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His lordship and me on a cruise around Nova Scotia in September 2005.

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Hiking with friends in the high Uintah mountains in Utah.

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My husband and I recently had a weekend getaway to Jackson, Wyoming. While looking through cards at the Nature Center's gift shop, I ran across one with a beautiful picture of a misted autumn forest on the front and the text "Listen to the Earth... How softly it speaks in the misty, quiet woods." I was touched first by the picture. Trees are my most favorite things in nature. I feel more at home in a forest than anywhere on earth. And I KNOW that experience of listening to the earth, of hearing the earth speak to my heart in quiet whispers.

But more than the picture and the words on the front of the card, the name of the company on the back of the card took my heart hostage: The Journey Matters...

I NEEDED that confirmation that my life, my journey matters. That irregardless of whether anyone ever reads what I've written in a blog, I've given voice to the unique pilgrimage that has been mine, recorded my wanderings and my wandering-offs, so to speak, so that I won't forget that there HAVE been places on my path, forks in my journey where I've CHOSEN the right paths for me. Including this one at Spark People.

And so I have reset my goals and am recommitting myself to lose a REASONABLE amount of weight by our 40th anniversary in April 2012 when we are going to Hawaii.

Member Since: 12/6/2007

Fitness Minutes: 523

My Goals:
I had lost 43 lbs. and was feeling terrific. Having gained some of it back over the course of the last two weddings (I mean years), it's my goal to get back where I was and lose the 20 lbs. I was shy of my goal.

I'm not nearly as fit now as I was before I lost the weight, even though I weigh less, so I need to get back to the place where I feel physically more energetic and have more stamina.

I've realized over the last two years that sweets are my biggest problem. The meds I'm on for hbp and diabetes sap my energy and so I constantly feel like I need the carbs to pep me up. gotta get THAT under control.

My Program:
I'm staying away from soda and other sweets. This is a bad time of year to do that, but I'm giving it my best shot.

I've also gotta get out and take a walk every day. Before the weddings I was walking three miles every morning. Then I just stopped. Not good!

Personal Information:
I'm a devout Tolkien fan! I love to read the classics (Austen, Dickens, etc.), My favorite author is Clive Cussler (adventure novels) followed closely by James Rollins. And I cross stitch a lot.

I've had the luxury of trying my hand at many different things. I've been an office manager for RCA, a counselor at a Crisis Pregnancy Center, A kindergarten teacher, managed a small copy shop, and was a church secretary on the side for 22 years.

I've raised two great kids (Bran & Stef, both married now and relocated to the east coast) and have been married to my college sweetheart for 35 years. All three of them graduated from college together in May of this year. Yep, even my hubby!

I'm tired now. Time to focus on me for a while.

Other Information:
I ADORE anything Celtic!

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    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You HAVE been a busy lady the last couple of years! You are totally awesome for having lost weight over the holidays. Way to go!
    4937 days ago
    thanks for you comments. I to am a journal writer. It helps so much. I am going to try that letter thing. But open it the day I move into our new place.
    4937 days ago
  • v DEEANN8

    I go to Pekin First Church of God -- it's considered 'non-demonitional' but has numerous congregations across the states and in other countrys.

    Over the years I've been to Trinadad twice (to help with building a theological college there) -- each trip was about 10 days to 2 weeks (I think). And I've been to Haiti three times (for medical work) - each trip was about 8 days. Loved it in Trinidad - beautiful country (and they speak English) ;)

    Haiti is dry and dusty, they speak Creole (have to have an interpreter), and is not safe (so you can't just go for a walk when you want - in fact you can't even leave the compound unescorted by a large group including one or more of the leaders).

    My hubby has been to Honduras twice also. I didn't get to go on those two trips. I'd LOVE to go to Africa some time. We were gettting ready to plan a trip there, when we got word that the French had to go in to rescue some Missionaries close to where we were going, so the trip got cancelled.

    Our current Pastor is really into Haiti, so I don't expect to see much opportunity to go anywhere besides there right now.

    Anyway... hope that's what you were asking.

    God Bless,
    4937 days ago
  • v NAN71486
    Hi: I am also diabetic. I just finished reading "all" your blogs and I think you will love SparkPeople. This is the first time I've ever done anything like this. I've never met and talked to "strangers" before now! But, I love this place and all the people that I'm meeting. I have a niece that moved to Utah. When my sister visited her, she said it was absolutely beautiful there. My oldest daughter moved from Louisiana to Maine once and I thought it was going to be horrible. But, we got web cabs and I got to see her and talk to her several times a week. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. She moved to Dallas and I'll be able to see her more often now. My other two children live within 40 miles of me and so do my 5 grandkids. Come visit my page!

    Good luck losing the weight!

    Nancy from Louisiana
    4938 days ago
  • v DEEANN8
    Hi, glad you made it to SP. I think you'll like the teams here -- it's really nice to be able to connect to others with similar interests, etc.

    4938 days ago
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