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Greetings to 2018

So much has changed for me since this journey changed in 2007.

I wish I could say that I am full of hope, vim and vigor.

The truth is I am almost 47 years old, in worse physical shape than ever in my life. I almost regret the 3 years of health I had 10 years ago (the only non-obese years of my life), because it makes now more painful.

AND I am in better emotional space than ever. In many ways, my success in 2007 was very 'white-knuckled'. I have done a lot of work on shame, and it has paid off.

I am left, on this first day of January, feeling like I don't want to enter my 50s with this level of unhealth (daily, active symptoms of arthritis of the knees, cervical spine stenosis, deconditioning, etc).

Do I feel hope? Not really. Do I feel vulnerable re-entering this space. Hell yes. So very much so.

But just for today, I am going to think that it is worth it and try a bit of a new thing again.

Just for today.

Member Since: 3/25/2008

Fitness Minutes: 29,175

My Goals:
Goals as of 1/1/18

--exercise 5 days a week
--mindfulness practice 5 days a week
--trying to track food when I can, trying most days
--64 oz water
--2 alcoholic drinks or less / day

My Program:
--Tracking most days
--Exercise 5 days/week
--Mindfulness practice 5 days/week
--less than 2 alcoholic drinks/day
--64 oz water/day

Personal Information:
Married to the love of my life. Together 16 years, married 12 years
3 dogs that I love SOO much
6 chickens (I am new to this and kind of obsessed)
Nurse Practitioner at a city clinic in St. Louis
LOVE music
Trying every day to learn more about my own privilege (race, class, gender identity) to better dismantle the evils of patriarchy and white supremacy.

Other Information:
I love music. My favorite artists are girlyman, bruce springsteen, ani difranco, dave matthews, javier mendoza, HEM,Birds of Chicago, Hamilton, and dar williams.

I am rescuing street dogs all the time. MY family dogs are Zannah, Daisy, and Obi.

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    Hey there!

    With a name like SONGBUDDHA I couldn't resist adding you, since I too love music and I find the Teachings of the Buddha, as transmitted by teachers like Pema Chodron and Thich Nhat Hanh to help light the way in this crazy topsy-turvy world!

    I was just in St. Louis to celebrate my birthday with dear friends, a couple I knew here in Little Rock who just moved to ST. Louis. Rochelle is an attorney and Sandra is a MSW (like Don), working with abused and traumitized women, as I recall. We went to a ROCKIN' concert at Jazz At The Bistro, since I'm a big jazz love. We saw The Christian McBride Trio. It was all I could have hoped for...and MORE!

    Anyway, you likely know the Buddha's Four Noble Truths, beginning with the ubiquity of suffering (i.e., PAIN).

    Blessed be,
    2491 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/27/2014 8:35:38 PM
    “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” (Christian D. Larson)

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    2646 days ago
    emoticon "Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil." (John Ruskin)

    Wishing you well in the week ahead!


    2663 days ago
    Just checking in! How are you doing? Gotta get myself back on track!
    Hope you're doing well,
    2774 days ago
    THANK YOU for the flowers!!!
    2829 days ago
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