

My Goals:
~ Maintain my goal weight and a normal BMI, which was reached March 31, 2020.
~ Learn to choose and eat heathier foods for a life-long lifestyle -- more vegetables and less sugar.
~ Take time for daily creative play.
~ Keep a positive attitude.
~ Be at peace with myself and my surroundings.

My Program:
~ Earn Spark points by using web search to access "The Daily Motivator" on -- a wonderful resource!
~ Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night -- and try for 8!
~ Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day and average at least 45 minutes per day for the whole year.
~ Go for a walk at least 3 days per week.
~ Stay hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water a day.
~ Practice portion control without cutting out favorite foods.
~ Read Bible chapters, devotionals, motivational quotes, and positive articles daily.
~ Remember to be thankful for the progress I've made so far.

Personal Information:
~ I am a retired public librarian living in the hill country in Southcentral Texas.
~ I enjoy book arts, mixed-media collage, calligraphy, reading, poetry, gardening, and tea.
~ I have five grandchildren, ages 14-20, miss them terribly, and I look forward to seeing them again after my vaccination waiting period ends.

Other Information:
My word for the year 2021 is "Hope."

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." ~ Pablo Picasso

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." ~ Rumi

"Age should never define your dreams." ~ Priyanka Gupta

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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    Hello, you are a crafty lady! I need to get back into it. I haven't painted lately but I have alot of projects. Years ago, I painted wooden Easter bunnies. I made sugar eggs with little scenes one year, too. I looked up The Bunny Hop on YouTube. It has been along time since I tried that! Did you read my blog about Mirror Image? I love Spark and all the great comments I get from everyone, like you! emoticon
    4097 days ago
    Thanks for your comments on my blog! Good luck with your own decluttering! If only we could hire maids and housekeepers or just a bulldozer at this point! I cannot invite friends over or even open the door, I am too embarrassed! Once I get myself sorted I will be back painting and taking courses and also hope to do some occasional volunteer work. I just want to find something that I enjoy where the people are nice. No more stress!

    Have a lovely weekend!
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    4098 days ago
    Hello, Thanks for missing me! I had a busy day today and didn't get to the computer. I did write down what I ate today and will enter it. I only ate twice today but did good. We bought a new stove, vent and dishwasher. Well, our son found a good deal (used and very clean appliances) so he came over and installed everything. I had to go buy a new microwave, too. The one we had was a big one installed over the old stove and it had quit working. Anyway, everything is so pretty and clean; I don't want to use them! I did get some walking in, raked leaves and house cleaning so I did get some exercise. Tomorrow will be back on schedule. I miss my dancing! Thanks for missing my updates and poems! It makes me feel good. I hope you had a great day! emoticon
    4102 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/28/2010 11:01:23 PM
    Hello, How are you? Have you rested up afterall that working in the yard? I will have to be doing that soon, too, but for now, I am dancing! If it would quit snowing so the yard will dry out a bit....
    I had a nice email from a Sparker who told me she visited my Spark Page and was reading some of my blogs and poems. She said I was awesome and an inspiration to her. She also liked my poems and blogs; said they were fun and motivated her to get moving. She said I sounded like a fun, happy person. Wasn't that nice? I've never thought of myself as an inspiration for anyone! I love all the people on Spark. I have gotten so much support and wonderful comments. Thank you, too, for your support. emoticon
    4103 days ago
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    1250 Fitness Minutes!!! emoticon
    4103 days ago