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I am now a 60 something artist/advocate, wife and mom. I began my sparkjourney 10 years ago June, 2006 and it has been one heckuva journey thus far. I came here knowing that diet and exercise were tools and weight loss and nutrition were not my end game. I came here knowing what good nutrition was, and how to shop, save, prep and cook. I came here knowing that if I knew those things and experienced them, then there was something else I needed to deal with.

I came to realize that LIFESTYLE change is a Journey and it is ongoing, because we do not remain teenagers or twenty somethings forever, nor thirty nor forty nor fifty, God Willing. We change over time and so too does our capacity to acknowledge, embrace and respond pro-actively to those changes over the time we have been giftedis: That is the underlying foundation of Lifestyle Changes. I am thankful for finding SparkPeople, and for the tools, the information, the support and the overall balanced approach to Life offered here.

Keep on keeping on and never give up.

Member Since: 6/8/2006

Fitness Minutes: 39,810

My Goals:
Four Goals for 2016

RE-ESTABLISH and IMPLEMENT the 4 Goals below:

1.Adequate daily water intake
2.I ncreased Metabolism
3. Improve Heart and Lung Strength thru aerobics
4. Daily journaling/reading to create material for Themes of Expression

My Program:
1. Water at every meal and before, during & after exertions
2. Exercise at least 10 minutes every day.
3. Mindful Meals x5 daily
4. Track and Reward; the latter is a hard one for me! worthy challenge.

Maintain weight at or below 145 for 3 months;
140: new sneakers

145**: evaluate BMR/BMI, determine cal intake and adjust DONE
cal intake shld be 1350
** denotes need to be re-doing BMR in order to keep on track with what calories I will need as I go down to prevent plateauing on that score.

Personal Information:
I am from the land of Spark. :) or close by, really. I was born in PA, raised in Rochester area, and finished secondary schooling in Connecticut, moving to this area for college and been here ever since so this is my home.

I have my degrees in Visual Arts, Languages and Literature. I am an advocate for those with disabilities, wife to a wonderful man, and mother of two wonderful fellas who are now off on their own Life Journeys.

Other Information:
My favorite KEEPER books are: "The Road Less Traveled", and second time: both "A World Waiting to be Born", & "People of the Lie".
Each time I revisit his books, I realize I have become aware of another dimension of not only myself, but the world I live in.

ARTISTS: I admire David Hockney and Vasily Kandinsky both for their art and their thoughts on Art and its relation to the world. I discovered a 'new', to me, favorite landscape artist while traveling west in spring 2010! Jason Berger!

LANDSCAPING: I love to do this; it is a huge challenge for me, and I am wholly self-taught, which no doubt shows itself in my handiwork! I feel most content with my hands in the earth, or wrapped around a pencil, brush or clay tool!

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  • v BENTON1948
    Hi Kat!

    Did you just join the Sjogren's Team?
    50 days ago
    Hey girlfriend! Love hearing from you. I'm still living in Brazil and hearing about the winter weather makes me so happy that I am! Hah ha! emoticon
    1663 days ago
    Hey there! Thanks for your comments. I haven't been on here in ages! How are you? If you are on facebook, you can find me there at https://www.facebook.com/melissa.slocum.92
    take care,
    1665 days ago
  • v PKCTTS
    Well, look who just popped out of the woodwork!! How are you? What's going on with you?
    2154 days ago
    Hi Kat,
    lt's so lovely to hear from you, hope last year was good for you and this year will be even better.
    Happy New Year to you and yours x

    Thankyou for the lovely comments, it's so good to have someone believe in me. l really don't think l'm any different to a whole lot of other people but l do feel very pleased and proud to have come so far.

    My health is flourishing, l'm back with my walking and enjoying it too.
    My lovely family has expanded and l couldn't be happier.
    l've just had the first Christmas in a long time where l've felt well enough to enjoy it and all that goes with it...l had fourteen for dinner Christmas day and Boxing day and l loved it...

    l hope your health is good, are you working full time now?
    Is your hearing up to full now?
    Have you any new additions to your family?
    Sounds a bit like twenty questions...lol...but l can't wait to hear all about your life emoticon

    2401 days ago
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