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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: 38,268

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

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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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    The Bike is actually a mid-sized bike, but a bit bigger of a jump than I planned on making. I went from a 250 cc to the 800cc. I couldn't resist it. It sat there for over a month at a used car dealership waving to me as I was coming home from work. I finally had to pull in and introduce myself, ha ha
    I feel like I'm starting all over though. It's 10 years old, didn't have a mark on it....until my husband took it to a parking lot so I could practice before hitting the road and I stalled and dropped it. Didn't hurt it, or me though, and hey I got practice in how to pick up a bike, something I hope to not have to practice too often. Need a few more local loops though before I'm ready to hit the main roads.
    109 days ago
    Hey it's good to see you too! Things are getting better, though there still is never enough time in the day. Hoping to update things over the weekend. I've been through some dark places, but been putting a lot of effort into trying to find my balance. It's been working.
    111 days ago
    Thank you for the bloglove from last week. I'm not just a baaaaad blogger, I'm a baaaad thanker. But here is the real thing - emoticon
    emoticon Sometimes she's just so lazy
    emoticon Sometimes she doesn't lend a hand
    116 days ago
    "Transformation is not five minutes from now; it's a present activity. In this moment you can make a different choice, and it's these small choices and successes that build up over time to help cultivate a healthy self-image and self esteem."
    -Jillian Michaels
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    Thank you for commenting on my blog, Never Grocery Shop On An Empty Stomach. I appreciate the support!

    117 days ago
    Hey!!! I have no idea what I'm doing but it was so good to see your note wherever it was lol!!!!!
    127 days ago
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