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"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." ~ Thoreau

Been married for 44 yrs., have two grown sons & one granddaughter (Madi - 10) and two grandsons (Lincoln - 6 & Declan - 1.) Back to being a nanny granny taking care of Declan while Mommy works.

Been struggling with weight issues since my early 40's and been the yo-yo queen over the years - lose, put it back on + some more - over & over. After age 50, I started to become uncomfortable physically with the extra weight - arthritis & high blood pressure becoming serious concerns. Had to do something as walking with a cane & climbing stairs on my knees wasn't for me anymore so I joined Curves in Sept./03 and it changed my life! Three months at Curves did more for me than six months of physio - lost inches, lbs. & while the arthritis was still there I no longer used a cane & could climb stairs better. But I still continued to yo-yo diet. I've always had a lousy digestive system with the IBS progressively getting worse culminating in twelve years of chronic diarrhea. Learning I was lactose intolerant & starting to take acidophilus along with digestive enzymes has made a big difference, but along with improvement came other medical problems. Seeing specialists who suggested I increase fibre only compounded the problems so "physician heal thyself". Completely giving up white carbs & eating only fruits, veggies, a few whole grains, yogurt & protein - mainly eggs, chicken & fish - have made all the difference in the world to me. This "live-it" has allowed me to control my problems more - no, they aren't gone, but they are much better - and the added bonus - I've lost considerable weight. I've still got a way to go to reach a healthy BMI weight, but I'm going to do it & stick with it. I feel so much better physically & the aches & pains aren't as bad - more tolerable.

I regularly use my Gazelle, stationary recumbent bike, occasionally my mini-trampoline, walk whenever I can and get in lots of swimming in the summer. I also do SP's strengthening exercises at least 3x/week.

This is a lifetime journey - not just to lose the weight, but then to maintain it - that will be the challenge, but I'm taking it one oz. at a time!!! And who knows, maybe it'll be the "fountain of youth".

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Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is a mystery,
Today is a gift.
That's why it is called the "present".

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Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
~ President Barack Obama

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If you can't fly then run. If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. ~ Edward M. Kennedy

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Life is short, break the rules, forgive sooner, love with true love, laugh without control and always keep smiling. Maybe life is not the party that we were expecting, but in the mean time, we're here and we can still dance......

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You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. ~ Margaret Thatcher

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Hope is the stubborn thing inside us that insists that something better awaits us, so long as we keep fighting. ~ President Barack Obama

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Our minds are a garden
Our thoughts are the seeds
We can grow flowers
Or we can grow weeds
What will the harvest be?
~ Unknown

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You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way. ~ Dr. Seuss

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Member Since: 1/29/2008

Fitness Minutes: 218,084

My Goals:
To be more fit & healthy!

(142 lbs. - BMI of 28.7. A recent 12 year study revealed that people slightly overweight lived longer than those underweight or obese! When I reach this goal, I'll reassess.)

Maintain goal weight when achieved!!!


My Program:
"Live-it" consists mainly of fruits, veggies, yogurt, a little skim milk, a few whole grains, protein - eggs, fish & chicken with occasionally a little beef & pork.

Daily supplements: Jamieson MegaVim 75 vitamin, Devil's Claw & glucosamine & chondroitin with MSM for arthritis, Vit. D, cod liver oil capsule, digestive enzymes & acidophilus, green tea capsules (along with 2 - 3 cups of green tea daily)

Exercise & Strength Training: Cardio 4 times or more a week consisting of Gazelling, rebounding, walking, walk aerobics & lots of swimming in the summer.



Personal Information:
Lived in Toronto, Ontario Canada all my life, but have a family cottage just north of Napanee/Kingston - we are totally in love with that area of our beautiful province!!!


Other Information:
Music, music, music - mostly all kinds (IPods are amazing!)

Love to Dance - knees & ankles just don't hold out like they used to.

Love to sink my teeth into a good book: thrillers, mysteries, romantic suspense - Nora Roberts, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, Steve Alten, James Rollins, Sandra Brown, J.K. Rowling - love Harry Potter & miss him terribly!

Like to get lost in a good movie: romantic comedies, sci-fi, mysteries.




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  • v _PAUL_

    Thank you for the friendly welcome
    7 days ago
  • v HOMEBODY4EVER
    emoticon emoticon While on this ride called "life", you have to take the good with the bad, smile when you're sad, love what you've got and remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget. Learn from your mistakes, but never regret. People change. Things go wrong. Just remember, the ride goes on. emoticon
    9 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon Spark Friends,

    If you or anyone you know are having trouble tracking or are stuck in a plateau, then please read this or share it with your spark friends.

    Remember attaining weight loss is possible and permanent weight loss is absolutely doable. If you are will to start changing your life and lifestyle one habit at a time. After all that is how we learned how to talk, walk, dress, bathe and eat. Was one step at a time. Our Mothers and fathers were very good at teaching us what they knew.

    But, most of them did not know what healthy eating was. Not really. Nothing like a dietician would know. So remember when starting out you want to set up small attainable goals. Even if you are having trouble anywhere in your weight loss journey, you may just want to take a step back and look at where you are actually at.

    Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

    1) Are you where you want to be?
    2) Are you losing weight?
    3) Are you really tracking everything that you eat?
    4) Are you being completely honest with yourself?
    5) Are you setting realistic goals?
    6) Are you drinking your daily water?
    7) Are you eating at least 2 fruits daily?
    8) Are you eating at least 3 vegetables daily?
    9) Are you getting at least 10+ minutes of exercise daily?
    10) Are you getting any me time? This is the most important one.......

    Drinking 8 cups of water.....every day is very important to stay hydrated.
    • Eating at least 2 fruits and at least 3 vegetables every day will help keep you full longer and ensure that you are getting enough fiber
    • Not eating in front of the TV....you do not want to be distracted, enjoy your meal and put down your fork or spoon between every bite, while sipping water. It takes at least 20 minutes to ensure the brain starts to signal the stomach that you are getting full.
    • No soda or sweet drinks....you will want to cut out as much refined sugar as possible, lowering your risk of diabetes.
    • Eat breakfast every morning: This is the most important meal of the day, you need at least 300 - 400 calories to start your day and get your metabolism reeved up for the day.
    • No candy, cake, potato chips or other high carb junk food, instead try a piece of fresh fruit, granola, veggie slices or nuts. Sometimes even a glass of water can keep hunger at bay. Try it infused with slices of fruit or veggies.

    And if you are stuck in a plateau, try mixing up your exercise routine. A strength training program, with some cardio and walking the pounds away may be just what the doctor ordered. Talk it out with a trainer, a dietician, your doctor or weight loss buddy may also be an answer too.

    Just do what it takes for you..... what works for one, may not work for you.

    I love all of you and want each one of you to be successful in your journies! KEEP ON SPARKIN'
    Jill emoticon
    10 days ago
  • v HOMEBODY4EVER
    emoticon emoticon The beauty of "food as medicine" is that the choice to heal and promote health can begin as soon as the next meal. emoticon
    11 days ago
  • v HOMEBODY4EVER
    emoticon emoticon Be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything. emoticon
    12 days ago
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