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Me at my heaviest before starting Weight Watchers. Who said black is thinning???

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After struggling with my weight most of my married life, losing it and gaining it back and repeating the process (a viscious cycle it seems), I've deciced, at the age of 65 (Nov., 2011) that I want to enjoy my senior years, live to see my 12 grandchildren grow older and play with the younger ones and FEEL better. I'm a multiple joint replacement woman with a bad back so sometimes my activities are limited. If I didn't think I could do my self-proclaimed "Journey to Success" for myself, I wouldn't have come here and laid all this out in front of everyone. My family is extremely supportive of me, especially my husband of 42 years. I have a lot of weight to lose but I'm setting small increments in goals so I don't get discouraged right out of the gate.

Member Since: 5/20/2011

Fitness Minutes: 300

My Goals:
I'm setting small goals in weight loss rather than one huge one. Otherwise I get discouraged before I'm even out of the gate. I keep thinking about the tortoise and the hare story. The tortoise kept his eye on the prize, head down and kept on moving...slowly, while the hare goofed off, became too self-assured and ended up losing the race. I'm setting weight goals of 20# increments. I have a long ways to go but I'll get there. I'm calling this my Journey to Success.

My Program:
I have osteoarthritis and am a multiple joint replacement recipient. Therefore, I'm limited on exercise but I do what I can. I stretch and do arm lifts and leg lifts while sitting. When my back allows, I'll get out and walk short distances and then sit for a bit before continuing on. Hopefully, as I lose weight, exercising will be come easier and a more likeable experience.

Personal Information:
I'm from IL originally and now live in MI. My BD is 11/4/46 and I've been married to the same man for 42 years. We have 3 grown children, 10 grands and 2 great grands. We live near our 2 daughters. Our son still lives in Chicago and is a Chicago police officer (worry all the time!) My favorite hobby is pen paling and I've pen paled on a regular basis since 1974. I've traveled to meet pen pals throughout the USA and other countries and have had same in my home. I'm a Christian (Catholic by faith).

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I'm actually going to WW meetings weekly but I enjoy Spark People web site more than the WW web site so spend my time here.

My husband and I are involved with church activities and we volunteer 2 mornings a week.

"And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
--Anais Nin, Danish Dearest

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  • v SWTHNY-
    I hope you have a great weekend and are pain free. I have flowers blooming at the side of the house already!!!!! They sure let me know Spring is here even though we never had a winter in Michigan this year. Its been the mildest winter I've ever seem in my 52 years here!
    I still am ready to garden and just see the greens and lovely colors come back and leaves on the trees :)
    2205 days ago
    Well, I hope you are "continuing on" this journey to new health! Just stopped by your spark page and wanted to encourage you.... I'm on the same journey and now "in the end" it will all be worth it! emoticon
    2226 days ago
  • v MARILYNS70
    Greetings - hoping you are doing well

    Looking forward to hearing from you
    2263 days ago
    I have changed my user name from susanbcope to catladyx8.
    2354 days ago
    Hey Gorgeous, you look fabulous!! I am so happy for you and proud of your achievements so far. You are amazing on so many levels and I LOVE your sense of humor.
    2371 days ago
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