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I seem camouflaged by the mural! Cuzco Feb 2007

summer 08 in Bretaņa

Jose, Rut, Vicky, Tito...almost constant companions, FAMILY, in Lima.





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I didn't mind being "gordita", but my doc said I should lose the weight for health. I am post menopausal, married 37 years before my husband passed away in Feb of 2011. He loved me the way I was and so do the people I've come to know and love during my mission trips. I am not trying to impress anyone, but I want to be around for my grandkids and for my extended family in Peru
People can see more pix - and videos - at My album is mumz2you. and follow my mission trips in Peru at

Member Since: 4/12/2006

Fitness Minutes: 51,514

My Goals:
To reach and stay around 180, maybe even as low as 160 if possible, SOME time by 2017. I may never be able to fit into my 40 year old wedding dress, but I can at least hope to be fit and healthy for my remaining years of service.

My Program:
My daughter, Abi, and I got in this together, by changing our eating habits and developing an exercise habit. I am trying to exercise more regularly and eat more "freggies".

Personal Information:
I was born in Texas, but I''ve lived in Rochester most of my life. I became a Christian my senior year of high school (Spencerport class of ''71) and met Ansel at an Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship retreat during my 2nd year at SUNY at New Paltz. We married less than a year later (Oct 27, ''73) and after losing our first child went on to have 3 others - Abi (12 -77) Ben (8-83) and Cassie (10-86). Ben married October '06 .Abi has given us our first 2 grandchildren-and yes, by the same man!Our son Ben gave us a granddaughter, Penny, in Sept 07 and grandson Jack in February 09! My husband Ansel passed away in February of 2011, but the Lord united me with a wonderful Peruvian man in August of same year, Levi Utia. We tried to have a civil ceremony either here or there. But we encountered so many obstacles. We finally married in August 2016, and are now in the process of getting his spouse visa.

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I've made 11 mission trips to Peru, and will gladly explain how I became involved to anyone who has ears to hear! I have "second homes" in Pucallpa, Lima, Chiclayo, and Iquitos (just wish I could go more often) and I have cultivated some very close friendships there.
Anyone interested in seeing photos and videos from my trip in June-July 07 and to Machu Picchu in Feb of 07 can see them at the album under mumz2you . I have two blogs - the bilingual : and my 'Perunews" where I have blogged about my most recent trip - complete with photos. Stop by and read all about it! I will try to update the photos in my gallery, so stop by again!

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    I have been reading your blogs and just read your page of which I really love and you look like such a nice person I hope it is okay I added you as a friend.... emoticon
    Also congratulations on your popular blog the other day !... That was refreshing to see......( by the way before sparks I used to be on Richard Simmons website)... emoticon
    5 hours ago
    I replaced my pans with a new set and got a stock pot today. My pans were 39 years old and had scrapes and sometimes the food would stick to them. I look in my cabinets and have stuff with broken handles (glass bake ware) that were my Mom's and I slowly am replacing the stuff as I can afford to do so. She bought a lot of stuff from people that lived in elderly housing. If someone died, the family would just sell their stuff from their apartment or have to move it.

    1 day ago
    I can't get to my son's using public transportation. I was very glad that I made the trip. It showed me that I can do it.
    5 days ago
    I remember when you and I were close in weight. Now you are way ahead of me.

    As for self-control with food, eating too much of a good thing is one of the hardest things I have ever tried to control. And "a good thing" may not be something good for me, but it appeals to my taste buds.
    6 days ago

    "Sounds like your hubby is getting in a lot of traveling! While he's away, do yourself some good!"

    That is what I have been doing.
    6 days ago
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