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A daylily that I find breathtaking. Don't know the variety.

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My pride and joy hibiscus, finally blooming after three years.

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Hi! My name is Sue, and I'm trying to stay motivated to eat in a healthy way and exercise. I'm an enthusiastic gardener and live in Coastal Maine.

In the past two years I've been diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus, caused by longterm acid reflux, and Type 2 diabetes. I lost 46 pounds, but have been doing a lot of stress eating in the past six months because of famiy illness and have gained back 14 pounds.

Barrett's esophagus can be a precancerous condition (though the doctor said it's unlikely that mine will become cancerous), and diabetes can cause very serious health problems. So it's all the more important for me to get to a healthy weight.

I've joined the 2016 Winter 5% Challenge, so I'm going to post my exercise plan here, as they suggest. I will do aerobic exercise for at least 45 minutes five days a week and will do strength training three days.

I would like to lose 20 pounds and get to 145.


Member Since: 6/21/2007

Fitness Minutes: 42,666

My Goals:
I'd like to stop binging and eating compulsively, and let my body get to its natural weight. I'd like to live the rest of my life strong and healthy.

I also want to look better!

My Program:
I'm exercising five or six days a week, doing step aerobics,spin classes, and machines such as the elliptical trainer. I'm also doing strength training.

Personal Information:
I'm from Portland, Maine, and live near the ocean. I love gardening. I'm a Buddhist and a recovering alcoholic sober for 29 years. I'm also an avid knitter!

Other Information:
"Pay no attention to the faults of others,
things done or left undone by others.
Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone."

-- Buddha, the Awakened One

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    Hi there. Do you know that where patterns come from they are always needles just for their country. I brought all of my knitting needles from the UK. When I bought the yarn in Grants and nothing was right. Eventually another Brit was a knitter and she had the same problem.

    My mothers patterns were asked to knit a square and the patterns would tell how to knit 3 inches and you count them and if it too small you have to use bigger or smaller needles.
    Theses days people can get Swedish yarn, Scottish yarn British yarn, American yarn.
    Some of the patterns have that information at the beginning.
    Take care (((HUGS))) Pat in Maine.
    I am waiting for my plan for my garden. I am hoping I would be able to use a spade after my surgery. My wrist and thumb are good looking but I might not be able to dig. I want it to be good enough to plant. Pat in Augusta.
    1583 days ago
    SUE, congrats on your project. Well done. It will give you a motive to go to work for a while, I hope it helps you to be amongst people and enjoy yourself.
    That sounds so GOOD for you. Do you go every day or part time?.

    (((HUGS))) Pat in Augusta. emoticon emoticon
    1593 days ago
    emoticon So glad you’ll be a part of the Aloha Challenge! emoticon Let’s hula those pounds off. emoticon
    1597 days ago
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    Good Morning!
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    Good Morning!
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