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My personal favorite of Paris on a bed of daisies July 2009

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Fall seven times. Stand up eight. ~Japanese proverb

Before Sparkpeople I used to sleep 12 hours a night on the weekend. My niece "Sparked" me and I started my journey the week of August 4th 2008. I was feeling pretty lousy at that time, and I really needed something. It turned out that what I needed was the great big "Spark" my niece had given me. Thank you Beth! It took me a long time to feel comfortable on the site, but I took it slow and steady and now I am off and running!

...Words of wisdom and encouragement from the article Common Fitness Blunders - Part 1~ Exercise definitely provides many great benefits, but the results are often seen weeks or even months after you begin. When you are consistent:

* Your metabolism speeds up to allow for weight loss
* Your body will adjust to the stress of exercise and you’ll feel more rejuvenated
* Your immune system improves to help prevent sickness
* Your strength and endurance improves, making exercise (and daily tasks) easier
* Your mood and energy levels stabilize throughout the day
* You sleep better at night
* You look and feel better!

About me: I am just working on some life long health! I have been married for 29 years. My husband Allan and I have two grown children. Our daughter Lene is 26 married Chad in August of 2010. Our son Peter is 24 and living in Grand Forks. We have a delightful Lhasapoo named Paris. She is the baby of the family.
I am an SLP in the public schools. My job is awesome and my colleagues are my dearest friends. We have a lot of fun!
I want to have better health and to have better overall energy and vitality.

We can do this people! Especially with a little help from our friends!

Member Since: 8/4/2008

My Goals:
I want to feel good! I want the aches and pains to go away. I want to look good in my clothes, and to maintain that throughout my golden years!
I want to avoid diabetes and to have normal cholesterol and blood pressure!

My Program:
Drink water - 8 glasses/day

Eat healthy - watch portion sizes! Track my nutrition daily!

Exercise - 3x30 minutes/wk of cardio! 2x30 minutes/wk strength training. Track my fitness!

Personal Information:
My husband had gastric bypass in August of 2008. He has lost 130 pounds! I am trying to make healthy food for the two of us and to eat smaller portions.

Personally, I don't have a lot of free time. I work on call for Courage Center in addition to my full time job at Clear Springs School. I am active in the Minnesota Speech and Hearing Association and love professional connections. I am now President of a young non-profit called Metro Friendship Foundation. We raise funds to provide social skills programs for children with Autism! When I do have some free time, I like to cook, scrapbook, read and in the summer go to our place up north!
It's a pretty full life and I'm not doing anything I don't thoroughly enjoy!

Other Information:
Now the flowers in your garden, they don't smell so sweet. Maybe you've forgotten the heaven lying at your feet.
~The Eagles

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~Edith Wharton

friends are like angels,
who hold us up,
when our wings,
forget how to fly.

And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
- Anais Nin, Danish diarist

You can complain because roses have thorns. Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.
- Ziggy

The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness. ~ Therese of Lisieux

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