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

Fitness Minutes: 56,805

My Goals:
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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    So happy you'll be joining the emoticon again for the Winter Challenge!
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    15 days ago
    You are so thoughtful. I really appreciate the lovely goodie and sentiment you left me, Jeannie. Thank you!
    17 days ago
    Hugs Jeannie,,,, TY SO MUCH for allowing me to copy/paste your blog about being thankful. I just sent it to my GD who works with those who have brain damage,,, most from horrible accidents. TO me it's very sad, but the love and patience of which my GD and her co workers give,,,, can only bring a smile to the clients as well as the workers.

    How are you doing? I haven't had a chance to notice for long who's with us on the break,, I HOPE hon you are. Remeber it's very informal. If you choose to not report exercise for a day,, days plus,, it's a choice. The LTGL is ANYTHING you wish. It can be something you struggle with or as I am doing,,,, something I AM successful with. The previous Summer break I worked ENDLESSLY on staying in range with my calories. This break it's to CELEBRATE that I AM in range. Well NOT Saturday. Every now and than we are just going to bust a gut,,, and well with ALL I had,,i SHOULD of busted the gut!! I did quite well until the evening which did NOT make sense !! I had the high calories at breakfast and at lunch, but I WOULD of been in range if I hadn't gone "hog wild" hey can I have a cute curly tail?? I WANT ONE !! I WANT ONE NOW !! NOW !! NOW !! LOL !!

    Hugs hon !
    17 days ago
    Hello Jeannie,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for the prayers. I love to volunteer and I have made many friends . I love being the EL for the SUDs it is a lot of fun. I used to be an animal rescue volunteer, I had to give it up as it was too hard on my body. It is so amazing how they know that you are helping them and let you know how much it meant to them with many kisses.
    I am sorry that you also have known the pain of losing a child. I will also say a prayer tonight for your angel.


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