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I was always fairly thin without much effort and then I hit 45. It's been a struggle ever since. I have three grown children, a bull-terrier mix puppy and three cats. I've lost ten pounds since joining SparkPeople and would like to lose another ten.

I like to walk my dog, Bacon. She needs the exercise and so do I. I also walk as much as possible at work and take the stairs instead of the elevator. When no one else is in the stairwell, I take the steps two-at-a-time.

Member Since: 6/5/2007

Fitness Minutes: 90,050

My Goals:
2009 goals:

Maintain current weight range 115-120.

Continue to walk at least 1 hour every day.

Plant a vegetable garden.

Stop spending more than I make. Deferred comp and retirement contributions will give me something to live on in retirement, but credit card debt needs to be eliminated.

Enjoy and nurture my relationship with Christopher.

2008 goals:
Lose ten pounds by my 50th birthday.

Look better than my ex for our daugher's wedding on August 23, 2008.

Be in great shape for my 50th birthday on October 19, 2008.

My Program:
Eat a low fat, high fiber diet. Keep total calorie intake around 1200 a day. Skip the salty stuff and alcohol until I reach my goal.

Reward myself with books, instead of food when I lose weight.

Personal Information:
I live in Sacramento - was born here and have lived here all of my life.

I work for the state and am looking forward to retiring in about 10 years. I've worked for the state for 25 years. I also sell Avon and books on

I have a 26-year old daughter and sons, 20 and 18.

I am twice divorced and comforably single now.

I love shopping at thrift stores. The prices are great and you never know what treasures you might find.

Other Information:
I love to read any and everything. I love to garden, write and take pictures (although I'm just now transitioning from film to digital.)

I welcome book recommendations! I also enjoy trying healthy recipes that would also appeal to my boys.

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    LIFE is like an echo..............

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    May you make healthy choices today so you are one step closer to a successful journey to your ultimate goal!

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    3803 days ago
    Hope you are having a great week! I am really enjoying the nice fall weather. emoticon I am looking forward to the holidays but will have to work hard to stay on track! emoticon What are some of your stratigies for staying on track this time of the year? We can do this!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3806 days ago
    Hello Karen! Hope all is well in Sacramento & that this day finds you happy & healthy!

    3825 days ago
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    Keep up the good work.

    3836 days ago
    Hi Karen:
    I just dropped by to say HI and check out your page, since you live in SACTO.

    I too, love to garden and can't wait to get my move to Alaska done (End of SEPT) and get settled. I have 5 acres there and I plan to have a Green House (necessary for the Winter and night time Temps), an Herb Garden, a Flower Garden and a Vegetable garden. I grow Tomatoes, Cukes and sometimes Zucchini on my patio here in Madera.

    I also am a great lover of Books, but have gotten to read very little for Pleasure in the last 25 years. Now, since I am supposed to be retired from the military (36 YRS) and the County(14 YRS), I hope to read more, in fact I AM.

    Good Luck on your Future Endeavors, and keep working towards that retirement! emoticon

    3860 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/12/2010 3:29:43 PM
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