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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    Thanks Jeannie I am sure Ryan has never faced the kind of things we have faced.It is sometimes hard to remember that he is a year older than Kayleigh and I sometimes expect he should be a year more mature ,not always so.I am so sorry you lost your son.I always think that is the worst because it is not the natural order of things.I am mostly afraid for my daughter she is going to stay with her husband as she feels is right but she would like to spend time with the people who have been kind enough to make her a part of their family and they are getting older Baba is 92 I mostly fear for my child as I know the guilt she will feel if she is not there and this is Baba's last Christmas.
    33 days ago
    HI Jeannie !! Awww gal I am sitting here typing and trying to catch up on things. Hmmm sometimes it seems it just can't be done !! Oh well that's NOT a bad thing !!

    How are you and Richard doing with the weather etc? It's been below freezing and the wind chill in the minus 20s almost minus 30s !! DANG that;s just COLD GAL !! Yesterday we were in the low 30s,, LOL I was out in my tee shirt !! Yesterday the Pats had a chance to clench the AFL and they DID !! WOOHOO though I wanted the Bronco's to win,,,,, hey either way guess it's Ok. I have been following the Bronco's almost as much as he Pats. YES the PATS DID WIN !!! Brady continues to set limits. Gronk is out though and likely for the year, NONETHELESS they STILL have been winning. When Brady had the 4 suspensions at the start of the season they only lost 1 game !! That whole thing was soo BOGUS !! TOTALLY !! Hmmm they NEVER mentioned that the other team had been using the balls,,,,, when the Pats threw them if they overturned us. They did NOT say ONE WORD of this,, nothing was said DURING the games !! I kinda dread when Brady stops playing I'll be surprised if this to the next 3 years, if he left.

    Awww Jeannie,, Miss Izzah is laid all comfy in my lap FAST asleep !! TO SWEET !! She often lays in my arm,,, just starting up at me as if to say "WOW !! I picked this one out RIGHT !! I have her eating out of my PAWS !! She always has fresh food down, water dish is cleaned many times,,, she DOES play with me,,, and has spent a small fortune for todays,,, scratching posts,, OH SO MANY things. When I am not up to chasing my fur mousies around,,, she takes me to the kitty Dr. My litter is ALWAYS clean ! Yes I DID Pick her out WONDERFULLY !!" So yes, though our pets can't talk they show how much they love us in their eyes, body language etc. I LOVE it when she just lays in my arm,, if it was from 9 to 12 plus,,,, she FLIRTS ENDLESSLY with MaryAnn !! She almost always jumps up on my lap and puts her head next to the phone,, ,purrs louder !! MaryAnn has been down along with her J,, Animals do remeber thngs,,,,, this is one,, she's EAGERLY awaiting them to come BACK !! OH YEAH !
    34 days ago
    Good news! "Can't read it for sure on my puter, but I think it says 'once you lick the frosting off a cupcake it becomes a muffin...and muffins are healthy.' Right?" is exactly what it says.

    And anyone who does something that pairs kohlrabi and moonshine is deranged. The moonshine people had flavored varieties in addition to the straight. I tasted apple pie moonshine and maple moonshine. They were flavored with real things, not artificial flavorings. I imagine a little apple cider with the spices was mixed in as was maple sugar (maple syrup would be too thick). Even the straight liquor was good. The gave me a pretty card with recipes for moonshine cocktails and mixed drinks, many of which sound good. It can be used any of the ways vodka is used. I bought the maple (maple, like eggs and cheese, is a reason to live) to take to my Christmas hosts.
    35 days ago

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    Oh - you should see the students when they first saw my wall to wall decorations with all the lights! I think all them stopped in their tracks and just looked and said WOW!!! They know that their not to touch anything but I let them go to each section to look and ask questions.

    Even the pianos and guitars are decorated!!!

    Thank you for viewing my "few" Christmas photos!!!!
    36 days ago
    That's right -- you're in Texas where it is 80 degrees. You can't fool me! Actually this chucklehead forgot that you've made your escape from winter.

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    37 days ago
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