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Accurately tracking my food and fitness is what keeps me maintaining my weight loss. Thanks to Sparkpeople for getting me there!
Having RA since age 6.5, and years of hospital stays and surgeries (38 operations and counting) have kept me on a weight loss roller coaster my entire adult life. I have five artificial joints, but love to work out, the higher intensity the better. I have three forms of arthritis destroying my body, but fight to keep moving every body part they damage. That is all that stands between me and a wheelchair. My favorite fitness classes are Boxercise, Step & Zumba! My trusty elliptical keeps me moving on the days I can't get out. Winters are long and hard here and even more challenging to keep moving.
I remain on Sparkpeople to keep up with the great friends I have made!! They are my role models and supporters Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this!

Member Since: 4/10/2011

Fitness Minutes: 186,531

My Goals:
To stay as fit and healthy as my body will allow me.
To eat healthy 80% of the time. First Joined Sparks May 13 2009 under the name JHADZHIA, that page is still open if you want to browse my previous adventures

My Program:
Getting at least 60 minutes daily of exercise. Online videos, (huge Jessica Smith fan!) DVD's and the elliptical as well as fitness classes at the gym when I can make it.
Walking and hiking a lot! I don't drive, so I walk every where I want to go!

Personal Information:
53, 5' 5" 130 lbs
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
RA since age 6 1/2 and now
Osteoporosis and a new mystery arthritis. 5 joints replaced, one failed and three foot surgeries with more to come. That is just life.

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like hiking, traveling, exercising, movies, books, internet games, SparkPeople, bridge, writing

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    Thanks for your encouragement on my "Permission" blog. I never thought I would look forward to getting a CPAP. Plan on rocking the look once I get it. The Dr called today and I was at the store. That means I have to wait til next week for arrangements. I was like "Nooooo. I want it now." Lol. When I lost weight years ago, I used Wii fit. I like barefoot running and air boxing. So I am looking forward to having the energy for that. Strength has never been my strength. Haha. But I know it is important.

    1 day ago
    THX for friend re-add back! emoticon
    2 days ago
    I agree with you: emotional eating is something we NEVER fully put behind us, it's too deeply rooted in earliest infancy. Oh well: helps a lot to be more aware of it!!
    3 days ago
    About sleep..... once I set my mind that I would not get up until I had 8 hours, I finally started getting regular hours! Before I go to sleep, if I have something on my mind, I ask myself how I could handel the situation & will do that when I get up. Works for me!!!! Also, I only drink 1 cup of coffee a day. & NEVER after noon. I'm usually in bed by 8 & asleep by 9. I'm an early riser! Hope this helps! emoticon
    3 days ago
    _LINDA, I am more than willing to send you a bulb. If you are uncomfortable about your address, I understand. So just pick one that you can get to and I will send it there. I have been to the farmers market the past two Saturdays and the vendor was not there. Hope he is OK cause he's a bit older. He smokes the garlic very slowly for over 30 days. This changes the texture to fig like and the taste sweeter. He is certified organic which is why it a bit in cost compared to regular. For me , it is worth it cause I feel that if it is for health, it should be organic. The garlic cannot be cooked so it is used more as a garnish. Soups, salads, etc. I just eat it straight which says something cause not a garlic fan. My first taste resulted in me eating a whole bulb! LOL. Am going this Saturday to the market, so hopefully he will be there. I need to stock up on fresh ones. For your area, you may need to find some farmers markets. Maybe contact a garlic growers club? Try your local MasterGardens at the county agricultural department? Good luck! Kathryn
    3 days ago
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