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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 ...
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!
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Member Since: 4/13/2007

SparkPoints: 214,572

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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.

My Program:
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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DONNABRIGHT
3/19/2016 7:01:34 AM

Your condo sounds great! My DH's name is also Richard - with the wood working they must be kindred spirits. We did find some condos with garages but not where we wanted them to be or multi levels and we want to stick with single floor this time. When we find it we'll know! Stay warm and safe.



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DONNABRIGHT
3/18/2016 6:06:47 PM

Thanks for the goodie! We are looking for a much smaller house and I would be happy in a condo but DH is not ready to part with his wood working tools so a 2 can garage is still a necessity. We may have found a "patio home". It's a 55+ community and they take care of everything outside. Scheduled to look at 8 more homes on Monday. Pray for a cool day for us!

Kissimmee is the next town over from us.



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SHERYLDS
3/17/2016 12:35:46 PM

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May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
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DIANEDOESSMILES
3/16/2016 12:55:17 AM

FL is a FUN PLACE to play ! My Dad lived down there for 30 yeears,,, so yeah, I've been down quite a bit. When I was 23 I lived in Tampa. We did the "tourist" traps at first,,,, enough was ENOUGH !! Though I STILL LAUGH so HARD cause my oldest brother, Randy and I went into Space Mountain. It had a MILLION Signs of "DO NOT RIDE on Space Mountain if you have ,,,,,, (listed a TON of things, I think that scarier than the actual ride) and Randy SCREAMED like an 8 year old girl!!!! LOL I was laughing as HARD as I could,, both because I was LOVING the ride.,,in the dark,, sudden moves this way, that way.. up ,down,.. and hearing my "BRAVE BIG Brother" screaming. LOL

I agree that often I come home from my "vacation" NEEDING a vacation!! Did you love yours? Due to my back hurting so much,, and not being able to sleep in strange beds,,, we now have a staycation in Old Orchard Beach,, about 25 mins from here. I bring an air mattress with me,, I just can't sleep on any other type of bed. Here at home I have a sleep number bed.

I got my new shoes 2 ish weeks ago ! They are helping the original wound to FINALLY HEAL ! In turn I have a few new ones from the shoes. Tomorrow I go to the wound clinic they will do what they can. On Friday I go to Hangers where they did the shoes. They will adjust them. :) THANKFULLY when my feet aren't being torn up,,, I CAN NOW WALK!! Needless to say I am THRILLED. I started off slow, and am now up to 4 hrs 2 times a day. But, of course I can't walk for 4 hrs ! LOL I don't know who can.

TY For the positive words on my blog. I LOVE the 5% Challenge and the DAWGGIE Team. I think of you hon. NO Doubt at some point,,, I'll leave the 5% ,,, perhaps in a year,, 2 yrs,, 5 yrs,,, 10 yrs (yeah before 10 !) and redirect myself into a different area. In the past I've been a HOST For AOL (Do you remember the team "SNERT"? I DO ! Can't remember the exact meaning,, I'll have to ask Eps. I was able to KICK people OUT of the chat room. If I felt their conduct was bad,, I DID, if I felt they needed some one on one,, to calm down,, than reenter,,, I let them. I also held an hr chat on Sundays in a special "room",,,, I covered various topics to help around mental illness. WAS FUN !

HUGS ! GIRL WELCOME BACK HOME !



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PAMZILLA2
3/15/2016 8:24:10 PM

Thanks for your encouragement on my SparkFeed!
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