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Getting healthy after 55

Goal to get healthy after 55, menopause, quit smoking & drinking. Now ready to lose the weight from all of these wonderful life changes.
Goal to get healthy after 55, menopause, quit smoking & drinking. Now ready to lose the weight from all of these wonderful life changes.



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 Pounds lost: 11.0 

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Member Since: 7/4/2011

SparkPoints: 697

Fitness Minutes: 822

My Goals:
Want to lose weight 35-40 to get healthy, look better & get into my skinny jeans! Quit smoking, don't drink, gained too much.
Feeling empowered to take over my own body again!

My Program:
More vegis, fruits, meat, no potatoes, flour, less sugar. Walking everyday for at least 1/2-1 hour.

Personal Information:
Originally from New Jersey. Live in Milton Mills, New Hampshire & have been here for the past 19 years. I love our country life. Sitting in my craft room watching moose go down the road. I have 5 children (2 step) & 6 grandchildren & a loving husband.

Other Information:
Love gardening, crafts, taking art classes and long walks, good concerts. Like going to the movies & mountains.
Love turning up the blue/jazz & singing w/it, although no one else really want to hear my voice, ha ha. I have a wonderful little weiner dog & a beautiful cat who brings me gifts, yuk.

Work full time at a job I hate, but it pays the bills. Hoping to at least quit when my hubby retires, sell our house, downsize & get something part time.

I have a very dry sense of humor & can start laughing at any stupid thing.

All in all, I'm loving life & would like to add more to it without the weight gain.

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7/21/2011 9:58:10 AM

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Linda, WELCOME to the Friends In Recovery Team! I am so glad you joined our group of caring friends. You are never alone in this journey of ours. If you ever need immediate support or someone to talk to, send me a private message and I will be here for you. Visit my SparkPage anytime. Add me as a friend. I embrace you with friendship. I will support you and your recovery in the most positive ways. May your 24-hours be filled with ~ Happiness ~ Unity ~ Gratitude ~ Serenity = HUGS from one recovery friend to another. Have a Sparktacular Day!

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7/9/2011 8:43:20 PM

Have a wonderful weekend emoticon

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7/7/2011 5:52:33 PM

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Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here, introducing yourself and sharing your story - 2 lbs is great and the 10 will follow soon enough!
Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

I'd like to invite you to join the Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle Thru the US @ SparkTeam - it's a really fun way to track your walking while you travel 'virtually' across America from Virginia to Oregon. Go to the SparkTeam page at
ndividual.asp?gid=19805 for more information.

Some of the other teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.
Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!
If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.
Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

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7/7/2011 6:48:22 AM

To lose a lot of weight like on the biggest loser you really need to exercise about 8 hours a day!!! We do have teams dedicated to the biggest loser TV show. Check them out!

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7/6/2011 8:57:45 PM

Oh 4 days without chocolate, any good suggestions! I love fruit but not the same when sitting at my desk all day, day in & out! emoticon

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