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After 100 hours over a period of five months and 15,000+ beads, the bear has left the loom

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Eight years ago I started SparkPeople at my highest weight ever - 230 pounds. I got down to 196 lbs before life got in the way and got back up to 223.

The expectation for retirement was that I would get my weight down to less than 200 pounds in a year or two. Didn't happen. First, I quickly found out that 10,000 steps in an office doesn't come close to 10,000 steps in the woods and on the beach and it took a while to get up to that goal.

Then I made the mistake of "taking the holidays off" and put 8 pounds back on! Despite that, there are non-scale victories aplenty - I can do double leg lifts, touch my toes, and lift the pillow-top mattress when I make the bed - just to name a few.

All in all, I'm pretty happy right now. Yes, I still want to improve my health (which includes losing weight and/or inches), but I'm spending more time with DH and our family, much less stressed, and actively engaged in activities that I love (long walks, photography, and beading), and learning a lot every day.

Retirement is wonderful!

Member Since: 3/26/2012

Fitness Minutes: 89,970

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Hitting the Appalachian Trail next year (only a short section) next year and training for that this year.

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Mostly just to keep doing what I'm doing but kicking it up a notch - getting more consistent with the strength training, walking more, drinking lots of water, and a relatively healthy diet. (Variety and moderation in all things.)

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Born in Hazard, Kentucky and have lived in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, California and Washington (current residence)

Three grown children and six grandchildren between 8 and 20

Wonderful husband of (almost) 30 years


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If you can't poke fun at yourself, you leave the job to someone else - and they may not be so kind.

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    Thank you for stopping by my blog on living without regret and adding your thoughtful comments. You and I are in similar circumstances: retired for two years, mothers who passed more than 20 years ago but who still live on in our heads. If I ever had a creative or adventuresome thought the reply was "Where do you get such outlandish ideas?" I know that I can't go back and change things, and in the long run I have learned a lot about life. For me, not having regrets has to mean forgiving those who constrained me and letting go of my anger - at both them and myself - for not pushing myself in different directions. As it is, I have used my experiences to find my true passion: I am an astrologer with a strong background in past lives and their influence on the present, including what we can learn so we can move forward. My parents must be rolling in their graves - too bad. It's who I am for this lifetime. So I can move forward with no regrets - though I still carry a few extra pounds!
    3 days ago
    Thankyou for the lovely blog comment, we do like working in the garden, it's taken a number of years to get to the stage we're at with it and we do enjoy it. We have a wild flower patch at the bottom of the garden, it's planted up with nettles etc for the bees and butterflies and the pond attracts wildlife too. DH made a waterfall to it and it's lovely to watch the birds coming down to take a shower..

    l'm not sure what made me write about DH but he does deserve a lot of credit. l had cancer and he was my rock, my immune system went right down and over the last few years l seemed to get every little bug going, it came back up after five years and l had a couple of years which wasn't too bad but then this polymyalgia arrived and l seemed to go back to square one. We're working on reducing my medication and each day l feel better, l just think that yesterday culminated in my realising l can beat it. l was so happy and feel that life is coming back on track again...
    l know you too have a wonderful husband...the teddy bear gift...and l'm so pleased for you. You hear such awful divorce stories so it's nice to find someone who's so happy with their lot. We too love to just walk, run errands etc, just being able enjoy life while you can is our DH's. can emoticon

    3 days ago
    emoticon For posting all your beautiful pictures. I so much enjoy them. You live in a beautiful area, sure want to visit. Have a wonderful day emoticon
    6 days ago
    Thank you for visiting my blog. emoticon
    10 days ago
    Thanks for the blog comment, l'm determined to do it! emoticon
    10 days ago
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