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I am a stay at home mom come optician with a degree in Psychology. I live in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle. I have two grown sons, the youngest having just turned 18 this year. I grew up on a small farm on the other side of the sound, but now live in suburbia...I love the open country and animals and am blessed that my parents, married over 50 years, still live in my childhood home abundant with fields, forest and streams. My boys have spent nearly every summer with them and their lives have thus been truly enriched.

I came to SP a few years back to shave off that pesky 10 pounds that vexes most of us at some point in life. I used to be a runner but now I have a knee that flares instantly the minute I hit the street. I miss running and the freedom to just be able to open my front door and get an exhilarating cardio workout out in the fresh air without ever setting foot in a gym. But now I have this wonderful site full of thoughtful people who share the same goal of good health. I love the quick, easy, free mini workout videos on Sparkpeople as well as the recipe ideas. I also enjoy connecting with other sparkers and appreciate the supportive environment.

I do believe that laughter is the best medicine and love irony, witty humor, sarcasm and anything that involves a play on words. I've learned that a lot of the time reality is funnier than fiction and you need to be able to laugh at yourself if you're going to get through it unscathed. I've learned that exercising will never be as easy as eating but that the easy way is almost never the right way. And finally, I can assure you that money does not buy happiness, but still, I'd rather be miserable in a Mercedes than on a bicycle. And for my last pearl of wisdom (customized just for SP): Pig out today, tomorrow you pay!

Member Since: 10/13/2013

Fitness Minutes: 2,671

My Goals:
My goals are to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

My Program:
I love super cheap, easy diets with structured meal plans that take the guesswork out of the equation.. Don't thrills me to see weight drop quickly. I know these diets are not recommended, but they seem to be the only way I can lose weight. I'm impatient when it comes to weight loss. I want to hurry and lose it so I can get back to "good eating" again. I know the roller coaster of weight gain and loss is very bad and frowned upon by nutritionists. But to tell you the truth, I've always liked roller coasters. Whenever I see one while visiting a new place, I HAVE to get on it. Cheap thrills, what can I say?

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Cookies are my kryptonite.

Other Information:
Once I bungee jumped over a crocodile pit in Australia.

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    ┊┊┊┊♥ Thanks for commenting on
    my "Males have Menopause too blog!! ..Now
    let's see if the men enjoy it as much!! LOL ....Laughter
    is still the best medicine and we have to find it where we
    can!! lol ! (as for the 'short flashes' you mentioned, they
    do last .......... Mine are shall we say ........ "Just warm all the
    time! .......... emoticon ..... I would welcome a nano flash
    instead! LOL
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    2529 days ago
    P.S. I hate to say it, but I think any secret I may possess with regard to looking young is that the picture was pixellated. ;-)
    2529 days ago
    OK, how did I miss noticing that you (and your laugh-inducing blog posts) had returned???? I am clearly in a mental fog and some good, clean humor may just clear it up. A belated welcome back! I hope the job is going well and the feet are holding up nicely.
    2529 days ago
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    ┊┊┊┊♥ Thanks for commenting on
    my "Minnow-Paws" blog!! ....Some things we
    just have to laugh thru, don't we? .... I wish you
    a successful year coming up in Sparks!
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    2531 days ago
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    ¸.•´ .•´¨¨)) Hi! I appreciate you
    ((¸¸.•´ ..• reading and posting
    on my "Ok_TAKE FIVE Blog!
    I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas!.
    ... Sparkfully Yours ... 2B
    2534 days ago
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