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I am an art freak (writer/performer/director/video maker/conceptual artisti) and jill of all trades (I pay the bills with all sorts of work from teaching art/theater/performance to data entry to nonprofit stuff).

I used Sparkpeople as part of a major push in 2011 to get fit and lose some weight as well as deal with some health problems. In 2012, as I bring other goals to the forefront, I have cut back time online. I used the trackers intensely for over five months, and they were very helpful. I recommend using them daily when folks first get started.

Now I don't use the trackers very often. I put in plenty of fitness minutes even if I'm not posting them here. I remain mindful of my eating and make choices based on the wealth of information I gathered by paying close attention to my eating for so many months. I am grateful for what Sparkpeople made available to me. But I have to be very careful about things that play to my compulsive tendencies. I am cultivating habits and systems that mean I eat well even if I don't have access to online tools.

Current short term goals:
Lose between 5 to 15 pounds, if my body wants to lose more weight. Since I actually am pretty happy at the weight and size that I am at, I am turning my focus away from numbers on the scale. Instead I am revamping/intensifying my commitment to strength training, cultivating a daily yoga practice and improving my running.

Member Since: 7/31/2011

Fitness Minutes: 12,685

My Goals:
Lose 5 to 15 pounds more, if my body wants to. I will not be brokenhearted if I stay at the weight I've reached.

Cultivate a daily yoga practice.

Revamp/increase strength training.

Build my base for running.

Continue to find lots of way to stay moving during the day.

My Program:
At least 30 minutes of cardio most days.

Running three to four days a week.

3 days of ST a week.

Biking, as much as possible, for trips under 4 miles (round trip). Once a month long (20 plus miles) ride.

Long form yoga 1 to 2 times a month. Cultivating a daily yoga practice.

Socialize by replacing some of the sitting at cafes with going for walks or bike rides.

Personal Information:
I live in North Central Florida in what gets called The Swamp by football fans (I am not a football fan, but I like moniker The Swamp).

Other Information:
A short list of some of the things I love: libraries, cats, fountain pens, black and white composition notebooks, books, my bike, cooking soup and my family.

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    Wellcome to the Dandy Lions! I hope to see your posts every day emoticon emoticon
    3548 days ago
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    Welcome to The Dandy Lions!!! I am Amber one of the members of the team!! I hope you have a wonderful day and meet all your goals emoticon
    3548 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/23/2011 2:45:02 PM
    Welcome to the Dandy Lions Team!!!

    I am Kelly and I live in NJ and welcome to our team. I see Trixie has welcomed you already!!! Our team leader is Krystie, she is amazing and has lost over 100 pounds! I am very happy you join us and looking forward to get to know you. We are a very active, friendly, motivated and very supportive team.

    Join in on our daily challenge boost and we are currently have awesome challenges going on now to keep you motivated. Come and post daily! Again, welcome and chat with you soon.

    3548 days ago
    Hello and WELCOME to the Dandy Lions Spark team! I am Trixie, one of the Co-Leaders of the team. We are so glad to have you and if there is anything we can do to help please let one of us know.

    See you in the threads!
    3548 days ago
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