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Meet Pluto. We went on a dog walk and stayed at the park to play. So fun :)

Apollo at the dog agility track. He's panting and I'm not? Hey I ran, too! Lol.

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I'm a 62 (now 66) year old woman, ex workaholic that was stopped in my tracks by a really bad back. For the past 10 years I've been floundering around trying to find just the right lifestyle and diet. I found Spark People on a forum game and here I am. I confess I'm a slow starter. I found "SparkCoach" today and something changed inside of me. It seems there's more to this diet thing than I thought. I realize I need to change just about everything! I like the program here and the site is very supportive. This 62 year old woman with a back problem is not the same as I used to be, but maybe I can find a new me, inside of me.

UPDATE 5/2014. It's been two years and can you believe it, I'm two years older! I'm 64! Lol. I'm fully entrenched in the SP program and love it! If interested in my progress and life see my blogs.

UPDATE: 6/2015. I am the privilaged to announce I am the leader of the forum, "Senior Olympics Ready Set Go!" This forum is for athletes or avid exercisers that are interested in chatting, getting support and working towards sports events. The Senior Olympics is national/international for those athletes over 55 years old. You don't have to be a member of this forum. Those members that are under 55 are welcome to join. If you like sports events and are training whatever your age please do join my forum. Everyone is welcome. Beginners welcome! :)

Member Since: 5/22/2012

Fitness Minutes: 46,060

My Goals:
I want to be super healthy, since I have Rheumatoid Auto-Immune Disease I want to be as pain free as possible. I also have hyptothryroid (Hashimoto's) My goals are to swim competively, walk a marathon, do indoor rock climbing and marry a rich husband. Well I can dream can't I? Lol.

My 2015 Spring 5% Challenge exercise goals:
Saturday swim class. 1 hr.
Saturday swim technique practice. 1 hr.
Aqua exercises Mon-Tues-Fri with 30 min.
Swim laps a minumum of 5 days weekly for one hour.
Ten minute,10 lb bar bell exercises Monday, Wed, Friday.
Monday thru Sunday, 10 minutes stretching after warm ups.
Heavy house cleaning Tuesdays and Saturdays, 1 hour.
Mon-Thurs-Saturday.Knee exercises: squats 10 reps from chair to wobbly board. Leg raises 10 reps front, back and lateral 10 min. Mon-Wed-Fri.
Tai Chi 30 min of form practice Mon-Wed-Fri.

Train for the National Senior Olympic games. Swim with focus on technique 3 to 4 times weekl

My Program:
I don't care much for formal exercise so I have had to become creative. My program consists of Tai Chi, and Chi Walking, I am a swimmer. Presently training for the "Senior Olympics". It is the olympics for ages 55 and up. I love the Mediterranean diet foods and am on the EAT to LIVE Diet Plan by Joel Fuhrman M.D.

There's a forum for all the things I do. See my forums if you're interested in joining.

Personal Information:
City girl from Manhattan. N.Y. I moved to Florida and became a pediatric rehabilitation RN in my mid twenties and never looked back. I have two wonderful children and an awesome grandson. I do love it here during the winter and have learned to endure the brutal heat and humidity of the summers. I am a Learn to Swim children's instructor year round and adore it. 5/14 I just earned my Red Cross certification in water safety and Learn to Swim for all ages! Everyone should know how to swim! Message me if you are interested in Learn to Swim information. I can help you get started! :)
3/15: I just earned my Red Cross Life
guarding certification. Yay!

Other Information:
I am a book collector and avid reader. My favorite genre is Dystopian Sci-Fi. Author: Margaret Atwood- The Handmaid's Tale and women's non-fiction. Special interest is the middle east. My favorite games are 3-D puzzles and Sudoku. I love iphone photography. I do make jewelry and want to learn quilting.

Since Autism runs in the family, I am well read in this subject. I am presently working on a picture book for children with Autism. I am searching for a photographer for my book. If you know Photoshop (or the like) and are interested, please do message me :)

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    You got me! What is "Premium"?

    I'll get back with you on the other...but it probably won't be until nex week. DH keeps me busy on the weekend. emoticon
    2 days ago
    It's now YOUR team to shape and mold as you wish. Yes, we need to talk as Americans, not by party affiliation. Sadly, politics is one of the more "hot potato" topics so rarely is discussed calmly and with purpose. I believe in compromise for the greater good.
    4 days ago
    So how is it you managed to join, and then take over as leader of, an inactive Spark team (Politics)?

    "I Matter" isn't enough of a challenge for you?! emoticon

    It seems that you are the only active member of your "new" team - shall I join? What do you have in mind?
    5 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/20/2016 4:08:14 PM
    Interesting about the Delayed Phase Sleep Syndrome. I'd never heard of it. I have insomnia in that I cannot stay asleep very well, so I have to take lorazepam at bedtime. I tried other sleeping meds (I think Lunesta was one), but they put me in such a deep sleep that when I'd wake up in the middle of the night, I'd fall. I had to go to the ER once because I fell and hit my chin on something and had to get stitches. So no more sleeping meds that work like that! Although I have to take Nuvigil in the morning for daytime sleepiness. So I have a med to keep me asleep, then another med to keep me awake.

    One time I took my morning medications at bedtime and was awake for HOURS. Oh, my! I'll never make that mistake again!

    For the longest time, I fought using the CPAP, and I was put on a BiPAP for a time, but I wouldn't use it, either. I went without any sleep therapy. Then my sleep specialist suggested that if I wasn't going to use CPAP, to try using a TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner). I used that for a couple of years, and it stretched my jaw so bad that my bite is off. My dentist just shakes her head and sighs because I can't afford orthodontics. Needless to say, I stopped using the TAP and tried CPAP again. The only way I can stand using the CPAP is by using a product called REMZZZ, which is a kind of donut-shaped piece of material like a T-shirt that is placed between my face and the mask. I tried it because I have a sensitivity to the silicone or whatever that material is. I don't think I would use the CPAP without the REMZZZ's, even if I didn't have the skin irritation. The noise and air shooting into my eyes were keeping me awake and that was one main reason why I didn't use CPAP before.
    7 days ago
    Thanks for all of the good advice about sleep. I have sleep apnea (and I do use a CPAP, which I have a love/hate relationship with emoticon ), so I really try to pay attention to good sleep hygiene. I sleep in a completely dark room except for a dim nightlight so I won't trip if I have to get up in the middle of the night. I have to sleep in a room with just the right temperature, so I keep a fan on -- which does double duty to create white noise. I don't eat heavy foods before bedtime. I always go to the bathroom the last thing before getting into bed, and I watch my water intake before bedtime. I am also very sensitive to caffeine so I stop consuming all products with caffeine at 3 p.m. (I might change that to 2:30 p.m.)

    I have learned to stop worrying about everything at bedtime. In my mind, I put all of my worries and concerns and put them in a box, put a lid on it, and put it outside my door. I trust that God will hear those as prayers and will take care of me. I think, too, that I can always unpack the box in the morning if I want to and re-address those worries and concerns. It works for me.

    I do have some bad sleep habits. I know I should stop using the computer a half hour to an hour before bed, but I'm having trouble breaking myself of that habit. I also know that I need to set a schedule for going to bed and getting up -- and adhere to that schedule. My sleep hours are all over the place.

    Thank you for the good reminders to work on my sleep hygiene. I appreciate your expertise. emoticon emoticon
    8 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/17/2016 8:53:15 AM
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