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Living in the moment!!!

I have been a member of Sparkpeople since 2006. I am returning after a year or more away as I took care of my husband who just passed on April 27, 2013. The friends that I have made here have stuck with me through all the difficult times. After reading my profile, I find that I do not need to change a thing other than my own attitude. Everything here is what I need to do. So here I am back at it.

I am a 60+ retired high school teacher. I was married 47 years to my college ...
I have been a member of Sparkpeople since 2006. I am returning after a year or more away as I took care of my husband who just passed on April 27, 2013. The friends that I have made here have stuck with me through all the difficult times. After reading my profile, I find that I do not need to change a thing other than my own attitude. Everything here is what I need to do. So here I am back at it.

I am a 60+ retired high school teacher. I was married 47 years to my college sweetheart. I have two married sons and four grandchildren. I am a breast cancer survivor. I have been truly blessed over the years and feel grateful for all of these blessings in my life.

Update 1/1/10 My weight has returned to where it was when I started Sparkpeople. I am refocusing and redirecting my life as I work to bring change and make my life an adventure.


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SW 179 (8/7/06)
LW 163 (8/1/07)
CW175(3/15/10)
GW 140

9/4/13 My weight this morning was at 182 at WW. This is the beginning of a new month and a new me.
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Member Since: 8/7/2006

SparkPoints: 94,757

Fitness Minutes: 55,916

My Goals:
I want to lose 10% of my weight and lower my BMI . I want to create a healthy lifestyle and remain healthy for many years to come.


My Program:
To stay within my calorie range of 1200-1500 calories.
To drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Increase whole grains. Exercise everyday. Do 30 min cardio 5x wk. Do strength exercises 3x wk.

Personal Information:
I live in Illinois. A small town east of Peoria. I retired from teaching special education in June of 2005. My hobbies include knitting, scrapbooking, and reading. I am in the process of learning about the "new normal" for my life as a single woman.

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My mantra: "I am healthy, fit, full of energy. I allow my body to absorb only what's nourishing. I radiate joy." That is my hope anyway.
1/10 My intention: To savor each moment, wherever I am and whatever I'm doing. To accept what is , regardless of my opinion about it.

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Member Comments:
KELLYERIN
6/15/2015 3:43:49 AM

Hello Marilyn! I was at Starved Rock last week and thought about our beautiful day there. I wanted to check in and I'm sorry to read about your husband's passing. Please message me to let me know how you are!



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VATRAVELER
3/19/2015 1:07:24 PM

I hope you are still here. I really find your page inspiring. I have lost my hubby in 2014 so lots of changes I'm sure. Best of luck to you.



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PEGGYO
10/11/2014 4:23:26 PM

We're missing you over on the over 60 group



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TAGRANT
8/6/2014 10:57:56 AM

Hi Marilyn,

I am back on spark people. You look so positive on your photos. Must be rough to carry on after such a long marriage.

Tineke



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~KINDREDSPIRIT~
7/4/2014 5:54:06 AM

May the fourth be with you!!!
hugs,
barbara

May the fourth be with you!!!
hugs,
barbara
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