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Becoming Well in Spirit, Mind, and Body.

Nearly a year has passed since the following messages - with much growth of SPIRIT & MIND. The body remains the same and that is fine! My Art, which is the expression of my heart, is also growing and evolving as I do... and I am happy. I am learning NOT to project what it is that I want in my life, since life has a way of creating it's own experiences for me!! Friends and Family continue to be the most important of my aquaintances, and I count so many of my sparkfriends to be included there-in...
Blessings to all!

It's July 2011! I've maintained for so long I am now confident and comfortable in my current weight. But health is still the issue, and I must lower my BMI just a little further. That and STAYING in touch with the strength of my body. At 61, I want to be able to get up and down on the floor with the grandkids, as well as fulfill each day with energy to spare. That only comes when diet and exercise balance eachother for good!
October 2010, and I am feeling able now to move on with my weight loss...
the last several months have been hovering in a "mantainance zone," and that is always an emotionally hard experience for anyone to go thru, who is eager to loose weight and get to their goal. But now that I have been through this time, and maintained, I see more clearly the need for these rest times... time to mentally, physically, and emotionally "catch-up" with the weight loss thus far. Getting used to the changes and accepting them fully.
I hope that you will join me in taking this journey slowly, knowing that the goal IS attainable, and that you (and I) will reach the finish line for weight loss, but perhaps more importantly, we'll recognize that our Health and Wellbeing in all aspects of living are united with the weight loss in a very intrinsic manner:
"All the parts are contained in the whole..."
It's very important to take care of the WHOLE person.
Join me in this journey, and let's rejoice that we are not getting older, but BETTER!

This month, August 2010, I'd like to continue to loose a few more pounds (already 35.6 lost since 02/08, now looking at loosing 14.4 more), with the goal of lowering my BMI... I am feeling good, and rejoice that I'm looking good (smile!), but there is this thing about HEALTH that is now more important... get that body in shape to LIVE A LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE!
Join me!

Think, Care, Rejoice!
Now over two years on Sparkpeople, and it's been a learning journey... I've lost 35 lbs. and am re-setting my goals for another new journey...
The journey of 'liveliness!'....
There's more to me inside than even I knew about!

Don't let me wander Lord... Your timing is perfect and I don't want to miss anything!!
Seems to be my plateau weight at this beginning number, for about 6 months now! hmmmm, when will it change????? I'll work on finding the way that best suits my lifestyle and activity level. I want it to all work for the good and not be a fad.

I am learning to be OK with who I am, where I am. This is all new, and sooooooooooooo much nicer a place to live (in my head and heart) than always to be self-criticizing.

I have had a chart of "goals" in this spot, but have removed it...
I should know better, as lists of goals cause great anxiety in me... I am going to take it as it comes, and be thankful for all things positive!!!
I do have the ONE goal below, and will maintain that, as it's a reality which my DR has required of me.
As a constant reminder, I MUST keep in the forefront of my reasoning: It's about HEALTH and LONGEVITY, not the vainbeauty of a smaller frame!

My Goal is 145 - 148 lbs. (I need to consider what is useful and practical for me ~ I'm nearly 60 yrs. young, 5ft. 6in. and medium build, but no longer the young 130 lb. girl I was when first married.)
Still, I could use more trim muscle, so my 'journey' is HEALTH!
I have 6 grandchildren I'd love to grow old with, and want to be playful in body mind and spirit!
TRUST the side of you who wants the best, and gives you the most encouragement. Shuuush the other voices who belittle, berate, and downplay any success...
These ill-meaning voices will soon give up, and the YOU who is most important to your wholeness, will emerge and move Victoriously through the rest of your life. Afterall, You and your Loved-ones deserve the BEST!
"Write your *troubles* in Sand - write your *blessings* in Stone"
Growing up I was always on a 'diet' along with my sister. Seemed to be the cool thing to do!!! But I never felt lovely and I have since come to realize the other issues in my childhood contributed to me 'clinging' to food for comfort.
No matter NOW however...
I am gaining a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit, and I want to continue to see that in myself, from now onward!
This is the beginning of a new time in my life, and I plan to live it to the best of my abilities.
I want to GROW in my abilities to perservere as well.

Be well - Live life to the fullest - Give generously, for this is the secret of a happy life!

*****Find fulfillment by focusing on things which bring a sense of accomplishment.

*****Endeavor to eat 'clean' foods, and MORE water!

To be honest in my dietary needs, and NOT confuse emotional needs with hunger.
Face each day with the question: "What do I need for this day?" -and determine to make it the most healthy and most joyful!!

*****Spring, Summer and Fall- Walked an average of 3-6 times a week
*****Winter working on the Sparkspeople indoor routines:

The Fruit of the Spirit is LOVE: JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, and SELF CONTROL. Against these, there is no law!

Determine to speak positively to yourself FIRST, then the same to others. ("Love your neighbour as Yourself!")


"To laugh often, to win the affection of children,
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends,
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others,
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch...
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have Succeeded!" ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Member Since: 2/1/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,582

My Goals:
To return to a healthy weight which will allow me to be fully engaged in all the activities that I love: Walking/Jogging,
Gardening, Hiking and playing with Grandkids. I'd even LOVE to go Horseback Riding again ~ Now THAT is a GOAL!

To further my education
where ever that takes me, I must first look into the possiblities of what most interests me.
(this for further consideration)

2-5 paintings a month to add to my Portfolio.

Walk Closer to My Lord, and Listening more closely to His Holy Spirit.

My Program:
Live in "Real-time"

Do those things which my heart is telling me to do instead of what others tell me to do.

REJOICE in the gifts of beauty and joy all around me!

Personal Information:
My ARTIST'S Website is:

Favorite Movies are:
Anything recalling pre-1900's -
also, most Romantic Comedies

Favorite Book Series: The Mitford Series.
All books by George McDonald (edited by Michael Phillips)
Favorite autobiography to date -
The Glass Castle.

Other Information:
I'm enjoying the discovery of my strengths; and learning to live the Serenity Prayer!

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