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I'm 70 and live in the Midwest most of the year, but usually head to south Texas or Arizona for some of the cold winter months. We have 3 living children, 2 DGSs, ages 10 and 7, and a grown DGD who just became 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 ...
I'm 70 and live in the Midwest most of the year, but usually head to south Texas or Arizona for some of the cold winter months. We have 3 living children, 2 DGSs, ages 10 and 7, and a grown DGD who just became 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: 145,469

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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+ dairy products each day.
4. I will eat 2-3 protein servings daily.
5. The remainder of my calories will come in the form of carbs and occasional treats.
6. I will include strength and stretching exercises in my daily routine.
7. Every other day I will walk outside or work on the WATP video to increase my stamina and time. I will also use my pedaler on off walking days.
8. I will weigh in weekly and actively participate in the 5% Summer Challenge, as well as my team activities.


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I love to read, do genealogy, sew and spend time outdoors. We garden a lot and I can and freeze the produce. We spend as much time as we can with the grandsons.

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STARRBRITE
8/17/2014 6:26:46 PM

I love corn. I have no idea what the ambrosia tastes like though. (We just get the stuff grown in the desert.) However, we do have this one little settlement called "Hooper" that is supposed to have really good tomatoes. And, I must admit, it does. (I think it's so close to the Great Salt Lake that it already has the salt built in as it grows.

Thanks for the good wishes. Things are not settling down much, but they will. My sister and brother-in-law came over last night to help me work on the new-old house. She's so good at arranging furniture that it made the world of difference.

However, the air conditioner has to be replaced. I've already spent $350 on repairs, and it isn't doing the job. It will work out, though.

Finally, I know what you mean about keeping it simple. Watching calories and moving around helps me a great deal. I just have to keep reminding myself that I have to do that EVERY day, not just the days I'm "watching my weight." (I'm watching my weight every day, but I forget that.) emoticon

Have a good week.



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FORMYDARLINGS
8/17/2014 4:23:24 PM

Hi Jeannie. Thanks for being such a wonderfully supportive friend. It means so much to me,


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SYLPHINPROGRESS
8/17/2014 2:56:44 PM

Yes, it's a shame that bacon does what it does once it's past the mouth. In fact, why bother putting it on our mouths? Why not apply it directly to our hearts? Ah, well, like everything else, one day we'll be told that bacon is one of the healthiest things to eat. Imagine that.

And, yes, I do eat it. It was never a favorite, though, and I'm with you on kale. I love Swiss chard and baby bok choy.

Laurie

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SYLPHINPROGRESS
8/17/2014 11:17:02 AM

You're in Iowa, Missy. You could have told me long ago about what can be done with string and wax beans and their cousins. All I've ever done is steam them. Maybe tossed a bunch into stew a couple of times. The "new" thing I tasted at the farmer's market was a sauté (I think sauté) of a mix of the beans, cut into perhaps 1-1/2" inch pieces, fresh tomatoes, peeled and cut into chunks, and fresh herbs (my eye recognized thyme and dill, but I think there was something else, too). Of course, all these things were for sale at the particular stand. I bought a load of beans and more tomatoes (had already taken some at another stand). I didn't buy herbs because the waste hurts my heart, so I'll use dried. If the things weren't sautéed in oil, they may have been a simple stew. I guess they also used a little salt and pepper. Maybe a clove of garlic for a large amount of beans and toms, as they also sold garlic. If I can get good proportions of each ingredient to the others, it'll be so good. So simple, but I'd never thought of anything like this.

They also had a similar preparation using greens instead of beans. I don't recall the particular green, but it was a little too bitter for my taste. I'll try it with something milder.
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DIANEDOESSMILES
8/15/2014 10:28:31 PM

HI JEannie,m, I saw ur post on Linda's page,, and I agree,,, walking is the WORSE you can do for siacitca sp? I had an AWFUL attack of so badly,,, I even called 911 !! They RUSHED me with sirens blowing,,,, etc,,, thinking I had broken my hip !! I THOUGHT so ALSO !! I could NOT move,,,it was that bad,, the Dr was sooo nice,, also thinking I had broken it,,,,, I do have osteoporosis so that was NOT out of the ream. THANKFULLY as you know,,, i had only injured that FOOLISH thing !! it was NOT broken,, THANKFULLY !!!

WHat had I done that day? I do have spondylolsis,,, and I HAD walked some,, I ADORE walking,,, but, I can NOT do much of it,,, just as well for we both know both now,, my feeties do NOT wanna.

PLZ be careful when you do choose to walk "SOME" do NOT over do it,, and ALWAYS STRETCH on a regular basis. That night I called,, ,my cat had SCARED the crap outta the birdie,, with a 4AM SPRING ATTACK to the cage,, the bird of course had SQUACKED,, and KNOCKED bird food,,, ALL OVER the floor,, I had gotten up to to clean it,, that's what is what thw FINAL Trigger was.



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