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I'm a 61-year-old guy living with my husband in Clearlake, California. An accident in May 2014, along with 3 months in a wheelchair, forced me to think about my health and fitness in a new way. Now that I've recovered, I'm more focused than ever on achieving all my goals and then maintaining them for the long haul.

I am the Executive Dean for the Lake and Colusa County Campuses of Woodland Community College. I love my team and working with the students. This is an area that desperately needs higher education opportunities, and I'm grateful that our campus is available to help.

My Spark History:

Reached original goal weight of 173 on April 30, 2015.
Reached second goal weight of 168 on August 7, 2015.
Current weight: 164 as of November 5, 2015.

I am in the best shape of my life right now. I am so grateful to SparkPeople and all my fabulous friends who have supported me in this journey.


Member Since: 11/17/2014

Fitness Minutes: 120,325

My Goals:
Maintain my weight, focus on body fat and fitness.
Write a novel.
Express gratitude.
Experience joy.
Give love.

My Program:
Eat clean and healthy every day. Use the nutrition tracker to ensure that the balance of protein, carbs, fats, and fiber are in check.

Exercise every day. Use the Focus T25 videos by Shaun T for high-intensity strength training and cardio routines. One day of yoga-style stretching for rest and rejuvenation.

No excuses, no guilt!

Personal Information:
Married to Steve Gibson since 2000, renewed our vows to become legal in California in 2013.

We live in the Clearlake Park neighborhood of Clearlake, California, on the shore of the largest natural lake entirely within the state of California. The spectacular views inspire me every day.

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Favorite Movie: Big Chill

Favorite Books: Tales of the City, Harry Potter, the Joseph Hansen mysteries

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    Almost everyone whines at some point, some of us more than others. Though there are a few people who enjoy venting, in my experience I have found that most people had a valid reason for it. When a friend, co-worker, family member, etc. feels hurt, slighted, taken advantage of, in need of comfort, etc we need to think of it as an opportunity to show them we care. It's an honor to be able to do this. I have gone through some really rough times and the support of people in my life is what brought me through it. It's my hope that you will always have someone nearby, or a bunch of someones, who will be there when you need them. Have a wonderful day.
    21 minutes ago
    Good morning emoticon Swirly,

    I have some great news! Jeremy got a job working the concession stand at a theater about 3-4 miles from here right down the street from where we met at Culver's .. you guys probably passed when heading up the road. It is east of the Target right there. He is super excited now that he has worked 4 nights. He orientated on Saturday for 2.5 hours and then he has worked the last 3 nights.They will helps some with college (not sure how much or with what) I just saw the job listing when looking for a movie to go to with just Duane and I hasn't happened yet. Encouraged him to apply when I saw all the cool benefits besides the college tuition/scheduling benefits. I don't remember now all what they provide regarding school. He wanted something that would help him with all of those type things as he has said he is moving out when he is 18 even though he has a full year left of high school.

    I know it is part on us. We have told him that if he couldn't get his anger controlled more than he would have to move out when 18 it wasn't/isn't fair to the other kids to have to live in fear of one of his raging moments. I am hoping that he stays here no matter how bad he thinks it is here with all of his issues/quirks I don't think others are going to be as understanding to his unique situation. He is doing really great at his job and hopefully he will keep up getting better grades too.

    They make a really different popcorn there and he was so proud that he made it himself last night. Although not really healthy he brought some home to us after work yesterday it is called "Cheeto popcoorn" they use a different oil or something. You would need to ask him about it sometime. He would be so proud to tell you about it when you get to talk with him. You are welcome to call anytime.

    All of your pictures of your trip were just awesome. We stayed at a hotel there where the Imo Jima monument was almost right outside our window. Not really yet it is so big it felt like it. Not sure if that hotel would even still be there now as that was 30 years ago when we went to Washington D.C. to lobby for the ADA to pass back in 1989. Kurtis was only 4 at that time and he knew what we were going for just didn't understand the full impact it would have on others. He stayed at gma's with Melissa and they had a blast so did we. I loved it there and really wished we could of seen all the things that you and Steve did. Isn't the Metro amazing? I want to go and see all of the Holocaust things I have always been so interested in the history of it all. What was your favorite part of your trip? Getting to spend more time with Steve I bet!

    We were able to do little things after the 6-8 hour a day conferences for Spina Bifida I was the fund raising person that was sent to conference to bring back information to our parent support group. Duane and I took a night tour of all the monuments, we walked some of Georgetown? is that the name? Then we just rode the Metro all over at night doing all the things possible even almost missing the closing time of the Metro. We have a story to tell of getting lost in D.C. it is funny now yet at the time we were scared out of our minds.

    So happy you got to take that trip and get to see so many things together too.

    Love all the pictures too.

    Have a great day Swirly. Just wanted to let you know about Jeremy's job and then got to rambling too. :)

    4 hours ago
    I read you comment on Jackie's blog and as a former person in authority I want to encourage you to continue to express your feelings because sometimes people need to hear them. I related a personal experience with this on Jackie's blog. If I were your boss my door would always be open and your concerns would always be welcome. Venting is some times the first step in change. At some point you may be the only person willing to step up to the plate and let someone know that change is needed. Women didn't get the right to vote or own property by sitting back and waiting for good things to come. The same thing could be said of Black people and gays. Our accomplishments come from expressing our need for change and bringing it about. I hope your day turns out to be much better than you thought.
    1 day ago
    Thanks Steve, things will get better
    1 day ago
    Walking around the Cathedral was always stunning - the flying buttresses, gargoyles. Yes, it’s ostentatious. Just like Versailles which is overdone but that’s French history.,I gasped when I heard the news. The best rose window is in Chartres.
    1 day ago
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