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I love to garden, and am out side on most days when I am not working, in it. I HATE winter!!! LOL

I also need to get my self back on track. some days I'm pretty good other days not so. I have some physical issues, but I am not in pain (thank God) so I am careful of what I can do, mostly low impact things are fine. So there are some things I will not do that cause undo stress on my body. It does not limit me for most part.

I am divorced, I have 4 grown sons. No grands yet. I look after my 84 year old mother. She is still very mobile and on her own. I work full time and part time, and am involved in various thing that keep me busy.

I am forever repairing or replacing things in my 85 year old house! I love to work with my power tools and do repairs around my house. All the doors and windows have been replaced, both baths have been replaced and are fairly new. replaced all flooring. Still needs siding, and walkway replaced.

So now I need to redo this body! So that it will serve me well, for many more years. I have been at it for awhile. I am determined, sometimes just not motivated! I need to do this, for me, because I AM worth it.

Member Since: 12/30/2008

Fitness Minutes: 151,285

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I have improved my walking endurance .... I can now walk over 3 miles with out a problem!

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I joined Jenny Craig a year ago July. I lost about 48 lbs
so far. have been kinda stuck since the holidays. have had some joint health issues, so I have not been able to walk as I had been. Trying to get back into the swing of things, as my knee is feeling better. I am looking forward to summer to be in my garden again. All that yard work and exercise!!
Continue with what I'm doing and also fit more exercise into what i've been doing.

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I live in Illinois, Summer is here and it has been VERY hot and humid! I work outside so I am jut wiped when I get home.

I have 4 boys, am divorced, Work full time at a Driver License facility. I test CDL truck drivers. Have been doing this for about 29 yrs.
have great friends, and a wicked sense of humor, that I do use all the time.

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My favorite life quote is BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. I often do not take the time to be still and listen, to myself, or my body.


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  • v GRLTAZ
    Thank you for the goodie. I have to warn my patients that I have no filter for my mouth so they know to take what I say with a grain of salt... LOL !
    4 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my blog the other day. Miss Cookie, aka Sugar Cookie, is still having problems with her balance. We think part of it may have been matts in her fur from the flea and tick med application I had done. She's such a mellow, happy doggie!
    6 days ago
  • v KATHYJO56
    Thank you for your comment on my story. It is one that finally needed to be told to give all others hope. emoticon
    17 days ago
    Hello! Just a drive-by to thank you for the walking shoes, Chris. That was sweet of you.

    I really enjoyed reading your page... all about your family, dear old home, gardening and power tools! OMG... I love power tools, too! How did I ever live without a table saw, jigsaw and palm sander?? And the drill my niece gave me for my last bday.... I can change out the bits without using a chuck!!! Such progress! Sometimes I think I'm channeling my grandfather who was always tinkering, repurposing, inventing, etc. I sit on my patio swing, something catches my eye to make better somehow... and I'm off to the garage... rifling thru my stash of wood scraps, etc. I feel your passion!

    I also have an OLD home.... built in 1923. Last Summer we had the front and back yards landscaped. But now the plants are dormant... except for the grasses that are pushing up and taking over the planting areas. Looking forward to Springtime to shop for more plants.

    Anyway..... thank you again for the Goodie Shoes!
    20 days ago
    Hi Chris --No you are not stupid, I myself just recently learned about them. "A weighted blanket is like a firm hug that can help you relax and sleep better. Weighted blankets lower stress and create a calm feeling by raising serotonin levels in the brain." Once I receive mine and use it, I will write a blog about it. Hope this explanation helps. emoticon
    21 days ago
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