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Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

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January 13, 2018

I rejoined Spark July 1, 2017 after being away for six years. At the time I felt comfortable with my weight (140 lb.) and my fitness level but wanted to reexperience a community that would keep me accountable for what I ate and for my activity.

In those six years I experienced many firsts: a hip replacement which has been a 100% success and game changer, another grandchild (a very dynamic girl), a new house and neighbourhood, the graduation of my daughter from eleven years of veterinary studies, adoption of a plant based diet and sadly the death of my husband.

I have now been following a vegetarian diet for over a year; feel well, energetic and now weigh just below 125 lb. This is obviously much lower than my original goal of mid 130's. Besides maintaining a one acre property by myself I am walking an average of 25-30 miles per week and I am gradually increasing weights in a strength training program. For years I was bothered with a chronic cough that required inhalers at times, that is now totally gone. Once high lipids are now normal as is blood pressure.

Goals for 2018:
Maintain my present weight.
Hike the Harvest Moon Trail ( 110km., will break it into sections to complete over the summer)
Travel! Off to BC in May and to Scotland in the autumn.

Member Since: 10/7/2006

Fitness Minutes: 132,263

My Goals:
-to maintain my current weight
-challenge my body and mind daily to keep both engaged and healthy
-to share ideas and support with other SP members

My Program:
-weight training 2X a week
-core and balance exercises daily
-total plant based diet
-daily reading, singing in the winter months, gardening year round
--active exploration of my community, province, country

Personal Information:
I'm a farm kid from Alberta, lived in Ontario for 25 years and have now settled in the Gaspereau Valley of Nova Scotia. I have two adult children and two grandchildren. Two cats and a rescue pooch keep me busy.

Other Information:
I love to garden. Crosswords, singing and reading keep me busy when the snow flies. Cooking is also a delight- I'm always looking for new ideas for vegetarian meals. I am passionate about diet and exercise and firmly believe that we do have the power to keep ourselves healthy by eating well and being active.

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    Now that you've slunk back, just look over in the corner of your lair. Yup, that would be WATERMELLEN, joining you!!
    4 hours ago
    Late reply - No, I'm a reader, not a writer. I've been working SF/F cons since 2000 (relative newcomer) and started working Worldcon back in 2006. Since then I have run the Art Show for 2 Worldcons - Chicon 7 in 2012 and Sasquan in 2015. This year I created the Guest of Honor exhibit for the Artist GOH John Picacio. What fun that was!
    7 hours ago
    Halifax is a wonderful city. I've visited several times and love that whole part of the world - and alone the south shore to Lunenburg.
    23 hours ago
    How utterly lovely that you own a Mary Pratt (if anyone can really "own" such a lovely thing) and that it was featured in her last exhibit!!

    I am sure you cherish it . . . in and of itself, and for the memories of your lives together as young students too, able to see the value even when it was a stretch to acquire it!!

    (In a previous existence, I taught art history for about 12 years at the college level . . . )
    3 days ago
    Thanks for the moon cake love! You are so lucky to have a friend to send you those. I love them. Dearly Beloved not so much.
    4 days ago
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