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 12 and 9, and a grown DGD who is mommy to our first great-grandchild, a girl!! 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% Spring 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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    It is bittersweet to leave the cabin. We've made some wonderful friends there, we love the woods, the mountains and the deer but it was getting to be too much to take care of two homes and family is in Florida so that is where we need to be. We can always visit!
    7 days ago
    Thanks, Jeanne! It was a gorgeous day and gorgeous scenery was all around!
    8 days ago
    Thanks so much for your positive input on my blog. My Endo Dr suggested a Magnesium supplement for my leg cramps. Will try to get some Wednesday.
    15 days ago
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    I am glad your sister is getting good care in the NH. You are right about many of the not good as the staff isn't trained well nor do they care. It's frequently a stepping stone to other fields. But I think if one can't care for our elderly in need, they shouldn't go on to any other field that needs compassion. Hope you have a good week ahead. And your sister as well.
    17 days ago
    Thanks, Jeanne, I don't mean to complain as God has been so good to us getting us safely here without incident, but it is upsetting when the weather is so bad you can't see what you came so far to see!! We are due for a Nature cruise out of Bar Harbor in the afternoon tomorrow, but I won't go unless the weather clears up a bit.

    I do feel for your sister, so hard to endure frequent hospitalizations and not feel your best!

    Sorry that your camping days are over and that your hubby is having trouble getting around. We are going to travel as long as we are both able, we have some people in our group (Good Sams) in their 80's who are still RV'ing. I hope that's us, too!
    17 days ago
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