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Ahh! Summer at the lake!

And, now there are five!!

My sweet but crazy crew at Christmas!


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Welcome to my Spark page. I am 64 years old and a retired speciaI education teacher (non categorical preschool).
My husband and I have a 4 year old rescue beagle named Buster. He is a bundle of energy and makes us laugh. He has eerily similar traits that we saw in our last 2 rescue beagles. He's very sweet and lots of fun for us.
Our daughter, husband and her 3 children (my adorable grandchildren) live about 25 minutes from us. They also have an old rescue beagle. I am so fortunate to see them a lot. They are my sunshine!!
Our son is married to a great woman. They have his rescue beagle (see a pattern in our family?) and her two cats. They live about 25 minutes from us also (in the opposite direction!)
I joined Spark in December 2009 and, like everyone, life has thrown me some curves as well as blessed me in many ways! Although I struggle with consistency, my main struggle seems to always be with exercise. It seems I do fine for awhile and then I get off track. I always go back to the basics but it does get discouraging.
I'm trying to focus on being a healthy me with the energy to have fun with my family!

Member Since: 12/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 46,906

My Goals:
-be aware of my diet and portion control
-maintain a consistent exercise routine (walking, yoga, ST)
-drink at least 3 glasses of water a day
-blog weekly

My Program:
-be aware of nutrition and portion control
-track my fitness every day
-track my fruits/veggies
-track my water intake

Personal Information:
I've been married to my wonderful husband for 42 years. We have 2 grown children. Our daughter is married with 3 children. I feel so blessed to have them close and spend lots of time with them. Our son and his wife are recently married and right now live about 10 minutes from us.I taught preschool special education for 23 years and retired about 5 years ago. Loving retirement and am always busy!

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I love to read!!! I belong to PaperbackSwap and love having access to so many books.
We are moving our pontoon to Smith Mountain Lake and hope to spend some weekends and at least one week each summer down there. We are able to spend lots of time with our kids and grandkids. I love spending time with my family!

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    Thanks for the bloglove! And for the birthday wishes. It was a perfect day.
    53 days ago
    Hey there! Thanks for the bloglove.

    As for maintaining, losing and all the rest - I'd always rather be trying than to be quitting. When my efforts are unsuccessful I may be more silent about things but that doesn't mean I'm not trying.

    gosh your grands are growing big!
    54 days ago
    Thanks for dropping by and leaving happy thoughts. I can't believe she's 1 already either. But it happens. A whole year has gone by. What a gloomy rainy day it was, too. The same day our 30 year old well pump died! Ugh.

    Well. we will enjoy a little home party with her on Sunday. Can't wait.
    58 days ago
    Thank you for the bloglove. What a sweet compliment about my writing, too. I'm glad you enjoyed that dinner ... with dancing to follow
    60 days ago
    Hey there! Thanks for the bloglove - about shrinking. I'm not all that upset about it. I know that's what humans do. And the BMI is nothing that rules my life too. It's one of those little designations I'd enjoy having but for no purpose. Just - it would be cool. Mostly I know that it's how I feel and what I'm able to do that matters.

    I do think I'll add yoga back to my life. I've noticed a tee tiny bit of balance loss the past few months and I know why - and I know how much yoga helps. And I really may drop a few lbs. There is this secret number in my little heart that I think would be the perfect weight for me and with this shorter body it's actually a realistic weight. It's not anything drastic - just ... I think ... a better weight. I've been inching down gently lately anyway so maybe it will become a reality.
    62 days ago
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