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Musician, bookworm, dancer, photographer.
I originally lost 15 lbs. tracking my food on Spark and using Leslie Sansone Walk At Home DVDs, as well as walk/running outdoors.
I've started running more and walking for longer periods, as well as using some Coach Nicole videos for ST and cardio. But this summer, I have slipped...enjoying a little too much food...still pretty healthy but I need to cut quantities and do more veggies consistently.

Don't know when I will reach my ultimate goal. Right now, it is two steps forward, one step back...or vice versa. However, I am hopeful! I do feel consistently fit and at age 67, that's a good thing.

Fave quotes:
"Try Again. Fail again. Fail better." Samuel Beckett

“Don’t trade what you want most for what you want at this moment.”

"Mind like parachute - only function when open!" Charlie Chan

"The only worse thing than having made a mistake is failing to understand your mistake." Oswald Sobrino, Catholic blogger

"This self is not a cage to be escaped, in pursuit of elusive joy: it is in me." CAROLINAMUSED

“The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood its ground.” - Unknown

KARVY09 - "Food's always going to be there. What works for me is tackling it head on instead of avoiding it."

Madeleine L'Engle - "The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been."

Marcel Proust - “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

"Live by the 80/20 rule. Eating nutritious foods 80% of the time and "fun" foods 20% of the time is a healthy goal." - Sparkpeople article

Member Since: 5/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 172,143

My Goals:
I've reached a major weight loss goal of 139, but I'm now working on maintaining that & losing 5-7 more pounds by the end of August 2012. I've gotten much more comfortable running, and I have more energy for my day! I'm also enjoying fitting into smaller clothes. Thanks, SparkPeople and SparkFriends! Hugs!

My Program:
I've gotten more structured as a result of sparking!
Goal - 3-5 miles a day, either outdoors or with Leslie Sansone DVDs.
I need to do more ST...but a daily structure just does not work for me.
I'm trying a simpler approach to ST, seeing if I can fit in sets of it while waiting for things to cook, etc.

I had worked up to 8 lb. weights for arms but am now back to 5 lbs. for all but the easiest moves.

Personal Information:
I'm from Pennsylvania & turned 67 this summer. I'd like to continue to look & feel younger than that! I'd like to be able to dance and sing forever, and haul my suitcase around Europe with no pain.

Other Information:
I love my Kindle & my local library! I also enjoy contradancing & ballroom dancing, when I can find a partner. I am enjoying learning to speak and read French and I love to take photos.

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    Long time! How are things?
    1247 days ago
    You came to mind in the past week. It may have been relation to Claire's latest blog, but I can't say for sure? You're well, yes? Make that a "Yes." In the U.S. or France?
    1817 days ago
    The tour of your family history in Royan is exciting. I'm fascinated that you're able to trace one line back to the 17th century. I haven't made any efforts for any of my family lines and think it might be difficult due to name changes at Ellis Island and the fact that I don't know or am unsure of some names, not to mention where they came from. Perhaps you'll be meeting some American relatives whom you haven't known? Perhaps other descendants are still around Royan?
    2267 days ago
    I'm so pleased to get your feed notes, Sara. It was also good to happen upon Claire's blog about your hike. You may have seen the note I left for her, asking her to give you my "Hello." Have a glorious stay in France soaking up the culture and perfecting your facility in the language. As I recall, your plan some time back was to spend most of this trip outside of Paris. If you get a moment, I'd like to know if that holds. Unless I'm mixing this up with last year's language studies?


    P.S. Just saw your note on my page. The Barnes came to mind yesterday, too. It can be done.
    2268 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/10/2015 7:34:13 PM
    Just saw that you lost one pound a minute ago. Not at all a bad rate of weight-loss.
    2348 days ago
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