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Gary, Geoff and I on the Colorado River 2007

A year and a half ago, I couldn't have knelt here behind this Rose Bush.

Mom, Me, Maxynne and Dad in front of Texhoma Methodist Church

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The Original Title of My SparkPage was "On A Journey To Save My Own Life". I was on my way to being in a wheelchair and there really wasn't much "Life" in my life if you know what I mean. Then I joined Curves and was told there about SparkPeople.com. My goal in joining Curves was never to lose weight. I looked at the hydraulic machines there as a type of 'Physical Therapy' and I hoped just to increase my mobility, stay out of a wheelchair, and decrease the pain in my knees. As I told one of ...
The Original Title of My SparkPage was "On A Journey To Save My Own Life". I was on my way to being in a wheelchair and there really wasn't much "Life" in my life if you know what I mean. Then I joined Curves and was told there about SparkPeople.com. My goal in joining Curves was never to lose weight. I looked at the hydraulic machines there as a type of 'Physical Therapy' and I hoped just to increase my mobility, stay out of a wheelchair, and decrease the pain in my knees. As I told one of the Trainers at Curves more than once, "My body doesn't know how to lose weight". I had tried and failed at so many Diets that I was tired of even trying.
I didn't Count Calories and I didn't "Diet" because I knew I would fail anyway. But I did add more Fresh Vegetables and Fresh Fruit. Eventually I was eating less because the Vegetables and Fruit were filling me up quicker than the Meat and Fried Foods that I had been snacking on. I started putting my Gravy and Sauces 'on the side' instead of covering my food with them. I would challenge myself to see how much gravy or sauce I could leave on the table.
When the pain began to subside I added more activity to my Life. Walking at Wal-Mart was a goal that I hadn't dared to dream of before Curves and SparkPeople changed my Life.
When walking with an empty grocery cart became too easy I started adding Kitty Litter to the cart. The weight of the Litter added a challenge to the walk, and loading the 10 or 20 pound containers in to and out of the cart added Strength Training to my time at Wal-Mart. Eventually I was pushing 120 pounds of cat litter around Wal-Mart several times a week, never dreaming that it would lead to an appearance on The Rachael Ray Show in January 2011.
Today I walk from 3-5 miles almost every day, go to Curves 5 or 6 times a week, and have learned what it is to CRAVE fresh fruit. I am leaving my Original Introduction on my Page because I don't want to ever forget where I came from. I want new SparkFriends to read it and find the hope that I found here and to believe that they can save their own lives by making small, gradual changes. I am changing the Title of my Page to the nick-name that Rachael Ray herself gave me when I stepped out on her stage from behind my "Before" Picture.

(edited on 2-1-2011)
(Achieved My Goal Weight 10-6-2009)

"On A Journey To Save My Own Life"
In February of 2009 I finally realized that my weight and inactivity were killing me quickly. Life is supposed to begin at 50 but I felt and moved like a much older person. I take care of elderly people for a living but I realized I was not far from needing someone to help me with daily activitys like shopping, paying bills, and walking. And the pain in my knees was becoming unbearable. I knew that--at the best--I was only a few years away from being in a wheelchair myself. I began eating better and joined Curves (March 28, 2009) even though I was sure that I could not do all the machines.
I soon found that I could do all the machines and that I ENJOYED getting to Curves every morning. No matter how tired or bad I felt when I got in the car, I ALWAYS felt better when I finished my workout. Maybe it was the exercise endorphins or maybe it was the fellowship with other members and the staff, I don't know which.

I was SHOCKED at my first weigh in-- a month after I joined Curves. I had lost 16 pounds!!! The Trainer and I both cried. It was the FIRST time in my life that I had stepped on a scale and cried because I was happy.
With the support and encouragement of Curves and SparkPeople I have continued to lose weight and Gain Mobility and Joy in my life.

People tell me I look younger and I know that I feel younger and HAPPIER than I have in YEARS. I am looking forward to much more LIFE in the rest of my YEARS.

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My Goals:
I want to walk without pain and without being short of breath to the point of embarrasment.
(Done on March 28, 2010--my 1st Curves Anniversary)

I want to enjoy going to concerts and on vacation without worrying about whether there will be some where to sit down and rest or whether there is too much walking involved.

I want to get on a plane and fasten the seatbelt without help and without having to ask for a seatbelt extender....(met on October 21, 2009 NWA Flight #3620 Oklahoma City to Minneapolis)

I don't want to be using a wheelchair when I am 60.

My Program:
1) Go to Curves at least 5 days a week.
1 A.) My Curves closed on Dec 7, 2012. I am now going to Anytime Fitness 5 - 6 times a week, and Lifting Weights 3 Times a week. For now I am just doing Machines/Circuit Training. I might go to Free Weights in the Future.

2) Do some kind of exercise/activity for at least 8 hours a week.

3) No foods are "off limits" If I am hungry for something high calorie, indulge--but budget your calories for the rest of the day to accomodate it.
... 3a) Try to limit any 'white' food like bread potatoes, rice, etc by substituting wheat or whole grain products whenever possible.

4) Eat 5 Vegetables a day--Try to include at least one vegetable with EVERY meal.

5) As often as possible, eat foods "naked," ie: without salad dressing, gravy, or sauces.

Personal Information:
I have lived in Oklahoma most of my life.

I have been married since November 24, 1978.

We have two grown sons: Geoff and Geonn

Other Information:
We LOVE visiting Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon whenever possible. In the past it has always been problematic for me because of all the walking in both places and the seatbelt on the plane was always difficult. It is embarrassing--no matter how nice the Flight Attendants are--to ask for a seatbelt extension.

I am looking forward to our first trip to Las Vegas since joining Curves and SparkPeople. We are leaving on October 21--my Birthday. (DONE-October 21, 2009)

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Member Comments:
8/3/2014 7:38:45 PM

Hi Jeannie - thank you for reading my blog and for the water bottle. It will definitely come in handy.

I checked your homepage, and you have done amazingly well - congratulations!

I must admit that when I "take a day off" from the treadmill, I really miss it.
I've alredy picked outmy next virtual walk, which will follow the old pilgrim's path from the south-western France along the north coast of Spain. I've found a detailed book about that walk, and am excited about starting it as soon as I complete the first one, at John O'Groats, Scotland.

Congratulations to your father on starting to walk more. It's never too late to improve our health.

I've added you as a Spark Friend, and hope that, if you are accepting new friends, you will add me too.

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8/3/2014 7:15:39 PM

Thank you for your story and for being an inspiration. Like you I was well on my way to being in a wheelchair and still can barely walk without a cane or my knee brace. I deal with chronic pain which I keep hoping will get better as I continue on my journey to a healthier me. Thank you again for sharing your journey.

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8/3/2014 2:09:43 PM

Sweet 'real' friend! emoticon for your comment on my blog, "How I decided to change my goal weight". Your comments helped me 'see' how other people are handling this process! emoticon

Sparkles to you & all you love!
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8/2/2014 11:19:45 PM

Beautiful Person Award"

You are the recipient of the Beautiful Person Award!!

Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 people who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out.

Again, Congratulations Beautiful

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8/2/2014 2:15:58 PM

Thanks for the kind and supportive words on my page. Everytime I see your pounds lost...I am inspired. Thank you.

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