Me after losing my first 55 pounds in 6 months w/ Spark People
Most of My Family - father-in-law, mother, father, husband, sons, daughters, grand-children, & self
Hangin' Out On the Farm
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Hi! I'm 56, married for 38 years, have 5 children (3 daughters - 2 sons), 2 sons-in-law/ 2 daughters-in-law, 10 grandchildren (6 girls -4 boys) & one on the way, one brother & one sister, & a great set of parents. I love family & friends, and go out of my way to plan many activities at our house for large get-togethers. We have several reunions at our farm and make applebutter, ground cornmeal, hand-churned butter, & lots of memories. I am a founding member of the Coal River Group, with a ...
Hi! I'm 56, married for 38 years, have 5 children (3 daughters - 2 sons), 2 sons-in-law/ 2 daughters-in-law, 10 grandchildren (6 girls -4 boys) & one on the way, one brother & one sister, & a great set of parents. I love family & friends, and go out of my way to plan many activities at our house for large get-togethers. We have several reunions at our farm and make applebutter, ground cornmeal, hand-churned butter, & lots of memories. I am a founding member of the Coal River Group, with a goal to clean-up, preserve the history of, & promote the recreational opportunities that the 3 Coal Rivers offer. We are working on the Big Coal, Little Coal, and Great Coal Rivers, stretching over 100 miles through Boone, Lincoln, & Kanawha Counties in the great state of West Virginia. (check out our web-site at www.coalrivergroup.com ). I LOVE FAMILY, kayaking, a good book, history, genealogy, scrap-booking, gardening & preserving the harvest, wood-working, and music. I love to learn new things and do new things. I'll never let fear stop me from doing something I really want to do.
My goals are to lose weight, stop smoking, get more exercise, visit family members more often, & complete several projects I have started & never finished.
I have already incorporated walking on the Air Walker, using hand weights, modifying my diet, visiting, & organizing my house. As far as the modifying of my diet, I have already . . . switched to 45 calorie multi-grain bread, use oyster crackers instead of regular saltines, drink at least one cup of mint or green tea each day, added more water to my diet, & track my food. I have gone off my allergy pills (& am doing great except for an occasional headache, they kept me swelled & dry & craving Sunkist Orange soda). I make up a soup made from cabbage, onions, green peppers, diced tomatoes, pepper, onion & garlic powders, & one can of beef broth. I can have it anytime I want to help me fill up. I have also added a Spring green salad to my diet at least 3 times a week. All of the above are good for me & have replaced the things that were bad for me. I have also made myself aware of when I want to light up a cigarette, so have pared my smoking down.
I am from rural West Virginia, but am sandwiched between 2 of our largest cities (Charleston & Huntington). Live on a non-working farm, other than our garden. We host our family reunions on our farm & love having the family here. Recently had 13 people living in the house, but have now pared it down to 4.
I love reading books about places in history & plan to travel to the places in the near future. Read "From Sea to Shining Sea" (about the Lewis & Clark Expedition) & am raring to travel through Kentucky & see the places he described. I also want to follow the complete "Midland Trail" which has been mapped from the book "Follow the Trail" by Mary Ingalls Draper. This is set in Ohio, West Virginia, & either Kentucky or Indiana or both. I love Native American Indian Powwows. I love to kayak on the calm rivers (Coal & Kanawha) & the lakes around here. I am working with a group called the Coal River Group to restore, revitalize, to document the history, & to map the entire 3 rivers (Little Coal, Big Coal, & what we now call the Great Coal Rivers). My favorite quote is "Life is what you do on your way to dying", and as for me - I have not lived nearly enough.
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| current weight: 213.0
Congrats on all your hard work! I just joined and came across your page. I'm from down in Huntington!
3599 days ago
Congratulationis on reaching your 1-year anniverary. It sounds like you've accomplished so much already. I hope the new year brings you closer to your goals! Good luck.
3728 days ago
This is a wonderful and very motivating page!
I recently read your post on volunteer work and how you can trun it into 'fitness' time, and I was really inspired by your enthusiasm.
You're doing a wonderful job! Keep it up!
3844 days ago
I just learned about the sparksearch feature and I saw that you are within 50 miles of me!
Many congratulations on being under 200! Yeah!!!!
3864 days ago
Congratulations on your weight loss! Keep up the good work! Soon you'll be under 200 - what a milestone! Great pictures - sounds like a lovely farm.
3885 days ago