VTORIA3   102,594
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Molly gets me out walking. Good Girl!

Looking forward to enjoying pansies again this Spring!

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A Day that SPARKles, is a day well done

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Committed to doing the 2015 Spring 5% Challenge!

Just do it!

Committed to doing the 2015 Spring 5% Challenge!

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 Pounds lost: 16.5 

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Member Since: 9/23/2009

SparkPoints: 102,594

Fitness Minutes: 75,345

My Goals:
Live a healthy fit life, NEVER quit.

I love the 5% Challenges:
2014 Summer 5%
2014 Inbetween
2014 Fall 5%
2015 Winter5%
2015 Inbetween (in progress)
2015 Spring (starts 4/3)

2014 Summer 5% Challenge Results:
(my best Challenge)

Weight: Lost 11#
Hips: Lost 2"
BMI 25.5 just short of goal to achieve healthy range of 25
WHR .72
Size: 12 (from sz 14)

My Program:
100 Days of Accountability, Ongoing Chapters

Plan intentions before the start of every day.

Find positives in every day.

Doing 2015 Spring 5% Challenge Program:

Exercise 5-6 Days every week.

Eat a healthy balanced 1200 - 1555 calories daily. Holidays, family events, vacation option: max daily calories=weight x 15 calories .
No evening snacking as much as possible

Personal Information:
Happily married with 3 terrific grown boys, 3 lovely grandkids, and a dog. Took an early retirement in 2009, which presented many new lifestyle changes. Have a part-time bookkeeping business going; watch 3 yr old granddaughter 2 days weekly.

Other Information:
Enjoy time with family and friends, reading, gardening (novice), cooking & mini vacations.

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Member Comments:
5/29/2015 2:29:41 PM

Little mini-challenge for you: Can you name 2 songs you can listen to the next time you need to brighten your mood?

Think about the music on your playlist and pick at least 2 songs that are proven mood-brighteners for you. They can be upbeat, slow-tempo, or anything in between . . . as long as they put a smile on your face! Keep them in mind for the next time you need a quick pick-me-up. Music has a proven effect on well-being! It can lift your mood, boost energy, and stimulate positive thinking. It can even help relax you at the end of a long day or during a stressful situation. emoticon

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5/25/2015 4:34:48 PM

Just saw your comment on my blog. I can't paint right now because I'm just living in my daughter's tiny livingroom until she moves out and all my stuff is in a storage unit. But this apartment has good light and room for a studio, so that's one thing I'm definitely thinking I'll be doing, plus there are galleries here, I could do the rounds and try to sell some work.

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5/25/2015 4:17:35 PM

70% of cases don't worsen over time. However, my left eye has gotten dramatically worse since it started a year ago - used to just have a small blurry spot in the center, now can't read out of it at all. So it's not looking good. As long as my right eye holds out I can see fine with the left covered. The other possibility is that the crinkled lens could eventually detach on its own, restoring some of my vision. This is what I'm hoping for.

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5/25/2015 12:53:12 AM

Macular pucker isnt the same thing as macular degeneration. The way they explained it to me, my eyes are healthy but there's this one layer that pulls away as you age, and in some people instead of pulling all the way free it puckers, like crinkled cellophane.

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5/22/2015 3:42:54 PM

Food-for-thought this week:

Diets have a start and a finish, but a lifestyle change will last forever. Imagine yourself where you want to be, and that is where you will go. Being mindful about your eating can help you stay focused on your weight loss plan. As you eat, pay close attention to all your senses. Use your tongue to feel the texture of the food, gauge its temperature, and take a whiff of the aroma. Ask yourself if it is something that is really satisfying your taste buds. Every choice is yours to make!

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