Granddaughter's wedding in Hawaii, January 2013. DIL and Son on right.

Visit to the alpaca farm...we were all enchanted with these lovely creatures!

Isaac, 10, and Ian, 7, taken Easter 2013



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I'm 70+ and live in the Midwest most of the year, but often head to south Texas or Arizona for some of the cold winter months. We have 3 living children, 2 DGSs, ages 13 and 10, and a grown DGD who is mommy to our great-grandchildren, a girl and a boy!! Being overweight has been a problem for me since my last pregnancy over 40 years ago! I've probably lost 750 pounds in my life, only to put it all back on time and time again. I also have osteoarthritis and hauling all this weight around is not good for that. So, in the interest of preserving my replaced hips, enjoying life, and above all, being healthier, I'm working on improving my general health and becoming more active--would love to keep up with the grandsons for a very long time! SparkPeople is giving me that chance!

Member Since: 4/13/2007

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My overall goals are simple. I want to lead a healthier lifestyle that helps me to have the energy and enthusiasm to be active and happy. In order to do this, I will take off the excess pounds by eating healthier and exercising.

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My program is also simple:
1. I will eat within my daily calorie range and abstain from evening eating and snacking.
2. I will eat at least 5-7 freggies each day.
3. I will eat 3+ protein servings daily, including at least two dairy.
4. The remainder of my calories will come in the form of carbs.
5. I will include strength and stretching exercises in my daily routine.
6. I will participate in the Silver Sneakers and water exercise programs at the Y 3-5 times each week.
7. I will continue to exercise a minimum of 10 min/day on days with no scheduled activities.
8. I will weigh in weekly and actively participate in the 5% Fall Challenge, as well as my team activities.

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I love to read, do genealogy, spend as much time as possible with our grandsons and new great-granddaughter. We just moved to a condo last spring, so we're adjusting to having no outdoor responsibilities. We've rented a city garden spot for this year and we're looking forward to having plenty of fresh veggies!

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    No problem - there's 30 years difference between us - I was 33 and he was 63 when we met. We lived together 1 year before marriage.

    2 of his children are older than me - one is 2 yrs older and the other almost 5 yrs older. His youngest was even too old for me to have had at 18 (my dad would have shot me if I got pregnant at 14. Not really.).

    Ray was 1 year older than my mother and 2 older than my dad. Ray didn't have money but he did have time and wanted to spend it all with me. I feel so blessed to be so loved.

    I never had children but Ray asked me and gave me the choice - I opted for none at that age.

    A lot of people questioned me about the logic of marrying an old man of 63 but life doesn't come with guarantees. My eye doctor died at 40 and my BIL's dad at 45. Really, there is no guarantee that I won't go first but Ray says he'll kill me if I die first, lol.

    I'm not shy about sharing - I thank God for him every night and always ask for another day please. Having no children, my entire life is devoted to Ray and I know he would have done the same for me if our roles had been reversed. I'm going to miss him sorely when God does take him.

    20 hours ago
    I'm 31 years with my DH but he's 95 so I won't be able to do 50, lol.

    It's ok. So many people didn't think we'd last 10!

    I've never had a day's regret! A couple of hours here and there - but never a whole day, lol.

    love you,
    1 day ago
    emoticon Jeannie !! What did you both do? It's AMAZING to see a couple do so well !! LOVE IT !! May you both be blessed further. Imagine if you could both have 20 more yrs of bliss?

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    Happy Anniversary what a wonderful milestone ! Congratulations !
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