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This little blessing turns 16 this month! Sept. 12, 2017, Life is good.



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My focus today is on health and wellness, family, friends and spiritual growth. I've chosen to have my page reflect my life today; pictures from 10-16 years ago are quite different and are scattered through my gallery. Life is good!
Interests: I enjoy home yoga practice, but my main activity is still with my walking with my dog "Sugar"! She's from a rescue and has flourished since I adopted her. She's worth her weight in gold because she makes me laugh! She's also a great motivator to get out for a one to three mile walk every day. She has been a real gift to me and my health.
October 2010, we adopted Xena as a kitten; she's livened up our household considerably and keeps tabs on my indoor "spark" walks! By 2011 walking has become a primary fitness activity for me; as I entered 2012 hooping had become a close second. 2013 has been a year of major yard changes and gardening activity! 2014 a lot of energy was put into fixing up my house and adding more gardens. Alas, 2015 did bring some health issues that slowed me down a bit; but have not stopped me! I have given up yoga classes but continue to practice at home where I can pace myself. 2016 I've regained a lot of strength and continue to improve. Whatever challenges are put in your way; never give up on a healthy lifestyle! I'm back working in the yard and gardens again and loving it!
Time with my family and friends and indoor "walk -n- talks" on the phone are my other primary activities. Maintaining my home and yard and gardening keep me busy. Yard and gardening spring through the fall sometimes takes the place of other fitness activities. Reading, sewing and crafts when I have time; keeping busy never a problem! Finding more time sometimes is.
October of 2015 I was diagnosed with Temporal Arterial Arteritis (Giant Cell Arteritis); a real game changer and the treatment is steroids. Really challenged my fitness efforts and maintenance. This year (2017) has been one of healing and reducing medication and things are looking good. I've pushed through and my Spark friends have been right here with me pushing and pulling too. Thank You! It may take another year, I'm still on a low dose of medication, but I do hope to get off it completely.
I just keep growing and changing in healthy ways; life is good!

Member Since: 1/6/2010

Fitness Minutes: 304,190

My Goals:
Regain and maintain health and fitness.

My Program:
In transition: mixing it up for a minimum of 120 fitness minutes OR 10,000 steps a day; both on a really good day!
Daily 12 min. "sparks" of aerobic walking or hooping.
Gardening until late fall.Daily 1-5 mile brisk walk
Yoga practice 3 mornings a week
1200-2000 calories daily
Vegetarian diet
Time with family and friends
Time for Joy

Personal Information:
9/19/17 - 6 years of "sparking" and the YO_YO cycle ended!
13,472 miles walked since 1/1/10. WOOHOO!
80+# gone since 10/05

11 YR Maintainer
Goal weight: 135#
Range: 130-138#

-Starting TODAY to make new memories.

-History is NOT destiny!

-A goal without a plan is just a WISH!

-Busy is NOT the same as active!

-If nothing changes, NOTHING CHANGES!

-Quitting IS NOT an option!

Other Information:
Highest recorded weight:215#

Best guesstimate?
When over 200 stopped weighing other than infrequent Dr. visits. I may have weighed 240 or more.
Top size: 24

1995-renewed fitness goals.
Refuse to diet or weigh.

2001-commited to healthier eating. Start eating vegetarian. Still not weighing.
1/1/01 unknown, 215+
1/1/02 195#
1/1/06 135# Woo Hoo!
1/1/07 141#
1/1/08 138.5#
1/1/09 139#
1/1/10 140# Joined SP
1/1/11 132# WTG SP!
1/1/12 132#
1/1/13 132#
1/1/14 132#
1/1/15 138.2# no worries
1/1/16 137.8
1/1/17 137#

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    Who knew walks could have such power over functioning and sanity! Have a wonderful week!
    2 days ago
  • v LUCYCAN7
    That photo IS so Cool Joy!Love it!!!Have a wonderful weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3 days ago
    emoticon You're so creative!
    5 days ago
  • v NANHBH

    I'm glad to hear that you maintained this week! Yes, that upward trend is scary.

    In addition to eating poorly or too much when company was in town, I guess I need to remember that I also haven't been working out as intensely since the diagnosis of the torn tendon in my shoulder. So it's the double whammy of too many calories for the calories consumed for the calories that I'm burning.

    Last night, I dropped my Sweetie at the train. He's on his way to NYC to visit his son for a week. I promised myself I would go out for a walk instead of sitting on the sofa and stuffing popcorn in my face. I was feeling lonely and wishing that I could have gone with him - emotional eating urges. So even though it was dusk, I went out for a brisk walk. Probably 2 minutes into the walk, I tripped on an uneven sidewalk elevation and went down hard - jarred my bad shoulder, skinned my knee, bruised my hip, tore a hole in my pants, and cracked the face of my Fitbit watch. I was more stunned than hurt, so I got up and finished my 40 minute walk. I am grateful that I didn't break anything last night! I broke my wrist the exact same way about 12 years ago. I am sore this morning though.

    It's tough getting old. I guess I need to re-figure my calorie level. As I'm not able to work out as intensely, I just can't eat maintenance level calories and expect it to make a change on the scale. But I'm alive, I'm well (comparatively speaking), and this soreness will pass. Let's make it a great day!
    5 days ago
  • v NANHBH

    It is scary how our tickers are paralleling each other! Except that mine is off by 4 pounds. I haven't registered my current weight gain. I'll update it with Friday's weigh in. Hoping that it would be back under 150 by then.

    That would be awesome if the pounds would fall off like the leaves from a tree! Have a great day.

    6 days ago
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