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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: 45,699

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 darlin'. I've had chronic ankle problems since I was 11 and I know the drill. Rest, elevate, ice, wrap. The first day is crucial and I really took it easy on Sunday and pretty much all of yesterday. I took a short slow walk in my most supportive shoes on flat ground late in the day and I'll do a little more today - but still plenty of babying. It's only a tee tiny bit swollen and no bruising. This is good. Back to normal by the weekend, I bet.

    I appreciate your kind words. Thank you.
    76 days ago
    She looks like her grandma!
    81 days ago
    Hey there! Friday was an emotional day - but mostly happy and slightly giddy emotions. And of course .... I got the tasks done I wanted to get done, so I ended up feeling mighty proud. By Saturday morning I looked 5 years younger so I can tell that a lot of tension was stored inside. I'm sleeping a lot - which I thought I would be doing - and that will help with the old face.

    The interesting thing was that once I'd made the leap - once there was for-sure no going back - I didn't want to go back. That's when you know you've made the right decision - the right leap.

    thanks SO much for the bloglove.
    99 days ago
    Hey darlin'. Thanks for the bloglove. Just about to head off to that last first day of the week. What a ride it's been!
    105 days ago
    Thank you for those kind loving words. It is hard. But there are also times when it's not so hard. And I will get there eventually - no wait! In 2 weeks!!
    114 days ago
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