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Walking tour of "Old Friend's Farm" Easter weekend 2017.

Good Health and Better Times with Grandkids are great motivators! Life is great!



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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 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: 292,941

My Goals:
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 , hooping or time on the recumbent bike
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:
5/25/17 - 6 years of "sparking" and the YO_YO cycle ended!
13,202 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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    I killed one already. emoticon I can't believe it! Too much handling. They told me to put the plants out an hour a day, before planting, but now I feel like maybe I should just plant them and hope because they are tall in little pots. The one that died just broke at the soil level. Also it appears that this will be my second year without blooms on the hydrangeas. Oh well. I hope you get the scale moving in the right direction. And I love your banner!
    3 hours ago
    Hi Joy; looks like a good day to be out in the yard. I got out but didn't do much I am short of breath with much activity. I need to push harder. I sure am ready to talk to my Dr. He needs to have some answers. Lordy couldn't be because I am getting older, more than likely I am just lazy.
    4 days ago
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    Thank you for the card "I am still humming an English country garden " we do not normally do anything special but we will have to think about next year when it will be our Ruby anniversary and I will be 60. Hope you had a nice day with your helper in the garden x
    6 days ago
    It sure looks like a lace cap hydrangea, but the leaves are so different. I know it's not that...I have to do some research ! :}
    6 days ago
    Thanks so much for the support on my sugar-free blogpost!
    7 days ago
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