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Dust as city collapses; taken from Port Hills

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Once, in another life, (The past is another country, they do things differently there) I was a teacher of History and English. Now I'm retired and finding time galloping along.
Interests: history, pets, genealogy, reading and now, after the earthquakes, geology! And, of course, maintaining the progress I have made towards a healthy lifestyle and weight.
I follow a plant-based, low processed eating plan and keep as close as possible to its basic tenets. So that means generous servings of leafy greens and other vegetables (GBOMBS) and smaller servings of nuts and seeds.
I like walking but also keep active with gardening and I try to do ST and use DVDs for yoga and Pilates.

I'm working on mindful eating practices and hope to become an intuitive eater.

Member Since: 8/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 42,864

My Goals:
2016: Goals still the same: To get back to my maintenance weight range (nearly there!) and healthy lifestyle.
To give some time to hobbies and interests.
To be as energetic and generally healthier as I can at my age so that I can enjoy my retirement for many years and to the full.
To become a tough old lady!

My Program:
Can be summed up:
You are what you eat.

Enough's as good as a feast.


Personal Information:
Living in New Zealand, so the seasons are usually different on the challenges.
Married to a Kiwi-Australian who is managing Type 2 diabetes.
Kept busy with husband, 3 cats, canary, gardening, reading, SP, genealogy, word games, puzzles. I used to knit and crochet and would like to find time to pick them up again.

Other Information:
When you're in a hole, stop digging.

If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution

Change is not always progress.

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  • v NAVYMOM133
    Thank you for adding those pictures to your album. I really cannot imagine going through such a horrific natural disaster. I live in Massachusetts in the US, so we are not in any earthquake zone, but one of my Navy sons is out in California. After the earthquake in Japan, mother worries blossomed anew for the Ring of Fire.
    Thank you so much for sharing those pictures, and I am so glad you and your DH (and home) made it through!!
    emoticon Melly
    3324 days ago
  • v NAVYMOM133
    Please forgive me for being so insensitive! The last thing you would probably want to do is take pictures - what is wrong with me? We're not talking about vacation pictures!
    I googled Christchurch this morning and saw images, AND heard the horrible news about the earthquake in Turkey that just happened! It must bring it all crashing back to you.
    I am really sorry !!

    3326 days ago
  • v NAVYMOM133
    Hello!! Thank you so much for your vlog visits - two days in a row!!

    I really appreciate you chiming in on the testing - grrr! These professors are all so different. Just when you think you've figured out what they want, it's a new semester and you are forced to break in a whole new set!
    I was equally thrilled to have you comment on my new cut. My DH hasn't seen it yet and I have to run out to a community meeting tonight. Of course, it's pouring. We'll see if I can hang onto the "fresh from the stylist" look till I can saunter in later!!

    Take care,
    3330 days ago
    Thanks for the friend add. :)
    3361 days ago
    Hope you get as much from SparkPeople as I do. It's a wonderful site. Welcome.
    3390 days ago
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