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Me crossing the finish line of my first 5K! 12-02-2017 I should've left the jacket in the car!


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Howdy, from the small town of Dickinson,Texas! I'm a stay-at-home wife/mother & have been married for over 40 years, resulting in 7 children and with 4 of them married, we have 9 grandchildren so far! I was a homeschooling mom for 32 years & recently "retired" with the high school graduation of my youngest...but with a 19 year old son & a 21 year old daughter still at home, our household stays very busy with church, family, friends & juggling everyone's crazy schedule!

I never struggled with my weight until menopause...and I have the pictures to prove it! Maybe that's why they call it 'the change' because it sure changes things! Tracking calories & exercise don't control my weight quite as easily as they used to...I still do both, but I have to work a little harder at it. An aging metabolism is NOT fun!

Update: I FINALLY figured out that my Fitbit fitness tracker overestimates the number of calories I burn in a day. I'm doing much better now that I know that! I also looked back at my Spark records & found the reason I regain is I stop tracking my food! Menopause doesn't make it any easier, but I think my own laziness has been part of the problem too!

I found Sparkpeople/Sparkrecipes in early 2009 & but my first use of the SP nutrition tracker & first weigh-in was Dec 28, 2010 at 154 lbs.. I enjoy learning about fitness & health and Sparkland helps me do both!

Member Since: 2/11/2009

Fitness Minutes: 131,949

My Goals:
Long term goal: I exercise so I can stay strong & healthy and be able to lift, run & squat when I need to! #functionalfitness

Short term goal: To do a 5K and to be able to do 'real' pushups! DONE in 2017!

2018 Goals: Get better at pushups and maybe do another 5K!. Track food 100% of the time in 2018!

My general goal is to MAINTAIN a weight between 130-139 lbs. and to regularly exercise...both cardio and strength training.

My Program:
I workout at home & have a treadmill, weights & assorted exercise equipment. I particularly enjoy walking outside, the kettlebell swing & step aerobics! I love my Fitbit...though sometimes I wonder who is the boss...it or me?! I walk regularly and am beginning to run a little.

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Pioneer Baptist Church is an integral part of my life and I am grateful to God for saving me.

I'm a native West Virginian transplanted to the great state of Texas!

Other stuff....I live in a log house and home educated all my children.

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Highest (non-pregnant) Weight: 165.5 lbs on 3/12/2015

I have struggled within about a 30-35 lb weight range since reaching menopause in 2008.

My goal is to keep a better handle on my post-menopausal weight and be able to MAINTAIN that hold!

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